Partially in honor of the newest Foo Fighters record (Wasting Light which comes out on Tuesday), we have a Foo-themed look into the 90s. But this wouldn’t appear if this song were useless on its own. Indeed, “Everlong” is probably the single greatest Foo song, and one of the best compositions of the 90s.
The emotional core of the track is undeniable and quite moving. I am always shocked by how much weight a song like this carries. Normally I’d classify the sound as hard/grunge rock and get right into something about alienation. But here Dave Grohl’s nuanced vocal delivery shows flashes of desire, desperation and regret. Add this all to a well-constructed guitar part and you’ve got a brilliant song. It’s one part fun loud song, two parts meaningful vocals and lyrics, and held together by the clean intro guitar part that slowly ushers you into the experience. “Everlong” is Grohl’s crowning post-Nirvana achievement.