Greatest Hits (Foo Fighters album)

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Greatest Hits
FooFightersGreatestHits.jpg
Greatest hits album by Foo Fighters
Released November 3, 2009
Recorded 1994–2009
Genre
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)Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace2007
Greatest Hits
(2009)
Wasting Light
(2011)Wasting Light2011
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Wheels/Word Forward"
    Released: September 29, 2009

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits 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 worldwide selling album In Your Honor, released in 2005. "Best of You" remains the band's highest charting hit on the U.S., 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 felt that the album did not include some of the band's best work and that it was "like a CliffsNotes version of what we've been doing for the last 15 years".[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
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
The A.V. ClubA[10]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork7.0/10[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Under the Radar7/10 stars[14]

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".[9] Matthew Perpetua of Pitchfork 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".[12] 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."[12] As of December 2015, it has sold 1,009,000 copies in the U.S.[15]

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."All My Life"Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris ShiflettOne by One, 20024:24
2."Best of You"Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, ShiflettIn Your Honor, 20054:16
3."Everlong"GrohlThe Colour and the Shape, 19974:10
4."The Pretender"Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, ShiflettEchoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, 20074:27
5."My Hero"Grohl, Mendel, Pat SmearThe Colour and the Shape4:19
6."Learn to Fly"Grohl, Hawkins, MendelThere Is Nothing Left to Lose, 19993:56
7."Times Like These"Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, ShiflettOne by One4:28
8."Monkey Wrench"Grohl, Mendel, SmearThe Colour and the Shape3:53
9."Big Me"GrohlFoo Fighters, 19952:14
10."Breakout"Grohl, Mendel, HawkinsThere Is Nothing Left to Lose3:22
11."Long Road to Ruin"Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, ShiflettEchoes, Silence, Patience & Grace3:48
12."This Is a Call"GrohlFoo Fighters3:55
13."Skin and Bones"GrohlSkin and Bones, 20064:04
14."Wheels"Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, ShiflettPreviously unreleased4:38
15."Word Forward"Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, ShiflettPreviously unreleased3:49
16."Everlong" (Acoustic version)GrohlPreviously unreleased4:11
Total length:63:48

DVD[edit]

No.TitleLength
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" 
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 at Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland - 'Everywhere but Home DVD, 2003) 
19."Breakout" (Live at Hyde Park, London, England - Skin and Bones DVD, 2006) 
20."Skin and Bones" (Live at the Pantages Theater, Hollywood and Vine, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, August 2006 - Skin and Bones DVD, 2006) 
21."All My Life" (Live at the Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, England, June 2008 - Live from Wembley Stadium DVD, 2008) 
22."No Way Back" (Hidden bonus video) 

At the main menu, there is bullet hole that you can click, and it 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; lead guitar (tracks 6, 9, 10, 12), drums (tracks 3, 5, 8, 9, 12), bass guitar (tracks 9, 12)
  • Pat Smear – lead guitar (tracks 3, 5, 8, 13)
  • Nate Mendel – bass guitar (except tracks 9, 12)
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums except (tracks 3, 5, 8, 9), backing vocals (tracks 4, 11, 14, 15), lead vocals on "Have a Cigar"
  • Chris Shiflett – lead guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15), backing vocals (tracks 14, 15)

Charts and certifications[edit]

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