As well as creating their own classics, the group had a knack for reinventing other people’s songs, as our playlist shows.
The group's landmark 1971 album 'Surf's Up' was both socially relevant and evocative of their initial glory.
The reputation of the 1970 album among the group's fans and media has only grown in later years.
'It's OK' was another summer anthem and another hit from the band's revitalising 1976 album.
The group followed 'Surfin' Safari' with the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote.
The Beach Boys originally emulated the sound of the pre-rock vocal group, The Four Freshman, who famously fused jazz with rock in the 50s.
Bruce Johnston called it a "time-trick," but 'Do It Again' went all the way to No. 1 in the UK.
At the dawn of rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues vocal groups from street corners across America dominated the teenage-dream world of radio.
Hailed as “America’s band”, The Beach Boys gave the world so much more than the surf-pop that made their name – as the best Beach Boys songs reveal.
Released on 24 June 1968, the self-produced album was not successful in the US, but has steadily grown in stature.
Ten historic quotes from the first decade or so of Brian and the Beach Boys’ worldwide acclaim.
How the group followed 'Surf's Up,' as they negotiated the uncertain commercial waters of the early 1970s.
Glen's four-month spell ends as Bruce Johnston takes over in Brian Wilson's touring role.
The Beach Boys music is the soundtrack to Southern California, but it is Mike Love's lyrics that have done so much to create the Californian Dream.
The group were climbing the charts with 'Fun, Fun, Fun' as the LP it opened, 'Shut Down Volume 2,' was released on 2 March 1964.