Second best is Rimsky-Korsakov, a Russian composer. Third is Led Zeppelin.
The Wall is a concept album. Each song flows into the next, its like chapters in a book. Reading Chapter 8 and 16 of the first Harry Potter book doesn't make sense. Even saying that those are the *best* chapters of the book doesn't make any sense because you need all of the chapters to make any sense of the book, and even then all of its *good* qualities from those chapters rely on those from other chapters. Thus, saying that Comfortably Numb and Hey You are my favorite songs from the album doesn't make any sense. People who say that about Pink Floyd or any other kind of good music are idiots.
Roger Waters, the main singer and bassist of Pink Floyd contributed most to the creation of The Wall. The story in the album is based mostly off of Roger Waters himself, almost as a biography.
The story is about a child named Pink Floyd. His father dies when Pink is at an extremely young age in World War II. This leaves him in care of his overbearing mother and a strict British style boarding school.
The first song, In The Flesh? is a prologue to the rest of the album. A future Pink (a theatrical post WWII dictator) gives the introduction to the album at one of his rock concerts. "So you thought you might like to go to the show? To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow." He opens up the introduction to the concert by asking his fans if they thought they would go to the show meaning the rock concert that him as a rock star would put on, the latter referring to the typical junkie Pink Floyd fans feeling the "space cadet glow". He then rhetorically asks if this is not what they expected to see, this dictator rather than the rock star. He then tells them to claw through his disguise (of his dictatorship costume) to find out what is behind his cold eyes. He is setting forth what the album will show, to show what is behind his cold eyes, and thus how his life made his eyes cold.
The next song starts with a baby crying, signifying that Pink is born. The lyrics then go on to tell him that the sea may look warm and the sky blue, showing the innocence and optimism that a newborn baby ought to view the world in this warm perspective. But when encountering modern life today, the thin ice easily cracks beneath you taking away what life you are supposed to have. This obviously connects with his father dying, his father dying during the war cracking the ice under him at such a young age. The boarding school system elaborated on in Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 and Happiest Days of Our Lives and the beautiful song Mother doing a cynical lullaby to a baby from a mother going over his mother's affect on him. After becoming 18 and moving out he leaves behind the baby blue of his childhood shown in Goodbye Blue Sky saying goodbye the pain that his mother caused him but noting that the pain will linger on through adulthood. He then embraces the rock star lifestyle head on in Young Lust, but after his wife leaves him and is adultrous this final tragedy combined with all the other tragedies become bricks in which he builds a wall to break himself off from society, the society that caused him so much woe. He physically locks himself in his hotel room and overdoses on drugs right before a concert hoping to find self discovery but metaphorically and in his mind locks himself inside a wall. He then regrets his choice in Hey You and reflects on his life in songs like Vera and such. The two worlds collide beautifully in Comfortably Numb when his managers come in and try to wake him out of his state, lapsing in and out of the physical world of locked in his hotel room and the isolation of society in his mind ("distant ship smoke on the horizon" the ship in the middle of a sea, isolated from land [society] and him the ship.) Its beautiful, he then cascades into insanity becoming the very dictatorial leader who took his father from him in a psychological battleground trying to resolve his woes and find self recovery eventually putting himself on trial and tearing down the wall.
The Wall is art. Music is an art form, and so is film, and so is literature. The film industry is amazing currently, creating very good films that are definately art every single year. Literature is good too but the music industry is dead. Pop music with no meaning just created to make money and popularity and that is so easy to make that anyone can literally do it through watching a youtube video. For anyone who hasn't listened to The Wall 20,000 times (Hank and John), you ought to do so. Its art bro
Sorry if my writing sucks