The Foo Fighters have been around for a long time. Formed in 1994, the band’s debut album, Foo Fighters, released a year later in 1995. Since then the band have gone on to record over 150 original songs, not including live versions and covers. So what are the best Foo Fighters songs?
As a point of clarity, we’re looking at studio tracks here. Predominantly those from the 10 studio albums that Foo Fighters have released. The band members have changed over the years, but mainstays Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel have appeared on every one of these albums.
Best Foo Fighters Songs
Picking the best Foo Fighters songs is obviously a very subjective process. After all, what makes a good song for one person can be completely different to someone else! However, below you’ll find Chit Hot’s top picks – if you disagree let us know in the comments section below!
Long Road to Ruin
Foo Fighters have a unique ability to create music that sounds epic and genuine, even when the subject matter is less than pleasant. Long Road to Ruin is about the difficulties that people face in everyday life. However, Grohl’s hopeful vocals and upbeat chorus suggest that the song is looking on the bright side of things. That happier days might still come.
Learn to Fly
As a band recognised by both pop and rock aficionados, Foo Fighters can deliver radio-friendly hits that still feel authentic. Learn to Fly is one such song. Its an inside look at Grohl’s own need for lyrical mastery in search of a better tomorrow, refined into a soda pop catchy tune.
This song is the face of Foo Fighters. Along with Monkey Wrench, Everlong is perhaps the most famous of all Foo Fighters songs. Originally written 1997, Everlong sounds as fresh today as it did 15 years ago.
Album: The Colour and The Shape
The second track selected from 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, The Pretender is a modern rock anthem. It starts out slow and quiet, before building to an explosive chorus. Hardcore power chords an’ all. Then it briefly goes back to the beginning sound and builds up through a bridge unlike anything heard in other Foo Fighters tracks.
Best of You
Best of You is a hard rock masterpiece. The slight note changes in the choruses reveal a depth that most chart-topping songs seem unwilling or unable to even comprehend. The crescendo is the stuff of rock legend, resulting in a song that seems perfectly at ease in the pop charts and at a stadium concert.
Album: In Your Honor
This is a Call
This is a Call is likely the first song long-time Foo Fighters fans would have heard. A punchy indie-rock number, this was the debut single and opening track from Grohl’s new band’s first album, way back in 1995. In this four-minute track, Foo Fighters laid out the plan for their style of music: sing-along choruses, huge guitars, powerful hooks.
Album: Foo Fighters
The debut single from Foo Fighter’s 2021 album, Medicine at Midnight. Shame Shame is very different to anything Foo Fighters have recorded before, or since. It shows versatility where some of the band’s previous efforts have been lacking, and for that deserves a place on any Foo Fighters playlist you might make!
Album: Medicine at Midnight
So that’s our top picks for the 7 best Foo Fighters songs! What did you think? Do you agree, or disagree? Let us know in the comments section below!