#6 Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time

Pet Sounds (Album Cover) by The Beach Boys
Album Rank
Total Points
Year Released
Billboard 200 Chart Peak
Weeks at #1
RIAA Sales Certification
1,000,000 (Platinum)
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Pet Sounds (Mono / Stereo) - The Beach Boys

Pet Sounds Album Details

Released in 1966, Brian Wilson was inspired to make Pet Sounds after he heard Rubber Soul by The Beatles. Pet Sounds, in turn, inspired Paul McCartney and The Beatles to make the Sgt. Pepper album. With its mix of different sounds and instrumentation, it is considered one of the first psychedelic albums.

Interesting Facts About Pet Sounds

  • Pet Sounds is the highest ranking album on this chart not to make it to number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart as it stalled at number 10. It is also the only album in the top ten not to have sold at least five million copies, it is currently certified by the RIAA for sales of one million.
  • The song "Caroline, No" was originally released as a solo Brian Wilson single, not as a Beach Boys recording, before the Pet Sounds album was released. Brian is the only band member to appear on the song.
  • The instrumental song “Pet Sounds” was originally titled “Run James Run” and was intended by Brian to be used as a theme in a James Bond movie.
  • “Sloop John B” is a cover version of “The John B. Sails”, a folk song that first appeared in the 1917 novel by Richard Le Gallienne called Pieces of Eight. The Beach Boys version has some minor lyric changes. It was also a top 100 hit for Jimmie Rodgers in 1960 wit the title “The Wreck of the John B.”
  • Paul McCartney has called the song “God Only Knows” his all time favorite song.

Track List

  1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
    • Reached #8 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
  2. You Still Believe in Me
  3. That's Not Me
  4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
  5. I'm Waiting for the Day
  6. Let's Go Away for Awhile
  7. Sloop John B
    • Reached #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
  8. God Only Knows
    • Reached #39 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
  9. I Know There's an Answer
  10. Here Today
  11. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
  12. Pet Sounds
  13. Caroline, No
    • Reached #32 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart



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