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Weekend Rock Question: What is Pink Floyd's Greatest Song?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

May 20, 2011 5:45 PM ET
Pink Floyd in 1967.
Pink Floyd in 1967.
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Last week, we asked Rolling Stone readers to name their favorite Bob Dylan song of all time – and we compiled the votes into a top 10 list.

This week, in honor of Pink Floyd's brief reunion in London, our question for you is: What is Pink Floyd's greatest song?

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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