God Only Knows

Song written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher for the American band the Beach Boys. It was released in May 1966 as a track on their classic album 'Pet Sounds'. Released as a single a few months later, it peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart. The song names God in its title and lyrics, unusual for a pop single of its time, as Asher recalled: "Unless you were Kate Smith and you were singing 'God Bless America', no one [in 1966] thought you could say 'God' in a song." The sentiments expressed in its lyric were not specific to any God, and could be addressed to any higher force, being a song about moving forward after loss. Wilson explained that his and Asher's intention was to create the feeling of "being blind but in being blind, you can see more".

Live performances

Kim Wilde and Howard Jones performed the song live during their Australian tour in November 2016 as the final song of each night.