|Single by Foo Fighters|
|from the album Wasting Light|
|Released||March 1, 2011|
|Format||Digital download, 12" vinyl|
|Genre||Post-grunge, hard rock|
|Foo Fighters singles chronology|
"Rope" had its origins during the Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace world tour, as frontman Dave Grohl played an acoustic guitar while waiting for the soundchecks or to fly to the next city. After the tour ended in 2008, the song had its first version recorded during sessions at Grand Master Studios in Hollywood. It would later be brought into the Wasting Light songs which were recorded in Grohl's garage.
The song's unusual rhythms and angular chords have a distinct influence from Rush as well as Led Zeppelin's album Presence, which Grohl declared "may be my favorite album of theirs". The main progression of chords is a flat seventh, a fourth and a minor third, warrant guitarist Chris Shiflett to comment that "What my guitar is doing over the bass makes no sense in a way. It does, but you don't know how." The intro is a sequence of minor sevenths with a sus four, going from B minor to D, which Shiflett stated was "kind of illogical, in a way, to your ear", and Grohl himself compared to Television and Mission of Burma. The delay on the intro was induced manually given the album was produced without digital instruments, with producer Butch Vig synchronizing it with the click track through a drum machine and a shake tambourine.
The single premiered on radio on February 23, 2011 and was officially released on March 1, 2011. The song was only released as a digital download single and no physical CD single was actually released. However, a 12-inch vinyl single was released on May 9, 2011.
Canadian electronic producer deadmau5 produced a remix of the song that was released separately as part of the deadmau5 Mix Edits EP. It was made available digitally on April 14. The Foo Fighters performed the remix version at the 54th Grammy Awards with deadmau5, along with "Walk".
The music video, directed by Dave Grohl himself, was shot entirely in VHS, and shows the Foo Fighters performing inside a white cube set built inside a soundstage in Los Angeles. The "tight, claustrophobic space" was inspired by Grohl's garage, where Wasting Light was recorded.
The music video made its worldwide premiere live from a MTV.com contest winner's house in Los Angeles, CA. An MTV and fan interview from the same house was conducted after the premiere, followed by a Twitter "question and answer" portion.
On its review of "Rope", Rolling Stone said the single "rides lower to the ground that the usual Foos anthem, especially during the gnarled-guitar fire-fight at the end, without undercutting the modern-rock heroism that's become one of the few reliable guitar-based brands on contemporary radio." Billboard described the song as having "a meaty guitar lick that sounds ripe for Rock Band, a rip-roaring extended instrumental solo and a few choice "Yow!"s from frontman Dave Grohl", praising the "raw, hard-hitting focus" and concluding that "'Rope' makes the listener feel like it's 1995 all over again."
"Rope" was nominated for "Best Rock Track" at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, and Deadmau5' remix was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. It placed at No. 63 on the Australian Triple J Hottest 100, 2011, the world's largest annual music poll.
The song is only the second in history to debut atop the Rock Songs chart, after "The Catalyst" by Linkin Park in 2010. It also gave the Foo Fighters their second song to top the chart, tying them with Alice in Chains, Three Days Grace and Linkin Park as the only artists with multiple number-ones on the chart (a record that they would break immediately after "Rope" ended its reign at number one). "Rope" spent an unprecedented 20 consecutive weeks on top of the chart, until the July 30 issue, when the album's second single "Walk", took the number one spot. This made the Foo Fighters the first ever artist to have two consecutive number one songs on the chart. "Rope" also charted at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart making it the twenty-first Foo Fighters single to reach the UK Top 40. "Rope" is Foo Fighters' highest-charting single on the Netherlands Singles Chart, charting at number 31.
- Digital download
- "Rope" – 4:19
- 12" vinyl
- "Rope" – 4:19
- "Rope" (deadmau5 Mix) – 3:06
- Digital download – deadmau5 Mix 
- "Rope" (deadmau5 Mix)  – 3:06
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||51|
|Belgium (FL) (Ultratip)||7|
|Belgium (WA) (Ultratip)||19|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||41|
|Canadian Active Rock (America's Music Charts)||1|
|Canadian Alternative Rock (America's Music Charts)||1|
|Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)||31|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||83|
|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||24|
|Portugal (Portugal Singles Chart)||29|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||22|
|Scottish Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)||22|
|US Billboard Hot 100||68|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Rock Songs (Billboard)||1|
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