13 essential foo fighters songs 

There are only a few bands my kids hear and immediately say “this is daddy’s music!!” With them knowing who these bands are comes with very little help from me, but the fact that they know who they are helps confirm that I have won as a father. (Well.. that and the fact that I am totally awesome.) The sounds of Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, or mxpx will someday reignite the memories of a simpler time; the days of being a young kid driving in the backseat of my truck singing along to Arlandria. Of these three future nostalgia catalysts the one that is the most fun for me to talk of is the latter, but the one that is the most musically inspiring is Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.

Grohl drummed for the band that led the insurgence of alternative rock and then went on to front the only modern radio rock band that matters, frankly.

Foo Fighters gave frat boys and indie kids reason to sing along to the same song. The center section of a Venn diagram of rock music representing radio rock and indie college radio rock is entirely comprised of Foo Fighters songs.

I have a Spotify playlist of nearly 50 Foo songs for personal use. Here are 13 of those that I consider mandatory, but if you haven’t heard them by now you’re probably not that into rock music.

13 | wattershed

foo fighters

12 | up in arms

the colour and the shape

11 | big me

foo fighters

10 | but, honestly

echoes, silence, patience & grace

9 | the feast and the famine

sonic highways

8 | times like these

one by one

7 | i’ll stick around

foo fighters 

6 | next year

there is nothing left to lose

5 | white limo

wasting light

4 | aurora

there is nothing left to lose

3 | monkey wrench

the colour and the shape

2 | all my life

one by one

1 | home

echoes, silence, patience & grace

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