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Pink Floyd were 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, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of popular music.

Pink Floyd was founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in December 1967; Barrett left the band in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became the band's primary lyricist and, by the mid-1970s, their dominant songwriter, devising the concepts behind their critically and commercially successful 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, declaring it a "spent force". Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd; Wright rejoined them as a session musician and, later, a band member. The three produced two more albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994), and toured until 1994. After nearly two decades of acrimony, Pink Floyd reunited with Waters in 2005 for a performance at the global awareness event Live 8, but Gilmour and Waters have since stated they have no plans to reunite as a band again. Barrett died in 2006 and Wright in 2008. A new Pink Floyd studio album recorded without Waters partially originating from material recorded in 1993–1994, The Endless River, was released in November 2014.

Pink Floyd was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. By 2013, the band had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 74.5 million certified units in the United States.

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Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 5 2
1982 The Wall: Music From the Film Pink Floyd 4
1983 Not Now John Pink Floyd 4 8
1987 On the Turning Away Pink Floyd 5 5
1987 Learning to Fly Pink Floyd 5 4
1987 One Slip Pink Floyd 5 4
1994 Take It Back Pink Floyd 3 7
1994 High Hopes Pink Floyd 5 6
1995 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 4.5 2
2006 Proper Education Eric Prydz vs. Floyd 8

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Tonite Let's All Make Love in London... Plus Pink Floyd 2
1995 London ’66–’67 Pink Floyd 2
1997 1967: The First 3 Singles Pink Floyd 2

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Star Profile Pink Floyd 1
Interview Disc Pink Floyd 1

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