By the time Foo Fighters released their single “The Pretender” in 2007, they were already well established within the alt-rock arena, winning a huge fan base with their raw sound and snagging several Grammys in the process. But something about the quiet, melancholy stringed-instrument-tinged intro, followed by a driving rock riff opening up into the raw rage and passion of Dave Grohl’s raspy voice, struck a new nerve with audiences. “The Pretender” went on to become one of Foo Fighter’s best-charting hits, breaking the record for number of weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and becoming the most-played song on alternative radio in 2007. It also earned the band yet another Grammy in 2008, for Best Hard Rock Performance, while the correlating album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace also won that year for Best Rock Album.
Foo Fighters are reportedly working on a new album after a bit of a hiatus, so look for more from this band in 2014. Meanwhile, let’s take a moment to enjoy one of their best hits in recent memory.