Over time, the Foo Fighters have managed to not only break out of the shadow of a certain Nirvana lead singer, but have also gone to be an extremely successful band. This is due to the genuine love of music by the band, but it also has to do with the great skill of song writing that the band has. With Dave Grohl leading them, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett have made hit after hit, and yet they just seem to be warming up. Here's the list of the Top ten Foo Fighters songs. Hope you enjoy
10. Stacked Actors, There is Nothing Left to Lose
We start with the the album opener from the band’s third release, the highly underrated 'There is Nothing Left to Lose.” The opening thump of guitar and drums is particularly gnarly for this band, but we're quickly dashed up into a more familiar sound from the band. I've always thought of this song as pretty gritty and angry, and the lyrics don't do anything to persuade you of otherwise. The song also has that more immediate feel to is because unlike the other albums, this was recorded as a three piece. It's been rumored this is a fuck you to the always horrible Courtney Love, but no one has ever confirmed this. Overall though, it's a pretty heavy song full of angst and power, and if you haven't checked it out, you should. It's the Foo Fighters at their unabashed best.
9. February Stars, The Colour and the Shape
Among this album are many gems, but this remains one of the tracks you don't hear mentioned too often. The song itself is a more mellow, sweeter side than what we're used to from them, but it never feels out of place or misguided. The subtle buildup and hopeful lyrics really do make you want a certain type of love and trust. “You ask for walls I build them higher” is a perfect reflection of how one person is willing to do anything for the person they love the most. Once the song hits the high notes though, that's when the emotional core of the song really becomes present. It's one of their most uplifting songs, and for a band that has many of them, that's saying something.
8. All My Life, One By One
Maybe the best opening song in the band's entire career, and also one of the most rocking they ever created. The buildup is awesome, and the effect when the song explodes is unavoidable. What's even more impressive about this track is how it manages to have an immediate punk rock feel to it while also feeling like a traditional rock n roll song. It also happens to have one of the best guitar parts in modern rock history. Grohl's focus and unrelenting screams towards the end of the song solidify the song as a hard core rocker, and for many it's their favorite song by the band. When this song came out it served as a reminder that they could still rock the fuck out, and they still haven't let up.
7. Arlandia, Wasting Light.
Probably my favorite song off of this album. I was lucky to see it live not once, but twice. The opening blast gives way to a simple guitar and drum part, but what really stands out here is the overall message. I feel like it's directed at a imaginary relationship that has long run it's course. It also has a certain hint of hypocrisy to it, and the main character in the track seems less than desirable. Truth be told, the song serves more as a letter to the area of Virginia where Grohl grew up, but there's no denying certain aspects of the song remind you of a specificperson. Having said that, the vocals near the bridge of the song are some of the best delivered lines I've ever heard, and it really proves to take the song in a different, albeit interesting direction.
6. Let It Die, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
The acoustic opening is very well managed, and the accompanying sounds that slowly build up get the song off to a solid but gentle start. Honestly I wished Dave Grohl would sing softer a little bit more often because it's so enjoyable. I'm aware he won't use it if it's not warranted, but it's really good. This song though is one of the darker tracks, and it's pretty obvious it's a song about suffering and loss. I'm going to assume the focus is of the struggles of becoming overwhelmed by addiction. Personally I've been through difficult situations, but thankfully hardcore addiction to something has never been one of them. I'm unaware if band members have struggled with it, but at least we can be sure that people affiliated with the band have. It's a difficult thing of course, and the power of song is a reminder that we can all fall at times, but that strength and perseverance is one of the most important tools to have in that fight.
5. Hey, Johnny Park!, The Colour and the Shape
One of the most amazing songs I've ever heard from this band, without a doubt. The drums are the real kick starter to the song, and with that as a lead off the song never dissipates. Although scattered lyrically, the full sonic force of the track can easily be felt. For a long time I thought it was about reaching an unattainable goal, but lately certain lyrics have made me feel like it might be more about forced love, tendencies towards stalking, and resentment. Either way, the ending section has some of the most powerful lyrics I've ever heard, and it's a main reason why the song has stuck with me for so long. “Now that I've found my reward, throw it away long before, I share a piece of mine with you” speaks to me about the courage to be honest in a difficult situation and feeling like after you've made your peace, everyone is free to go about their lives.
4. Times Like These, One by One
I was hearing this song a lot during a severely tricky time in my life, and as cheesy as it is, it really did help me to learn to not get overwhelmed and sucked down by negativity. The positivity bleeding through the entire song serves as a great indicator that life goes on, even when we think we don't want it to. When this song reached me, it relayed all the pain, fear and torment I was going through and made it more bearable and easier to deal with. You can tell also that the song is genuinely powerful to the band. It helps when you can tell the band believes in what is coming through the speakers, and without a doubt, you can feel it here. Next time you're struggling, try to think about something good, and soon enough, things will seem better.
3. Best of You, In Your Honor
This song is a fucking force of nature. Relationships are incredibly hard, and life is hard also. The song, which tells the story of a couple whose lives are increasingly at odds with the foundation they once nourished. While it's not a super optimistic song, it's one of their best and most solidly well written songs. When I do these lists, I try not to pick the most well known songs, but there are times you simply can't avoid it. Songs like this are both amazingly wonderful and very well regarded, and there's a reason for it. The Foo Fighters have the uncanny ability to relate to real life troubles. One reason for that, I think is because they never lost sight of why they were in the game. That what makes them still so awesome after so long. When a band loves what they’re doing, it's extremely obvious. And for the Foo's, it's obvious
2. My Hero, The Colour and the Shape
Another very worthy track in regards to their legacy of great rock n roll. The guitar part is so simple and badass that even after hearing this song hundreds of time, it's still one of the stand out sections for me. Just listening to the track makes me think of days as a younger kid, playing with my dad, and laughing and joking. I guess I don't have a hero per se, although the lyrics have always made me feel like it's a song that has a fatherly feel to it. Whether it's from the point of view of a father, or a child looking upon with amazement of a parental figure, I can't be sure. The video very much ties into that also. The man saving the family, and then simply walking away after the work had been done. He does it gladly, and he's grateful he could do it. The video is pretty powerful, but it doesn't compare to the force of the song, and that's saying a lot. The song, in the end though, remains
1. Everlong, The Colour and the Shape.
I feel like this was very obvious. Not to say it isn't totally worthy though, because without a second thought, it is. There are few times in music where the awesome quality of the song is matched perfectly by the greatness of the music video, but “Everlong” is one of the rare moments. The video is full of majesty, and while it's a bit silly, to me it's one of the most original videos of the last twenty years. Getting to the song though, it's completely amazing in almost every way possible. The brooding but quickly guitar opening, giving way to the initially subdued lyrics, paints a perfect picture of a happy, loving relationship. As a person who has shared incredible moments with the person I love, I can't help but smile when I think of that. The chorus is also very easy to sing along to, which I think makes it even easier to allow yourself to be taken captive by it. This remains a song that I'll always crank up and scream the lyrics to, simply because it's a fucking amazing track, and when a song this unreal and magical appears, it doesn't do it justice to just quietly hum and sing along to it. A powerful song needs to be met with a powerful reaction, and every time I've seen it performed live, it's been met with the kind of love that only comes from a song being truly great. One of their most pure, honest, and among the best that they've ever graciously given to the world. The number one Foo Fighters song, “Everlong.” Thanks for reading!
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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