The six songs David Gilmour once picked as Pink Floyd’s best
Pink Floyd were a band so intent on forward-thinking and avid musical creation that they have an incredibly dense back catalogue. With 15 studio albums to choose from which songs does principal member of the group, David Gilmour, think are the band’s best?
It appears the singer and guitarist who joined the band near the very beginning of their 55-year journey, did once pick six tracks which he likes the most and which he would say he stood the test of time. Below we’ve pulled together a playlist of those songs, perfect for any Pink Floyd purist.
David Gilmour’s favourite Pink Floyd songs may be a little hard to gauge. The singer’s relationship with the tempestuous band, and the other pillar of the band Roger Waters, has often left a slightly bitter taste in his mouth. Especially considering his own prominent solo career, it must become tiresome consistently answering fan-centric questions about Floyd.
Luckily enough, in 2006, Billboard spoke to Gilmour and amidst a heaving interview where pretty much every aspect of his career thus far was discussed, Gilmour did answer the question as to which songs he liked most. While the singer did pick some Floyd songs out as the best he also admitted that “there’s lots of them.”
Picking two from the Wish You Were Here album, he selected, “‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’ are standout tracks.” Selecting two of the band’s most prominent songs he completed quite possibly the triumvirate of Floyd’ numbers when picked arguably the band’s most famous song from The Wall, ‘Comfortably Numb’.
Gilmour may not have described all of the songs as his personal favourites but he did eventually give the game away when said: “‘High Hopes’ from The Division Bell is one of my favourite all-time Pink Floyd tracks,” tacking on a few more for good measure, “‘The Great Gig in the Sky,’ ‘Echoes,’ there’s lots of them.”
The rest of the interview, conducted to promote his solo tour at the time, offers up a candid view of Gilmour. After being asked whether or not he should be playing bigger venues to avoid upsetting people he frankly replied: I can’t help other people’s frustrations. I don’t owe people anything. If people would like to come to my concerts I’d love them to come. And if they like the music that I make, I love that too. But I do not make music for other people. I make it to please myself.”
It’s the kind of determination and wit that has seen Gilmour not only become an icon with his psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd but become a bastion of creative endeavour while doing so.
On his legacy, Gilmour reflected, “Oh! [Long silence] Legacy? What’s a legacy? I think our music will continue to be played for a while. Then it will be forgotten like everything else will be forgotten. How long will that take? A hundred years, a thousand years, a million years? I have no idea. This is not something I think of very much.”
Take a listen below to the seven songs David Gilmour thinks are Pink Floyd’s best.