Hits By The Beach Boys 
On The Acoustic

Welcome to my hits by The Beach Boys page covering several of their greatest hits on acoustic guitar. There are rhythm tips, some background info or each song, free chord sheets and a sample video.

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Hits of The Beach Boys
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

1. Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann was a huge song for this band back in 1965, reaching #1 in several countries and a top 5 in a few others. Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean is singing lead with Brian Wilson on this one.

The track can be found on their album "Barbara Ann".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A, B
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2. Fun Fun Fun

Fun Fun Fun was a single release in 1964 and hails from their album "Shut Down Vol 2".

The song peached at #5 in the US and #9 in Australia.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A, D/Gb, A7, D/E
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3. Hawaii

Hawaii was a release back in 1964 and did well in Australia reaching #9 on the charts, but it never charted anywhere else. 

It was recorded in 1963 for the album "Surfer Girl".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo:1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Am, D, G, C, Em, A
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4. Help Me Rhonda

Help Me Rhonda hails from the 1965 album "The Beach Boys Today".

This song had two versions but the second version was the single release and hit #1 in the US. Roy Orbison and Johnny Rivers both covered this one.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st  = original key
  • Rhythm: down up down up with a riff and picking blended in
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Dm7, Am, F, D7, G
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5. Kokomo

Kokomo was The Beach Boys first #1 in nearly 18 years after their last hit in 1970 called Cottonfields, which was a #1 overseas. Their last US hit was Good Vibrations in 1966.

So 22 years between #1's in the US. John Phillips from The Mama's and The Papa's, Scott McKenzie (are you going to San Fran - Cisco), Mike Love with Terry Melcher, wrote this one. From the album "Still Crusin".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, G, Cmaj7, Gm, D7, Fm, C7
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6. Sloop John B

Sloop John B was a #1 in the UK and a few other European countries and managed to peak at #3 in the US back in 1966.

The track is from their album "Pet Sounds".


  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes to start - root down up down up root up down up
  • Picking: No but a few riffs
  • Chords: G, D, C, G7, Am, D7
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7. Surfer Girl

Surfer Girl was written and sung by Brian Wilson on this track from 1963. The song was a #7 in the US and reached #19 in Australia.

The track is from the album of the same name.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down down and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, Bm, G, A7, Dmaj7, D7, Gm, Em, D7, Gbm, Bm, E
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8. Surfin USA

Surfin USA was a re-write with the permission of Chuck Berry of his song Sweet Little 16. So if those two songs sound similar, now you know why. The track is from the 1963 album Surfin USA.

The re-written song managed to reach #3 on the US Billboard and Cash Box charts.


  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up and use a rock and roll riff
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, G
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