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Pink Floyd are an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of popular music.

Founded in 1965, Pink Floyd originally consisted of students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. They first gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's creative leadership they released two charting singles and a successful debut album. David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in December 1967; Barrett left the band in April 1968 owing to his deteriorating mental health. After Barrett's departure, Waters became the band's primary lyricist, and by the mid-1970s, their dominant songwriter, devising the original concepts behind their critically and commercially acclaimed albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983).

Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd and Wright subsequently joined them as a paid musician and later once again a full member. They continued to record and tour through 1994; two more albums followed, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994). Inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, by 2013 they had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 74.5 million certified units in the United States.

After nearly two decades of acrimony, Pink Floyd reunited in 2005 for a performance at the global awareness event Live 8. In 2006, Gilmour was interviewed for an article printed in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that declared that Pink Floyd had dissolved. When asked about their future, Gilmour explained that the band was finished making music, and that at the age of 60 he preferred to work on his own. Since then, both he and Waters have repeatedly insisted that they have no plans to reunite with the surviving former members. Barrett died in 2006 and Wright in 2008. In 2011, Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at one of his The Wall Tour shows at The O2 Arena in London.

On July 5, 2014, multiple individuals including Gilmour's spouse announced that a new studio album based around recordings made in 1994, said to be the "swan song" of Wright and titled The Endless River was scheduled for release in October of that year.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1967 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 3.9 29
1968 A Saucerful of Secrets 4 14
1969 Ummagumma 3.4 18
1970 Atom Heart Mother 4.4 25
1971 Meddle 4.15 31
1973 The Dark Side of the Moon 4.75 47
1975 Wish You Were Here 4.65 47
1977 Animals 4.6 38
1979 The Wall 4.15 28
1983 The Final Cut 3.1 33
1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason 3.85 24
1994 The Division Bell 3.75 15
2014 The Endless River 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1971 Relics Compilation 3.5 22
1973 A Nice Pair Compilation 3
1974 Masters of Rock Compilation 1
1981 A Collection of Great Dance Songs Compilation 4 12
1983 Works Compilation 3
1983 Hits Compilation 1
1992 Shine On Compilation 5 3
2000 Wish You Were Here / Early Singles Compilation 1
2001 Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd Compilation 3.65 4
2007 Oh by the Way Compilation 3.5 1
2010 The Best of Pink Floyd Compilation 2
2011 Discovery Compilation 3
2011 A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd Compilation 1
2011 The Wall Singles Collection Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1972 Any Colour You Like Live 1
1988 Delicate Sound of Thunder Live 3 6
1990 Live at Pompeii Live 5 11
1995 Pulse Live 4.15 10
2000 Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live Live 5 4
2002 Fat Old Gigs Live 1
2011 Amsterdam '69 Live 1
2012 Live in Moscow Live 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
1969 More Soundtrack 3 15
1972 Obscured by Clouds Soundtrack 3.5 26

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1967 Arnold Layne 3.5 3
1967 See Emily Play / Scarecrow 4 1
1967 Apples and Oranges 3 1
1968 It Would Be So Nice / Julia Dream 1
1968 Point Me at the Sky / Careful With That Axe Eugene 5 2
1969 The Nile Song 5 1
1971 One of These Days 5 2
1972 Free Four / The Gold It's in the... 4 1
1972 Julia Dream 5 1
1973 Money 5 8
1974 Time / Us and Them 5 1
1975 Have a Cigar 3.5 7
1979 Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 4 16

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