500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Beach Boys, 'Sloop John B'
Writer: Traditional, Brian Wilson
Released: March '66, Capitol
11 weeks; No. 3
Wilson got turned onto the Bahamian folk song "The Wreck of the John B." by Al Jardine. For the Boys' version, Wilson added elaborate vocals and Billy Strange's 12-string-guitar part. He also changed "This is the worst trip since I’ve been born" to ". . . I’ve ever been on" — a wink to acid culture.
Appears on: Pet Sounds (Capitol)