Quite simply put, one of the greatest progressive rock
bands of all time.
There's an ethereal cadence and glow to their music. No where will you find another band that puts so much emotion into what they do.
Pink Floyd is also one of the most versatile bands you'll ever come across. Meaning, you cannot judge how much you will like one song or album from how much you liked another song or album. There's a different "style" and approach to all the albums. Whether it be the psychedelic grooves put forth by Syd Barrett on Piper at the Gates of Dawn; or the "political punk" on Animals ala Roger Waters; or the slower, more deliberate "story" songs by David Gilmour on Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell; you won't find a band anywhere that has a broader range of musical styles and multi-genre undertones.
Many of their songs were written in tribute to their recently-deceased original singer and guitarist, Syd Barrett. One entire album, in fact, was dedicated to him; this of course being Wish You Were Here. Barrett fell victim to a dangerous lifestyle, going insane and experiencing massive brain damage from the amount of drugs he did. He lived on in the band's words, and all the fans' hearts, though. This not only provided material for some of the bands greatest songs, but also gave the songs a deeper than normal meaning from the rest.
There's so much more that could be said about this amazing band; their history, their music, their incredible...incredibleness. However, I will leave it at this: Please, look past Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Not only do you look like a douche bag in conversation when those are the only albums you know of, but there's so much more than these two. The music is simply incredible, from Piper at the Gates of Dawn, all the way down to Division Bell (Yes, it is all amazing; pay no attention to the dumbfucks who say that the band "died" when Waters left. Some say that Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell were the worst albums, but all Waters did with The Final Cut was whine about how his father was killed in the war. A lot of the songs were rejected cuts originally intended for The Wall. It's still good music, but a lot of it is half-hearted and, unfortunately, nearly meaningless.) There's not enough that can be said about them, but for the sake of not writing a novel on Urban Dictionary, I will end here. Pink Floyd, you may not be together any more, but your music lives on. Thanks, guys.
Pink Floyd > Life. Nothing else to it.