God Only Knows (2:55)

Cover of Summer Dreams

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“God Only Knows” is a song by American band The Beach Boys. It is the eighth track on the group’s eleventh studio album Pet Sounds (1966), and one of their most widely recognized songs. “God Only Knows” was composed and produced by Brian Wilson, with lyrics by Tony Asher, and the lead vocal was sung by Carl Wilson.

The song broke new ground in many ways. It was one of the first commercial pop songs to use the word ‘God’ in its title. The song was also far more technically sophisticated than anything the Beach Boys, or arguably any pop group, had ever attempted before - particularly the complicated melodic structure and vocal harmonies. As producer, Brian Wilson also used many unorthodox instruments for the genre, including the harpsichord and French horns that are heard in the song’s famous introduction.

Mojo magazine ranked the song as the 13th greatest song of all time. Pitchfork Media named it the best song of the 1960s. The song is 25th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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  • A_Raging_Bull

    For me, this is their finest composition.

    15 Apr 10:55pm Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

    Its beauty makes me tear

    10 Apr 8:42pm Reply
  • julimaa

    Certainly, the most beautiful song ever written <3

    9 Apr 1:36am Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Clark**

    29 Mar 8:00pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Tipo eles ouvia Petula Ckark.

    29 Mar 8:00pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    Honestly aside from Sloop John B, which doesn't count, this is my least favourite song on Pet Sounds, and the ending is basically the only part of the album I actively dislike (I find it dreadfully irritating, unlike some earlier versions I've heard)

    28 Mar 11:50pm Reply
  • marjanne9

    lovelovlove this song!

    13 Mar 11:42pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    God only knows what I'd be without smart girls, hip hop and harmony!

    12 Mar 4:46am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    3 Mar 5:05pm Reply
  • chloesevingy74

    Boogie Nights and Big Love.

    15 Feb 12:09am Reply
  • ArcanoXIV

    Bioshock Infinite (5)

    31 Jan 10:08am Reply
  • akela55TD

    This never ages

    18 Jan 9:54am Reply
  • marjo47

    Classic.

    16 Jan 3:01pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    this is so great

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Campbell1961

    Love this song.

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    @RoomForSymmetry: Of course you are very much entitled to have your own view of the song and I respect your intepretation, but to me this song is about so much more then just a woman and the love you can have for such a particular individual. For me it's about love in it's broadest context, the kind of love you can feel for anyone and anything. That's just my view. I wanted to share it.

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BiIIyShears

    In my list of the 10 greatest songs ever recorded.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    so sad =///

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    god only knows what I'd do withouuuut youuuu

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RoomForSymmetry

    To me, this song just plain embodies the hold a woman can have over you. Like no other song I've ever heard.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
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