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List of cover versions of Beach Boys songs

This is a list of cover versions of Beach Boys songs recorded by notable music artists. The Beach Boys were a critically and commercially successful band whose music is defined as being culturally significant. Through their immense influence, many notable artists began covering their original songs while various commemorative tribute albums have been created. Some of them feature song selections based on a certain era, particular album, or other thematic choice.

Artists who have covered songs from the solo career of the Beach Boys' members are not included.


  Denotes Beach Boys' related tribute albums or performances.
  Denotes a recording with presence of one or more Beach Boys.
  Denotes a single release that charted.

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Artist Year Song Appearance Note(s)
The A-Bones 1990 "Drive-In" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Adventures in Stereo 1998 "Wonderful" Smiling Pets [1]
American Spring 1972 "Darlin'" (as "Thinkin' Bout You Baby") Spring [2]
"This Whole World"
The Apples in Stereo 2001 "Heroes and Villains" Let's Go! [3]
Michael Armstrong 2006 "Surfer Girl" Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of the Beach Boys [4]
"In My Room"
"Surf's Up"
"Let's Go Away for Awhile"
"Our Prayer"
"The Warmth of the Sun"
"Caroline, No"
"God Only Knows"
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)"
"You Still Believe in Me"
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
Frank Black 1993 "Hang On to Your Ego" Frank Black [citation needed]
David Bowie 1984 "God Only Knows" Tonight [5][6]
California Music 1974 "Don't Worry Baby" single [citation needed]
Glen Campbell 1977 "God Only Knows" Southern Nights [5]
Carpenters 1973 "Fun, Fun, Fun" Now & Then [citation needed]
Alex Chilton 2000 "I Wanna Pick You Up" Caroline Now! [7]
2013 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Electricity by Candlelight [8]
"Surfer Girl"
"Solar System"
Elvis Costello ft. the Brodsky String Quartet 1993 "God Only Knows" The Juliet Letters [6]
Rivers Cuomo 2008 "Don't Worry Baby" Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo [citation needed]
2011 "God Only Knows" [5][9]
The Cynics 1990 "Be True to Your School" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 2011 "God Only Knows" Horse Power [5]
Darlin' 1995 "Darlin'" [citation needed]
Das Damen 1990 "Johnny Carson" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Neil Diamond 1977 "God Only Knows" I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight [5]
DM3 1998 "Caroline, No" Smiling Pets [1]
Doopees 1995 "Caroline, No" Doopee Time [citation needed]
Dos Dragsters (Sea Foam Green) 1990 "Pet Sounds" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Feelds 1998 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Smiling Pets [1]
Fleetwood Mac 1980 "Farmer's Daughter" Live [10]
FORMS 1998 "Heroes and Villains" Smiling Pets [1]
The Flaming Lips 2012 "God Only Knows" Pet Sounds Revisited [11]
David Garland 1993 "I Went to Sleep" I Guess I Just Wasn't Made for These Times [citation needed]
"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"
"In My Room"
"In the Back of My Mind"
"Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)"
"I Wanna Pick You Up"
"You're So Good to Me"
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)"
"Mt. Vernon and Fairway - Theme"
"'Til I Die"
"Meant for You"
David Grubbs 1998 "Wind Chimes" Smiling Pets [1]
Handsome Dick Manitoba 1990 "Dance, Dance, Dance" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Harpy 1998 "Cool, Cool Water" Smiling Pets [1]
The High Llamas 2000 "Anna Lee, the Healer" Caroline Now! [7]
The Hot Doggers 1963 "Surfin' U.S.A." Surfin' U.S.A. [12]
"Surfin' Safari"
Jan and Dean 1963 "Surfin'" Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin [citation needed]
"Surfin' Safari"
"Little Deuce Coupe" Drag City
1965 "Little Honda" Command Performance
"I Get Around"
1971 "Vegetables" Jan & Dean Anthology
1982 "Shut Down" One Summer Night/Live
"Surfin' U.S.A."
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"California Girls"
"Good Vibrations"
"Fun, Fun, Fun"
1985 "Be True To Your School" Silver Summer
"Surfer Girl"
2001 "California Saga: California" Live In Concert: Surf City
Daniel Johnston 2006 "God Only Knows" Do It Again: A Tribute to Pet Sounds [citation needed]
Tsuyoshi Kawakami 2003 "Pet Sounds" Moodmakers Mood [citation needed]
The Langley Schools Music Project 2001 "Good Vibrations" Innocence & Despair [citation needed]
"God Only Knows"
"In My Room"
"I Get Around"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"You're So Good To Me"
"Little Deuce Coupe"
Peggy Lipton 1970 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" single [citation needed]
Mandy Moore 2004 "God Only Knows" [5]
Medicine 1992 "'Til I Die" "Never Click" [citation needed]
The Mooseheart Faith 1990 "Wind Chimes" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
John McEntire 1998 "Let's Go Away for Awhile" Smiling Pets [1]
Melt Banana 1998 "Surfin' U.S.A." Smiling Pets [1]
"You're Welcome"
Thurston Moore 1998 "Here Today" Smiling Pets [1]
Olivia Newton-John 1974 "God Only Knows" Long Live Love [5]
Jim O'Rourke 1998 "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)" Smiling Pets [1]
Oberhofer 2010 "Be True to Your School" Live: Big Ugly Yellow Couch Session [6]
The Original Sins 1990 "Help Me, Rhonda" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
The Olivia Tremor Control 1998 "Do You Like Worms?" Smiling Pets [1]
"Little Pad" as "The Ships"[1]
OnoTetsu 1998 "Tones" Smiling Pets [1]
Paper Dolls 1968 "Darlin'" [citation needed]
Louis Philippe 1988 "Little Pad" [citation needed]
1991 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Rainfall
Pizzicato Five 1996 "Passing By" Sister Freedom Tapes [citation needed]
Psychic TV 1987 "Good Vibrations" [13]
The Queers 2007 "Don't Back Down" Don't Back Down [6]
The Records 1990 "Darlin'" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
David Lee Roth 1985 "California Girls" Crazy from the Heat [nb 1]
Todd Rundgren 1976 "Good Vibrations" Faithful [nb 2]
Saint Etienne 2000 "Stevie" Caroline Now! [7]
2012 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Pet Sounds Revisited [11]
Chris Schlarb 2013 "'Til I Die" Psychic Temple II [citation needed]
Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her 1998 "You Still Believe In Me" Smiling Pets [1]
Secret Chiefs 3 1998 "Good Vibrations" Smiling Pets [1]
Sharky's Machine 1990 "I Wanna Pick You Up" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Shonen Knife 1996 "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" The Birds & the B-Sides [citation needed]
Short Hair Front 1998 "I'm Waiting for the Day" Smiling Pets [1]
Sonic Youth 1990 "I Know There's an Answer" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Sports Guitar 1998 "Wonderful" Smiling Pets [1]
Peter Stampfel & the Bottle Caps 1990 "Gonna Hustle You" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Michael Stipe 2004 "God Only Knows" [5]
Joss Stone 2005 "God Only Knows" Mind, Body & Soul [5]
Nikki Sudden & the Mermaids 1990 "Wonderful" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
"Whistle In"
The Surfaris 1964 "Be True to Your School" [citation needed]
"Little Deuce Coupe"
1965 "Don't Hurt My Little Sister"
"California Girls" It Ain't Me Babe
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
Taylor Swift 2011 "God Only Knows" [5]
They Might Be Giants 2004 "Caroline, No" Indestructible Object [6]
Takeshi Terauchi 1972 "Surfin' U.S.A." Manatsu No Umi Wo Buttobase!! [citation needed]
Thee Headcoats 1990 "409" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
The Untamed Youth 1990 "Chug-A-Lug" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Bobby Vee 1966 "Here Today" single [citation needed]
Andy Williams 1967 "God Only Knows" [5]
Brian Wilson ft. various artists 2014 "God Only Knows" single, "BBC Music version" [nb 3]
World Famous Blue Jays 1990 "This Car of Mine " Smiles, Vibes & Harmony [citation needed]
Tatsuro Yamashita 1972 "Wendy" Add Some Music to Your Day [citation needed]
"Don't Worry Baby"
"Help Me Rhonda"
"Car Crazy Cutie"
"And Your Dream Comes True"
"Your Summer Dream"
1984 "Girls on the Beach" Big Wave
"Please Let Me Wonder"
1989 "God Only Knows" Joy
Yo La Tengo 1997 "Little Honda" I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One [citation needed]
2008 "Shut Down" Fuckbook
"Shut Down, Part II"
2013 "A Day in the Life of a Tree" "Super Kiwi"




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