God Only Knows

Writer: 
Brian Wilson & Terry Asher
Year: 
1966
Voices: 
Women's four part
Ranges: 

Tenor: F4 - E flat 5
Lead: B flat - D
Bari: C4 - B flat 4
Bass: E flat 3 - E flat4

From the Pet Sounds album, this song sees the Beach Boys move from their happy-boppy-surfing persona into a more three-dimensional and emotionally engaged world. When it was first released it was much more successful in the UK than in America, though it has come to be recognised as a real landmark in twentieth-century popular music. The arrangement was commissioned to sing at a wedding.