Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London.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 were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright.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). The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.Pink Floyd were 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 75 million certified units in the United States.
The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd recorded The Dark Side of the Moon between May 1972 and January 1973,the LP became an instant chart success in the UK and throughout Western Europe, earning an enthusiastic response from critics.
Released on 30 November 1979, The Wall topped the Billboard chart in the US for fifteen weeks, reaching number three in the UK.The Wall ranks number three on the RIAA's list of the all-time Top 100 albums, with 23 million certified units sold in the US.The Wall concept also spawned a film.However, the concert footage proved impractical to film.
The Division Bell
Released on April 1994, the album reached number 1 in both the UK and the US. It spent 51 weeks on the UK chart.
Pink Floyd are considered one of the UK's first psychedelic music groups.
Some categorise their work from that era as a space rock.They had developed an unmistakably psychedelic sound, performing long, loud suitelike compositions that touched on hard rock, blues, country, folk, and electronic music.