Last week, in honor of Dave Grohl’s 47th birthday, I ranked almost every album he has been a part of. 25 albums in total with friendly commenters gladly pointing out which ones I missed. Apologies. I never said I would rank all of them. A quick peak at the list of Grohl’s time in various recording studios reveals that the dude has been around. So I stuck with the big ones- Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Tenacious D, Scream, the soundtrack to Sound City and of course the Foo Fighters.
Picking albums for the first two spots, actually, the first three spots was pretty much a no-brainer.
3. Nirvana Unplugged in New York
2. Foo Fighters The Sound and the Colour
1. Nirvana Nevermind
The other Foo Fighters’ albums in the top 10 were Wasting Light, Foo Fighters and Nothing Left to Lose. Their 2014 album Sonic Highways came in at number 11. Now my reason for this was mainly that, at only eight songs, it was good, great even, but ultimately it loses points because of the length. I think if you were to cut every Foo album down to eight songs, things would be a lot different because something I noticed was that nearly ever Foo album has at least two, sometimes three songs, that are quickly forgettable. Get rid of those and the top of the Grohl rankings would definitely have a different look.
Also included in the ranking was the Foo Fighters latest release, their EP Saint Cecilia. If it wasn’t comprised of five killer rock songs, it might have been left off. But the songs on the EP are really good and it would have cheapened the rankings if I had omitted it and God forbid I cheapen something that as a whole, has limited value in the grand scheme of things. In a way, it’s like cheapening the value of a penny. Yet back to Saint Cecilia, one of the things I thought of when doing the rankings was that if you were to combine Sonic Highways and Saint Cecilia, you’d have yourself one hell of a great album.
So that’s what I did, thanks to the whim and wonder of Spotify.
Foo Fighters Sonic Highway/Saint Cecilia
“Something From Nothing”
“What Did I Do?/As God As My Witness”
“In the Clear”
“The Feast and the Famine”
“The Neverending Sigh”