Time to Play b-sides-“Don’t Worry Baby” The Beach Boys. Yesterday in my Sounds of Summer feature I had “I Get Around” The Beach Boys first #1 single from the summer of 1964. I mentioned in passing that the b-side was “Don’t Worry Baby.” While I do love “I Get Around”- certainly one of The Beach Boys greatest singles- “Don’t Worry Baby” has always been my #1 favorite Beach Boys song. “Don’t Worry Baby” was written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. Brian- the musical genius- produced the record and sang the lead vocal. It sounds perfect with Brian’s falsetto singing voice. I can’t imagine this song being half as good with Mike Love singing it [got to get a jab in at Mike Love whenever I can but it’s true this is a song meant for Brian to sing.} Even as a B-side- “Don’t Worry Baby” was a hit- it reached #24. It is also listed by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Rolling Stone ranked it #178 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. Pitchfork ranked it #14 in their 200 Greatest Songs Of The 1960’s. It is one Beach Boys song to me that I can’t hear enough. One of the greatest B-sides ever- Don’t Worry Baby.”
“Don’t Worry Baby” has been covered by a number of artists over the years- the most famous being B.J. Thomas in 1977 who had a #17 hit single with it- his final appearance in the Top 40.