All My Life (Foo Fighters song)

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"All My Life"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album One by One
B-side "Sister Europe"
"Win or Lose"
"Danny Says"
"The One"
Released September 7, 2002
Format CD
Recorded May 2002
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 4:24
Label Roswell, RCA
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"The One"
"All My Life"
"Times Like These"
Alternative cover
Music sample

"All My Life" is a song by the American alternative rock band Foo Fighters, released as the first single from their fourth album, One by One. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, and spent ten straight weeks at #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and it peaked at #3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was also a top 5 hit on the UK Singles Chart.


According to Dave Grohl, the song "was originally an instrumental and it went through a few different versions. At first it was really dissonant and noisy. The middle section sounded like "Wipe Out" (by The Surfaris). It was just nuts! We recorded the instrumental and I had no idea how I was gonna sing it. Again, that was another one that our manager said, "That's the song!" And we said, "Really? You think that's the one people will like?"[1]

Release and reception[edit]

The song won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, and spent ten straight weeks at #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and it peaked at #3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was also a top 5 hit on the UK Singles Chart.

It also became 6th best performing alternative song on the Alternative Songs chart of the decade and the 10th best performing rock song on the Rock Songs chart of the decade. Dave Grohl notes that the band had wanted a heavier sounding song to appear as a single, stating that the band were "coming out with "Learn to Fly" and "Next Year" and other songs that had middle-of-the-road melodies."[1]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "All My Life" at number 94 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

In other media[edit]

The song appeared in the 2003 film Identity. It was also released as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on August 18, 2009. The song is also playable on Rock Revolution.

A version recorded during Episode 8 of Series 20 of Later... with Jools Holland on November 26, 2002 at the BBC Television Centre was released on the DVD "Later... Louder with Jools Holland". An unaired interview with Dave and Taylor recorded on the same day was included as an exclusive bonus feature on the DVD.

British rock band Feeder, use the opening lines from this song as an interlude during live performances of "Lost and Found". It was also used in the promotional video for the Australian Tennis Open by Eurosport(Din).

Track listing[edit]


  1. "All My Life"
  2. "Sister Europe" (Psychedelic Furs cover)
  3. "Win or Lose"
  4. "All My Life" (Director's Cut video) [enhanced section]
  • "Win or Lose" is a reworked version of an older song, "Make a Bet".


  1. "All My Life"
  2. "Danny Says" (Ramones cover)
  3. "The One"

7" Vinyl/Japanese CD Single:

  1. "All My Life"
  2. "Sister Europe" (Psychedelic Furs cover)


  1. "All My Life" (Radio Edit) 4:13
  2. "All My Life" 4:22

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Grohl, is a performance video because he wanted to "sort of show everybody this is what it's like when we play live" as opposed to the comedic videos the band had done before such as "Big Me" and "Learn to Fly". In the video, the band performs the song on stage in front of a video screen at The Forum in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles (The video was actually shot inside Bakersfield's Rabobank Arena, which was called Centennial Garden at the time).[2] At the conclusion, it is revealed that they had been performing in an empty arena. The video was included on a DVD extra that was packaged with the CD version of the album.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 20
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 95
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 15
German Singles Chart[4] 93
Irish Singles Chart[5] 14
Italian Singles Chart[6] 44
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 46
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 13
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 37
UK Singles Chart[7] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 43
U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks[9] 1
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 3


  1. ^ a b Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters pg.114
  2. ^ "Foo Fighters Out To Show They Can 'Really Do It Up'" MTV News
  3. ^ a b c d e "Australian Chart Archive". Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Irish Chart Archive". Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: F Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ Foo Fighters - UK Singles Chart Archive Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  8. ^ Foo Fighters - Billboard Hot 100 Chart History Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  9. ^ Foo Fighters - Billboard Alternative Songs Chart History Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  10. ^ Foo Fighters - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks History Retrieved 26 May 2014.
Preceded by
"You Know You're Right" by Nirvana
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 23, 2002
Succeeded by
"Always" by Saliva

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