Foo Fighters Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Foo Fighters Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Foo Fighters are an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. Initially started as a one-man project by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, he needed a band to support the success of the first album on which he played all instruments.

The band consisted of Dave Grohl (guitar, Lead vocals), Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums) and Pat Smear (guitar). After a number of line-up changes the band settled on its core line-up in 1999.

The members were Grohl, Mendel, Taylor Hawkins on drums and Chris Shiflett on guitar. Smear rejoined in 2005 and Rami Jaffee joined in 2017 as keyboardist.

Best Foo Fighters Albums Of All Time

Foo Fighters have released 10 albums and as always we’ll rank them as we see them from the rest to the best.

10. Concrete and Gold (2017)

Released on September 15th 2017, this was Foo Fighters 9th studio album. The band described this album as an album where “hard rock extremes and pop sensibilities collide”.

The album concerns the future of the US from Dave Grohl’s perspective. Written during and just after the American presidential elections of 2016, the album focuses on the contrasts between hope and desperation.

This was the first Foo Fighters album to feature keyboardist Rami Jaffee as a full time band member. Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney were just 2 of the many musicians that appeared on this album. 

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Run”, “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” and “The Line”. The album peaked at number one in many countries including the US, the UK, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand and Australia.

SEE ALSO: Run Chords & Lyrics 

9. In Your Honor (2005)

This is the 5th studio album released by Foo Fighters on June 14th 2005. This is a double album with the first disc all heavy rock songs and the second mellower acoustic tracks.

There are a number of guest artists on this album who include John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) and Nora Jones. It was the first album to feature keyboardist Rami Jaffee although he never actually joined the band full time until 2017.

There were 4 singles released from this album which were; “Best Of You”, “DOA”, “Resolve” and “No Way Back/Cold Day In The Sun”. The album made the number one spot in 5 countries including Australia and made the top 5 in 5 more including the US and the UK where it peaked at number 2.

8. Sonic Highways (2014)

Released on November 10th 2014, “Sonic Highways” is the 8th studio album by Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl travelled to 8 cities around the US and met with musicians, technicians, record producers, recording engineers and others to talk about each city’s musical history.

He used this information as inspiration for the lyrics of each of the 8 tracks on the album. The whole process was recorded for a companion TV series called “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” which was broadcast on HBO around the time of the album’s release.

There were 5 singles released from this album which were; “Something From Nothing”, “The Feast And The Famine”, “Congregation”, “What Did I Do?/God As My Witness” and “Outside”.

Guest artists include Zac Brown, Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr.. The album made the top 10 in many countries and hit the number one spot in Australia and Belgium and number 2 in the UK and the US.

7. One By One (2002)

Released on October 22nd 2002, “One By One” is the 4th studio album by Foo Fighters. This album has a heavier feel than previous recordings which was intentional according to Dave Grohl. He said he wanted to capture the energy of the band when playing live on a studio album.

This was the first album to feature Chris Shiflett as a member of the band and the first album on which Grohl never played drums at all with drumming duties passed to Taylor Hawkins.

Guest artists included: Gregg Bissonette, Krist Novoselic and Brian May.

They released 4 singles from this album which were; “All Of My Life”, “Times Like These”, “Low” and “Have It All”. The album made the number one spot in Australia, Ireland and the UK and number 3 in the US.

6. Medicine at Midnight (2021)

“Medicine At Midnight” is the 10th studio album released by Foo Fighters on February 5th 2021. It shows the band changing style slightly to incorporate dance rock and pop elements into their rock sound.

It’s the final Foo Fighters album to feature Taylor Hawkins on drums as he died a year after it was released. 

There were 5 singles released from this album which were; “Shame Shame”, “No Son Of Mine”, “Waiting On A War”, “Making A Fire” and “Love Dies Young”.

The album peaked at number one in many countries including the UK, Australia, Holland, Ireland and Germany but only managed to reach number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US.

SEE ALSO: Shame Shame Chords & Lyrics – Foo Fighters

5. There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999)

This was the 3rd studio album released on November 2nd 1999 by Foo Fighters. It was the first album that Taylor Hawkins (drums) is featured on. 

Dave Grohl has said that this album was “totally based on melody” and that it is possibly his “favourite album” of Foo Fighters material.

It was the band’s first of 4 Grammy Award winning albums and they released 5 singles from this album which were; “Learn To Fly”, “Stacked Actors”, “Generator”, “Breakout” and “Next Year”.

The album was a top 20 hit in many countries peaking at number 10 in the UK and the US, number 5 in Australia and number 4 in Canada.

4. Wasting Light (2011)

Released on April 12th 2011, this was the band’s 7th studio album. This album was recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage in Encino, California using only analog equipment because they wanted to capture the sounds of their earlier work which was recorded without using digital equipment.

This was the album that saw the return of Pat Smear as a band member since he left in 1997. They released 6 singles from this album which were; “Rope”, “White Limo”, “Walk”, “Arlandria”, “These Days” and “Bridge Burning”. 

The album made the number one spot in many countries including the UK, the US, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Germany and Canada.

3. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

Released on September 25th 2007, this was the band’s 6th studio album. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album and a Brit Award for Best International Album.

There were 4 singles released from this album which were; “The Pretender “, “Long Road To Ruin”, “Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)” and “Let It Die”. This album also contains Foo Fighters first instrumental, “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners”. Grohl wrote the track after meeting with one of the miners involved in the Beaconsfield mine collapse who asked for an iPod with the Foo Fighters album “In Your Honor” on it during the incident.

The album was a top 5 hit in many countries and number one in Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

2. Foo Fighters (1995)

This is Foo Fighters debut album which was released on July 4th 1995. Dave Grohl wrote and recorded the whole album himself. He said he recorded the album just for fun and as a way to help him get over the death of his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain.

On completion of the album he chose the name Foo Fighters to hide his identity. He passed out copies to his friends which eventually led to Grohl signing with Capitol Records. He then recruited a band to perform the songs with him live.

There were 4 singles released from this album which were; “This Is A Call”, “I’ll Stick Around”, “For All The Cows” and “Big Me”.

The album made the top 5 in the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

SEE ALSO: This Is A Call Chords and Lyrics by Foo Fighters

1. The Colour and the Shape (1997)

This was the band’s 2nd album which was released on May 20th 1997. It was their official debut album because “Foo Fighters” was primarily all Dave Grohl and not the band.

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Monkey Wrench”, “Everlong” and “My Hero”. All 3 singles were top 20 hits in the US and the album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album took 2 months to record at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood. After having originally been recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington most of which Grohl decided wasn’t good enough which is why they moved to California to re-record most of the album.

The album’s title came from producer Gil Norton’s obsession with rummaging through thrift stores. He once came back with a bowling pin and remarked that he liked “the colour and the shape of it” the band found this funny and decided to go with the British spelling for colour because Norton was originally from the UK.

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All Foo Fighters Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumDate
Foo Fighters1995
The Colour and the Shape1997
There Is Nothing Left to Lose1999
One by One 2002
In Your Honor 2005
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace2007
Wasting Light2011
Sonic Highways2014
Concrete and Gold2017
Medicine at Midnight2021

SEE ALSO: Foo Fighters – Impressive Facts You Didn’t Know

THEN SEE: Best Foo Fighters Songs (list with chords & lyrics)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Foo Fighters album?

The best selling Foo Fighters album is “Greatest Hits” which was released in 2009 and has sold nearly 3 million copies.

What is the newest Foo Fighters album?

The newest Foo Fighters album is “Medicine At Midnight” which was released on February 5th 2021.

What is the first Foo Fighters album?

The first Foo Fighters album is “Foo Fighters” which was released on July 4th 1995.

What is Foo Fighters most famous song?

Foo Fighters most famous song is “Everlong” which was taken from the album “The Colour and the Shape” (1997).

When did Foo Fighters start?

Foo Fighters started as a one-man project by Dave Grohl in 1994 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

What genre is Foo Fighters?

The genres ascribed to Foo Fighters are; Grunge, alternative rock, post-grunge, pop rock and hard rock.

Who are the members of Foo Fighters?

The members of Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee. Past members are; Taylor Hawkins, William Goldsmith and Franz Stahl.

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