[[caption-width-right:350: '''''The Dark Side of the Moon'''''.]]

->''"I've been mad for fucking years, absolutely years. I've been over the edge for yonks. Been working with bands for so long, I went crazy."''
-->-- Opening words, from roadie '''Chris Adamson'''

''The Dark Side of the Moon'' is Music/PinkFloyd's eighth studio album. It was released March 1, 1973. The album remained on the ''Billboard'' Top 100 for 741 weeks – 14 years, to be exact. At the time of writing, it's only surpassed by Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' and Music/{{ACDC}}'s ''Music/BackInBlack'' in sales. It was listed at #43 in ''Magazine/RollingStone''[='=]s [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums of All Time]]. In 2013, it was inducted into the US Library of Congress' UsefulNotes/NationalRecordingRegistry, garnering the most public votes for any entry that year.

It was Pink Floyd's BreakthroughHit, and made them a mainstream name. But this sudden super-stardom also sowed the seeds to the band's (especially Music/RogerWaters') later ArtistDisillusionment, which became very apparent on the albums ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' (essentially "Artist Disillusionment: The Album"), ''Music/{{Animals}}'', ''Music/TheWall'', and ''Music/TheFinalCut''.

In 2013, the album was adapted into a BBC radio play titled ''Darkside'' by Czech playwright Creator/TomStoppard of ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' fame. He describes this play as a "philosophical comedy". The teaser can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvaSzYcDXFw here]].

Preceded by ''Music/{{Meddle}}''. Proceeded by ''Music/WishYouWereHere''.

!! Tracklist:

[[AC: Side One]]

# "Speak to Me" (1:13)
# "Breathe" (2:46)
# "On the Run" (3:35)
# "Time" (7:05)
# "The Great Gig in the Sky" (4:48)

[[AC: Side Two]]

# "Money" (6:23)
# "Us and Them" (7:50)
# "Any Colour You Like" (3:25)
# "Brain Damage" (3:50)
# "Eclipse" (2:03)

!! Principal Members:

* David Gilmour - lead vocals, guitar, [=VCS3=]
* Nick Mason - drums, percussion, tape effects
* Music/RogerWaters - lead vocals, bass, [=VCS3=], tape effects
* Richard Wright - keyboard, backing and lead vocals, [=VCS3=], tape effects

! '''''Troping away the moments that make up a dull day''''':
* AlbumIntroTrack: "Speak to Me" is a textbook example, as it introduces many motifs and themes that later become important on the album. Some CD versions have it indexed together with "Breathe", though.
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Brain Damage":
-->''And if [[YourHeadASplode your head explodes]] with dark forebodings too / I'll see you on the dark side of the moon''
-->''And if the band you're in / Starts playing different tunes / I'll see you on the dark side of the moon''
* AlliterativeTitle: "The '''G'''reat '''G'''ig in the Sky".
* BadBoss: {{Implied|Trope}} in "Breathe".
-->''Run rabbit run\\
Dig that hole, forget the sun,\\
And when at last the work is done\\
Don't sit down, it's time to dig another one.''
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: A common interpretation of the first and last tracks. "Speak to Me" opens with a heartbeat and ends with the sound of vocalist Clare Torry wailing, which could represent a baby's birth and a mother's labour pains. "Eclipse" ends with the sound of a heartbeat gradually fading into silence, and its last line is about the sun being eclipsed by the moon, which could represent death.
** Alternatively, the end of the first side, "The Great Gig in the Sky", also represents death. Clare Torry's vocals from this song were sampled for "Speak to Me".
* BookEnds: Opens and closes with {{heartbeat|Soundtrack}}s.
** Both sides have an instrumental track between two vocal performances in the middle of the album.
** Side one opens and closes with a OneWomanWail.
*** Vocally, it begins and ends with something to the tune of "Breathe".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The final line of "Time":
-->''The time has gone, the song is over\\
I thought I'd something more to say...''
* BreatherEpisode: "[[AccidentalPun Breathe]]". {{Subverted|Trope}}, however, with the more upbeat "Money" [[LyricalDissonance due to its lyrics]], albeit placed right after the rather sad "The Great Gig in the Sky".
* CallBack: The first lines of "Eclipse", the final track on the album, do this to a line in "Breathe", the first song on the album.
-->''All (that) you touch\\
And all (that) you see...''
* ConceptAlbum: WordOfGod is that the songs are about the "pressures in life that can drive you to insanity" -- in order: Communication, work, travel, time, relaxation, death, money, society, choice, insanity, and nature.
* CoverVersion: Several bands, including Music/{{Phish}}, Music/FlamingLips, and Music/DreamTheater, have covered ''the whole album''.
** Easy Star Records released a reggae version called ''Dub Side of the Moon''.
** Brian Ibbott's first full-album episode of the Coverville podcast was called "The Covered Side of the Moon"[[note]] In a shout-out to the UrbanLegend mentioned below, he noted that his version would synchronise to ''Film/TheWiz'' [[/note]].
* DarkReprise: "Breathe (Reprise)", which comes in just after "Time". Compared to the relaxed, airy "Breathe", the reprise has a more tired, worn-out tempo, which fits the lyrics.
-->''Home, home again\\
I like to be here when I can\\
When I come home cold and tired\\
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire...''
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with its so-called "second reprise", "Any Colour You Like", a groovier beat.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: It's one of the most famous album covers ever made for a reason.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Subverted. "Eclipse" seems to work itself up to some sort of acceptance of all the madness of life...
-->''And everything under the sun is in tune\\
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early live performances of the album (then titled ''Eclipse'') have completely different instrumentals in place of "On the Run" and "The Great Gig in the Sky".
** In fact, the album was titled ''Eclipse'' because in 1972, Medicine Head (which featured Keith Relf of Music/TheYardbirds on bass) released an album called ''Dark Side of the Moon''. Pink Floyd was aware of this, and when it became clear that the Medicine Head album was a commercial failure, they decided to use that title instead of ''Eclipse'' anyway, and changed the title of "Eclipse"'s previous preceding song, "The Dark Side of the Moon", to what is now [[NonAppearingTitle "Brain Damage"]].
* EchoingAcoustics: "Us and Them" employs a long repeat on the verses using a tape delay.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Time" has 2½ minutes of instrumental buildup before any vocals; "Us and Them" has no vocals until about the 1:30/1:40 mark.
* EpicRocking: "Time" (7:05), "Money" (6:23), and "Us and Them" (7:50).
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Clocks ("Time"), cash registers / coins / paper ("Money"), helicopters ("On the Run"), and heartbeats ("Speak to Me", "Breathe [[note]] at the very beginning [[/note]]", "On the Run", "Time", "Brain Damage", "Eclipse").
* UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}}: Arguably a large theme.
** "Breathe":
--->''All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be''
** "Time":
--->''And then, one day you find\\
Ten years have got behind you\\
No one told you when to run\\
You missed the starting gun..''
** "Eclipse" too, as noted in EarnYourHappyEnding above.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The transition between all songs is seamless, except for the side flip between "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Money" on the vinyl pressing, naturally. The final chord of "The Great Gig" is still barely audible under the first sound effect of "Money", and this transition was boosted when the album was remastered for CD. In fact, because of its introductory nature, many CD pressings place "Speak to Me" and "Breathe" on the same track.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: All of the sound motifs [[note]] The laughing in "Brain Damage", the ticking clock in "Time", the cash register in "Money", the screaming in "The Great Gig in the Sky", the helicopter in "On the Run", and the heartbeat that later appears at the beginning of "Time", throughout "On the Run", and at the ending of "Eclipse" [[/note]] appear in "Speak to Me" (the very first track) before being featured individually in later songs.
* FreedomFromChoice: The title of "Any Colour You Like". Waters named that song after Londoners who would come to his hometown of Cambridge and attempt to sell various items from their trucks, specifically one who attempted to hawk sets of china by saying "Any colour you like, they're all blue". The title also harkens back to a quote from United States automative maker Henry Ford, who said in 1909 about the Ford Model T [[note]]Generally considered the first affordable automotive, thanks to the invention of the assembly line process[[/note]], something to the effect of, "A customer can have a car painted any color he wants as long as it’s black."
* GratuitousPanning: The "dueling guitars" section of "Any Colour You Like".
* GuestStarPartyMember: Clare Torry, who sang the OneWomanWail in "The Great Gig in the Sky".
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: See {{Bookends}}. It also appears in "Breathe", "On the Run", "Time", and "Brain Damage".
* HumansAreBastards: Some of the quotes that appear and reappear on the album feature people's answers to the questions "When was the last time you were violent?" and "Were you in the right?". Everyone quoted seems to firmly believe he or she was in the right except for Henry [=McCullough=], who's unsure.[[note]]"I don't know; I was really drunk at the time."[[/note]]
** "Us and Them" is a plea against human conflicts for what are generally stupid reasons and makes the observation that the machinations of the powerful hit the small people the hardest.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Speak to Me", "On the Run", "The Great Gig in the Sky", and "Any Colour You Like".
* JumpScare: All of the clocks spontaneously chiming at the start of "Time".
* ListSong: "Eclipse" lists a series of actions one has done, is doing, and will do in its lifetime.
* {{Long Runner|s}}: 741 weeks -- '''''14 straight years''''' -- on the Billboard Hot 200. When Billboard began allowing recurrent albums back into the chart in 2009, the album returned to the chart within ''two weeks'' and has racked up 25+ further weeks since then. In 2012, it passed ''800'' non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200.
** It's estimated that the album still sells around 8,000 copies per week, in spite of (and because of) digital streaming.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: As you can see in the page picture, it is pretty basic. That is because keyboard player Richard Wright asked for something "smarter, neater – more classy".[[note]] He also went on record saying that he wanted something "simple and bold. And dramatic".[[/note]] The end result is pictured above. The rainbow continued through the inner part of the gatefold, where the green line zigzagged in mimicry of the heartbeat heard throughout the album; the back cover featured another prism returning the beam of light to its origin point on the front cover.
** For the 20th Anniversary release in 1993, the iconic cover image was replaced by [[https://img.discogs.com/CVDgykCzQafEMOkChBZ_RZbAvwM=/fit-in/595x597/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1079053-1229155870.jpeg.jpg a photograph of an actual prism separating light]].
** For the 30th Anniversary in 2003, the image was decidedly less minimalist: It was [[https://img.discogs.com/Fejek5wwgHqZDfXxO6dI0J5k2uQ=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1619236-1429315319-7027.jpeg.jpg a photograph of a stained glass window]] that replicated the album cover, shot at night with trees visible outside, and a small smattering of light from the camera setup.
* MoneySong: {{Subverted|Trope}} with "Money". It's about the ''evils'' of money and the excess it brings.
* MushroomSamba: "Any Colour You Like".
* NonAppearingTitle: [[CaptainObvious The instrumentals]] and "Brain Damage".
* NotAfraidToDie: Gerry O'Driscoll says this in the spoken part of "The Great Gig in the Sky".
* NothingIsScarier: Before the aforementioned heartbeat, there is 15 seconds of complete silence.
* OneWomanWail: "The Great Gig in the Sky" is one long female wail.
* OneWordTitle: "Breathe", "Time", "Money", and "Eclipse".
* PrecisionFStrike:
** The album opens with one – the very first spoken words of "Speak to Me":
--->''I've been mad for fuckin' years...''
** "Money":
--->''Don't give me that do goody-good bullshit...''
* ProductPlacement: "Money":
-->''I think I need a Lear Jet...''
* PyramidPower: {{Invoked|Trope}} with the cover art, as well as the accompanying poster and stickers.
* RainbowLite: The prism's rainbow doesn't have indigo in it. {{Invoked|Trope}}, as it turns out – the album's central motif is madness and a sense that something's incomplete.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The line "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes" was inspired by the fact that Music/SydBarrett sometimes played a completely different song than the rest of the band during a concert; it was mostly due to his declining mental state, which was the main reason for his removal from the band.
* RecurringRiff: Harmonic elements of "Breathe" are later reprised (obviously) in "Breathe (Reprise)" but also, less obviously, in "Any Colour You Like".
* RefrainFromAssuming:
** The second song is "Breathe", not "Breathe in the Air". This wasn't helped by some CD reissues in the 80s and 90s which labelled the song "Breathe in the Air", sometimes with the final three words in parentheses.
** It's "Brain Damage", not the TitleTrack. There isn't one.[[note]] The song ''did'' have [=TDSotM=] as a working title before the name was given to the album [[/note]] It's also two songs ("Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" run into each other), not one.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Brain Damage", which is at least partially about Pink Floyd founder Music/SydBarrett, who's famous for his own SanitySlippage which led to his departure from the band.
** It is also at least partially about Music/RogerWaters' fear of falling victim to mental illness. He had touched on the theme before ("If" from ''Music/AtomHeartMother'') and returned to it later in several songs on ''Music/TheWall'' and ''The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking''.
* ShoutOut:
** There's a snippet of an orchestral version of Music/TheBeatles' "Ticket to Ride" in the fade-out of "Eclipse".
** Richard Wright based his compositions and keyboard work on Music/MilesDavis' ''Music/KindOfBlue'', particularly Music/BillEvans' piano work.
** "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" from The Music/BeastieBoys' ''Music/PaulsBoutique'' samples "Time", while "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" from the same album samples "Breathe".
* SiameseTwinSongs:
** "Speak to Me" and "Breathe", inseparable enough that they are sometimes issued as one track on certain CD pressings [[note]] "On the Run", the track immediately following those two, is sometimes included with the mix [[/note]].
** "Time" and "Breathe (Reprise)". "Breathe (Reprise)" is short enough compared to "Time" that it is always issued with that song, and is officially considered the coda of "Time" on Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}. Even the original vinyl only mentioned "Breathe (Reprise)" [[https://img.discogs.com/tlYo1Z6yvg7j6OKJcSlYY54F-pE=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1873013-1471100862-7344.jpeg.jpg on the lyric sheet]] and not in the tracklist.
** "Us and Them" and "Any Colour You Like" are connected by a delayed part of the last word on the former track. The delay continues into the beginning of the track, and is actually faintly heard as the synth begins. However, [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers unlike the other three,]] only the former is played on the radio.
** "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" are so inseparable they're often collectively mistaken for the title track of the album, [[RefrainFromAssuming which doesn't exist.]]
** In general, it can be said that there are only two distinct tracks on the entire album: "Side A" and "Side B."
* SpokenWordInMusic: Some songs include samples of people talking, who were answering questions such as "When was the last time you were violent?", "Were you in the right?", "Are you afraid of death?", or "What is the dark side of the moon?". Among the people interviewed were: Music/{{Wings}} band-mate Henry [=McCullough=] (who supplied the "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time" heard in the segue between "Money" and "Us and Them"), roadie Chris Adamson (the PrecisionFStrike at the start of the album), the band's road manager Peter Watts (whose crazed laughter is heard in "Brain Damage" and "Speak to Me") and his wife Patricia (who says "I never said I was frightened of dying" in "The Great Gig in the Sky" and describes a violent encounter in the segue between "Money" and "Us and Them": "that geezer was cruisin' for a bruisin'"), Roger "The Hat" Manifold (who appears in "Us and Them" and says "live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me. [[LaughingMad HAHAHAHAHAHAHA]]" in "On the Run") and Abbey Road Studios' doorman Gerry O'Driscoll, responsible for some of the more iconic quotes (the one at the bottom of the page that ends the album, and the discussion about death in "The Great Gig in the Sky").
** Music/PaulMcCartney and his then-wife Linda were also interviewed, but their answers were considered generic and/or trying too hard to be funny, so they were left unused.
* StiffUpperLip: [[DiscussedTrope Referenced]] and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Time":
-->"Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way."
* StockSoundEffects: The coins and cash-register sounds from "Money" are used a lot these days.
* TakeThat: When played live (most notably on ''P*U*L*S*E''), the circular screen will display videos of 20th-century world leaders (e.g. UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, UsefulNotes/IdiAmin, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, Henry Kissinger, UsefulNotes/EdwardHeath, UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein, UsefulNotes/BillClinton...) during "Brain Damage".
* TextlessAlbumCover: One of the most iconic in history. Some CD pressings, however, include the circular sticker that was on the vinyl's shrinkwrap.
* TheTheTitleConfusion: Surprisingly to many, its actually called '''''The''' Dark Side of the Moon''.
* TitleDrop: Aside from the lyrics in "Brain Damage", Gerry O'Driscoll says at the end of the album: "There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, its all dark."
* UncommonTime: "Money" is in 7/4, save for the guitar solo, which is in 4/4 because David Gilmour kept getting thrown off by the weirder time signature of the rest of the song.
* {{Urban Legend|s}}: The supposed "synchronisation" between this album and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', marketed as ''Dark Side of the Rainbow''.
** All of the band members and [[Music/TheAlanParsonsProject Alan Parsons]], the engineer for the album, have stated that this is a coincidence.
--->'''David Gilmour:''' Some guy with too much time on his hands had this idea of combining ''Wizard of Oz'' with ''Dark Side of the Moon''.
--->'''Nick Mason:''' It's absolute nonsense, it has nothing to do with ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. [[SarcasmMode It was all based on]] ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
** They do have quite a few moments that match well with each other, but it wasn't on purpose. Besides, deliberately synchronising the album in production would have added a not-inconsiderable amount of effort and expense, since the early 1970s was rather short on convenient ways to play movies in the recording studio.
* UrExample: "On the Run" is a trance techno number recorded in 1973.
* WeAllDieSomeday: Why Gerry O'Driscoll isn't afraid to die.
-->I am not afraid to die. Any time will do, I don't mind. Why should I be afraid to die? There's no reason for it -- you've got to go sometime.
* [[WentToTheGreatXInTheSky Went to the Great Gig in the Sky]]
* YourHeadASplode: From "Brain Damage":
-->''And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too / I'll see you on the dark side of the moon''
->''"There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark."''