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This dreamy slice of five part-harmony is the first single from The Beach Boys first album of new material for two decades. The band wrote and recorded the set ahead of their 50th anniversary tour, which started on April 24, 2012. "It's like an accolade to the radio and what it's meant to so many people," vocalist and songwriter Mike Love said in a promotional trailer.
"It's our new single from our new album... if you like harmony it's going to knock your socks off," added guitarist Al Jardine. The song made it's national radio debut on April 25, 2012 on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning.
The song was the first new Beach Boys recording with Brian Wilson on vocals since 1989's "In My Car."
Brian Wilson wrote the song with Jim Peterik (formerly of Survivor), Joe Thomas and Larry Millas in the summer of 1998.
The That's Why God Made The Radio album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, the Beach Boys' highest-ever album chart start in their home country. While The Beach Boys have achieved higher chart placings with several albums, they had never before had an album debut in Billboard's Top 10.
Surprisingly, That's Why God Made The Radio achieved a higher chart placing than Pet Sounds. Despite now being recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music, the Beach Boys' 1966 LP only peaked at #10 at the time.
The Beach Boys first reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with Surfin' USA in the week of June 15, 1963. That's Why God Made The Radio's entry meant that by expanding their span of Billboard 200 top 10s to 49 years and one week, they passed The Beatles' record for the longest stretch among groups. The Fab Four's top 10 span covers 47 years, seven months and three weeks.
The song's music video was directed by Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell of Focus Creeps, who are best known for the clips they've filmed for British band Arctic Monkeys. Speaking to NME about the visual's concept, Brown said: "It's a lot of kids of various eras that the music has influenced, like '50s greasers, '60s outlaw biker guys and '70s surfer hippies. Then they all go to this party and open the garage door and The Beach Boys are setting up."