10. The Beach Boys The Very Best Of The Beach Boys

(Capitol, 2001)

Pet Sounds is The Beach Boys’ finest studio album, but its melancholic nature means that this excellent compilation is a better – and more straightforward – record for the road.

The talent of Brian Wilson and co. is undoubted, but it is also true that – Pet Sounds apart – they were often inconsistent on their records.

So it is most welcome that The Very Best Of The Beach Boys does such a good job of gathering together their finest feel-good hits (‘Surfin’ USA’, ‘Surfin’ Safari’, ‘Go0d Vibrations’, ‘Darlin”) whilst including a select few of the more emotionally resonant cuts (‘God Only Knows’, ‘Caroline No’) onto one surprisingly coherent album.

Try also: The Beach Boys Smiley Smile (Capitol, 1967).