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Members of the psychedelic pop group Pink Floyd. From left to right, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Rick Wright. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Syd Barrett passed away 12 years ago today (July 7), and besides being Pink Floyd’s founding guitarist/frontman, one of his other biggest contributions to the band’s history is serving as the inspiration to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” an epic and favorite among fans the world over.

The song was split into nine parts that book-ended Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, with parts one through five acting as side one/track one and parts six through nine as side two/track three.  Out of the band for several years due to various mental issues, Barrett coincidentally went to visit his old band while they were recording the album, and the day he arrived in the studio was the day they were laying down the lyric for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.”

Of course, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” isn’t the only tribute track in rock history.  In honor of the anniversary of Barrett’s passing, we assembled a playlist of other notable tribute songs and who they honor.


Pink Floyd – “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Tribute to Syd Barrett)

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Provided to YouTube by Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond · Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here ℗ Pink Floyd Records Released on: 1975-09-12 Auto-generated by YouTube.


Alice Cooper – “Desperado” (Tribute to Jim Morrison)

Alice Cooper - Desperado (from Alice Cooper: Trashes The World)

Music video by Alice Cooper performing Desperado. (C) 1990 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment


AC/DC – “Back In Black” (Tribute to Bon Scott)

AC/DC - Back In Black (Official Video)

Strap yourself in for the most thundering AC/DC tracks! Listen to the playlist now:!bib Back in Black Buy/Listen -!bib About the album: Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records.


Neil Young – “The Needle & the Damage Done” (Tribute to Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten)


George Harrison – “All Those Years Ago” (Tribute to John Lennon)

All Those Years Ago (2009 Digital Remaster)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group All Those Years Ago (2009 Digital Remaster) · George Harrison Let It Roll - Songs Of George Harrison ℗ Digital Remaster 2009 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Umlaut Corp under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd Composer: George Harrison Auto-generated by YouTube.


U2 – “Angel of Harlem” (Tribute to Billie Holiday)

U2 - Angel of Harlem (live 1988)

Smile Jamaica Benefit Concert, 16 October 1988 at The Dominion Theatre, London.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.