You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they've had and how many millions of albums they've sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you're assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.
The quintessential all-American band, The Beach Boys wrap their harmonies around the lyrics of songs like no others can, all the while conjuring up images reminiscent of beaches and bikinis, sun and surf, woody wagons and waxed down boards.