The Dark Side of the Moon

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The Dark Side of the Moon
Studio album by
Released1 March 1973 (1973-03-01)
RecordedJune 1972–January 1973
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerPink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
Obscured by Clouds
The Dark Side of the Moon
Wish You Were Here
Singles from The Dark Side of the Moon
  1. "Money"
    Released: 7 May 1973
  2. "Us and Them"
    Released: 4 February 1974

The Dark Side Of The Moon is an album by the band Pink Floyd. The album has sold over 45 million copies.[1] It is believed to be one of the best-selling albums ever, behind Thriller. It is also widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Analysts say that The Dark Side Of The Moon is always playing somewhere on Earth. It is one of the most famous concept albums (albums where all the songs are about a central theme or tell a specific story), and was formally the best-selling album of all time.

History[change | change source]

It was released in 1973 as Pink Floyd's ninth album. It is one of the most well-known albums of all time. It frequently places in the top five on lists of the greatest albums of all time made by rock music authorities.

Cover[change | change source]

Its cover features a ray of white light going through a prism, coming through the other side as a rainbow. It is one of the most famous album covers of all time.[source?].

Wizard of Oz[change | change source]

When synchronized with the movie The Wizard of Oz, there are many similarities between the two.[2]

Sales[change | change source]

The Dark Side of the Moon became one of the best-selling albums of all time.[3] It is in the top 25 of a list of best selling albums in the United States.[4] It held the number one spot in the US for only a week. However, it remained in the Billboard album chart for a total of 778 weeks (nearly 14 years).[5] This is the longest any album has spent on the Billboard charts.[5] The album came back on the Billboard charts when the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart was introduced in May 1991. It has stayed there since then.[6] In the UK, it is the sixth best-selling album of all time.[7]

Track listing[change | change source]

All lyrics written by Roger Waters. 

Side one
No. TitleMusic Length
1. "Speak to Me"  Nick Mason 1:30
2. "Breathe"  David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright 2:43
3. "On the Run"  Gilmour, Waters 3:30
4. "Time"  Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Mason 6:53
5. "The Great Gig in the Sky"  Wright, Clare Torry* 4:15
Side two
No. TitleMusic Length
1. "Money"  Waters 6:30
2. "Us and Them"  Waters, Wright 7:34
3. "Any Colour You Like"  Gilmour, Wright, Mason 3:24
4. "Brain Damage"  Waters 3:50
5. "Eclipse"  Waters 1:45

References[change | change source]

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  6. Basham, David (15 November 2001), Got Charts? Britney, Linkin Park Give Peers A Run For Their Sales Figures,, retrieved 30 March 2009
  7. Best Selling UK Albums of All Time (PDF),, archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2009, retrieved 15 August 2009