10. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Many artists would have died to be in the position Pink Floyd were after the release of Dark Side of the Moon. In just a short handful of tracks, these prog rock giants had created a monumental epic that would become an instant classic and take the more intellectual sides of rock to the mainstream. Fresh off the tour, Floyd emerged back in the studio and they were PISSED.
Barely even speaking to one another during the recording sessions, the grueling times out on the road seemed to enforce of the more deplorable ideas that came with being in a big time rock band. With the looming legacy of their former leader Syd Barrett still on their mind, Floyd used Wish You Were Here as a bit of a tribute to their fallen bandmate, as well as a dissection of just what the music business can do to you if you're not careful.
While the tone was already a bit strange in the studio, it also got 10x stranger when Barrett turned up at one of the sessions, looking virtually unrecognizable from his original self from the band's early days. In addition to having some of the most forward-looking musical ventures ever made, Wish You Were Here might also be the album in which Pink Floyd got a little too close for comfort on the musical front.