Awesome Music: Pink Floyd

There's a very good reason Pink Floyd - Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason (and Bob Klose) - are one of the most successful acts ever.

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)
  • The whole album is 42 minutes of prime space rock/psychedelia, including "Astronomy Domine", "Lucifer Sam", "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk", "Interstellar Overdrive", and "Bike", as well as the singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", that were spawned during this period.

A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968)
  • "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" (the only song to feature performances by both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour) is one of the masterpieces of Pink Floyd's early psychedelic era. Roger Waters' haunting, whispered vocals, Richard Wright's wizardry with the Farfisa organ and vibraphone, and Nick Mason's soft drumming make this song an unforgettable classic.
  • The darkly satirical "Corporal Clegg" does the improbable and makes a kazoo solo awesome. It is also notable for being the only Pink Floyd song to feature lead vocals by Nick Mason (though only in the verses).

More (1969)
  • "The Nile Song" and "Ibiza Bar" AKA the heaviest Pink Floyd songs ever written.

Ummagumma (1969)
  • The entire live half of Ummagumma is an absolutely fantastic journey into what Pink Floyd shows were like in their psychedelic years (particularly for those too young to have actually experienced it in the flesh). All four songs are superbly done, but "A Saucerful of Secrets" in particular is utterly sublime.

Atom Heart Mother (1970)
  • "Summer '68" is a major stand-out from the album. Beach Boys-influenced, it's generally considered to be one of the stronger compositions by Richard Wright.

Meddle (1971)
  • "One of These Days", anyone? The bass line is simple yet haunting, and the slide guitar jam in the second half is icing on the cake. This is the reason why Meddle is a great album.
    • Even more awesome is the Ascended Meme of playing the Doctor Who theme halfway through it, something which began on the "Delicate Sound of Thunder" tours. So awesome that every tribute act, including and especially the Australian Pink Floyd Show, does it.
  • "Echoes". With 2001: A Space Odyssey. You cannot get more awesome than that.
    • "Echoes" is the greatest song ever written. The reprise and the release, the band jam with the two guitar solos in a row, the whale song. Just unbelievable.
    • Hell, even the intro. Just hearing the empty, ethereal ping...ping... leading into the main theme, you know you're in for something truly epic. The fact that Floyd created such an atmosphere with a single repeated note is proof of their greatness. (Especially Wright's greatness, as he came up with the intro. He wasn't as visible as Waters or Gilmour, but his contributions were nonetheless vital.)

Obscured By Clouds (1972)

The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

If you had to narrow Pink Floyd's awesome output down to one album, it'd be The Dark Side of the Moon, their most critically acclaimed and commercially successful work. It was on the Billboard Top 200 for fifteen years and would have re-entered the chart again had Billboard not changed the rules to prevent that (instead, it remains a mainstay of their "Catalog" chart). When they changed their rules in 2009 to allow catalog albums and re-entries into the Billboard Top 200, Dark Side of the Moon re-entered the chart a few weeks later and has popped in here and there ever since.

Wish You Were Here (1975)

Animals (1977)

The Wall (1979)
  • "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" will always kick major ass. ALWAYS. At exactly the 2:49 mark is one the most amazing note bends in musical history. Just that 5 seconds there is one the finest moments in music.
  • "Hey You" and the moments Pink realizes he has spent his whole life making a mistake.
  • "Comfortably Numb" is a huge fan favorite and gains more radio play than any other Pink Floyd song these days, for a reason. Especially the live version from Pulse. The ending guitar solo almost hurts, and the light show isn't exactly a detractor.
  • "Run Like Hell" is seriously bad-ass.
  • "Waiting for the Worms". The epic anthem for pure Neo-Nazi evil.
  • "The Trial" anyone? (Warning, that link leads to one of the weirdest and scariest music videos ever. Still a fantastic end track.)

The Final Cut (1983)

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)

The Division Bell (1994)
  • "High Hopes" (music video) is mesmerisingly beautiful, and "Poles Apart" and "Coming Back to Life" are awesome too. There's so much emotion in some of these songs that it hurts, and this album should never be overlooked. "High Hopes" might also count as a Tear Jerker because it seems like the band's farewell to their loyal audience. On the Echoes compilation, though, it's cleverly segued into Syd Barrett's "Bike" (by cutting from the closing church bell to a bicycle bell) so that they form a pair of reverse Book Ends to the band's career.
  • The Grammy Award-winning instrumental "Marooned" is also an eerily moving listening experience with its marine mood reminiscent of "Echoes" and its vibrant guitar wails.

The Endless River (2014)
  • "Anisina" (meaning "in memory of" in Turkish), a wordless tribute to the late Richard Wright.

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