Some of the best songs ever made try to tell a story from beginning to end. Even if some of these songs might be fairly straightforward, you always want to take your listener on a bit of a journey in your headphones, as they see the lives in this song get played out in real time. When you have a lot of build up though, not all of these songs give you the answers by the end.
After going on for as long as they have, each of these songs seem to be going somewhere lyrically and then just abandon everything entirely when they get to the end of the song. That’s not to say that the band didn’t put time and effort into making these projects though. Each of these hard cuts were probably deliberately intentional…it just catches you off guard the minute you hear it.
Not every one of these has to do with the lyrics most of the time either. You can easily just drop your story without thinking about it, but some of these songs leave you entranced in the headphones only for everything to cut off before you’re really ready for it to stop. There’s no right way to end a song most of the time, but these tracks practically give you audio whiplash when you hear them for the first time.
10. Outside the Wall - Pink Floyd
Anyone who’s looking to get into concept albums is in for a fairly long ride if you start off with the Wall. Though Roger Waters created one of the greatest spectacles in rock history with this one album, hearing him comb through the layers of his own psyche to create Pink is a lot more emotional than you might bargain for on first listen. Once the trial ends with Pink tearing down his wall, it does have a bit of a happy ending…right?
For the most part, Outside the Wall feels like a subtle way to roll credits on the entire album, being a serene piece of sound design that plays as Pink finds out what it really means to not have borders around himself anymore. The sun seems to be shining on the final moments of this record until the final few seconds where Pink starts to say something before the album gets cut off. While we only hear him get out the first two words of “Isn’t this,” we don’t really know what he was saying until you play the record over again.
Once you have the last piece of the puzzle, going back to the first version of In the Flesh on disc 1 starts off with the line “where we came in,” completing the thought that Pink has at the end as we start things up. If anything, this cliffhanger makes you feel worse after you hear the ending. Even with all of the pain that he went through on this album, Pink is doomed to repeat himself again and again.