THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES BEGINS WITH THE BEST OF YOU-Foo Fighters (2005)


Today I am launching a new feature: THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.). You will be able to find the posts in the series by clicking the “G.O.A.T.” link at the bottom of this post.  I’ll basically be posting one song per artist, with suggested further listening and covers.  And I figured the best way to launch a post on the best of all music is by posting “The Best Of You” by the Foo Fighters.

But why this song?  There are, after all, a ton of great FF songs.  Their acoustic version of Everlong, the excitement of Learn to Fly, the sheer rage of Monkey Wrench…Why this one? Because the lyrics are so painful, so deep, and so true. And because Danny Bonaduce’s ex-wife wrote them on a mirror, and sent it to him, right before they broke up. It almost made him kill himself.

Further listening: The Foo songs listed above are all really good, and Everlong is a stiff competitor as a GOAT–but like I said, the rules for this series are one song per artist.

Covers: You can find quite a few, but I love Prince’s cover during the Superbowl half-time show. Too bad you can’t hear it anywhere. But here are two good ones, starting with Stereophonics’ acoustic version.

And Lee Ryan’s version is soulful and pretty cool…

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