Top 10 Foo Fighters Songs

Foo Fighters Songs

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Typically, it would be considered an impious course of action to carry on the legacy of a band so important and revolutionary by forming an all new band with a few of the same traits; that was the case for the Foo Fighters. Coming off the world-shaking suicide of Kurt Cobain, drummer Dave Grohl decided that he would form his own musical vision that he had in mind ever since he was a teenager. It could have blown up in his face if he even thought about reiterating the same kind of spirit of Nirvana, but Grohl had a different sound in mind, and it all paid off. When the Foo Fighters songs rose to mainstream prominence, many thought that their music would be a vacuous reflection of Nirvana, but they had a fresh and easy-going attitude that soon made grunge a thing of the past.

Dave Grohl’s healthy balance between his quiet-to-loud vocal yowls never appears overplayed, and his excellent command of the guitar showed his range as the guy who was, up until that point, known as “the drummer from Nirvana.” In 1994, Grohl went into the studio to record what would be known as the Foo Fighters’ debut album; he played all of the instruments on the record, and by 1995, he’d get a record deal with Capitol Records. Germs guitarist Pat Smear, who was already the fifth member of Nirvana, soon joined the Foo’s. From there, they’d thereafter go through a few lineup changes before permanently enlisting bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins, and lead guitarist Chris Shiflett.

After eight records, millions of sales, critical praise, and undeniable respect in the music industry, it’s no wonder why the Foo’s still sell out stadiums and put out tasty music more than twenty years later. Dave Grohl has certainly proved why he’s the coolest and most beloved rock star of his generation, and he still continues to do things that make us adore him even more. So for our list, we’ll be pulling Foo Fighters songs from each of their albums that show a glimpse into why the Foo Fighter’s are a band not to mess with.

# 10 – Aurora

There Is Nothing Left to Lose, their third studio album, not only showcased the genesis of their new drummer the late Taylor Hawkins, but it also shined a light on a new direction for the Foo Fighters. They ditched their post-grunge ferocity for a more melodic essence, and Aurora is a glistening example. It’s got a soft and sweet progression to it, with just the right texture of amplification to turn this song into the perfect open road anthem. It’s also the perfect song to open up our Top 10 Foo Fighters Songs List.

# 9 –  Exhausted

Their self-titled debut was the kind of record the world of rock needed after the very band that was the voice of their eon was laid to rest, along with their spokesman, Kurt Cobain. As the title suggests, this really is an exhausting Foo Fighters songs. It’s loud, it’s rude, it’s nauseating, but it has heart within its context. It’s got a real “Nirvana” swagger to it without riding on its coattails. Grohl’s drumming really makes this song, too.

# 8 – New Way Home

This was the song to close out their great sophomore effort, The Colour And The Shape, and it’s everything you’d come to expect from the catalog of Foo Fighters songs. It glides through a wave of different dynamics that came to define the band. It kicks off the opening with a blistering riff that wears Grohl’s shoe-gazing vocals with style, but not until it turns everything down a notch halfway through with a quiet intensity, before exploding into a hopeful finale.

# 7 – Dear Rosemary

When the Foo Fighters recorded their seventh record, Wasting Light, they wanted to go back to the rudimentary basics that made their previous work raw to the bone. So they cut the album in Grohl’s garage using only analog equipment, with Butch Vig serving as producer; he produced Nirvana’s Nevermind, among other things. Dear Rosemary is one of their most craziest yet masterfully composed numbers that shows a darker side to the Foo’s. Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü also makes a guest appearance on the song.

# 6 – Skin and Bones

This song was released as a B-side for their hit single DOA, and later appeared on their EP, Five Songs and a Cover. A stripped-down, acoustic version subsequently made its way into the set list of their live album of the same name; Skin and Bones is on here because of that version. It’s a beautiful bundle of harmony with very poignant lyrics that are every bit as depressing as they are stimulating.

# 5 – Waiting On A War

At the halfway point of our top 10 Foo Fighters songs list, we turn to one of the band’s most recent releases entitled “Waiting On A War.” This emotional rocking song was issued on the band’s recent studio album entitled Medicine at Midnight. The album was released in 2021. What starts out as a mid-paced acoustic rocker turns into a full-blown intense rock and roll epic towards the song’s ending.

# 4 –  I Am A River

Sonic Highways is probably their most original record to date, and one of their best, because they took this great concept and turned it into a history lesson for music. Dave Grohl produced this great miniseries on HBO a few years back titled Sonic Highways, where him and the band toured different cities across the United States that were home to some of the most monumental recording studios; they interviewed a wide variety of musicians from their collective home states who pioneered the particular genre that area was known for. Everywhere from Seattle, Nashville, Austin, all the way to Chicago, New Orleans, D.C., L.A., and New York; an amazing documentary on the history of music if you haven’t watched it. I Am A River is an emotional epic that cleanses the soul with a shower of that organic Foo Fighters rain.

# 3 – Let It Die

This one is, hands down, one of their most badass tunes; it’s like two polar opposite songs conjoined to the hip. It was only released as a promotional single, but it has every component to make it a commercial success. The first half starts out in a Stairway to Heaven fashion, building up its moving chord changes into a volcanic climax of distorted madness. This is the Foo Fighters we know and love.

# 2 – Everlong

Everlong harbored a sound that came to silhouette a shift in the mid-nineties; music was moving forward for the bands of that time who realized they weren’t going anywhere if they didn’t switch their style up. There’s a certain nostalgia to a song like this, and it’s also one of Grohl’s most personal compositions because it was written about the break-up of his first marriage. It’s also worth noting that Everlong is David Letterman’s favorite song; the Foo Fighters performed it at the end of the final Late Show episode.

# 1 – Best of You

After much consideration, it wasn’t a very daunting task choosing Best of You for the number one spot on our Top 10 Foo Fighters songs list. “Best of You,” is one of the best songs of the 2000s and certainly the golden child of the Foo Fighters catalog. It’s riveting, powerful, and oh so inspiring; a song about overcoming the obstacles that try to bring a person down. Grohl has stated that he got the inspiration behind Best of You after being on presidential candidate John Kerry’s campaign trail.

It’s a song that equates to their legacy as a bona-fide arena band, and it’s definitely their live performance of the song that puts them in a category all of their own when it comes to retaining a spiritual connection with their fans. For further proof, check out their 2008 Wembley Stadium performance; that’s a band feeding off of the emotional unity of the crowd singing the words right back to them.

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