Some tunes on the All-Time list are a little bit of a surprise. Other songs are not. “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys shouldn’t surprise anyone. It is a great tune. The harmony is legendary. The complexity for a pop tune is incredible.
“It scared me, the word ‘vi-brations,'” Brian Wilson once said, remembering how, when he was a boy, his mother, Audree, tried to explain why dogs barked at some people and not others. “A dog would pick up vibrations from these people that you can’t see but you can feel. And the same thing happened with people.” “Good Vibrations” harnessed that energy and turned it into eternal sunshine. “This is a very spiritual song,” Wilson said after its release, “and I want it to give off good vibrations.” (more…)