500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Beach Boys, 'Don't Worry Baby'
Writers: Brian Wilson, Roger Christian
Released: May '64, Capitol
10 weeks; No. 24
Wilson, who listened to the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" so much he wore out the grooves, wrote "Don't Worry Baby" for Ronnie Bennett. From the opening drum riff, "Don't Worry Baby" is sheer homage but also vintage Beach Boys, with one of Wilson's finest falsetto-laden vocals.
Appears on: Sounds of Summer (Capitol)