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Playlist: Pink Floyd’s finest

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The Bro Jackson Jukebox Club: Playlists for people.

I was in the airport last week and grabbed a copy of a special edition of Rolling Stone dubbed “The Ultimate Guide to Pink Floyd.” It was a thin publication, so I didn’t expect a lot, but I was a little miffed when I realized I paid 12 bucks for what was essentially a collection of old articles. Nevertheless, we’re in another renaissance for the world’s greatest progressive rock band. It happens every few years, ignited by some significant event. In 2005, it was the band’s reunion at Live 8; in 2008 it was the death of keyboardist Richard Wright; and this year the appearance of the band’s entire catalogue on Spotify.

In an era dominated so heavily by a la carte song consumption, the Floyd remain a bastion of the album-as-a-whole philosophy. The individual pieces of a PF record bleed into one another seamlessly, as one theme, one idea, making it incomplete to listen on a per song basis. Nevertheless, the times dictate life, so I’ve broken some of those songs away from their parent album into 50 finest for the Jukebox Club.

Although we’re giving into the song-by-song trend, we won’t completely smash the full album ideology that defined these records, and some selections are still pulled together, such as the “Brain Damage”/“Eclipse” sequence that appears at number three, and “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” presented as a single entry–even though it was split into two separate tracks on the record.

This won’t be the last time the world will find itself back on Floyd high, but the group won’t ever produce new music, so this order will remain true into perpetuity.

50. “San Tropez” (Meddle)

49. “Coming Back To Life” (The Division Bell)

48. “Interstellar Overdrive” (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn)

47. “Arnold Layne” (Relics)

46. “Astronomy Domine” (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn)

45. “Keep Talking” (The Divison Bell)

44. “Let There Be More Light” (A Saucerful Of Secrets)

43. “Fat Old Sun” (Atom Heart Mother)

42. “Marooned” (The Division Bell)

41. “High Hopes” (The Division Bell)

40. “The Gold It’s In The…” (Obscured By Clouds)

39.  “Fearless” (Meddle)

38. “What Do You Want From Me” (The Division Bell)

37.  “Paintbox” (Relics)

36.  “Atom Heart Mother (suite)” (Atom Heart Mother)

35. “The Nile Song” (More)

34. “Lost For Words” (The Division Bell)

33. “Stay” (Obscured By Clouds)

32. “Summer ‘68” (Atom Heart Mother)

31. “Us And Them” (The Dark Side Of The Moon)

30. “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” (A Saucerful Of Secrets)

29. “Learning To Fly” (A Momentary Lapse Of Reason)

28. “See Emily Play” (Relics)

27. “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” (Relics)

26. “When You’re In” (Obscured By Clouds)

25. “Young Lust” (The Wall)

24. “The Fletcher Memorial Home” (The Final Cut)

23. “The Great Gig In The Sky” (The Dark Side Of The Moon)

22. “Welcome To The Machine” (Wish You Were Here)

21. “One of These Days” (Meddle)

20. “Speak To Me/Breathe” (The Dark Side Of The Moon)

19. “Pigs (Three Different Ones” (Animals)

18.  “Have A Cigar” (Wish You Were Here)

17. “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives / Another Brick In The Wall (pt. 2)” (The Wall)

16.  “Sheep” (Animals)

15. “Goodbye Blue Sky” (The Wall)

14. “Dogs” (Animals)

13.  “When The Tigers Broke Free” (The Final Cut)

12. “In The Flesh?” (The Wall)

11. “Hey You” (The Wall)

10. “Mother” (The Wall)

9. “Free Four” (Obscured By Clouds)

8. “Echoes” (Meddle)

7.  “Time/Breathe (Reprise)” (The Dark Side Of The Moon)

6. “Wish You Were Here” (Wish You Were Here)

5. “Wot’s … Uh The Deal” (Obscured By Clouds)

4. “Money” (The Dark Side Of The Moon)

3. “Brain Damage/Eclipse” (The Dark Side Of The Moon)

2. “Comfortably Numb” (The Wall)

1. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Wish You Were Here)

Check out the previous installments of the Bro Jackson Jukebox Club.
Vol. I | Vol. II | Vol. III | Vol. IV | Vol. V | Vol. VI | Vol. VII | Vol. VIII | Vol. IX | Vol. X | Vol. XI | Vol. XII

Robert Rich is a digital marketer living in Dallas, TX. He knows more than you'll ever want to about NASCAR, professional wrestling, and all those modern rock bands you listened to during your angsty high school years. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertRich.