The Canadian power trio has become well known for its musicianship, complex compositions and eclectic lyrical themes that draw heavily on sci-fi and fantasy. The band has changed its sound many times over the years, starting with blues-inspired heavy metal then moving into progressive rock followed by a period where they flirted with heavily synthesized new wave. The band’s songwriting prowess and instrumental proficiency has earned them a huge, devoted following that still flocks to their stadium tours.
1. Pink Floyd
The legendary art rock band began as a psychedelic group under the creative leadership of founding member Syd Barrett, but the band really hit their stride and found critical and commercial success in the 70s and early 80s with a string of monumental albums (including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall).