Who Sang It: The Beach Boys or The Beatles?

By: Stella Alexander
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"Help!" We need somebody ... to take this quiz! After more than half of the 20th century had gone by, the 1960s came in with massive changes to pop culture and entertainment. Fashion began showcasing pant suits and baby doll dresses. The TV entertainment world shot off with series like Bewitched and The Andy Griffith Show. Movies The Sound of Music and Breakfast at Tiffany's would become classics. While all of these made a marker in pop culture, nothing shone more than the music industry. With the British invasion or California wave, everyone was listening to the Beatles or the Beach Boys.

Made up of four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the Beatles were an English rock band that started their careers in 1960 and would lead the British invasion and "Beatlemania." For a decade, the group would put out some of the biggest hits in music history. One year after the start of the Beatles, it was surf's up in California with the formation of the Beach Boys. Mostly a family act, they were made up of brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and Al Jardine. Their music would soon become synonymous with the classic California sound.

Both the Beach Boys and the Beatles put out some of the biggest hits of the 1960s. From "Hey Jude" to "Good Vibrations," can you match these popular lyrics to who sang them? Let's find out!

"Hey, Jude, don't make it bad / Take a sad song and make it better / Remember to let her into your heart / Then you can start to make it better."

One of their most popular songs, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" in 1968 as an official single. While the song has appeared on compilation albums, it never appeared on any official studio album.

"I'm pickin' up good vibrations / She's giving me excitations."

"Good Vibrations" is one of the biggest hits by the Beach Boys. The song was released in 1966 and appears on the 1967 album "Smiley Smile."

"Nobody ever loved me like she does / Oh, she does, yes, she does / And if somebody loved me like she do me / Oh, she do me, yes, she does."

"Don't Let Me Down" was released by the Beatles in 1969 and was recorded with Billy Preston.

"Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces / Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here."

"Here Comes the Sun" was the 1969 Beatles song written by George Harrison. It appeared on their album "Abbey Road."

"I may not always love you / But long as there are stars above you / You never need to doubt it / I'll make you so sure about it."

"God Only Knows" is the 1966 Beach Boys song that appears on the album "Pet Sounds."

"I read the news today, oh boy / About a lucky man who made the grade / And though the news was rather sad / Well, I just had to laugh."

"A Day in the Life" was released on the 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

"I'm gettin' bugged driving up and down this same old strip / I gotta find a new place where the kids are hip."

"I Get Around" was released in 1964. It is featured on the 1964 album "All Summer Long."

"Oh please, say to me / You'll let me be your man / And please, say to me / You'll let me hold your hand."

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is the 1963 song by the Beatles that was released on their second U.S. album "Meet the Beatles!"

"Somewhere in her smile she knows / That I don't need no other lover / Something in her style shows me."

"Something" is the 1969 Beatles song written by George Harrison. The song appears on the 1969 album "Abbey Road."

"Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya / Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama."

"Kokomo" is another hit single by the Beach Boys. Recorded in 1988, the song appears on the soundtrack for the 1988 film "Cocktail" as well as the Beach Boys 1989 album "Still Cruisin'."

"In the town where I was born / Lived a man who sailed to sea / And he told us of his life / In the land of submarines."

"Yellow Submarine" is the 1966 Beatles song. Released on both the 1966 album "Revolver" and 1969 album "Yellow Submarine," it features lead vocals by Ringo Starr.

"You know it's gonna make it that much better / When we can say goodnight and stay together."

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" is the 1966 single by the Beach Boys. The song appears on their album "Pet Sounds."

"Early in the morning we'll be startin' out / Some boneys will be coming along / We're loading up our Woody / With out boats inside."

"Surfin' Safari" is the 1962 Beach Boys song that appears on the album of the same name.

"I guess I should've kept my mouth shut / When I started to brag about my car / But I can't back down now because / I pushed the other guys too far."

"Don't Worry Baby" is the 1964 Beach Boys song. It appears on their album "Shut Down Volume 2."

"Why she had to go? / I don't know, she wouldn't say / I said something wrong / Now I long for yesterday."

"Yesterday" is the 1965 single by the Beatles. It appears on Side Two of their 1965 album "Help!"

"Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes / There beneath the blue suburban skies / I sit, and meanwhile back."

"Penny Lane" is the 1967 song released on the "Magical Mystery Tour" album released in the same year.

"Well, Rhonda you look so fine / And I know it wouldn't take much time / For you to help me Rhonda / Help me get her out of my heart."

"Help Me, Rhonda" is the 1965 Beach Boys song. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the song appears on the album "Today!"

"I don't know why nobody told you / How to unfold your love / I don't know how someone controlled you / They bought and sold you."

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is another Beatles song written by George Harrison. The song appeared on the 1968 album titled "The Beatles." The album has also come to be known as "The White Album."

"He wear no shoe shine / He got toe jam football / He got monkey finger / He shoot Coca-Cola."

"Come Together" is the 1969 Beatles single that was released on their album "Abbey Road."

"The first mate he got drunk / And broke in the Cap'n's trunk / The constable had to come and take him away."

"Sloop John B" is the 1966 song featured on the Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds." The song is originally a traditional folk song from the Bahamas that the group covered.

"The West Coast has the sunshine / And the girls all get so tanned / I dig a French bikini on Hawaiin island / Dolls by a palm tree in the sand."

"California Girls" is the 1965 song by the Beach Boys. A chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, the song appeared on the album "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!).

"I'll buy you diamond rings my friend / If it makes you feel alright / I'll get you anything my friend / If it makes you feel alright."

"Can't Buy Me Love" was a 1964 single by the Beatles. The song appears on their 1964 album "A Hard Day's Night."

"I say high, you say low / You say why and I say I don't know, oh no / You say goodbye and I say hello."

"Hello, Goodbye" was released as a single by the Beatles in 1967. The song was never released on any official studio album.

"Went to a dance, lookin' for romance / Saw Barbara Ann, so I thought I'd take a chance / With Barbara Ann, Barbara Ann / Take my hand."

"Barbara Ann" appears on the 1965 album "Beach Boys' Party!" The song was originally performed by The Regents in 1961.

"Well she got her daddy's car / And she's cruisin' through the hamburger stand now / Seems she forgot all about the library / Like she told her old man now."

"Fun, Fun, Fun" is the 1964 song by the Beach Boys. The song appears on the album "Shut Down Volume 2."

"You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar / Ventura County line / Santa Cruz and Trestle."

"Surfin' U.S.A." is another one of the Beach Boys most popular song. Released in 1963, the song appears on the album of the same name.

"Don't know if words can say / But darlin' I'll find a way / To let you know what you mean to me / Guess it was meant to be."

"Darlin'" is the 1967 song by the Beach Boys. The song is featured on the album "Wild Honey."

"I've been in this town so long that back in the city / I've been taken for lost and gone / And unknown for a long long time."

"Heroes and Villains" is the 1967 song by the Beach Boys. The song is featured on the album "Smiley Smile."

"And in my hour of darkness / She is standing right in front of me / Speaking words of wisdom / Let it be."

"Let It Be" is the popular Beatles single written by Paul McCartney. The song appeared on the Beatles very last 1970 studio album of the same title.

"This is the way / I always dreamed it would be / The way that it is, oh oh / When you are holding me."

"I Can Hear Music" is a single from the Beach Boys on their 1969 album "20/20." The song was originally recorded by the Ronettes three years prior.

"Living is easy with eyes closed / Misunderstanding all you see / It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out / It doesn't matter much to me."

"Strawberry Fields Forever" was a single by the Beatles that was released in 1967.

"Cellophane flowers of yellow and green / Towering over your head / Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes / And she's gone."

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was released in 1967 and is featured on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

"With a girl the lonely sea looks good in moonlight / Makes your night times warm and out of sight."

"Do It Again" is the 1968 song by the Beach Boys. The song wasn't released on any official studio album.

"Nothing you can make that can't be made / No one you can save that can't be saved / Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time / It's easy."

"All You Need is Love" is the 1967 single by the Beatles. The song was never released on an official studio album.

"I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean / Through restful waters and deep commotion / Often frightened, unenlightened / Sail on, sail on sailor."

"Sail On, Sailor" is the 1973 single by the Beach Boys. The song was released on the Beach Boys' 19th album "Holland."

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