500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Beach Boys, 'Caroline, No'
Writers: Brian Wilson, Tony Asher
Released: March '66, Capitol
7 weeks; No. 32
Wilson ditched the other Beach Boys and used studio pros like "Be My Baby" drummer Hal Blaine on what was initially released as Brian's first solo single. It was largely the result of a misheard lyric. Wilson told Asher about a girl he'd liked in high school named Carol, and Asher responded with "Oh, Carol, I know." But Wilson heard it as "Caroline, no" and dashed off the rest of the song while stoned.
Appears on: Pet Sounds (Capitol)