From raging punk and metal inspired rock tunes to beautiful ballads, here are our 40 favorite Foo Fighters jams. And then it goes back to folk. It does all of this in one minute and twenty-three seconds. Dave Grohl has always had an indie-punk ethic, but happily he grew out of the orthodoxy of that scene. The latter of takes the mic here for his best vocal performance. It works though. If Tom Petty asked Dave Grohl to write a song for the Heartbreakers, what would it have sounded like?
The Foo Fighters have had a crazy amount of hit singles, but some of their greatest songs are hidden towards the end of their albums. LIsten to it once, and try to get it out of your head. I lived there from to , on the coast where there were these beautiful sand dunes. It's [about] finding yourself by disappearing. A sugary sweet pop country-rock song, it kicked off the long tradition of hilarious Foo Fighters videos. Happily, it returned to the set; the Mentos phase has thankfully passed.
The band surprise-dropped the song and video and seven weeks later, it topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, showing that the Foo Fighters were still relevant, twenty-two years into their career.
It's a nostalgic look back at Seattle and the life I once had. That song actually questions the meaning of life. The original version, a 2 pop hit in , was driven by the iconic saxophone playing of Raphael Ravenscroft, which the Foos replaced with of course screaming guitars. At one point, he expressed ambivalence about the song, but later revised his opinion.
On to the next one! Grohl has said that as a drummer and a guitar player, he loves to play and write riffs; he must have had a blast writing this song.
This is a perfect example; you could almost imagine a mainstream country artist scoring a hit with this song. The re-recorded version is a bit shorter and has some sweet backing vocals. He added some accordion as well.
The first Foo Fighters album was a stunning collection: a nearly perfect group of songs written, sung and played by Dave Grohl. But would there be a sophomore slump? The video, directed by Grohl, marked the first appearance of Taylor Hawkins as a Foo Fighter; original drummer William Goldsmith played on a few songs on the album, but Grohl used his own playing on most of the songs.
OK, but could he lead a band? Fans have interpreted this song to be about Kurt Cobain, but Dave Grohl has never verified that. Case in point: a number of British pop stars recently recorded a socially-distinct version of the song for the BBC; Grohl and Taylor Hawkins contributed to the recording as well.
For his first show back after the surgery, Letterman asked the band to come on the show and play that song. The Foo Fighters often close their shows with this song, and -- of course -- the audience sings along with Dave. Music Rock News What's Trending. Foo Fighters.