“God Only Knows” Video Features 27 Talented Artists Including Brian Wilson

BBC Music God Only Knows Music Video
Cast of the BBC Music’s “God Only Knows” (Photo Credit: Steve Brown/BBC/Steve Brown/Kaia Zak)

BBC Music launches with a star-studded version of one of the best songs ever recorded by The Beach Boys: “God Only Knows.” This gorgeous new video features 27 internationally known musicians including The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Sir Elton John, Pharrell, and One Direction. Dubbed ‘The Impossible Orchestra,’ the artists took part in the “God Only Knows” music video to support BBC’s commitment to music, with the single now available for download to raise funds for BBC Children in Need.

Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music, said, “This is an exciting moment for BBC Music as we launch to a global audience. With the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and comprising an array of iconic music stars, from a wide range of musical genres, this ‘impossible’ orchestra is a celebration of all the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC.

“Being part of this campaign was so incredible,” said Sam Smith. “For me, ‘God Only Knows’ is a song that has been and will forever be part of pop history and to be singing it alongside my idols was overwhelming. Plus, I got to meet Stevie Wonder which blew my mind.”

Brian Wilson had the honor of singing the final line in the video. “I just feel so incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose God Only Knows to promote their new music initiative,” commented Wilson. “All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honoured that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

And music producer Ethan Johns had this to say about the challenge of putting together this video: “One of the things that interested me most about this project was the idea of bringing together so many different styles of music and as a great opportunity to bring the musical community together in celebration of the thing that we all love. To make so much diversity work within one piece of music was quite a challenge. I feel like I’ve taken a 1000-piece puzzle and just thrown it in the air. I’m standing there trying to grab them as they come down and put them into place.”

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“God Only Knows” Artist List Line-By-Line


BBC Concert Orchestra

Martin James Bartlett – celeste

Pharrell Williams – I may not always love you

Emeli Sandé – But as long as there are stars above you

Elton John – You never need to doubt it

Lorde – I’ll make you so sure about it

Chris Martin – God only knows what I’d be without you

Brian Wilson – If you should ever leave me

Florence Welch – Well life would still go on believe me

Kylie Minogue – The world could show nothing to me

Stevie Wonder – So what good would living do me

Eliza Carthy – God only knows what I’d be without you

Nicola Benedetti – violin

Jools Holland – piano

Brian May – electric guitar

Jake Bugg – lalalala

Katie Derham – violin

Tees Valley Youth Choir – God only knows

Alison Balsom – piccolo trumpet

One Direction – God only knows what I’d be without you

Jaz Dhami – God only knows what I’d be without you

Paloma Faith – God only knows what I’d be without you

Chrissie Hynde – God only knows

Jamie Cullum – God only knows what I’d be without you

Baaba Maal – God only knows

Danielle de Niese – God only knows what I’d be without you

Dave Grohl – God only knows

Sam Smith – God only knows what I’d be without you

Brian Wilson – God only knows what I’d be without you

-By Rebecca Murray

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