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

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 album ever! - Led_Rush_Floyd

They've got legendary albums! Wonderful intelligent musicians! Thats real music! - iTunesJunky

Brain Damage, Eclipse, and Time are phenomenal songs

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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...

The album that defines albums

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3Wish You Were Here

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.

Shine on you crazy diamond is the reason I fell in love with Pink Floyd. The lyrics, music, emotion and honesty of this track is just astounding. I then discovered that every album Floyd created, up to and including the wall (but no later) has just what you need, depending on your mood. Sometimes I have to reel in my enthusiasm for WYWH as I find myself getting almost evangelical when describing it to non-believers! Surely anyone who claims to like music can recognize it's greatness.

Dark Side is the obvious choice, and for most it comes down to personal opinion which is better, Wish You Were here or Dark Side... But it is DEFINITELY better than The Wall. For me this album goes to the top, #1. Every song is brilliant, and it has Wish You Were Here which may very well be their best song.

Obviously this album can't top Dark side(even though it is my favorite) BUT UNDER THE WALL! Come on GUYS! I love the wall! But it doesn't come near this 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.

This album should really be in the number one spot in my opinion!

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5Meddle

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 a masterpiece by Pink Floyd. Syd barret had input in some lyrics in this album-Before he left they put gilmour in Pink Floyd to cover for him ad for syd to write some material. Most of it was crazy but some of it was able to be put into their songs. Echoes is one of the best songs out there and without meddle would have never gone into progressive rock.

dark side is my fav but I think this album need more credit - russian

This is the album where Pink Floyd became Pink Floyd. They had some decent albums before this but Meddle is the turning point album for them. #2 in my opinion after The Wall.

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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!

Not the best but definitely the most underrated.

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7The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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

Not gonna lie people who claim this to be their best album ever because it's so psychedelic probably have never taken a psychedelic in their life. Its definitely a trippy and good album. But not even close to the masterpieces meddle, DSOM, Wish you were here, and animals.

Excellent display of syd barrett's potential and a great start for pink floyd

Pushing the boundaries, a revolutionary album.

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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

Great sound research! This is an album perfectly made, not a single mistake. 4/5 is my score!

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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 seriously cannot imagine someone NOT being moved by this record. The places Waters goes, man...

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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.

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

This is an autentic Pink Floyd album, simply great. Songs like Let There Be More Light are simply AWESOME. Without Barrett, except in Jugband Blues, they still have a lot of influence on him. It's one of the most underrated albums, but in my opinion this album must be in top 5, sincerely I don't mind it because Pink Floys is not for discuss which album is better, every Pink Floyd album has something great. Here, we can see a brilliant rappot between all Pink Floyd members, and a really authentic style.

A positively brilliant mix of all five Floyd members.

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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...

I really like 'Wish You Were Here' and 'The Division Bell' as well, but 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason' takes the gold as Pink Floyd's greatest album. It has an awesome 80's vibe and sounds great. Almost jazz-like with more of a keyboard sound. Lastly, I personally prefer David Gilmour over Richard Waters.

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!

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12Pulse

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

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.

In my opinion, better than the previous two albums (except High Hopes), as it has so many good little tunes and range of keyboard effects, it's a really great album.

This album should be top 5. This album wins even without a vocal. True music. - awanshrestha

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14Echoes: 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 just isn't fair
Who added this? Duh the best of album is going to be the best album

15Ummagumma

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.

This is worse than living in Africa

16Relics

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

A great album I ever heard

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17Obscured 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

I agree with this list up to number 7. This should be number 7. Very underrated Pink Floyd album. Wots...uh the deal great song.

Wot's Uh The Deal is the best song. Imagine, a Pink Floyd song with a great melody.

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18More

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.

This album is not THAT great. It has great songs on it like cirrus minor, ibiza bar, the nile song, cymbaline, green is the colour, and crying song. But they put to many boring songs, like dramatic theme, quicksilver, and party sequence. They should have just removed those and put in the unreleased songs Seabirds and Hollywood. Then we could have heard a great song instead of boring stuff. Hopefully they will release the studio recording of seabirds one day. - SammySpore

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.

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