One of the defining albums of the progression of rock, The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds dropped today in 1966, all at once signifying mastermind Brian Wilson’s decent into his own mind hell whilst raising the orchestral bar for harmony and concept, and darkening the rose-colored glasses America’s youth viewed the band through. Of the many bittersweet perfect pop moments, “God Only Knows” is rightly the death knell of the West Coast innocence that spawned them:

If you should ever leave me
Though life would go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me