Greatest Hits (Foo Fighters album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Foo Fighters
Released November 3, 2009
Recorded 1994–2009
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 63:48
Label RCA
Producer Barrett Jones (tracks 9 & 12)
Gil Norton (tracks 3, 4, 5, 8, 11, 13 & 16)
Adam Kasper (tracks 1, 6, 7, 10 & 17)
Nick Raskulinecz (track 1, 2, 7)
Butch Vig (tracks 14 & 15)
Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters chronology
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
(2007)
Greatest Hits
(2009)
Wasting Light
(2011)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Wheels"
    Released: September 29, 2009
  2. "Word Forward"
    Released: 2010

Greatest Hits is a compilation album released by American rock band the Foo Fighters on November 3, 2009.

Release[edit]

Greatest Hits includes a selection of Foo Fighters hit singles. Two singles from their 1995 debut, Foo Fighters album ("This Is a Call" and "Big Me") are included. Three singles are included from 1997's The Colour and the Shape album ("Monkey Wrench", "Everlong" and "My Hero"). The Colour and the Shape remains the band's biggest selling album in the US. Two singles are included from 1999's There Is Nothing Left to Lose album ("Learn to Fly" and "Breakout") as are two singles from 2002's One by One album ("All My Life" and "Times Like These"). One single ("Best of You") is included from the band's biggest world wide selling album In Your Honor, released in 2005. "Best of You" remains the band's highest charting hit on the US, UK and Australian singles charts. Two singles are included from 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace album ("The Pretender" and "Long Road to Ruin"). Greatest Hits also contains two new songs "Wheels" and "Word Forward".[1]

"Wheels" is the first single taken from the album, which premiered on radio on September 23, 2009. The single was officially released on September 29, 2009. "Wheels" and "Word Forward", which was written for Dave Grohl's friend, Jimmy, who had recently died,[2] were composed during the Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace tour and recorded specifically for the compilation with producer Butch Vig.[3]

A deluxe edition of the compilation includes a book and a DVD featuring some of the band's music videos and live performances. It also includes a video for "Wheels" directed by Sam Brown, who also worked on "The Pretender".[4]

Release controversy[edit]

Dave Grohl has stated his displeasure with the release of a greatest hits album, stating he would have preferred to wait until after the band had retired. The band's label, however, had been wanting to release a compilation album for four years, and exercised a clause in the band's contract that allowed them to do so.[5] Grohl has also mentioned that he would've preferred a different track listing, featuring some songs other than those that were included.[6] In the liner notes of the album, Grohl writes:

These 16 songs are what we're calling our "Greatest Hits." Not to be confused with "Our Best Songs" or "Our Favorite Songs," it is a collection of the songs that have defined our band's identity to most people over the years. The other 65 album tracks... well, some of those might be our greatest songs. "Aurora", "New Way Home", "MIA", "Exhausted", "A320" ... depends on whom you ask. Personally, I don't think we've written our greatest songs yet. But that door is always open.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
The A.V. Club (A)[9]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[11]

Reception was mostly positive for the compilation. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted in his positive review that the compilation was missing some of the band's successful singles, most notably "DOA" and "I'll Stick Around".[8] Matthew Perpetua of Pitchfork Media also noted the lack of "I'll Stick Around" on the compilation and suggested that the release would have been stronger with the inclusion of rarities and fan favorites, such as their cover of Prince's "Darling Nikki" or their popular soundtrack contribution "The One".[11] Perpetua also writes "Like nearly all songs recorded specifically for [greatest hits compilations], 'Wheels' and 'Word Forward' are catchy but uninspired, and have no place among the heavy hitters in this collection."[11] As of October 27, 2010 it has sold 333,000 copies in the US.[12]

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

No. Title Originally from Length
1. "All My Life"   One by One, 2002 4:24
2. "Best of You"   In Your Honor, 2005 4:16
3. "Everlong"   The Colour and the Shape, 1997 4:10
4. "The Pretender"   Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, 2007 4:27
5. "My Hero"   The Colour and the Shape, 1997 4:19
6. "Learn to Fly"   There Is Nothing Left to Lose, 1999 3:56
7. "Times Like These"   One by One, 2002 4:28
8. "Monkey Wrench"   The Colour and the Shape, 1997 3:53
9. "Big Me"   Foo Fighters, 1995 2:14
10. "Breakout"   There Is Nothing Left to Lose, 1999 3:22
11. "Long Road to Ruin"   Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, 2007 3:48
12. "This Is a Call"   Foo Fighters, 1995 3:55
13. "Skin and Bones"   Skin and Bones, 2006 4:04
14. "Wheels"   Previously unreleased 4:38
15. "Word Forward"   Previously unreleased 3:49
16. "Everlong" (Acoustic Version) The Colour and the Shape sessions, 1996, Previously unreleased 4:11
Total length:
63:48

DVD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I'll Stick Around"    
2. "Big Me"    
3. "Monkey Wrench"    
4. "Everlong"    
5. "My Hero"    
6. "Walking After You"    
7. "Learn to Fly"    
8. "Next Year"    
9. "All My Life"    
10. "Times Like These" (Acoustic version)  
11. "Low"    
12. "Best of You"    
13. "DOA"    
14. "Resolve" (Non-glow version)  
15. "The Pretender"    
16. "Long Road to Ruin"    
17. "Wheels"    
18. "Everlong" (Live - "Everywhere but Home" DVD)  
19. "Breakout" (Live from Hyde Park)  
20. "Skin and Bones" (Live from Hollywood - "Skin and Bones" DVD)  
21. "All My Life" (Live - "Live from Wembley Stadium" DVD)  
22. "No Way Back" (Hidden bonus video)  

At the main menu, there is bullet hole that you can click, and shows Dave Grohl performing "Home" (from the album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, 2007) on the piano.

Personnel[edit]

  • Dave Grohl – lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, drums (tracks 3,5,8,9,12), lead guitar (tracks 3,5,8,13,17), bass guitar (tracks 9,12)
  • Pat Smear – rhythm guitar (tracks 3,5,8,13)
  • Nate Mendel – bass guitar (except tracks 9,12)
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums (except tracks 3,5,8,9,12), backing vocals on tracks 4,11, lead vocals on "Have a Cigar"
  • Chris Shiflett – lead guitar (except tracks 3,5,6,8,9,10,12,16)

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Crazy Love by Michael Bublé
Australian number one album
November 9, 2009–November 16, 2009
Succeeded by
Reality Killed the Video Star by Robbie Williams
Preceded by
This Is It by Michael Jackson
New Zealand number one album
November 9, 2009–November 16, 2009
Succeeded by
The System Is a Vampire by Shapeshifter