"Another Brick in the Wall" is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd's 1979 rock opera, The Wall, subtitled Part 1 (working title "Reminiscing"), Part 2 (working title "Education"), and Part 3 (working title "Drugs"). All parts were written by Pink Floyd's lead vocalist and bassist, Roger Waters.
Part II is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. It was also released as a single and provided the band's only number-one hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany and many other countries. In addition, in the US, along with the tracks, "Run Like Hell", and "Don't Leave Me Now", "Another Brick in the Wall" reached number fifty-seven on the disco chart.
In the UK, it was Pink Floyd's first single since 1968's "Point Me at the Sky"; the song was also the final number-one single of the 1970s. For Part II, Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group and lost to Bob Seger's "Against the Wind". In addition, Part II was number 375 on Rolling Stones list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The single sold over 4 million copies worldwide.
The single, as well as the album The Wall, were banned in South Africa in 1980 after the song was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott protesting racial inequities in education under the apartheid regime.
- Category: 1979 singles
- Category: 1980 singles
- Category: Disco songs
- Category: Eric Burdon songs
- Category: Pink Floyd songs
- Category: Song recordings produced by Bob Ezrin
- Category: Song recordings produced by David Gilmour
- Category: Song recordings produced by Roger Waters
- Category: Songs about school
- Category: Songs from films
- Category: Songs written by Roger Waters
- Category: The Wall (rock opera)
- album: The Wall
- artist: Pink Floyd
- genre: Progressive rock
- genre: progressive rock
- lyrics by: Roger Waters
- performer: Pink Floyd
- producer: Bob Ezrin
- producer: David Gilmour
- producer: James Guthrie (record producer)
- producer: Roger Waters
- record label: EMI
- recordLabel: Columbia Records
- recordLabel: Harvest Records
- releaseDate: 19791130
- type: Song
- writer: Roger Waters