Top 10 Pink Floyd Songs
Pink Floyd changed the world of Rock 'n Roll with their progressive and psychedelic style of music. To honor Pink Floyd, the US103.1 staff got together to discuss their favorites and choose the top 10 Pink Floyd songs. Sit back, relax and become “comfortably numb,” and enjoy some Pink Floyd.
Animals – 1977
Kicking off our top 10 Pink Floyd songs is “Dogs” coming off their 1977 album Animals the term “dog” represents the businessman who care more for their work and egos than they do anything else. Roger Waters wrote the lyrics, while David Gilmour composed the music. Gilmour provided vocals on most of the song, except the last two versus, where Waters provided the vocals. “Dogs” was originally titled “You Gotta Be Crazy,” clocking in at 17:04; it's in the top five of Pink Floyd's songs.
‘See Emily Play’
See Emily Play (Single) – 1967
“See Emily Play” was Pink Floyd's second single released in 1967 on a singles album with “Scarecrow” on its B-side. Written by originating member Syd Barret, this is trippy psychedelic rock song that Pink Floyd was known for. The song can also be found on other compilations and is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
‘One of These Days’
“One of These Days” off 1971's Meddle is a moody instrumental when the band was still doing space rock, the number 8 Pink Floyd song is an instrumental, that is except for drummer Nick Mason heard toward the end in spoken word, “One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces.” This track features a “double-tracked bass” where both Roger Waters and David Gilmour both play bass — Waters' bass is panned hard left with Gilmour's fading into the right channel.
Another trippy song from Meddle — clocking in at 23:31 — which took the full side of a vinyl record, the song is the third longest song in Pink Floyd's library. Jeff Holbrook had said this about the song: “A side long acid trip that you don’t dare take acid to. It would scare the life outa ya. This was a 1970’s late night FM favorite when I dreamed of being a radio disc jockey, and until ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ 2 years later, it was their signature piece.”
‘Us and Them’
The Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
“Us and Them” was originally written on piano by Richard Wright in 1969 for the movie Zabriskie Point in 1969 and was totally instrumental. The director of the movie rejected the song on the basis that it wasn't like any other song made for the movie, but like the rest of this list, it is Pink Floyd and that's why its the number six song. It was set-aside until 1973 when Roger Waters added lyrics and included it on the Dark Side of the Moon.
‘On The Turning Away’
A Momentary Lapse of Reason – 1987
Off the 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the song was the second single released from the album. A power ballad that referencing the issues of poverty and oppression, references issues of poverty and oppression, expressing the belief that people have the tendency to “turn away” from people affected by these conditions.
‘Wish You Were Here’
The number four Pink Floyd song is recognizable right from the first measure. Off the 1975 album of the same name “Wish You Were Here,” the song — as well as most of the album — refers to former member Syd Barret's psychological break down. The songs lyrics encompass the feeling Roger Water's had about feeling alienated from other people. On the album version of the, it segues from “Have a Cigar” sounding like a radio is changing from station to station only to land on the beginning of “Wish You Were Here.”
Kicking off side A of the second album, “Hey You” — like most of the song on the album — is in the point of view of the protagonist, Pink. Pink realizes the mistake he made shunning society, and attempts to contact the outside world. He cannot see or hear beyond the wall as his calls become more and more desperate as he realizes there is no escape. There was a sequence for the movie filmed with the song, but was later cut due to time constraints.
The final track on side A of the first album, “Mother” tells the story of Pink — the movie/album's main character — and his over protective Mom having a conversation. Pink, the voice of Roger Waters and his Mom, voice of David Gilmour who is helping Pink build his wall to try protect him from the outside world, evidenced by the line “of course mother's gonna help build the wall,” spoken by Pink's mother. Pink's mother gets angry as Pink grows older and falls in love.
“Comfortably Numb” hits the number one spot on our Pink Floyd top songs list due to the shear awesomeness of the song. Just like the other songs featured on this list, it tells another story of Pink. This song tells part of the story where Pink cannot seem to get a handle on the world. It is interplay between a doctor (Roger Waters) and Pink's inner thoughts (David Gilmour.) Originally written by Gilmour — instrumentally — for his solo album, he brought it to The Wall sessions as a demo.