Pink Floyd Chart Positions: Singles and Albums

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Pink Floyd Chart Positions: Singles and Albums

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I was browsing the UK Charts website and it says the Pink Floyd only had one number 1 single (Another Brick in the Wall) and only 2 in the top 10 (adding See Emily Play).

Obviously they are an album band but they did release a lot of singles. Why were the singles not more successful?

6 number 1 albums is more like it of course. Atom Heart Mother; Wish You Were Here; The Final Cut; The Division Bell; PULSE and The Endless River. There are some excellent albums omitted from that list!!! Are you surprised by this?

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I'm actually quite surprised, since they indeed managed to reach a wide audience that listens to all kinds of music, plus they are being discovered over and over again through the generations.
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Dark Side went straight in at #2 ( kept off the top slot by 20 Flashback Greats Of The Sixties) and stayed there for 1 week and then there was a steady drop down the charts. It rallied a bit in the mid chart and even dropped out the top 50 in October '73 it then re-entered and bobbed around the mid tables for the next year or so
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There were tracks like Flaming and The Nile Song released abroad. A chronological singles compilation from UK and abroad charts. I'd prefer on one long CD, but I see how box sets are popular.
I'd buy that CD version
. But if fighting over Animals still you'd never get the ego to agree to what they think were rubbish tracks.
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They did have a lot of songs that were #1 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks, which measures radio play in the U.S. rather than sales; "Keep Talking" held the top spot for 6 weeks straight, for example. Like Led Zeppelin, they really didn't want to put out singles, but couldn't control what the record companies released outside of the UK. They may have released 27 singles over the years, but some of those were only sold in a handful of non-English-speaking countries. "Album-Oriented Rock" was their genre. If you look at what was at the top of the charts in the mid-'70s, you'll see a lot of really stupid shit that has not aged well.
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ZiggyZipgun wrote: Sun Oct 03, 2021 9:39 am They did have a lot of songs that were #1 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks, which measures radio play in the U.S. rather than sales; "Keep Talking" held the top spot for 6 weeks straight, for example. Like Led Zeppelin, they really didn't want to put out singles, but couldn't control what the record companies released outside of the UK. They may have released 27 singles over the years, but some of those were only sold in a handful of non-English-speaking countries. "Album-Oriented Rock" was their genre. If you look at what was at the top of the charts in the mid-'70s, you'll see a lot of really stupid shit that has not aged well.
That's extraordinary! I never knew that. Which makes the case for an International (at least) singles compilation so obvious.
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Shocked to learn this ! But as I consider myself as a bit of a music connoisseur . PF has got to be the top 3 or 4 bands of all time ! No band has put out back to back to back great albums of all times across so many age groups and generations . Yes it can be debated whose #1 but boy you'd be hard pressed not to consider them .