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8. The Beach Boys - 'Good Vibrations'
Brian Wilson had to put up with a lot at the peak of the Beach Boys' success in the mid-Sixties. The pressure to come up with hit after hit was enormous, he had a horrible relationship with his father, Mike Love felt the group should continue to write surf songs, and the Beatles were breathing down his neck with a seemingly endless slew of pop masterpieces. Factor in the facts that he was emotionally fragile and deaf in one ear, and it's amazing he managed to release as many classics as he did before his inner demons began consuming him. "Good Vibrations" is one of the last songs the group released before the shit hit the fan, and it's also one of Wilson's most ambitious works. He spent months and months on the song, recording at studios all across Los Angeles. It hit Number One and was hailed as the work of a genius, but when he went back into the studio the pressure to top it with Smile proved to be too great. It took him nearly 40 years to finish that album.