12. The Beach Boys
Legacy: The Beach Boys’ lush harmonies, girl-obsessed lyrics, and dreamy surf rock sound have made them synonymous with 1960s America. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are among the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands of all time and have inspired musicians of all genres from The Velvet Underground to Daft Punk. Even Paul McCartney admitted that the sophisticated technical production of 1966’s Pet Sounds was a major influence on Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
How It Was Destroyed: For expressing such happiness and nonchalance in their music, The Beach Boys are major divas. The drama dates back to 1977, when members began clashing over artistic direction and record labels, bobbing in and out of the band, and even suing each other over publishing rights. They’ve separated so many times during their 51-year career, it’s surprising that a breakup is even considered news anymore.
Can It Be Restored? Sure, why not. Even with all the feuding over the years, and another recent breakup that may or may not be Mike Love’s fault, The Beach Boys have achieved an incredibly long career. At the moment, Love is the only one touring. But like bickering siblings on a long road trip, they could easily be over it tomorrow. –Danielle Janota