When Kurt Cobain died and Nirvana came to an end, Dave Grohl took that as an opportunity to move on to a new phase in his career, and while the Foo Fighters are not as iconic as his former band, they have become more successful and have enjoyed a very long recording career. After two decades of success, here is a look at 10 of the best songs in the history of the Foo Fighters.
“Monkey Wrench” – The first song from the band’s second album, The Colour and the Shape, was “Monkey Wrench,” which was a song that Grohl wrote in response to his failed marriage. The song reached the ninth spot on the Alternative and Modern Rock charts.
“My Hero” – The final single from The Colour and the Shape was early on mistook as a tribute to Kurt Cobain. In reality, the song was Grohl’s tribute to working class Americans, as he showed disgust at America’s level of hero worship for sports stars and actors.
“Everlong” – In between “Monkey Wrench” and “My Hero,” the Foo Fighters released “Everlong” and showed why they were the most interesting band making music videos in the 90s. The video itself helped propel the song to success, the band’s first to reach gold status.
“All My Life” – The first single from the band’s 2002 album One by One, “All My Life” was the band’s second song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at 43rd, while also reaching the number one spot on the alternative charts. It won the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
“The Pretender” – “The Pretender” was the first single from the 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. It reached 37th on the Billboard charts and hit number one on both the Alternative and Modern Rock charts. Only two Foo Fighters songs ranked higher on the main Billboard charts and was certified gold.
“Let It Die” – The final single from Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was “Let it Die,” and while it never made an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, it did rank third on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. It was only released as a downloadable single.
“Stranger Things Have Happened” – While never released as a single, this song is from Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and remains one of the band’s most impressive compositions. It starts off as a slow meditative melody and its acoustic structure proves that the band are more than just hard rockers. For someone looking for something outside of the popular singles, give this song a try. It’s worth the look.
“Big Me” – The third single from the Foo Fighter’s self-titled debut album remains their best known song from the first album. It hit 13th on the U.S. airplay charts and third on the alternative charts. It was their first crossover hit and achieved huge success after its music video parodied one of the most popular television commercials at the time.
“Best of You” – Released in 2005 from In Your Honor, “Best of You” was the highest ranking single in the Foo Fighter’s history, reaching 18th on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reaching platinum status, their only single to reach that status.
“These Days” – The most recent song on this list, “These Days” was released in 2011 from the Wasting Light album. It reached 11th on the Billboard Singles chart and Dave Grohl calls it his favorite song that he ever wrote. It was also the Foo Fighter’s most recent single to be certified gold.