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Weekend Rock Question: What is the Best Beach Boys Song?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

The Beach Boys
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June 1, 2012 3:00 PM ET

The Beach Boys are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a major reunion tour in support of That's Why God Made the Radio, their 29th album and first record of new material since 1992. The band has built up a staggering body of work over the past five decades, ranging from brilliant bubblegum singles about girls, cars and surfing to their melancholy masterwork, Pet Sounds. Our question for you this week is: What is the best Beach Boys song of all time?

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

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