Best of You

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"Best of You"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album In Your Honor
Released May 30, 2005
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded January–March 2005
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 4:16
Label RCA
Producer(s) Nick Raskulinecz, Foo Fighters
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"Have It All"
(2003)
"Best of You"
(2005)
"DOA"
(2005)
Alternative cover
(CD2)
Music sample

"Best of You" is a song by American alternative rock band Foo Fighters, and the first single released from the band's fifth studio album, In Your Honor (2005). Dave Grohl notes that the song was written following appearances at 2004 American presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign trail and is "about breaking away from the things that confine you."[1] To date, it is the band's only single to reach Platinum status in the US.[2] The song holds the band's highest chart peaks in the US (#18), the UK (#4), and Australia (#5), and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The song won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. It also topped Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks. Following the band's performance at Live Earth, the song again entered the UK charts at #38.

Background[edit]

In an interview discussing the band's successful singles, Dave Grohl notes that:

"Best of You" is funny because we demoed so many songs for In Your Honor, I'd kind of forgotten about it. Our manager came in and said, "What happened to that 'Best of You' song?" So we pulled it out and worked on it a little more.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mark Pellington, best known for his work on the video for "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam. He was inspired by the death of his wife a few months prior to the shoot, and was drawn to the song's notion of dealing with pain in life.[3]

The video features the band playing on top of the abandoned Linda Vista Community Hospital. Along with the band's scenes are clips that show pain, depression, or anger:

  • Clips with children playing alone or with each other, one scene shows one girl hugging another.
  • A car crash
  • A lion pouncing on its prey, which is a vulture
  • A snake attacking a rodent
  • A zebra kicking another zebra behind itself
  • A snarling wolf
  • Crash test dummies being crushed by a car crash test
  • Men and women showing affection for each other.
  • A nuclear explosion
  • A baby crying
  • A wall covered in writing, including the phrases "Help me" and "They all died in a fire I started."

Track listing[edit]

CD1[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Best of You"   4:16
2. "I'm in Love with a German Film Star" (The Passions cover) 4:21
CD2[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Best of You"   4:16
2. "FFL"   2:31
3. "Kiss the Bottle" (Jawbreaker cover) 4:04
4. "What an Honour (interview video clip)"    
7" vinyl[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Best of You"   4:16
2. "Spill"   3:30

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Covers[edit]

Stereophonics covered the song on BBC Radio 1 during the Live Lounge sessions in 2007 *Prince covered the song during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida, on February 4, 2007. Drummer Taylor Hawkins expressed surprise by the performance, due to Prince's prior criticism of the band's desire to release a cover version of his song "Darling Nikki" in 2003.[26]

Anastacia version[edit]

"Best of You"
Single by Anastacia
from the album It's a Man's World
Released 2 November 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011-12
Genre Rock
Length 4:20
Label BMG, Rough Trade
Writer(s) Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett
Producer(s) Glen Ballard
Anastacia chronology
"Dream On"
(2012)
"Best of You"
(2012)
"Stupid Little Things"
(2014)

Anastacia covered the song for her fifth studio album It's a Man's World. The song was released as album's second single, only in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The music video was filmed in Barcelona, Spain in October 2012.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Austria 2 November 2012 Digital download
Germany
Switzerland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters pg. 114
  2. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Foo Fighters singles. RIAA.com.
  3. ^ James Montgomery (2005). "Foo Fighters Get Serious With Director Of Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy'" MTV News (May 12, 2005)
  4. ^ Foo Fighters - Best Of You (CD) at Discogs
  5. ^ Foo Fighters - Best Of You (CD) at Discogs
  6. ^ Foo Fighters - Best Of You (Vinyl) at Discogs
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Foo Fighters – {{{song}}}". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Foo Fighters – {{{song}}}" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Foo Fighters – {{{song}}}" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  10. ^ "Foo Fighters Music News & Info". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Foo Fighters – {{{song}}}". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Foo Fighters – {{{song}}}". VG-lista. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Foo Fighters – {{{song}}}". Singles Top 60. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  17. ^ a b Foo Fighters - UK Singles Chart Archive officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  18. ^ "Foo Fighters Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Foo Fighters. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  19. ^ a b billboard.com. "Billboard Chart Archive". Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Foo Fighters Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  21. ^ "Foo Fighters Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  22. ^ a b Search - Foo Fighters everyhit.co.uk. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Foo Fighters – Best of You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 08 April 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Foo Fighters – Best of You". Music Canada. Retrieved 08 April 2013. 
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Foo Fighters – Best of You". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 04 September 2013.  Enter Best of You in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  26. ^ "Foo Fighters 'Have No Idea' Why Prince Covered Their Song At Super Bowl". MTV. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 

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