One of the most popular classic rock bands in the history of music is easily The Beach Boys. While The Beatles were taking the world by storm, The Beach Boys released an entire catalogue of party songs about summer, surf and cars. However, The Beach Boys were a lot more than just fun summer songs. Here is a look at five of The Beach Boys most underrated songs.
1. Cuddle Up
“Cuddle Up” was a B-side track from The Beach Boys single “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone.” A different version was also released on the album Carl and the Passions – So Tough, The Beach Boys 18th studio album in 1972. The song is a piano ballad about a man who is in love and stands up well with any Beatles ballad of the era. Songs like this could change how people view The Beach Boys.
“Time to Get Alone” was Brian Wilson penned Beach Boys song that appeared on the 1969 album 20/20. The song is more of the classic Beach Boys sound in that it is a pop number with a waltz beat. The actual recording of this song was filmed and shown on the documentary The Beach Boys: An American Band.
3. Solar System
Released in 1977, “Solar System” was in the tough spot of being a Beach Boys single after the band had already started to fade out in the midst of harder rock music taking over the genre. Brian Wilson said at one time that he wrote the song after a parents meeting at his daughter’s school. The beat is fantastic and this is a song that all The Beach Boys fans should seek out if they haven’t heard it yet.
This song was another song from the album 20/20, released in 1969. The entire song was an instrumental composed by Bruce Johnston and inspired by Brian Wilson’s writing from Pet Sounds. It is very different than typical Beach Boys songs and remains a classic instrumental.
Released in 1977 from the alum Love You, this was another great song that was lost in the days of hard rock music almost making The Beach Boys music obsolete when it comes to radio play. Brian Wilson returned for this album, and it was originally supposed to be a solo album for Wilson. This song was considered connected to others on the album about self-pity and loneliness and is close to the brilliance of Pet Sounds.