Here's the drill: 12 songs to summarize an artist's career, in chronological order (of course).
This may be the easiest list I ever have to make.
1. This Is A Call (Foo Fighters, 1995)
"Fingernails are pretty, fingernails are good." Preach on Dave! He definitely grew as a lyricist. Great song though.
2. Big Me (Foo Fighters, 1995)
Hey the drummer from Nirvana has a new band, let's take a listen. Wait, what is this, did I accidentally put in that Del Amitri CD?
3. Monkey Wrench (The Colour and the Shape, 1997)
This is probably more what the Nirvana fans expected...
4. My Hero (The Colour and the Shape, 1997)
The fact that this incarnation of the Foos contained two members of Sunny Day Real Estate is quite apparent on this early emo track. Ironically, Grohl would later rib the emo movement with the fantastically-titled Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running).
5. Everlong (The Colour and the Shape, 1997)
Hypnotic. Probably their finest moment.
6. Breakout (There Is Nothing Left To Lose, 1999)
Probably the most controversial choice on the list, but it's a fine ode to teen years by a man well beyond them.
7. Learn To Fly (There Is Nothing Left To Lose, 1999)
You gotta write a song about flying if you are gonna to be a real rock band.
8. Next Year (There Is Nothing Left To Lose, 1999)
The theme song to Ed, right? It's a sweet one.
9. All My Life (One By One, 2001)
A slow burn from an album that Grohl later dismissed (I'm still not happy with him about that).
10. Best Of You (In Your Honor, 2005)
If Grohl's vocal cords aren't completely beyond repair, it's a...
11. Miracle (In Your Honor, 2005)
Proving the Foos versatility, an unabashed, mostly acoustic ballad that plays it straight.
12. The Pretender (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, 2007)
Nothing like the Jackson Browne song of the same name, or like the Pretenders for that matter. It's just a quiet/loud screamer with a great chorus.