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Naturally created in California, sunshine pop was a mid-'60s mainstream pop style typified by rich harmony vocals, lush orchestrations, and relentless good cheer. It was often mildly influenced by psychedelia, but it usually didn't aim to evoke any sort of drug-induced mind expansion; it simply drew from the warm and whimsical sides of psychedelic pop, incorporating production innovations of the time (especially those of Phil Spector and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson). Sunshine pop often resembled the more elaborate and melancholy baroque pop style, though it could also cross into folk-pop or Brill Building pop. The stars of sunshine pop included the Beach Boys (circa Pet Sounds), the Turtles, the Association, and the Mamas & the Papas; other groups to score hits in the style were the Buckinghams, the Grass Roots, and the Left Banke, while certain others -- Sagittarius, the Yellow Balloon, the Millennium -- became cult favorites years after the fact.

Sunshine Pop Artists Highlights

The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys
The Mamas & the Papas
The Mamas & the Papas
The Monkees
The Monkees
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Beatles
The Beatles
Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson

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Sunshine Pop Album Highlights

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys
The Beach Boys
Sounds of Summer: The Very ...
Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds
The Best of the Monkees [Rhino]
The Monkees
The Best of the Monkees ...
Greatest Hits [Buddha]
The Lovin' Spoonful
Greatest Hits [Buddha]
Greatest Hits
The Mamas & the Papas
Greatest Hits
The Essential Nilsson
Harry Nilsson
The Essential Nilsson

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Sunshine Pop Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Wouldn't It Be Nice The Beach Boys
God Only Knows The Beach Boys
Goin' Down The Monkees
Darling Be Home Soon The Lovin' Spoonful
California Dreamin' The Mamas & the Papas
Cuddly Toy Harry Nilsson
Summer in the City The Lovin' Spoonful
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Girl Don't Tell Me The Beach Boys
In My Room The Beach Boys

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