Wouldn't It Be Nice (Beach Boys)

16 MAY 1966

Two great albums were released on this day: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’ and the Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’, both of which featured in Rolling Stone magazine’s 'top ten greatest albums of all time' list (three of which were from 1966).

The opening track of 'Pet Sounds' was 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', an upbeat song about the hopes and frustrations of childhood and waiting for the freedom of adulthood, and was released two months later as a single with 'God Only Knows' as the B-side. It reached #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, but in the UK it was released as the B-side to 'God Only Knows'.

B-side: 'God Only Knows'
Released: 18 July 1966
Recorded: 22 January - 11 April 1966, Gold Star Studios and CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
Highest chart position: #8 (US)
Length: 2:33
Label: Capitol 5706
Producer: Brian Wilson

Wouldn't it Be Nice (Beach Boys)