Among hardcore Brian Wilson aficionados, "Let Him Run Wild" is one of the composer's most beloved compositions. Couched in a subtle, Burt Bacharach-inspired melody, the song swings from start to finish. Musically, the ever-changing and shifting patterns are a virtual precursor to Wilson's work on Pet Sounds. Lyrically, the song is loaded with vulnerability and a slight sense of competition (and perhaps jealousy) that always marked Wilson's finest songs. The Beach Boys' version is certainly paramount, but Brian Wilson himself covered the song successfully on his 1998 solo album, presumably because he was dissatisfied with his vocal on the original. Any way you slice it, it's a stone classic.