Who Did It First, The Beatles Or The Beach Boys?

Both the Beatles and the Beach Boys paved the way for many acts to follow, but which band actually did it first? Embark on this quiz and discover how well you know these iconic music acts.
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Which Capitol Records album was the first to be released between the Beach Boys and the Beatles?
Meet the Beatles
Introducing the Beatles
Surfin' Safari
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Which Beach Boys album listed was released in 1967, the same year as Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club?
Smiley Smile
Pet Sounds
Surfing USA
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Which band released their debut single first?
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
They released in the same year
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Which group enjoyed the first Number One recording in the US?
"Love Me Do" by The Beatles
"I Get Around" by the Beach Boys
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles
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Which band member listed was the oldest?
Brian Wilson
John Lennon
Ringo Starr
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True or false: "Good Vibrations" topped the US charts in 1966 for The Beach Boys.
True
False
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Which band appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show first, by just a few months?
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
They appeared the same week
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True or false: Paul McCartney was a left handed bass player. Brian Wilson played bass for the Beach Boys in concert and on early recordings and was also left handed.
True
False
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Which group had the last Number One song of the sixties decade in the US?
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
Neither had a number one in the late sixties
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Which group member was the first one to pass away?
George Harrison
Carl Wilson
John Lennon
Result
Uh-oh, it appears as if we have a bit of a music bust on our hands here! Unfortunately, you don't know the Beach Boys or the Beatles very well just yet. While you may have a basic understanding of both bands, you're far from an expert.

C+, Music Bust

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Based on the results of this quiz, you have a great deal of music bombast! It's clear that you love both the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Though you might've gotten these two groups confused on an occasion or two, your knowledge is truly impressive.

B+, Music Bombast

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are the music master! It's obvious that you know your 1960s bands better than most. When it comes to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, you're pretty much an expert.

A+, Music Master

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1
Which Capitol Records album was the first to be released between the Beach Boys and the Beatles?
Meet the Beatles
Introducing the Beatles
Surfin' Safari
2
Which Beach Boys album listed was released in 1967, the same year as Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club?
Smiley Smile
Pet Sounds
Surfing USA
3
Which band released their debut single first?
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
They released in the same year
4
Which group enjoyed the first Number One recording in the US?
"Love Me Do" by The Beatles
"I Get Around" by the Beach Boys
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles
5
Which band member listed was the oldest?
Brian Wilson
John Lennon
Ringo Starr
6
True or false: "Good Vibrations" topped the US charts in 1966 for The Beach Boys.
True
False
7
Which band appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show first, by just a few months?
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
They appeared the same week
8
True or false: Paul McCartney was a left handed bass player. Brian Wilson played bass for the Beach Boys in concert and on early recordings and was also left handed.
True
False
9
Which group had the last Number One song of the sixties decade in the US?
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
Neither had a number one in the late sixties
10
Which group member was the first one to pass away?
George Harrison
Carl Wilson
John Lennon