Top 10 Best Pink Floyd Songs of All Time
One of the biggest groups of the 1970s, Pink Floyd had a career stretching over three decades. Their style varied from psychedelic to progressive rock. The talents of Syd Barrett and Roger Waters helped make some distinguishable songs. Here are Pink Floyd’s best songs of all time. Let us know what you think of the song list in the comments.
Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V (1975)
The band pays tribute to lead guitarist Syd Barrett, who left the band due to mental illness. It was played live frequently before finally being recorded. Roger Waters sings lead vocals.
Hey You (1979)
A mysterious cut from “The Wall”, the song portrays individuals in desperate scenarios and the underlying theme is the need for human interaction. Lead vocals are shared by both Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
Brain Damage (1983)
Also a reference to Syd Barrett’s use of drugs and subsequent mental issues, the song illustrates the mental impact of his departure on the rest of the band. It’s the next to last song on “Dark Side of the Moon” album.
Pigs (Three Different Ones) (1977)
The pigs in the song represent people who act as moral authorities. Roger Waters wrote it about Mary Whitehouse, a British advocate on television content. The song was also a concert highlight and featured a huge inflatable pig.
Astronomy Domine (1967)
The title is a reference to space and control. People have interpreted the song as either personal or political. The song starts with Morse code but with only random tones.
The album version is 17 minutes long. It serves to translate human behavior into that of animals, in this case the dogs are rich businessmen. Originally written as “You’ve Got to Be Crazy” in 1974, the lyrics were adapted for the “Animals” album.
Comfortably Numb (1979)
Often interpreted to be about drugs, this song written by Roger Waters was about a childhood sickness. It’s the last song Waters and David Gilmour wrote together. The song is in the movie “The Wall” and is one of Pink Floyd’s most well-known.
Wish You Were Here (1975)
A tribute to Syd Barrett, this song is mostly about feeling detached. It is a rare collaboration between Waters and Gilmore. The theme of physical, mental, and emotional withdrawal is still relevant.
The cash register sounds alone at the beginning are classic. Actually about the downside to making a lot of money, the song was a major hit from “Dark Side of the Moon” which was a huge success for the band.
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 (1979)
The song was written about Roger Water’s dislike for formal education. In the song, the character views a school teacher as yet another brick that helps build a wall around him. It also features a chorus of kids. Waters admits the song is satirical and its quirkiness resonates even today.
These top Pink Floyd songs are standouts for the band and in music. The messages are relevant and the productions are undeniably well-crafted. Is the order perfect? That just depends on your point of view.