To celebrate the launch of the all-new BBC Music season, a bunch of high-profile artists have joined together to cover the Beach Boys well known hit: God Only Knows.

God Only Knows: BBC Music Charity Video

The track features an eclectic mix of artists, with one of our musical favourites: Pharrell Wlliams, singing the first line of the song. The Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson is also featured in the new version of God Only Knows, along with other well known names such as: Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, One Direction, Jake Bugg, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Dave Grohl, Kylie Minogue, Baaba Maal, Jaz Dhami, Chrissie Hynde, Florence Welch, Eliza Carthy, Jamie Cullum and Brian May.

The track also includes classical musicians: Martin James Bartlett, Alison Balsom, Danielle de Niese and Nicola Benedetti. Along with the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland. The instrumental and vocal backing comes from Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Click below to watch the video and see who you can spot from the star-studded line-up:

The new BBC Music season is described in a press release as: “An ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years.”

Brian Wilson commented on the song: “I just feel so incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose ‘God Only Knows’ to promote their new music initiative. 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.”

The song is currently available to buy with all the proceeds going to Children in Need.

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