As Dave Grohl himself screamed, he’s the “King of Second Chances.” Few artists have had as great of a second act as he has.

He came to fame as the beloved powerhouse drummer of Nirvana, but after the band dissolved, who could have predicted that he’d become one of the most enduring singer/songwriters in rock music for decades to come? He’s led the Foo Fighters for a quarter-century, through numerous lineups and pop culture changes; they remain one of the most popular rock bands in America.

Foo Fighters started out as a one man band: Dave Grohl plays all the instruments on the band’s 1995 self-titled debut (other than “X-Static,” which featured guitar from Greg Dulli from the Afghan Whigs). But by the time the album came out, he put a band together: former Germs guitarist Pat Smear (who had been a touring member of Nirvana), and former Sunny Day Real Estate members Nate Mendel on bass and William Goldsmith on drums. The lineup has changed and grown over the decades but they’ve been one of rock’s most reliable acts, when it comes to putting out great albums with radio hits, and playing huge concerts.

From raging punk and metal-inspired rock tunes to beautiful ballads, here are our 43 favorite Foo Fighters jams.


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