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Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys

August 28, 2021

Today’s song of the day is a 60s rock/pop song, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” by the famous Californian Beach Boys.

Fun Facts

  • Tony and Wilson, co-writers for the Beach Boys, decided to put accordions and ethereal sounding guitars in the introduction to the song to give it a nice pop, out-of-this-world feeling. They described it as a feeling in their hearts or a vibration.
  • “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was written over 2 days.
  • The song reached number eight on the Top Billboard Hot 100 in 1966.
  • The song was recorded at least four times to the vocals were just perfect.
  • Throughout the song, Jerry Cole, the band’s guitarist, plucks a twelve-string guitar to give the effect of a harp-like texture along with the chord progression.
  • Brian Willson came up with the song’s premise, to make it about two people in love and too young to get married.
  • Wilson, a singer of the band, sang the lyrics of, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” by singing into his cusped hands to give a more whimsy feel to the song.
  • Wouldn’t It Be Nice is the opening track to their hit album, “Pet Sounds.” Their album ended up doing better in the U.K. than in the United States.
  • This song is in “50 First Dates,” with Adam Sandler.
  • An adapted version of the song is used in Cadbury Chocolate advertisements in South Africa.
  • Tony Asher wrote all but the lines used at the end of the song; those were written by Mike Love.
SOTD lyrics



Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older?

Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long

And wouldn’t it be nice to live together

In the kind of world where we belong?

You know it’s gonna make it that much better

When we can say goodnight and stay together

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could wake up

In the morning when the day is new?

And after having spent the day together

Hold each other close the whole night through

Happy times together we’ve been spending

I wish that every kiss was never ending

Oh, wouldn’t it be nice?

Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray

It might come true

Baby, then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do

Oh, we could be married (oh, we could be married)

And then we’d be happy (and then we’d be happy)

Oh, wouldn’t it be nice?

You know it seems the more we talk about it

It only makes it worse to live without it

But let’s talk about it

Oh, wouldn’t it be nice?

Goodnight, my baby

Sleep tight, my baby

Goodnight, my baby

Sleep tight, my baby