There are few bands with music so intrinsically linked with the ide of escapism. Pink Floyd almost singlehandedly expanded the minds of countless generations with their psychedelic progressive rock. Here we’re bringing together everything the band have ever released together in one chronological playlist.
Frankly, you will need a playlist so rigorously structured and so in-depth (17 hours long, in fact) to get to grips with just the countless formations of the band. They have changed members, genres and concepts a lot through their career and below is one place you can hear it all.
Many people would have been introduced to the experimental and avant-garde sound the band became famed for with their first album Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn. But as Syd Barrett’s mental health deteriorated and David Gilmour was drafted to help out, that incarnation of the group didn’t last very long at all.
With the introduction of David Gilmour and the turn of the decade bringing a brand new sense of the universe after Neil Armstrong and co. took their first steps on the moon (an event Floyd were the backing music for), Pink Floyd began to explore the otherworldly sounds that would make up albums A Saucerful of Secrets, Ummagumma, and Atom Heart Mother.
It was at this point, one might argue, that Pink Floyd rolled into their golden years. The band’s most successful period as they released albums like Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon, and Wish You Were Here. Three albums which would shape the face of rock and roll and carve out a piece of history for Pink Floyd to forever reside in.
It was at this point than Roger Waters began to enact his vision for the band in more controlling ways. Despite Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut all becoming another period of revered work for the band, many noted that these records could have easily have been Waters’ solo albums. Tensions grew.
There was one final push from the band after Waters had left to pursue his own solo glory. A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell saw David Gilmour at the helm and creating commercial if not critical successes. Then some twenty years later, the final Pink Floyd album arrived, the largely instrumental Endless River.
Although a little easier to understand when broken down into chunks the sheer volume of live recordings and varied stories from the band’s creative mastery has always left the band a bit of a puzzle. Below we’ve pulled together all of the band’s recordings into one perfect playlist so you can while away lockdown listening to one of the most confounding bands on the planet.
Ladies and gentlemen, the ultimate Pink Floyd playlist.