Every Foo Fighters Album Ranked from Best to Worst

January 25, 2017

Photo by Mat Hayward


You have not lived until you have seen Dave Grohl screaming into a microphone in concert, or witnessed Taylor Hawkins banging on his drums so hard that his shirt flies off.

I have been a hardcore Foos fan since I was a little kid. My older cousin gets credit for that. She introduced me to bands like Foo Fighters, Bush, SIlverchair, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and POTUSOA.. So when my coworker asked, "why don't you write a blog ranking all of FF's studio albums?" I had to accept the challenge.

Get paid to write about one of my favorite bands in the entire universe? It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. I don't pretend to be a professional music critic, I'm just a music (and Foo) fanatic, like you. So here we go!

1. Wasting Light  (2011)
Some of my friends think this is an odd choice for my #1, but have you ever had an album come into your life at the exact moment you needed it to? Not to get all emo, but this album was there for me. Distracted me from life at a time when I was miserable inside. This LP can be filed under 'the album that changed my life'.

2. In Your Honor  (2005) 
Two reasons: "Best of You" and best of Foo! Seriously, we're getting the best of both worlds with this double album - heavy rock and mellow, more acoustic sounding tracks. Win/win.

3. Foo Fighters (1995) 
I was about 9 or 10 years old when I first listened to this album. I had to sneakily listen to certain music because my Mother wanted to keep me in an innocent bubble, or something. I would listen to this in my Walkman hiding under my bed and thought this was the coolest song to ever touch my ears:

4. The Colour and the Shape (1997)
Everlong. Everlong. Everlong.That's all I have to say. <3 \m/

5. Concrete and Gold (2017)
It was difficult for me to push ESP&G down to #6, but I really dig Foo's latest album! It has rhythm! It's sexy! It's a little experimental and features Paul McCartney! Not to mention Taylor Hawkins takes lead vocals on track 9. I love when they swap for a song or two. My favorite song on the LP as of now:

6. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)
I remember when this LP came out because I had just landed my first gig in radio. I would drive the station vehicles around delivering free lunch to listeners and roll up BLASTING this CD. Their sixth studio album did not disappoint!

7. One by One (2002)
First album of theirs to feature Chris Shiflett and I tend to live by the words, "DONE! DONE! ON TO THE NEXT ONE!" (insert rocking the freak out emoji)

8. There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999)
This album grew on me over time. When it dropped, I was going through my teeny-bopper phase and wasn't ready for songs like "Aurora." I do love hearing the Classic Rock inspired riffs in "Gimme Stitches" \m/

9. Sonic Highways (2014)
One of the newer vinyls in my collection, Sonic Highways is fantastic, just not my favorite by the band. However, I do get down hard with the air guitar to this song:

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