Wish You Were Here (studio album) by Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Year: 1975
Overall rank: 8th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
91/100 (from 3,956 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1975 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1970s (2nd)
Award Top 10 albums of all time (8th)

Pink Floyd bestography

Wish You Were Here is ranked 2nd best out of 35 albums by Pink Floyd on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Pink Floyd is The Dark Side Of The Moon which is ranked number 2 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 70,715.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 92 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 91.3/100, a mean average of 90.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 91.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.9.

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50/100
From 04/21/2024 07:40
It doesn't blow my mind or anything
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Rating:  
75/100
From 01/12/2024 12:01
Album Rating: 80.60
(403/5)

12.09.1975

Pink Floyd (UK): Wish You Were Here

1.Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V 80
2.Welcome To The Machine 81
3.Have A Cigar 77
4.Wish You Were Here 87
5.Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts VI-IX 78

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Pink Floyd (WYWH) - Wish You Were Here 87
Pink Floyd (WYWH) - Welcome To The Machine 81
Pink Floyd (WYWH) - Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V 80
Pink Floyd (WYWH) - Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts VI-IX 78
Pink Floyd (WYWH) - Have A Cigar 77
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100/100
From 11/01/2023 14:53
5 out of 5.

Once in a while you listen to an album and the novelty of the experience is so striking, you can then never forget how that particular album made you fell in that moment.

The main single and title track was always a radio staple and legendary track, but as a whole album, Wish you were here is an outworldy experience.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 05/06/2023 22:49
What a great album this is! The music is so packed full of raw emotion that it makes it impossible to not fall in love with the passionate displays the group are putting into the music. The best demonstration of this is on Shine On You Crazy Diamond (both track 1 and 5) and the phenomenal Wish You Were Here. In terms of Pink Floyd songs it doesn't get much better than the title track with its emotive message and beautiful playing it is easy to see why it became one of their most popular songs. The instrumental work present across the whole release is exceptional as well with the guitar work on Shine On You Crazy Diamond being a personal highlight. It is the culmination of all the diverse instrumentation working together that creates what is greatest about this record and that is the atmosphere. The environment is established right from the first track and we are engrossed by it from this point on as well. It is just so powerful and brilliant that it makes this such an easy record to revisit as you just want to get lost in its atmosphere time and time again. Overall, this is an essential release in the history of music and in the career of Pink Floyd as this stands out as one of their greatest records.
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100/100
From 05/04/2023 09:43
The second best song of all time. Two bangers. The best song of all time. The second part of the second best song of all time. Somehow it all flows together and makes it even better.

Unbelievable album. Best of all time.
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From 04/12/2023 09:26
Very emotional soundscape. More introspective than other records I know of Pink Floyd, but I really love it.
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From 03/01/2023 11:08
Just can’t stop listening to this!
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90/100
From 12/20/2022 15:56
The haunting opening immediately transports you to a different world that you reside in through the entire album.
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100/100
From 12/11/2022 12:18
My favourite album of all time - filled with emotion (Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here), excellent playing from the whole band, beautiful production. I don't really see how it can get better than this.
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95/100
From 10/10/2022 14:14
A masterpiece !
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Best Albums of 1975
1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
2. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
3. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
4. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
5. A Night At The Opera by Queen
6. Another Green World by Brian Eno
7. Horses by Patti Smith
8. Tonight's The Night by Neil Young
9. Fleetwood Mac (1975) by Fleetwood Mac
10. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell
11. Mothership Connection by Parliament
12. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
13. The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett
14. Zuma by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
15. Young Americans by David Bowie
16. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John
17. The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan & The Band
18. Sabotage by Black Sabbath
19. Expensive Shit by Fela Kuti & Africa 70
20. Katy Lied by Steely Dan
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