3: God Only Knows – Beach Boys


Entered Charts24 August 1966
Entry Point39
Highest Chart2
Weeks In:17

What a beautiful piece of music co-written by Brian Wilson, sung beautifully by his brother Carl Wilson and featuring on the iconic Pet Sounds album.

It sits very comfortably in the number 3 position in this countdown and high in the plethora of other countdowns that have been published over the years. Even Brian Wilson’s mother says that it is his finest piece.

Complex, melodic – almost bordering on classical such is its structure.

But I think we leave the last word to arguably the 20th century’s finest songwriter – Paul McCartney who said God Only Knows is one of the few songs that reduces me to tears every time I hear it. It’s really just a love song, but it’s brilliantly done. It shows the genius of Brian. I’ve actually performed it with him and I’m afraid to say that during the sound check I broke down. It was just too much to stand there singing this song that does my head in and to stand there singing it with Brian.”

Fair praise …