Wouldn't It Be Nice
Pet Sounds cover

"Wouldn't It Be Nice"

(Brian Wilson / Tony Asher / Mike Love)
The Beach Boys song
Album: Pet Sounds (1966)
Listen to The Beach Boys version: Youtube, SpotifyCovers: 67

Studio coversLive coversSamplesBeach Boys & solo versionMedleys"Bedroom" covers
Artist Album Year ListenNotes
Ōsama (王様)
(covered as "浜っ子伝説")
浜っ子伝説~ビーチボーイズ 日本語直訳メドレ single1996YoutubeJapanese "direct translation" medley of "Surfin' U.S.A."/"Fun, Fun, Fun"/"I Get Around"/"Surfer Girl"/"Good Vibrations"/"Little Honda"/"California Girls"/"God Only Knows"/"Wouldn't It Be Nice".
101 Strings Orchestra & The Alshire SingersPlay And Sing The Songs Of The Beach Boys1976Youtube, SpotifyOrchestral pop cover.
Acme Jazz CompanyAcme Jazz Company2013Youtube, SpotifyExtended jazz instrumental.
AnakinWouldn't It Be Nice single2015Youtube, SpotifyAlt rock cover
(covered as "Wouldn't It Be Nice (To Play Some Vidya)")
/v/ - The Musical V2017YoutubeParody lyrics using the original backing track.
The Beach Boys Inc.Vintage Series2002
The Beach Boys And The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraThe Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra2018Youtube, SpotifyThe original Beach Boys recording and vocals with orchestral overdubs.
The Beachles
(covered as "Wouldn't Sgt. Petsound Be Nice?")
Sgt. Petsound's Lonely Hearts Club Band2006YoutubeMash up of The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Madeline Bell
(covered as "Beach Boys Medley")
Blessed2000Medley of "And Your Dreams Come True"/"God Only Knows"/"Wouldn't It Be Nice".
Blackpool Beach Boys And GirlPet Sounds1995Minimalist interpretation
The Blue Springs High School Pop ChoirSee You In September1976
The BostoniansQuarter Past Nine2000
Michael R. BristowOcean In A Box1999Solo acoustic guitar instrumental.
The Brown Derbies
(covered as "Wouldn't It Be Nice?")
Talk Derby To Me1991
BullionSgt. Petsound's Lonely Hearts Club Band2006YoutubeRemix in the style of J Dilla.
Liz Callaway
(covered as "Wouldn't It Be Nice?")
The Beat Goes On2001Youtube, SpotifyPop cover
The Cantina Band
(covered as "Summer '81")
Summer '81 single1981YoutubeMedley of "Surfer Girl"/"Fun, Fun, Fun"/"409"/"I Get Around"/"Dance, Dance, Dance"/"California Girls"/"Wouldn't It Be Nice"/"Help Me, Rhonda"/"Good Vibrations". Basically an attempt to see how many choruses you can fit into 4 minutes 18 seconds, the B-side was the same medley without the 14 seconds of "Surfer Girl" at the start.
Michael CarpenterSoop #5: Songs Of Other People2012OtherPop rock cover, featuring Lukah Boo
Chalk TalkBvvvvvvv EP2011YoutubeIndie cover
Alex ChiltonElectricity By Candlelight NYC 2/13/972013Youtube, SpotifyLive, acoustic recording from 1997.
Another live recording from 1977, this time with a full band, was released on 2015's Ocean Club '77 (Youtube, Spotify)
Gretchen DowsingFun, Fun, Fun
The Duke Of NorfolkMint 400 Records Presents The Beach Boys Pet Sounds2013
FourceWouldn't It Be Nice single2003YoutubePop cover.
(covered as "Beach Boys Medley")
Live At The Royal Albert Hall2005Live medley of "Fun, Fun, Fun" / "I Get Around" / "Wouldn't It Be Nice" / "California Girls" / "God Only Knows".
Gidea Park
(covered as "California Gold")
Gidea Park1981Youtube, SpotifyReleased as a single. Also known as "Beach Boys Gold Part II".

Medley of "California Gold"/"California Girls"/"Wouldn't It Be Nice"/"Help Me, Rhonda"/"The Little Girl I Once Knew"/"All Summer Long"/"Lovin' That Music".

A live version appears on their Live In Concert album.
Goodbye NovaImpressions, Vol. 2 EP2014YoutubePop cover
Hicktown BrothersNet Sounds II: Do It Again
The Hollyridge StringsPlay The Beach Boys Song Book - Vol. 2 1967Youtube, SpotifyOrchestral cover arranged by Mort Garson and Perry Botkin Jr.
Husking BeePut On Fresh Paint1998YoutubePunk cover
Indian JewelryA Tribute To Pet Sounds2016YoutubeNoise rock cover.
Al Jardine, Family & FriendsLive In Las Vegas2001Live recording. Matt Jardine takes lead vocals.
John B. & The Surfin' SafarisA Tribute To The Beach Boys2002Youtube, Spotify
(covered as "Wouldn't It Be Nice [Bone-Idle-Cuntwit]")
Hippocamp Ruins Pet Sounds2005OtherExperimental electronic remix of the original track.
Jan KristMaking God Smile (An Artists' Tribute To The Songs Of Beach Boy Brian Wilson)2002
LashAndrew Denton's Musical Challenge 22001
Locas In LoveRio Veneno EP2001
Mike LoveUnleash The Love2017Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover. Jeff Foskett on lead vocals.
Bob Lowden
(covered as "Beach Boys Medley")
Bob Lowden's Concert Band Simplicity Series1985Medley of "California Girls" / "Help Me, Rhonda" / "Wouldn't It Be Nice".
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
(covered as "Skulle De' Va' Skönt ")
Frida Ensam1975Youtube, SpotifySwedish lyrics by Marie Bergman. Also appears on Frida's 14 Hits compilation.
MAXX Factor
(covered as "Beach Boys Medley")
The Sing-Off - Beach Boys Medley single2009Medley of "God Only Knows" / "Wouldn't It Be Nice" / "Good Vibrations".
Noriyuki Makihara (槇原敬之)Beach Boys: Best Of Tribute2004
Oldham BrothersDo It Again: A Tribute To Pet Sounds2006
Jeffrey OsborneWouldn't It Be Nice (A Jazz Portrait Of Brian Wilson)1997YoutubeVocal cover
Papa Doo Run RunGreenifornia2008Youtube, SpotifyAcoustic cover.
Papa Doo Run RunCalifornia Project1985YoutubeStraightforward cover.
PelleKPelleK's YouTube Covers - Volume 202015Youtube, SpotifyMelodic metal cover
PendulumPendulum1976YoutubePop cover
Pickin' OnPickin' On The Beach Boys: A Bluegrass Tribute2004YoutubeBluegrass instrumental
Rebecca PidgeonBehind The Velvet Curtain2008YoutubeFolk-pop cover
Mike PostRailroad Overture1975Instrumental
The PuttysPlay The Pops: Live At Nilbog2006Live recording.
Red Sun RisingPeel EP2019Youtube, SpotifyAcoustic version
Rockabye Baby!Lullaby Renditions Of The Beach Boys2006Youtube, SpotifyInstrumental lullaby.
The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraSymphonic Sounds: Music Of The Beach Boys1998Orchestral instrumental. Produced by Bruce.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(covered as "The Water Planet Suite")
Symphonic Sounds: Music Of The Beach Boys1998A 23 minute long orchestral medley of "Heroes And Villains"/"Help Me, Rhonda"/"Wouldn't It Be Nice/"God Only Knows"/"Surfer Girl"/"In My Room"/"The Warmth Of The Sun"/"All Summer Long"/"You Still Believe In Me"/"Caroline, No"/"Good Vibrations".

Arranged by Bob Alcivar, produced by Bruce Johnston.
Saint EtiennePet Sounds Revisited2012YoutubeSynthpop cover, that also makes good use of the "Barnyard" theme.

Also appears on the super deluxe version of their Words And Music album.
(covered as "God Only Knows")
Wherever You Stand2010Youtube, SpotifyVocal cover. Wouldn't It Be Nice opens the song, before going into "God Only Knows".
Fred SimonFred Simon's Interpretation Of The Beach Boys2003CD BabySolo piano version
The Surf City AllstarsLive In Concert2014Youtube, SpotifyLive version.
Surf Punks
(covered as "Surf's Up Medley")
Surf's Up Medley single1981YoutubeMedley of "Surf City" / "Surfin' U.S.A." / "Help Me, Rhonda" / "Wouldn't It Be Nice" / "California Girls" / "Pipeline" / "Catch A Wave" / "I Get Around" / "Surfer Girl".
Tom & FloLive Im Circus Krone2015SpotifyLive folk cover
Trio RococoFriends1996Instrumental.
Vitamin String QuartetThe String Quartet Tribute To The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds2005Youtube, SpotifyClassical instrumental
Brian WilsonBrian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live2002Live recording. Another live recording was a bonus track on some issues of Live At The Roxy Theatre.
Brian Wilson and Elton JohnAn All Star-Tribute To Brian Wilson2001YoutubeLive recording.
Brian Wilson with Al JardineBrian Wilson And Friends2016SpotifyLive recording. Al takes the lead vocal.
Wilson PhillipsDedicated2012Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover.
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