The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album that same year. It spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian's musical leadership, the band's initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include many other themes, helping make The Beach Boys America's preeminent band of the 1960s.
Impressively, The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan's record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.
The Beach Boys' triple-platinum certified 2003 hits collection Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys offers up thirty of their landmark hits across two LPs. All but five of the songs date from their 1962-1969 peak and every number was a Top 40 hit. Youthful classics, surfing songs and Pet Sounds groundbreakers all appear here including "God Only Knows," "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "In My Room," "Don't Worry Baby," "Sloop John B," "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."