Best Pink Floyd Albums

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1The Dark Side of the Moon

When I first heard this for a couple of times, I really did not liked it. I thought how can this be a such a great album as claimed. But the I got hooked to a couple of songs and heard it all at once.. I have to admit this is the best album I had heard till date.. Didn't know that such a quality is really humanly possible.. - vasanth_kp1

Probably the greatest album of all time. If not, then it's 2 or 3. This album is so universelly loved, and no one really knows why.

Speak To Me - Sets up the album perfectly with the cash register sounds from money, the laugh from Brain Damage and, of course, the heartbeat.

Breathe (In The Air) - A calm and hypnotic track great lkap steel guitar and fantastic lyrics written by Waters and sung by Gilmour.

On The Run - A song that really captures the stress of travel with it's fast paced drumming and the sounds though-out the song.

Time - Starts of with an arrangement of clocks ticking and ringing, followed by mysterious drums (expertly played by Mason) and simple guitar. Then comes the verse, with Gilmour's aggressive vocals and relatable lyrics. The chorus with Wright's vulnerable vocals and Waters' lyrics sum up most people's feelings about the passage of time. And of course the solo, one of Gilmour's best, and that's saying something. It is just so ...more

This was my first experience with Pink Floyd. I actually heard from watching the Wizard of Oz synched with it on Google videos. The second time I watched it, I just came back to listen to the music; needless to say, I liked it. The chord progression in Breathe is sort of eri, thanks to Rick Wright, and David Gilmour's slide guitar solo over it is so perfect, like any of his other solos. The organ that bursts at the start of the second verse adds so much to its character. Any Colour You Like actually does make me see colors in my head (in fact, the whole album does: colors of the rainbow plased over black- pretty much like the album cover, but on completely different levels). Brain Damge and Eclipse are the most uplifting songs ever written. They're so moving that I actually get goose bumps from listening to it. The verses of Brain Damge make me feel like I'm flying and the chorus (as well as all of Eclipse) overwhelms my heart. They couldn't have ended it any better than that. Best ...more - Led_Rush_Floyd

Not only the best Floyd album, it's the greatest album ever

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2The Wall

The assembly of diverting, emotional pieces of music makes this album a unique masterpiece. Each song sounds wonderful and still has this certain electrifying, psychedelic character, that Pink Floyd is so well known for. The entire Album is a journey. It's like falling into numerous layers of emotions, comprehending Pinks feelings. I've never felt like this about any other album.

Meddle is great but in my humble opinion 'The Wall' is their best and most impressive piece of work. A double album where just about every song is a nugget - and it still holds up today as a complete sonic masterpiece - Dark Side gets a lot of attention but it doesn't stack up for me compared to The Wall. Bye Blue Sky, Mother, Another Brick, Young Lust, Hey You, Run Like Hell, Nobody Home, Comfortably Numb, one of my turns.. the list goes on. Ridiculous album. Released in December 1979 - so it's technically considered a 70's record which is weird considering it's popularity in the 80's.

It's a story, the entire album. It's the story of alienation and the downfalls of society and I really relate with it because of that. The songs are simply magical...

Best concept album I've ever came across

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3Wish You Were Here

1) Shine on you Crazy Diamond parts I-V: Everything about the atmosphere of this song sets up the rest of the album perfectly, while still being an amazing song on its own. Gilmour's guitar solo cannot be praised enough.

2) Welcome To The Machine: The lyrics are the standout of this song. One one hand, you have a beautiful tribute to who Syd Barrett truly was. On the other, a biting review of our society by "putting him in the system."

3) Have a Cigar: Some of Pink Floyd's most Scathing political songs (and that's saying something); Not to mention the riffs, the vocals, the message; all coming together perfectly.

4) The pinnacle of the album. Stripping back all of the bells and whistles; just guitar and a singer, and a bit of hinting brass. You can feel Waters' and Gilmours' and Wright's emotion bleeding into this song. The ultimate tribute they gave to Syd. Floyd's most emotional and moving song.

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A touching tribute to Syd. It is like a combination of many Floyd features like the effects used on shine on and welcome to the machine, which make it like dark side. And the simplicity of wish you were here which was similar to mother on the wall.

Personally, I think this album is undeniably their best. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is one of the most quintessentially Floyd songs there is. Every song is unique, but the album never loses its cohesiveness. For me "Wish You Were Here" is an exploration of loss, ennui, and classic Pink Floyd cynicism...

And then there's the title track -- there's something about "Wish You Were Here" (the song). It's over five minute run time feels too short, and I find myself hanging off of every note and word. It's so sad, and so simple, and so poignant. Maybe one the greatest songs of all time and without a doubt Pink Floyd's greatest achievement.

Simply the best Pink Floyd album

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4Animals

Considering the "concept album" definition, this is the best they made.

I can hear an isolated song from "Dark Side", "Wish You Were Here" or "The Wall", but I cannot listen to just one isolated song off of "Animals". I always need to hear the entire album...

I still consider "The Dark Side of the Moon" the best Pink Floyd's album, but I'm voting for "Animals" because of the "concept album" definition. It really blows my mind.

I think that Animals is Pink Floyd's best album. It says that there are three types of people in this world: Pigs, Dogs, and Sheep. The dogs are really cruel cut throat type people. Sheep are regular people who are herded by the dogs. Pigs are people who think they are so great, but are just pigs. The lyrics are just great, and the instrumentals and singing are amazing.

No question that true Floyd fans will find this album to be the best, followed just behind by Dark Side. I used to fall asleep to this album almost every night back in college. It has an amazing ability to put the listener at peace and take your mind to another realm. At least that's what it did/does for me. And no, I was not high while listening to it. The music was drug enough.

Sheep has the most prolific and totally bad ass guitar play in all of Pink Floyd's history. One of their most under-rated albums ever. This is their best piece by far, and there's no comparison.

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5Meddle

This album and The Wall are tied for my favorite Pink Floyd album. To anyone debating whether or not to get this masterpiece, here are my personal song ratings below. (Just my opinion).

One of These Days: 5/5 - One of the best instrumentals I've heard to date, it's a great way to start the album.

Pillow of Winds: 3.7/5 - A hauntingly beautiful and calming tune.

Fearless: 4.5/5 - One of Pink Floyds most underrated songs, this 6 minute track is very catchy and calming. It also includes a very satisfying guitar riff.

San Tropez: 3/5 - This short little tune is very catchy and upbeat and delightful to listen to. I would give it a higher rating, but its only about 3 minutes long.

Seamus: 2.5/5 - This is Pink Floyds attempt at trying to bring southern/country elements into their music. While it doesn't work too well, they still pulled of a strange yet somehow catchy tune.

Echoes: 5/5 - I cannot describe in any amount of words how truly beautiful ...more - Doom

This album takes me to another world. All pink floyd albums are Godly. But the song "Echoes" simply Takes Meddle to heavenly status. Personally I feel all pink floyd albums are like stars in the night sky. At times meddle appears larger (can hardly tell the difference)

Meddle is in a class of its own. There is so much depth and subtly in this album -- I've listened to it dozens of times and I'm still picking up on new things. There's no filler -- lighter songs like Seamus and San Tropez provide an interlude between the heavier and more complex opening and closing tracks. And of course, there's Echoes, Pink Floyd's magnum opus. While the themes in albums like Dark Side and The Wall may be more apparent and accessible, the subtlety and nuances in Meddle make it a masterpiece.

Piece of music art better than all of them

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6The Division Bell

The Division Bell and A Momentary Lapse of Reason are both underrated albums just because waters was not on the band anymore doesn't mean its bad. they are both beautiful albums people should aprecciate more the music and less the fame of an album or a song.

Let's get this straight, had the album featured Roger Waters with the same melodies and the same lyrics, almost nobody would be complaining. I think that everything in this album is amazing. The cover itself is a work of art and tells exactly the story of Pink Floyd and the concept of the album: Two people (Waters and Gilmour), with opposite personalities (notice how the dark side of the left face faces the bright side of the other) fighting each other to achieve success (Look how their mouthes are pointed to the factory which simbolizes money). However, when these two people join forces, they become one and single face: Pink Floyd.

In the middle that isn't actually a factory, it's Ely cathedral - it's meant to show how they are divided by a bell. I don't know what that means, but oh well.

Wonderful album and I really think they succeed with this one, even more than The Final Cut and I really love this one as much as Wish You Were Here, the fourth best album after Dark Side, The Wall and Animals!

Very underrated. Keep Talking is much better on Pulse, though.

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7The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

It's so trippy and nostalgic. Syd was an underrated genius and this has to be one of the coolest psychedelic albums ever, ranging from pop songs like Astronomy Domine to long instrumental trips like Interstellar Overdrive to fairytale stories like The Gnome or Matilda Mother. It might not be for everybody buy you can't deny it's one of the most unique albums.

I really can't believe this is so low. It's a psychedelic masterpiece and Floyd's crowning achievement, in my opinion. - PetSounds

I've gone through a couple periods of time where I almost only listen to piper at the gates of dawn and I would never dream of complaining during those times.

I love syd so much

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8Atom Heart Mother

Atom Heart Mother is a wonderful album.
Atom Heart Mother Suite is a wonderful, emotional, unique and unpredictable song.
If is a great song, with a vocal style you would not expect for a Pink Floyd album, very soothing.
Summer '68 is a classic catchy song, but not the most refreshing.
Fat old sun is a underrated, very calming song.
Alan's psychedelic breakfast has nice calming elements and eating noises, which repeat, making it a weird song.

The first song is possibly the most psychedelic track they ever composed, atom heart mother suite, but still awesome when not on acid. The album as a whole is not bad, but the first song is one of my favorite Floyd Songs

Atom Heart Mother is a good album, definitely deserves better than 12th.

Atom Heart Mother: 4.5 out of 5
If: 5 out of 5
Summer '68: 4 out of 5
Fat Old Sun: 2.5 out of 5
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast: 3.5 out of 5

Best, most underrated Floyd album ever

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9The Final Cut

Arguably the most personal album Roger wrote for the Floyd, certainly the most lyrically emotive and contains some of the best songs from their entire catalogue. If you're looking for an album concerned with honesty of expression and breaking new ground rather than over-produced musical trappings, this is one of the Floyd's very best. And with no exaggeration, you'd have trouble finding a more intimate vocal performance than Roger's from any singer in the world.

Too emotional to not be right up at the top. Roger Waters voice just makes it all that much better.

Gets my vote for number one. When I first heard it, it wasn't a favourite. Then over time I began to like then love Southampton Dock and Final Cut as two absolute classics (the live versions are arguably better). More recently I realised that 'When the Tigers ran Free' is in a class of its own. All the other tracks add to the brilliance of FC.

I hate this album

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10A Saucerful of Secrets

The first PF LP I bought - right after I heard the amazing "See Emily Play" on the radio, back in '67 if I'm not mistaking. Can you imagine the thrill of a lifetime this was for the teenager I was then!? NO ONE in my classroom or in the schoolyard - including myself! - new anything about PF at the time. It was just mind-blowing! Truly my best musical experience ever! If I were ever to "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" or have a trip in a Flying Saucer, this is THE album I would take with me. In my opinion, SOS is number ONE for ever, nothing less! And PF will always remain my all-time favorite band.

Overall, I like this album. I'll review the whole thing to give you an idea of what it is like if you are new to it. Let there Be More Light is a cool, adventurous sounding song that really sets the mood. Remember a Day is an even better more psychedelic number that is one of the album's highlights. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun is an amazing nearly ambient track that is another highlight.

Wish you were here is my favorite but I had to vote for saucerful, so damn underrated, to anyone coming on here for recommendations, listen to every album, there all great

Underrated masterpiece

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11A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

This album is much much better than given due... Just because roger waters is not on the credit list... Some people love to hate it... But if we remove that prejudice... This is a great album... Please give some credit to poor glamour too... Great album...

Although it has sold well it tends to get attacked by some fans, because it was the first album they done without Waters. This is a shame, because it is one of my favorite Floyd albums. Love it!

This is also a very good album, not the best but Gilmour here did the job done! Pink sound is in there and the result is impressive and progressive! 4/5 for me!

Much, much better than Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

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12Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

A decent album of great Pink Floyd songs. Good for new listeners just to understand what Pink Floyd music is really like. A foot in the door is more just hits and radio favourites.

This is a hits album, shouldn't be on this list.

This just isn't fair
Who added this? Duh the best of album is going to be the best album

13The Endless River

Very good instrumental/ambient album. Great way for the greatest band ever to go out. Louder than words is a genius song! - ryanrimmel

It's an amazing album if you don't go into it expecting The Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here.

I am praying that David Gilmour will change his mind an go on a tour with nick. A Pink Floyd tour would be beyond amazing. - SammySpore

This album should be higher on the list, at least above some of these psychedelic albums, louder than words is some of their best

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14Obscured by Clouds

This album is greatly underrated. I never hear anyone talking about it but it is just as good as meddle or atom heart mother. It has a lot of great songs like, when you're in, the gold its in the, wots uh the deal, childhoods end, free four and stay. When I heard this album I knew that I had heard when you're in, the gold its in the, and stay on the radio before. Overall, this album really deserves more credit for the masterpiece it is.

Free Four - Waters rocker, Wot's... Uh the deal - Great Gilmour lyrics and singing, The Gold It's in the... Another great songs. This album was a great warm-up for Darkside

Its funny how no one ever talks about this album. Its very underappreciated, and unheard of, should be right up there in the lower top 10

This should be in the top 10 in my opinion

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15Pulse

I wish if I was there in the PULSE live how... I think that was probably the best live show ever!

Pulse is what got me into Pink Floyd. - Darrell

Pulse is why I would want to travel in time!

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16Ummagumma

Disc one is an AWESOME live disc with songs even BETTER than the originals. Disc two is each of the members doing their own pieces. Wright does an amazing piano piece that really shows off his talents. Waters' songs are probably my least favourite, because they are pretty quiet and weak. Part one of Gilmour's piece is a warm acoustic song with no lyrics. Part two is extremely psychedelic filled with a dark looming guitar riff and weird spacey sounds. Part three is probably the most "normal" of all the songs on the album, being more of a straight up rock song with piano. Mason's piece starts and ends with lovely flutes and horns. In the middle is some drumming with trippy effects. I think this is a masterpiece and deserves more attention. - SammySpore

This is worse than living in Africa

Everyone says disc one is amazing (and it is), but nobody ever talks about disc two being good. It is sad, because disc two is very underrated.

Whoever wrote that second comment, that was horrible.

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17Relics

Some songs from piper at the gates of dawn, and Syd Barret singles. This is the ultimate album for die hard Pink Floyd fans.

This is where it all starts, brilliant obscure cuts from the 60's era Floyd. Greatest Hits Volume 1. Fantastic stuff.

I wish it had point me at the sky and it would be so nice. then it would be perfect - SammySpore

I love Relics... The greatest greatest hits compilation ever made...

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18Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

Best concert of all time... And no audience.

Took songs from other Pink Floyd albums and made them better

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More has some of the best songs that Pink Floyd ever recorded. Cirrus Minor, The Nile Song, The Crying Song, Green Is The Colour, and Cymbaline. Not to mention Quicksilver as well. This album also has some of the best lyrics that Pink Floyd ever wrote in their pre-Dark Side Of The Moon era. Listen to the songs I suggested (besides The Nile Song or Ibiza Bar) if you want to go to bed, if you're stressed out, or if you want to calm down. Hope you enjoy it.

Isn't my favorite album but doesn't deserve to be at the bottom. Cymbaline is amazing!

Amazing album. One of the best soundtracks ever. I don't believe that it's 21.

Songs like Cymbaline, Green is the Color, Cirrus Minor have some of the best keyboards by Rick

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