The best Pink Floyd album is Animals? WTF??

#1

A very good friend of mine recently informed me that the five best Pink Floyd albums, in descending order, are:

  1. Animals
  2. Wish You Were Here
  3. The Wall
  4. Dark Side of the Moon
  5. The Final Cut

Huh? Is this even a credible opinion? I thought everyone knew that the best Pink Floyd album was Wish You Were Here.

At least he didn’t say Ummagumma.

#2

The Final Cut sucks, the rest of the list is in perfect order. And I don’t care about their earlier shit, or post-Waters shit, but The Final Cut would come after all that.

#3

I agree with the order too, except that I haven’t listened to The Final Cut in a long while, so can’t judge it.

#4

My top 5:

  1. Wish You Were Here
    1a. Dark Side of the Moon
  2. Fearless
  3. The Wall

Pay no attention to Discourse’s renumbering my list - it goes 1, 1a, 4, 5.

#5

Meddle

That is all

#6

Came here to say this.

I have never heard of anyone liking the Final Cut that much. You never hear it on the radio either. It might as well be a Roger Waters solo album. I mean I like it, but it’s not very Floydian.

Not an album.

#7

I suppose now you’re going to try and tell me that Seamus and Pillow of Winds are what make Meddle so great?

#8

No, they are very weak (although Seamus is great on Live at Pompeii), but otherwise the rest of the album is great. One of These Days is actually my favorite PF song.

#9

Dark Side of the Moon I was just obsessed with a few years back, such a great album.

#10

raises hand

I love it. I certainly wouldn’t rank it ahead of the others Brooski listed in the op, but it is still great. Though the second half is a bit uneven (e.g. “Not Now John” is a fine song in and of itself, but I find myself skipping from “The Final Cut” to “Two Suns…” for continuity purposes - it could even be argued that the title track fits better with the The Wall) I love the theme and execution (it doesn’t get much better than the voice melding into the sax in “The Gunner’s Dream”).

That is true.

#11

Take the Final Cut off the list and replace it with Meddle and you have something credible. Now for me the order may change based on my daily preference but Animals, WYWH, The Wall, DSOTM and Meddle and IMHO the holy pentalogy of Floydian music. ( With Honorable mention for Obscured By Clouds ) I do like a lot of the earlier Pink Floyd but the earlier albums are simply not as solid front to back. The holy 5 are all fantastic from start to finish.

Heres a taste of something off Obscured By Clouds

#12

And “Echoes” (I went with a shorter more “consumable” clip below):

This is mostly correct. The Pentalogy of Pink Floyd ™ has some laws and limits in its flux, however. Some fine tuning:
Top
1.) Dark Side of the Moon
Excellence-these may fluctuate
2.) Meddle
3.) Shine On You Crazy Diamond
4.) Animals
Perma-Fifth Place
5.) The Wall

The Final Cut belongs with The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. Nice, but it ain’t Floyd.

#13

The order for 1-3 could shuffle around on any given day, but if I had to pick right now I’d go with:

  1. Animals
  2. Wish You Were Here
  3. Dark Side of the Moon
  4. Meddle
  5. The Wall
#14

I love Floyd, but honestly the only albums I just pop in and listen to are The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. I respect Animals more than I could really say I like it. But I like just about all Floyd to some degree, even The Division Bell, just because I love Gilmour’s guitar playing so much.

#15

https://youtu.be/P6r1Y_rsdkk
Posted here because it is the exact1975 tour show I attended, and this is clearly the target audience.

If you listen to the beginning, try to imagine that it was the first time you had heard the now-incredibly familiar opening - because the concert was 5 months before Wish You Were Here was released.

#16

Any list that’s Animals, the Wish You Were Here top two is ok in my book.

The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon are third and fourth respectively.

Fifth is a trap, and has no solid answer for me. I could argue for multiple albums here. I’ll put Saucer Full of Secrets here as placeholder.

#17

Same here. I keep meaning to listen to their back catalog, but usually get drawn back to either The Wall or The Division Bell, because I’m already familiar with the songs, and I just love his guitar playing on those familiar songs so much.

Dark Side of the Moon is great too, but it doesn’t have enough Gilmour guitaring it up.

If I was going to be stuck on a deserted island for the rest of my life, and I could only take one piece of music with me, it would be The Wall.

#18

Then you need to hear Meddle again. :)

#19

And Wish You Were Here. And Animals. Those things are chock full of great Gilmour guitarwork.

#20

That is why The Wall is perma-fifth for me. Dark Side has it, but the album is so iconic and Gilmour’s playing gets missed a lot. Hence perma-first. Floyd fans (like us) underrate it because it is so damned popular and revolutionary.