|Single by Foo Fighters|
|from the album The Colour and the Shape|
|Released||August 18, 1997|
|Recorded||1997 at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, CA|
|Genre||Alternative rock, post-grunge|
|Length||4:10 (Music video: 4:50)|
|Foo Fighters singles chronology|
Everlong was written against the background of the break-up of Dave Grohl's first marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood. Having returned home to Virginia for Christmas 1996, Grohl turned the initial riff into a complete song and wrote the lyrics after falling for a new woman, "That song's about a girl that I'd fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly.".
The music video for "Everlong" was nominated for Best Rock Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
The surreal, satirical video for the song was directed by Michel Gondry. The running time of the video exceeds that of the original version of the song; this version is used only for the video. Although Taylor Hawkins appears in the video as the drummer, Dave Grohl actually plays the drum track on the original album recording, as Hawkins had not yet joined the band. The music video is, in part, a parody of the film The Evil Dead.
A live version appears on the Live at Wembley Stadium DVD which was released in 2008.
Although the song is normally performed with electric guitars, vocalist/guitarist Dave Grohl's solo acoustic variation gained popularity after an impromptu rendition on Howard Stern's radio show in 1997. The band has performed it acoustically then and an acoustic performance concludes their 2006 live CD and DVD Skin and Bones. Additionally, an acoustic version of Everlong was released on Foo Fighters' 2009 Greatest Hits album.
The song is American comedian and talk show host David Letterman's favorite song, and so is regularly played by the house band, Paul Shaffer, and the CBS Orchestra on his Late Show. On his first night back on air after heart surgery, Letterman had Foo Fighters on his show, introducing them by saying, "Here they are, ladies and gentlemen—my favorite band playing my favorite song—Foo Fighters!" Dave Grohl, in the middle of performing the song, welcomed Letterman back to television.
In other media
Everlong has been featured in the music-themed video games Rock Band 2 and Rock Band Unplugged, and used in promotional ads for the former. It is also included in Rock Band for the iOS. Guitar Hero World Tour contains the track and is exportable to other games. Everlong is included in Rocksmith 2014's track list.
In the TV show Friends, when the characters Chandler and Monica get married, the wedding band plays Everlong.
- UK CD1 (blue cover)
- UK CD2 (grey cover)
- Australian CD single, Australian limited edition maxi-single digipack with bonus poster and Netherlands slimbox CD single
- Netherlands card sleeve CD single
- "Down in the Park
- Promo (black cover)
- UK Limited Blue Vinyl Edition (blue cover)
- "Drive Me Wild" (Vanity 6 cover)
Charts and certifications
- Ranked #45 in Kerrang! magazine's "100 Greatest Rock Tracks Ever" (1999)
- Ranked #39 in Kerrang! magazine's "100 Greatest Singles of All Time" (2002)
- Ranked #22 in Stylus magazine's "100 Music Videos of All Time" (2006)
- Ranked #28 in VH1'S "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs"
- Ranked #9 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time (2009)
- Ranked #48 in NME's "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years" (2011)
- Dave Grohl - vocals, lead guitar, drums
- Pat Smear - rhythm guitar
- Nate Mendel - bass guitar
- William Goldsmith - drums on the b-side "Down in the Park"
- RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Foo Fighters singles. RIAA.com.
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- Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time 2009
- "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2011-11-08.