Wheels (Foo Fighters song)

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Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Greatest Hits
Released 29 September 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:38
Label Roswell/RCA
Producer(s) Butch Vig
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"Let It Die"
Music video
Wheels on YouTube

"Wheels" is a single by rock band Foo Fighters. The single premiered on radio on September 23, 2009, though the single was officially released on September 29, 2009. The song had its live premiere at the White House as part of an Independence Day celebration honoring military service members.

The song "Wheels", as well as the song "Word Forward", was recorded for their Greatest Hits album with producer Butch Vig. Both songs were written during the Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace tour and had their first versions recorded at Grand Master Studios in Hollywood in 2008,[1] later being recorded at the Foo Fighters's own Studio 606 in Los Angeles. Dave Grohl invited Vig to work on the songs while at a party, and the experience was good enough for Grohl to invite Vig to produce the next Foo Fighters album, Wasting Light.[2]



Benjamin Sheehan from Billboard magazine says: "The song has a Weezer-meets-The Fray vibe, and it flies out of the gate with feedback-laden riffs, well-timed stutter stops and a gentle balance of electric and acoustic guitars. Four-chord loops nicely underscore Grohl's frustration as he mourns life's failure to meet his expectations. Grohl sings during the opening verse, 'I wanted something better, man/I wished for something new'. For an act of this stature and talent, it's hard not to agree just a little".[3]


The song debuted at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, being their highest charting single there since their 2007 hit "The Pretender".[4] "Wheels" is the most recent Foo Fighters single to be available on the CD single format.

Music video[edit]

A music video was directed by Sam Brown, featuring the band performing in an old warehouse. The video premiered in the early hours of October 1, 2009 on AMTV.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Wheels"   4:38
2. "Word Forward"   3:49


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[6] 21
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 36
Belgian Singles Chart (Ultratop)[6] 19
Canadian Hot 100[7] 22
Dutch Top 40[8] 19
Dutch Top 100 Singles Chart[6] 45
Euro Hot 100 40
German Singles Chart[6] 42
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 13
Polish Singles Chart[9] 24
Swedish Singles Chart[6] 24
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 48
UK Singles Chart[10] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 72
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs[12] 1
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[13] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[14] 4
Preceded by
"Check My Brain" by Alice In Chains
Billboard Rock Songs number-one single
November 14–21, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Will Not Bow" by Breaking Benjamin


  1. ^ Paul Brannigan (December 2010). "Kerrang's 50 albums you need to hear in 2011 - Foo Fighters (Interview)". Kerrang!. 
  2. ^ Dave Grohl Reunites With Krist Novoselic and Butch Vig, Rolling Stone
  3. ^ "New Music Releases, Music Reviews, Album Releases & Song Releases". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Retrieved on October 8, 2009". Billboard.com. 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  5. ^ Full name. "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Foo Fighters - Wheels dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ Foo Fighters - Canadian Hot 100 Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  8. ^ Dutch Top 40. "Foo Fighters Dutch top 40 Archive". www.top40.nl. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Polish Singles Chart". Polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  10. ^ Foo Fighters - UK Singles Chart Archive officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Foo Fighters : Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  12. ^ Foo Fighters - (Hot) Rock Songs Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  13. ^ Foo Fighters - Alternative Songs Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  14. ^ Foo Fighters - Mainstream Roack Track Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.

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