Brian Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Mike Love perform at the 2012 Grammy Awards during a reunion of original members of The Beach Boys. (Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Miss summer? Listen to these Beach Boys hits

Mike Love and company are coming to a town near you.

If there's any band that invokes a particular imagery, it's The Beach Boys. That imagery, of course, is of Southern California cool, of sun, sand, surf, palm trees, and teenagers driving along the beach in convertibles. No matter what time of year you hear them, it brings you right back to the carefree days of summer.

It doesn't even matter which summer invokes those memories, by the way. In the band's 53-year existence, they've had massive hits in multiple decades. So while Boomers may remember summers listening to "Good Vibrations" or "Surfin' USA," Gen Xers remember where they were when they heard "Rock and Roll Music" in the '70s and "Kokomo" in the '80s.

The group celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012 with a boxed set and extremely successful tour that included original members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks along with still-active members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston; it was the first time they had performed together in 16 years.

What you may not know about The Beach Boys, however, is that, despite Wilson and other members dropping out over the years, the group never really stopped touring. Love has been the driving force in keeping the band out there, touring theaters and festivals with a configuration that includes Johnston, and at times has included Marks and guest musicians like noted drummer John Stamos.

The Beach Boys – with Love and Johnston, but not Wilson, Jardine and Marks – are currently on tour, playing theaters all over the country, and will be going overseas in November, hitting Paris, Budapest, Denmark, Norway and Tel Aviv.

To get you in the mood -- and to help you hold on to the last memories of summer – listen to this Spotify playlist we created of 12 of The Beach Boys' greatest songs (a Spotify login is required).


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