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Brian Wilson

Founder, songwriter, producer and member of The Beach Boys. The guy who wrote nearly every song in this database.

Son of Murry, brother to Carl and Dennis and father to Wendy and Carnie. His first wife was Marilyn Rovell.

See also: The Beach Boys, California Music and The Impossible Orchestra.

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Studio coversAny studio recorded cover that doesn't fall into the other categories.
Live coversAny cover only performed live (including those released on live albums).
SamplesCover that samples the original track (or another cover)
MedleysCovers which are parts of medleys
"Bedroom" coversRecorded at home, for Youtube, etc.
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Song Album Year ListenNotes
"'Til I Die"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, SpotifyA live version of this song was released on Live At The Roxy Theatre.
"Add Some Music To Your Day"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"All Summer Long"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Back Home"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000YoutubeLive recording.
"Barnyard"Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, Spotify
"Cabinessence"
(covered as "Cabin Essence")
Brian Wilson Presents SmileYoutube, Spotify
"California Feelin'"Classics Selected By Brian Wilson2002Youtube, SpotifyContains some lyrical alterations.
"California Girls"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Can't Wait Too Long"That Lucky Old Sun2008Youtube, SpotifyExcerpt of the track. Follows on from "Oxygen To The Brain" and leads into "Midnight's Another Day".
"Caroline, No"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, SpotifyLive versions would later appear on Live At The Roxy Theatre and Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live.
"Child Is Father Of The Man"Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyWith additional lyrics by Van Dyke Parks.
"Darlin'"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Do It Again"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Do You Like Worms"
(covered as "Roll Plymouth Rock")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyWith the full lyrics, that never made the original Smile recording.
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002YoutubeLive recording
"Don't Worry Baby"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Friends"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002Bonus track on the Japanese release.
"God Only Knows"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording. Another live version features on Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live.
"God Only Knows"New Music From An Old Friend2007
"Good Vibrations"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live version - unlike the Brian Wilson Presents Smile version, this features the original lyrics.
"Good Vibrations"Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyThis version uses Tony Asher's original draft lyrics for the verses, keeping Mike Love's lyrics for the rest of the song. This version reached number 30 in the UK singles chart.
"Help Me, Rhonda"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording. Bonus track on some versions of the album.
"Here Today"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002Live recording
"Heroes And Villains"Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyAdds the "cantina" section, which didn't make the original single/"Smiley Smile" version.
"Holidays"
(covered as "On A Holiday")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyNew lyrics by Van Dyke Parks. Segues into "Wind Chimes"
"I Get Around"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002YoutubeLive recording
"I Know There's An Answer"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002Live recording
"I'm In Great Shape"
(covered as "I'm In Great Shape / I Wanna Be Around / Workshop.")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, Spotify"I'm In Great Shape" segues into "I Wanna Be Around", which itself segues into "Workshop".
"I'm Waiting For The Day"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002YoutubeLive recording
"In My Room"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"In The Back Of My Mind"No Pier Pressure2015YoutubeRecorded in 1975 as a home demo, but not released until 2015, as a bonus track on Brian's No Pier Pressure.

New lyrics for the middle eight.
"Keep An Eye On Summer"Imagination1998Youtube, Spotify
"Kiss Me, Baby"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Let Him Run Wild"Imagination1998Youtube, SpotifyBrian never liked his vocal on the original, which is presumably part of the reason for this cover.
"Let The Wind Blow"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, Spotify
"Let's Go Away For Awhile"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording. Another live version features on Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live.
"Little Saint Nick"What I Really Want For Christmas2005Youtube, SpotifyAlmost note-for-note cover.
"Look (Song For Children)"
(covered as "Song For Children")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyWith new lyrics by Van Dyke Parks and Brian.
"Love And Mercy"Walking Down The Path Of Life single2005Youtube2005 re-recording, more reminiscient of the live arrangement. Was a bonus track on some editions of Brian's 2015 album No Pier Pressure.
"Love And Mercy"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, SpotifyBrian's first re-recording. This version has a sparser arrangement.
"Love To Say Dada"
(covered as "In Blue Hawaii")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyWith new lyrics by Van Dyke Parks.
"Meant For You"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, SpotifyA live version appears as a bonus track on the Japanese issue of Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live.
"Melt Away"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, SpotifyStripped down version
"Our Prayer"
(covered as "Our Prayer/Gee")
Brian Wilson Presents SmileYoutube, SpotifyThe opener to Brian Wilson's completed version of Smile, which segues into a cover of The Crows' 1953 hit "Gee", which itself leads into "Heroes And Villains". A single version reached 124 in the UK charts.
"Pacific Coast Highway"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Live recording, a bonus feature on the DVD of the concert only.
"Pet Sounds"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording. Another live version features on Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live.
"Please Let Me Wonder"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Sherry She Needs Me"
(covered as "She Says That She Needs Me")
Imagination1998Youtube, SpotifyNew lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager.
"Summer Means New Love"
(covered as "Somewhere Quiet")
No Pier Pressure2015Youtube, SpotifyAvailable on deluxe editions of the No Pier Pressure album. Contains new lyrics by Brian and Scott Bennett, and an uncredited vocal by Al Jardine.
"Surf's Up"Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, Spotify
"Surfer Girl"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"Surfin' U.S.A."The Bridge School Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition2011Youtube, SpotifyRecorded live in 1999.
"That's Not Me"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002Live recording
"The Elements: Fire (Mrs O'Leary's Cow)"
(covered as "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifySomehow, it wasn't until this release that Brian Wilson won a Grammy - in this case, for best rock instrumental.
"The Little Girl I Once Knew"Live At The Roxy Theatre2000Live recording.
"The Man With All The Toys"What I Really Want For Christmas2005Youtube, SpotifyWith an added instrumental break and a fragment of "Joy To The World" for an outro, this version almost doubles the length of the original song.
"The Warmth Of The Sun"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, Spotify
"This Whole World"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, SpotifyA live version appears on 2000's Live At The Roxy Theatre.
"Vegetables"
(covered as "Vega-Tables")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyThis version of the song has a much fuller arrangement and backing track, when compared to the Smiley Smile version.
"Wind Chimes"Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyA more straightforward interpretation than the Smiley Smile (in so far as you can call any part of Smile or its later offshoots straightforward).
"Wonderful"Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, SpotifyUnlike the Smiley Smile version, this is a more straightforward interpretation - not that it is a bad thing. Also features an additional verse. The single release reached number 29 in the UK single charts.
"Wonderful"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, Spotify
"Workshop"
(covered as "I'm In Great Shape / I Wanna Be Around / Workshop")
Brian Wilson Presents Smile2004Youtube, Spotify"I'm In Great Shape" segues into "I Wanna Be Around", which itself segues into "Workshop". Andrew Hickey suggests in The Beach Boys On CD: Vol. 3 that it may be the original Smile tool recordings, which also appeared at the end of the album version of "Do It Again".
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002Live recording. Another live recording was a bonus track on some issues of Live At The Roxy Theatre.
"You Still Believe In Me"Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002Live recording.

Brian Setzer with Brian Wilson

See also Brian Setzer and Brian Wilson.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Little Deuce Coupe"MOM 3: Music For Our Mother Ocean1999Youtube, SpotifyBrian takes lead on this recording for a charity album.

Brian Wilson feat. Wendy and Carnie Wilson

See also: Brian Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Carnie Wilson.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Do It Again"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times1995Youtube, SpotifyFeatured Brian's daughters Carnie and Wendy on backing vocals. Released as a single in the UK.

Brian Wilson with Al Jardine

As well as both being Beach Boys, Brian and Al have toured together since 2013.

Also see Brian Wilson and Al Jardine.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"All Summer Long"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording, on the CD of the concert only. Brian takes lead.
"California Girls"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording, on the CD of the concert only. Brian takes lead.
"California Saga: California"Brian Wilson And Friends2016SpotifyLive recording. On the CD only. Al takes the lead vocal.
"Dance, Dance, Dance"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording. Brian takes the lead vocal.
"Good Vibrations"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording. Brian takes the lead vocal.
"Help Me, Rhonda"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording. Al takes the lead vocal.
"Heroes And Villains"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording. Includes the "cantina" section.
"Our Prayer"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording.
"Summer's Gone"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Live recording, a bonus feature on the DVD of the concert only. Brian takes lead.
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"Brian Wilson And Friends2016SpotifyLive recording. Al takes the lead vocal.

Brian Wilson feat. Sebu

Together they wrote and performed "Saturday Night", from Brian's No Pier Pressure album. See also Brian Wilson and Sebu.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Don't Worry Baby"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Live recording. DVD only. Sebu takes the lead.

Brian Wilson with Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar and Billy Hinsche

See also Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar and Billy Hinsche.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Marcella"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive version, with Brian on lead.
"Sail On, Sailor"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive version, with Blondie on lead.
"Wild Honey"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive version, with Blondie on lead.

Brian Wilson feat. Mark Isham

The pair performed the song "Half Moon Bay", from Wilson's No Pier Pressure album. See also Brian Wilson and Mark Isham.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive instrumental, with Isham's trumpet taking the lead part.

Brian Wilson feat. She & Him

She & Him guested on Brian's No Pier Pressure album, for the song "On The Island". See also Brian Wilson and She & Him.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"God Only Knows"Brian Wilson And Friends2016On the DVD release only. A striped back version, with Zooey Deschannel on lead and Brian on backing vocals.

Brian Wilson feat. Nate Ruess

They co-wrote and performed the song "Saturday Night" from Brian's No Pier Pressure album. See also Brian Wilson and Nate Ruess.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Darlin'"Brian Wilson And Friends2016YoutubeLive recording, on the DVD of the concert only. Nate takes the lead vocal.

Brian Wilson feat. Nate Ruess, Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar

Also see Brian Wilson, Nate Ruess, Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Hold On Dear Brother"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Live recording, on the DVD of the concert only. Nate takes the lead vocal.

Brian Wilson with Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar, Billy Hinsche and Sebu

See also Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar, Billy Hinsche, and Sebu.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Fun, Fun, Fun"Brian Wilson And Friends2016Youtube, SpotifyLive recording. Brian takes lead.

Brian Wilson with The Corrs

Also see Brian Wilson and The Corrs.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"God Only Knows"Party At The Palace2002YoutubeRecorded live at the Queen's Golden Jubilee concert.

Brian Wilson with Cliff Richard, Emma Bunton and Atomic Kitten

Also see Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Emma Bunton and Atomic Kitten.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Good Vibrations"Party At The Palace2002YoutubeRecorded live at the Queen's Golden Jubilee concert.

Tammy Wynette and Brian Wilson

Also see Tammy Wynette and Brian Wilson.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"In My Room"Tammy Wynette Remembered1998YoutubeDuet between Tammy and Brian. Originally recorded for the sequel to Stars And Stripes Vol. 1, which never came. Also appears on the Nashville Sounds documentary about the Star And Stripes recording sessions.

Old Sand Mill feat. Brian Wilson and Rick Boston

Also see Old Sand Mill, Rick Boston and Brian Wilson.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Be True To Your School"The World Is Getting Colder2011Youtube, SpotifyFeatures Brian on backing vocals.

Bill Medley feat. Brian Wilson and Phil Everly

Also see Bill Medley, Phil Everly and Brian Wilson.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"In My Room"Damn Near Righteous2007Youtube, SpotifyFeatures Brian Wilson on backing vocals.

Al Jardine feat. Brian Wilson

Also see Brian Wilson and Al Jardine.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Honkin' Down The Highway"A Postcard From California2010Brian and Al sing vocals.

Brian Wilson and Elton John

Also see Brian Wilson and Elton John.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"An All Star-Tribute To Brian Wilson2001YoutubeLive recording.

Brian Wilson and Eric Clapton

Also see Brian Wilson and Eric Clapton.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"The Warmth Of The Sun"Party At The Palace2002YoutubeLive recording.

Brian Wilson and The Boys Choir of Harlem

Also see Brian Wilson and The Boys Choir of Harlem.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Love And Mercy"An All-Star Tribute To Brian Wilson2001YoutubeLive recording from the All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson concert

Brian Wilson feat. Carl Wilson

Also see Brian and Carl Wilson.


Song Album Year ListenNotes
"Soul Searchin'"Gettin' In Over My Head2004Youtube, SpotifyRe-recording, although including Carl's chorus vocals.