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The Playlist Special: Top Artists Pick Their Personal Top 10

Wayne Coyne: Pink Floyd

Wayne Coyne loves almost every era of Pink Floyd. "It's just a great story of creative minds that were unafraid," the Flaming Lips frontman says. "It's a big deal for bands to even have a phase one and maybe a phase two, but Pink Floyd had a phase three and phase four. There were just these unpredictable elements in there that made them so humanistic."

  • 1.
    "Interstellar Overdrive" | Pink Floyd, 1967

    This is a very strange, long-winded instrumental freakout. Some of the guitars don't even necessarily feel like they're in tune. They fall all out of whack with each other, but it's amazing.

  • 2.
    "Lucifer Sam" | Pink Floyd, 1967

    It's surf and kind of R&B, and I think Syd Barrett's singing about his house cat: "That cat's something I can't explain." There's such honesty in that. You couldn't write it better yourself because it's so fucked up.

  • 3.
    "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" | Pink Floyd, 1968

    This is around the time that Roger Waters stepped up, and the music is not as melodic as much as it's pushing into this spacey area. The lyrics are starting to evoke stuff instead of it being a story. This song is just some cool, existential, druggie shit.

  • 4.
    "Jugband Blues" | Pink Floyd, 1968

    It's this silly, English Salvation Army chug-a-lug thing, but at the very end, Syd is singing this strange line of "What exactly is a dream and what exactly is a joke?" It's haunting. Was he losing his mind and he knew it?

  • 5.
    "Green is the Colour" | Pink Floyd, 1969

    David Gilmour seems to be singing about just fucking some drunk, exotic model on some island. It evokes a magical state of mind.

  • 6.
    "One of These Days" | Pink Floyd, 1971

    You can't understand how people come up with something like that. It's a series of cool sounds. What's it mean? Fuck. Who cares?

  • 7.
    "Fat Old Sun" | Pink Floyd, 1970

    Gilmour is singing about taking Ecstasy or whatever in a sunset, and it seemed like he was singing about me walking in the sunsets of Oklahoma.

  • 8.
    "Echoes" | Pink Floyd, 1971

    It has, like, five fucking guitar solos, it breaks apart about six times, and it's nearly 25 minutes long.

  • 9.
    "Fearless" | Pink Floyd, 1971

    Another one of those Roger Waters humanistic statements.

  • 10.
    "Us and Them" | Pink Floyd, 1973

    You could hate Floyd and still be overwhelmed by this song. It just glistens with notes. The lyrics communicate angst about Waters' father being killed in another useless war.

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