Pink Floyd absolutely dominated the rock scene in the 1970s, so it was fitting that they released their last masterpiece in the final weeks of the decade. Inspired by the death of Roger Waters' father in World War II and the songwriter's increasingly uneasy feelings about rock fame, The Wall is a crazily ambitious 30-song collection that has aged remarkably well.
Roger Waters spent the past three years taking it to stadiums and arenas all over the planet, selling out everywhere he went. The album gave Floyd a ton of radio hits ("Comfortably Numb," "Hey You," "Mother," "Young Lust," "Another Brick in the Wall Part II"), but it also proved that the band no longer functioned as a unit. Roger Waters fired keyboardist Richard Wright midway through the sessions, and the bassist/songwriter dominated the singing and writing on the album. Pink Floyd carried on for three more albums but never with the classic lineup, and they never managed to create anything again that could even compare to The Wall.