* BreakthroughHit: The album made Pink Floyd a household name.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** Japanese:
*** Dark Side of the Moon -> 狂気 (Madness)
*** Any Colour You Like -> 望みの色を (The Color of Hope)
*** Brain Damage -> 狂人は心に (Madman in Mind)
* Creator/{{Hipgnosis}}: Designed the iconic cover art, along with graphic artist George Hardie.
* KillerApp:
** The album was one for [=CDs=], as well as high-end audio equipment in general. So many people wanted a copy of one of the best-sounding recordings ever made in a format that wouldn't wear out like vinyl or tape that EMI had a CD plant dedicated to nothing but ''The Dark Side of the Moon'' in TheEighties.
** It was also seen as such for Quadrophonic (4-channel surround) sound systems, which used specially-made vinyl albums and 8-track tapes, which tried to gain traction during the '70s. A 5.1-channel surround mix was released on Super Audio CD (a CD format developed by Sony & Philips that tried to gain traction before the advent of UsefulNotes/BluRay), for the album's 30th anniversary in 2003.Both the 4.0 mix and the 5.1 would eventually be included on the album's LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition, released in 2011.
* NamesTheSame: The band Medicine Head released an album titled ''The Dark Side of the Moon'' a year before Pink Floyd did.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Music/PaulMcCartney and his wife Linda were interviewed for the voices on the album, but their responses weren't as interesting as the others and the recordings weren't used. Interviewed for John Harris' ''The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece'', Waters said that their answers were "trying too hard to be funny".
** "On the Run" was originally a bluesy jam.
** "The Great Gig in the Sky" had recordings of preachers in early versions.
* ThrowItIn: "On the Run" was the result of David Gilmour messing around with the EMS Synthi A's sequencer. Music/RogerWaters started playing with the riff and the band added other effects.
* WorkingTitle: The album was originally going to be called ''Eclipse'', which was the name used for the band's 1972 concerts.
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