Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day: Best Pink Floyd songs

Their material after 1980 leaves me uncomfortably numb, and many of their sidelong epics seem recorded to mitigate brain damage, but I’ve got wary respect for the band that recorded material before and after their epochal mid ’70s recordings. I’ve discovered the Syd Barrett material in recent years; I need to know more. I’ve also made my peace with the Mr. Crankypants running the songwriting show for over forty years. There was a time when the sourness had an alienating effect; now it works as a corrective, painful and necessary, to hippie dreams. Roger Waters would pick at the scab of England’s postwar complacency, over and over, creating his own myths.

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)
2. See Emily Play
3. Breathe
4. Arnold Layne
5. Time
6. Wish You Were Here
7. Careful with That Axe, Eugene
8. Great Gig in the Sky
9. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
10. Us and Them
11. Hey You
12. One of These Days
13. Free Four
14. Comfortably Numb
15. Brain Damage
16. Run Like Hell
17. Dogs
18. Let There Be More Light
19. The Scarecrow
20. Money

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