Music video by The Beach Boys
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"Good Vibrations" is a song by American rock band the Beach Boys, released as a single in October 1966, and backed with the Pet Soundsinstrumental "Let's Go Away For Awhile". The song was composed and produced by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love. Initiated during the sessions for the Pet Sounds album, it was not taken from or issued as a lead single for an album, but as a stand-alone single, although it would be later considered for the aborted Smile project. It would ultimately be placed on the album Smiley Smile eleven months after its release and was part of Wilson's 2004 performances of Smile.
Building upon the layered production approach he had previously formulated on Pet Sounds, Wilson famously labored over the song's production by recording it piece by piece using several Los Angeles studios throughout the course of a year, resulting in a cut-up mosaic of musical sections marked by several discordant key and modal shifts. Then-publicist for the band, Derek Taylor, dubbed the song's recording a "pocket symphony", featuring an exotic array of instruments considered unusual for a pop song, including prominent use of the cello, jaw harp, and an electro-theremin.
For "Good Vibrations", Wilson is credited with further developing the use of the recording studio as an instrument. "Good Vibrations" earned The Beach Boys a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Group performance in 1966 and the song was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994. An early classic of the counterculture era, it has featured highly in many charts, being voted number one in the Mojo Top 100 Records of All Time chart in 1997 and number six on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The song "Good Vibrations" is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.