7 Most Mesmerizing Songs by Pink Floyd

In this article, let us count down seven mesmerizing songs by the legendary progressive rock band that is Pink Floyd. Keep in mind that this list is in no way a definitive one.

If I were to list every single Pink Floyd song that’s so enchanting that it almost alters one’s mind, not only would the list be more than sufficiently voluminous, but it would also be very subjective, not unlike this list.

So, without getting carried away, let me list seven mesmerizing songs by Pink Floyd that are beloved by almost every fan of the iconic band.

Echoes

Seven Mesmerising Songs by Pink Floyd

I wholeheartedly believe that “Echoes” is simply a masterpiece. Meddle is a great album but its overall goodness was nearly quadrupled because of this 23-minute song.

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With an instrumental that sounds like gentle ocean waves, dreamy vocal performances by David Gilmour and Richard Wright, otherworldly guitar solos, and experimental sound effects, this song is probably Pink Floyd’s first masterpiece.

Of course, its lyrics are also so captivating and meaningful, like many other Pink Floyd songs.

Comfortably Numb

Seven Mesmerising Songs by Pink Floyd

The Wall is undoubtedly one of the greatest music albums in history. Even for people who haven’t heard it in its entirety (which they definitely should), “Comfortably Numb” could be a familiar song.

This song tells of a childhood memory of the main character from The Wall, Pink. It makes a lot of sense when you know his backstory and the premise of the album.

Inarguably, the most famous and beautiful part of this song is its second guitar solo. It’s widely regarded as one of the best – if not the best – guitar solos in rock music history.

Dogs

Roger Waters is a mastermind when it comes to songwriting, and there are few that can match his prowess with a pen. Animals is one of the most important Pink Floyd albums, in my opinion, because of its social and political commentary that’s valid and relevant to this day.

“Dogs” is a 17-minute-long ballad featuring acoustic guitar parts, memorable and hypnotic guitar solos, experimental sound effects that resonate with the meaning of the song, and some of the best lyrics in the album. I highly recommend the 2018 remix version of this album as it sounds magical.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1 – 9)

Wish You Were Here is an album partly about the idiosyncratic genius of Pink Floyd that was Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is the band paying tribute to him after Syd, unfortunately, got schizophrenia, throwing his life into disarray and making him unable to perform.

With beautiful instrumental parts appearing as a major part of this masterpiece, there are also lyrics that directly pay homage to Syd and his unique, unmatched creativity. It’s a rather sad song about a trailblazer in music, and it’s simply one of the best songs in Pink Floyd’s catalog.

Interstellar Overdrive

Seven Mesmerising Songs by Pink Floyd

Now that we’ve mentioned Syd Barrett in the previous entry, it’s only appropriate to include a song that was orchestrated mainly by him. “Interstellar Overdrive” is a space-themed song from Pink Floyd’s debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

There are no lyrics in this song. Instead, there are various unusual sounds and musical effects beautifully arranged together. You can hear the sounds of computer beeps and other futuristic sounds.

Indeed, there’s a great chance that you’ve never heard something like this before. It’s certainly an acquired taste and some people might not find it appealing. But this album and this song in particular – where psychedelic substances undoubtedly played a major part in its creation – is truly a masterpiece in its own right.

Marooned

The Division Bell is a great, yet somewhat underrated album by Pink Floyd. Granted, its lyrics are far inferior to some other Pink Floyd albums, mainly because of the absence of Roger Waters as the lyricist. But there is no denying that this entire album has some pretty great songs.

“Marooned” is probably one of the best pieces of music in the album. It’s an instrumental song featuring iconic guitar playing by David Gilmour. It’s truly a dreamy and memorable song that really stands out.

Time

There are simply no arguments regarding the masterful nature and sheer beauty of The Dark Side of the Moon, one of the most successful and revered musical albums of all time.

Among many other fantastic specimens, “Time” is a philosophical song that encapsulates how the marching of time is inevitable, and how it doesn’t pause just because we, humans, choose to waste it.

It’s scary, in some ways but also eye-opening. It features a masterclass of a guitar solo and great, memorable vocals by Gilmour.

If you want to listen to these masterful songs, check out this Spotify playlist where every great Pink Floyd song is neatly arranged.

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