Foo Fighters

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2020 (The 2021 Induction Ceremony)

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2025 (ranked #171) .

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Foo Fighters (1995)
The Colour and the Shape (1997)
Wasting Light (2011)
Sonic Highways (2014)

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Everlong (1997)
Monkey Wrench (1997)
My Hero (1997)
Learn To Fly (1999)
Times Like These (2002)
Something from Nothing (2014)

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Will Foo Fighters be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


68 comments so far (post your own)

Foo Fighters is a great band. They almost resemble a second Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Posted by Vincent Gidaro on Saturday, 09.16.06 @ 20:47pm

I have a ton of respect for Dave Grohl, but I don't think this band has done enough (yet) to be in the Hall.

Posted by A-Killa on Friday, 10.20.06 @ 07:05am

i dont think theyre CCR over again but i do think theyre one of very few true rock and roll bands left they write great riffs and good songs they will one of these days

Posted by curt on Sunday, 12.10.06 @ 10:31am

2020, lots of time for the Foo to continue their work. I say give them time...

Posted by maplejet on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 10:57am

I think they've managed to keep rock moving on (along with a few other bands) in a sea of rap and teen pop. They've got time to contribute more, but I really like what Dave's done and hopefully continues to do.

Posted by rockjock on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 19:12pm

i say give them some more time cause they still have a long time to get even better then they are right now. but i say yes cause dave has been around for a long time, nirvana. one of the greatest bands of all time. r.i.p. curt cobain. but they have a long time ahead to better their music. and hopefully dave continues with this band. you guys rock

Posted by chris on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 15:24pm

Foo Fighters is one of those bands who produce great songs that are overplayed to the point where you want to shoot yourself when you hear them. Thta being said, they are still a great band, and will probably get in. They deserve it.

Posted by Jamie on Sunday, 04.1.07 @ 21:58pm

No way. Grohl will undoubtedtly already be in with Nirvana at this point, and I hardly think that Foo Fighters are gonna do anything between now and 2020.

New records = dire.

Posted by Liam on Thursday, 02.7.08 @ 11:29am

Saw the FF at the Garden Tuesday and they put on a great show. Dave and the Boys know how to Rock and how to let the fans have fun. I don't know what the future has in store for this band, but I think they are going in the right direction. One thing is for sure, I like the FF a whole lot better than Nirvana.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 06:05am

Do you like Wings better than the Beatles too?

Posted by mel on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 07:29am

Do you like Wings better than the Beatles too?

Posted by mel on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 07:29am

What does one have to do with the other? I was only expressing an opinion of my personal taste. I did not say that the Foo Fighters were a more important band than Nirvana; just that I enjoyed them more. They are a fun band who put on an excellent show.

An the answer to your question is no.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 09:55am

Dameon i was at the Garden on tuesday to! but u know nirvana had amazing shows in the 90s like if you watch reading festival they were great there and of course their unplugged live album which is what got me into their music and whole rock music overall. Still the foo fighters were amazing at msg, i think the best of the night was all my life. That was one of the best shows ive seen so far

Posted by bryan on Saturday, 02.23.08 @ 23:31pm

Dameon i was at the Garden on tuesday to! but u know nirvana had amazing shows in the 90s like if you watch reading festival they were great there and of course their unplugged live album which is what got me into their music and whole rock music overall. Still the foo fighters were amazing at msg, i think the best of the night was all my life. That was one of the best shows ive seen so far

Posted by bryan on Saturday, 02.23.08 @ 23:31pm

I never got a chance to see Nirvana live, but I do own unplugged. They do look like they were a great live band which to me is so important.

I enjoyed the FF because they put on a RnR show as it should be. 2 hours of great music. Dave has a great stage presence although I thought he chatted a bit too much. But that is okay.

I have seen all the great bands perform and the FF gave me exactly what the other greats did, my monies worth. It was a rockin good time.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 00:27am

I guess FUSE is broadcasting the Madison Square Garden show like 5 times this week. I'd like to get a look at their live show, since I went on Rhapsody and found some stuff I like by them. Been doing that a lot lately!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 09:16am

Dameon...I saw that someone on here compared them to Credence Clearwater Revival, who I saw when I was like, 13. I remember that show because all I did was watch Fogerty, don't even recall seeing the other band members (there's that guitar player mentality Let me know what you think of that analogy.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 09:24am

My fiance's 15 year old daughter let me listen to a band called Atreyu, which really kind of surprised me...they weren't bad. Not Hall material, mind you (not yet anyway), but definitely worth a listen. It sounds like people are trying to put really good, structured guitar back into Rock, especially in leads...or did it ever really leave...??

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 09:52am

Dameon...FYI-FUSE is showing that concert at 3:00pm EST today and 9:00pm tomorrow. I guess it is the same show you attended.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 10:01am

Hey Terry - Hope you are having a good weekend.

I do believe that the show on FUSE is the concert from Tuesday.

As for the CCR comparrison, I don't know if I would agree with that. I forgot what year it was I saw CCR, but you are correct about the focus of attention being on Fogerty. That is not the case with the FF who I think are more dynamic as a whole when performing live. Dave has a lot more energy on stage than Fogerty; at least in my opinion. I also think that Taylor Hawkins is a fun drummer who is underappreciated in the music world. The bottom line is that they give you a good show - I didn't feel empty when I left MSG.

I have left arenas before feeling like the band just was going through the motions and that left me disappointed:

Clapton (MSG - Robert Cray opened), Boston (MSG - worst ever), Aerosmith (mid 70's Collesium in LI- Styx blew them off stage), Yes (MSG - The night Moon died), Plasmatics (Left Bank), Black Flag (Left Bank), Depeche Mode (NYC), ELO (MSG), CS&N (I think Jones Beach), Rod Stewart (MSG 78), U2 (MSG), Pink Floyd (Animals Tour),Patti Smith (anywhere, especially CBGB's last show) and Frampton(MSG).

My favorite shows: Mott the Hoople at the Uris Theatre (Queen opened), ELP (Brain Salad Surgery Tour -Roosevelt St.) (Works Tour at MSG - w/London Phil Orch), Zep (MSG), Queen (Thin Lizzy opened - MSG), The Who (Quad Tour), Echo and the Bunnymen (Billy Bragg opened - Beacon Theatre), The Ramones, (any CBGB's show and Central Park), The Clash (Bonds Casino), Cheap Trick (Palladium in NY - 78 I think), Tull and Trower (Shea Stadium - 76)), NY Dolls (Max's KC)and the Cure (Pier)

Surprising Shows: Beach Boys and Chicago (MSG), ELton John (1 man show - Palladium), Ringo's All-Star Band (92 or 93), The Baby's (Central Park), The GoGo's (Left Bank), Tesla (Acoustic Show - I think it was the Ritz), Lords of the New Church (NYC), The Runaways (NYC), Gang of Four (Ritz) and Jeff Beck at the ARMS Concert (MSG - he blew Page and Clapton off the stage).

Anyway, I think live shows are important and should some part of the criteria for induction.

Sorry for the long post.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 11:20am

You and I run a lot of!! Actually, I saw Frampton at Red Rocks (the amphitheatre in the mountains just outside of Denver...Sunday Bloody Sunday live video was filmed there) in '76, and he put on a good show there. Boz Scaggs opened for him, and he was really "on" that night! Some combination, huh?? I've seen countless people there...great venue!! The most memorable one there had to be Stevie Ray...just a dynamite show...right when "In Step" was released. So I feel like I saw him at his best. He was at Fiddler's Green in Denver (another outdoor venue) about 2 weeks before he died...who would've thunk it! I missed that show.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 11:30am

I never saw SRV. I am sorry I missed him. How are the acoustics at Red Rock?

The weirdest show I ever saw was at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey - The James Gang with Tommy Bolin, The Leslie West Band, The Johnny Winter Band, and Alice Cooper as the headline act. This was during the Welcome to My Nightmares tour. This was 4 very different bands on stage, but it did not have the feel of a festival atmosphere. I have to say that although all the bands were on, it really didn't work as a whole show. And it is where I really learned that not all Rock fans share common interests. Johnny Winter and Alice Cooper fans were actually fighting over who was the better artist. I couldn't believe it. I guess the sub-genres of Rock had really taken over. After this show, I found myself not going to big shows as much and sticking with the small clubs in the Village. Punk had hit its stride by this time (75-76).

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 12:55pm

Hey, I saw Jimi Hendrix open for The Monkees...that coulda ruined me for!!! The acoustics at Red Rocks are amazing...sound bounces all over the place amongst the rocks. They actually disturbed very little of it when they did the really is a natural amphitheatre. Plus, at sunset the view within the place is awesome...I feel fortunate to live a half hour from it.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 13:05pm

There are a whole slew of small clubs in Denver now, made out of old movie theaters,except for the Fillmore, which was built to be a small music venue. The last club concert I went to was Aimee Mann at the Gothic, which actually was a pretty good show. There was a real good one a few years ago called the Rainbow Music Hall...the last concert I saw there was Al DiMeola, which was a really good show. My cousin saw U2 there, I think in '82...right before they hit it big. Their next Denver show was Red Rocks. A little Denver music history for ya!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 13:14pm

Hey Dameon...Foo Fighters are playing Red Rocks in July...gonna try to get tickets. From what I understand, they're a quick sellout in this area. I did enjoy the MSG show. If you want to get an idea of what Red Rocks is like, they have a pretty descriptive website...they just recently opened a little museum for all the artists that have played there (including the Beatles). Great buffet,!!!

Posted by Terry on Friday, 02.29.08 @ 18:21pm

They don't come close to CCR

Posted by We on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 12:54pm

They are a good band and should be inducted. Not at their year of eligibility, but maybe later. They are good modern rock band that has kept rock strong and they have made some great music, but they need more time to release new albums and create more music.

Posted by Joey on Tuesday, 08.26.08 @ 21:54pm

Personally I like practically everything the Foos have done. Grohl has taken a basic template and stretched it out in different directions, swinging from melodic pop on "Learn to Fly" to arena-sized choruses on "Best of You". What makes me wonder is the last album, where they really didn't move forward in anyway. If you look at it closely it seems they stay on the striaght & narrow for a bit, then shift directions (i.e. "Colour & the Shape" in relation to the debut, "In Your Honor" in relation to "One By One"). I hope he's got something up his sleeve for the next record, cause the last one plowed over the safe territory their used to. I still say yes to the Hall, but maybe a bit more tentatively just now.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 17:37pm

Why not?

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 06:45am

they are deserving because they are a great band.

Posted by awesome D on Thursday, 11.20.08 @ 21:07pm

Foo Fighters are probably the best rock group playing today that started in the 90s. They're influenced by all types of rock, from punk to country, metal to psychedelia. Every song by them is a blast to listen to. They should be inducted in 2021 no question

Posted by Danny Blaine on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 19:08pm

Worst band right after nirvana and pearl jam.

Posted by Grungesucks on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 03:06am

when the foo fighters originally came out I laughed to myself because they would be in such a shadow from the greats it would be almost impossiblr to leave however in about 15 years they have got themselves there own shadow covering 100s of bands and who knows maybe in 5 years that shacow will cover nirvana not yet tho

Posted by Claude on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 09:09am

It's a little premature to try and decide either way, but I definitely see them getting huge consideration within a few years of being eligible assuming they stay the course. The fact is that they've continually stayed relevant in the public eye, they've been playing bigger and bigger venues since the near-collapse of the band in 2002 (selling out New Wembley Stadium last summer), Dave knows how to hold an audience, and they have an enormously successful back-catalog of six platinum albums not to mention an enormous amount of b-sides and soundtrack work.

Dave coming out from the Nirvana situation and beating that now-legendary band in album sales and public appeal has to count for something. That, coupled with idea of the instrument switch, and the tons of industry recognition (including every studio album being nominated for a Grammy, half of them winning) should make them an eventual lock. Maybe not first-ballot, but I think it could happen.

Assuming they keep it up.

Posted by Tyler on Tuesday, 03.31.09 @ 00:46am

I'd like to believe they have a good chance.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 03.31.09 @ 15:44pm

I'm sure if Jann Wenner has his way the Foos would already be inducted. He would waive their eligibility requirement based on their embodiment (to him) of the Rock and Roll ethos.

Kudos would be given based on their having risen from the ashes of Nirvana (a great story, if not exactly true) and their musical integrity, various hits like 'Learn to Fly' excepted (judged to different standards, no doubt)

Their love of bands on the forbidden list such as Rush would be conveniently forgotten. I'm sure Papa Jann would set them straight when the time came.

Sadly, the Foos will leave behind a body of work that will likely warrant their induction independent of all of the above. If Jann and his posse are still in charge at that time the Foos contribution will be diminished by association, which will be neither warranted nor true.

The rest of us will make our own assessments....

Posted by John Hathaway on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 13:34pm

Ohhh..Dave a legend..and the band has done amazing for a short period..have amazing concerts..ive been to them and man..they can rock..they should be in the rock n roll hall of fame..wiht Dave Grohl..enought said..that man writes, sings, plays and has been a legend since nirvana..the band deserves it..hands down no doubt..

Posted by Ruth on Wednesday, 04.8.09 @ 15:24pm

I believe that Dave Grohl has a great chance of joining some of the greats by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, one with Nirvana, the other with Foo Fighters

Posted by Vic on Saturday, 04.11.09 @ 11:10am

Dave Grohl = Epic
Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett are also doing well not to hide under his shawdow. We see that they are well respected amongst fans including myself!
The Colour and the Shape is a brilliant album!
Anyway back to how Foo Fighters should be in RnRHoF - its possible!
But to really ensure it they might need to create something very different..... something that might blow people away. But I doubt they will do that because it just doesn't seem like them to really experiement. They seem to just really like plain old rock and roll (not in a bad way). But hey you never know.
I don't think its their priority. I think its pleasing their fans like us.
But I have faith in the guys. Always a fan whether they make it to the RnRHoF or not.
Time will always tell.

Posted by Lyle on Wednesday, 06.3.09 @ 06:14am

Foo Fighters are most likely the best band of the decade in my opinion. They have been keeping real rock n roll alive during this decade. I have always felt that Nirvana is one of the most overrated acts in the history of rock n roll, but Grohl's work with this band is amazing(IMO). Even though Nirvana will be remembered as the more important band and critics will always eat up everything Cobain did, I fell Grohl's work in this band tops it. I think Foo Fighters deserve induction when the time comes.

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Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 09:12am

It'll happen. I won't agree with it, but it'll happen. Just watch.

Posted by Chris on Sunday, 09.20.09 @ 22:07pm

Foo Fighters are my favourite band in the whole world. I have had the pleasure of seeing them live, which is an experience I would happily recommend. Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shifflet, and Nate Mendel, put on a fantastic show. They know how to rock hard, but keep it quiet for some songs. They have produced some amazing albums, the finest, was 1997's 'The Colour And The Shape'. I say give them another five years. They'll either grow into something that huge, out-masking Nirvana, and any other modern rock group, or they'll crumble, and 'Everlong' will remain their triumph. I personally think that they will get better, and will one day be in the Hall. Do not underestimate Dave Grohl. That's what many people did in 1995, but look at him now. Give him time.

Posted by Simon on Monday, 10.26.09 @ 17:06pm

Foo Fighters are one of the few bands that have been a true rock and roll band over the past decade plus. They continue to put out great rock albums while taking chances along the way. Dave will get in with Nirvana and the Foos will get in not long after. I understand that not everyone likes the "Grunge" era bands but what those bands did to popular music cannot be denied. Anyway the Foo Fighters are not grunge but a straight forward rock and roll band. Their body of work has already given they the key for entry in my opinion.

Posted by Dan on Wednesday, 12.30.09 @ 08:00am

Foo Fighters are my favorite band in the world. In a world ruled by itunes and hip hop these guys are still rocking. I would challenge any of you not to go see one of these guys live and not tell me they are not up there with some of the best live bands in the past twenty years. There aren't many bands that even deserve a look into the rock hall of fame that played in the 90's and the 00's but the foo fighters were an exception along with maybe Red Hot Chili Pepper, Radiohead (for their contribution of the internet album), Pearl Jam and of course Nirvana.

Dave is a true musician drummer in the most successful band of the 90's, frontman of probably the most successful band of the 00's, and now drummer again in Them Crooked Vultures with a former member of Led Zeppelin. Definite Entry in my opinion

Posted by Shane Carey on Monday, 01.4.10 @ 23:42pm

They're a good band. Not HOF worthy right now but they could become worthy. It'll be interesting to see what they do next.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.28.10 @ 17:11pm

hell yes, but if they get inducted before nirvana, i'll get pissed

Posted by ryan on Monday, 05.10.10 @ 16:17pm

I'm not even sure whether they'll get inducted; there's certainly a possibility. As for before Nirvana; not a chance. Nirvana will definitely get in, if not first ballot then by 2014 or 2015.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 05.11.10 @ 20:29pm

they still got 10 years before they get in(if they get in) personally i think this is a great band, but like i said they have 10 years to go...i strongly believe dave grohl is gonna be in there with kurt, and krist with nirvana

Posted by jj on Sunday, 09.5.10 @ 02:47am

The thing I love about the Foo Fighters is their consistency; they haven't strayed too far from what's made them great, and yet they still manage to pump out fresh songs. Plus, they have the popularity factor going for them.

Posted by Will on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 18:50pm

Yeah, I like the foo fighters better than Nervana. I love their new song Rope. It is more metal. It kind of prooves that they can really go in any direction with their new music.

Posted by David C on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 21:28pm

Successful musical diversity, to me, has always defined a great band - and Grohl has done well in putting his thoughts to music. For those who only see the surface (the guttural screams and thrashing guitar), I would recommend reviewing the entire FF catalog as it currently is. Dave knows how to turn it up and down quite well. He's involved himself in so much over the years that my only concern is that he'll lose perspective, become too involved in politics, develop an inflated ego...or simply get burnt out. I mainly hope that he can continue doing what he's done, while acknowledging and learning from prior great artists - if so, he (Foo Fighters) will be a shoo-in.

Posted by Charlie on Monday, 04.18.11 @ 13:24pm

They already had great music and then they just came out with Wasted Light. They shoould continue with new material past 2020 and make the hall of fame

Posted by Mike on Friday, 04.29.11 @ 10:05am

They're good, but they're not THAT good. I find that their last album was leaning a bit towards making changes to his voice and other effects more than usual. Their best album went somewhere around platinum, which really isn't that difficult to do nowadays. Maybe they'll do more, we have to wait and see.

Posted by Bob on Monday, 07.25.11 @ 12:59pm

A platinium record is easy????everyone steals music .platinum records are harder than ever before...who ever doesn't think that this band doesn't deserve the hof. Is insane! They were worthy 5 years ago ... My God llcool j is in there!!!! Listen to there whole catalog not what's on the radio or go see a show you'll be amazed!!

Posted by James stevens on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 18:46pm

1. Platinum albums are harder, but few people steal music, unless you subscribe to the dumb, stone age idea that downloading is stealing (I don't download by the way)

2. LL Cool J is NOT in the Hall Of Fame. Pay attention.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.3.12 @ 18:44pm

I don't know, they've got a good chance, probably the best amongst the hard rock bands of the mid 90's till now. they've got hits and awards so I think dave grohl is very likely to become a double inductee.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 13:32pm

Foo Fighters is one the greatest rock and roll bands around today and by 2020 they will produce more awesome music, i think they deserve to be in the hall of fame. Alot of people worship Dave Grohl already!! one of the best musicians around

Posted by ryan earls on Thursday, 09.13.12 @ 18:07pm

These guys carried on the music of Nirvana in the late 90's and then shocked the world winning 5 Grammys in 2012. Absolutely deserving of a spot.

Posted by JP on Thursday, 11.29.12 @ 00:44am

Two inductions for Dave Grohl? Possible!

Posted by Robert on Monday, 04.29.13 @ 10:29am

Absolutely. Reinventing what was left of grunge, applying melodic rhythm and old-school rock'n'roll to it, and making it into something HUGE. Almost 20 years and not yet a nostalgic act(far from it).
Influenced: Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Plain White-T's, OK Go's, and Paramore.

Posted by Mr.Stone on Saturday, 05.11.13 @ 00:46am

I haven't really listened to the Foo Fighters but I think they will make it because:

1. It proved Dave Grohl could play more than drums
2. They opened up a new sound for alternative
3. They have inspired Muse, Coldplay, 3 Doors Down, and Queens of the Stone Age
4. They have longevity (getting nominated for album of the year 17 years after your fist record? If that isn't longevity I don't know what is)

I will be shocked if they don't get in after their first two tries

Posted by Karl Singleton on Thursday, 03.27.14 @ 22:17pm

Is this even a question? Of course they'll get in.

Posted by NixtonV on Friday, 07.4.14 @ 16:53pm

Maybe in 50 years.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Monday, 07.7.14 @ 01:13am

foo fighters is my favorite band and i dont know if im saying they should just get in because i like them, but i know im not the only one who thinks they should get in. dave grohl is a great man and song writer and he and the whole band knows how to get a crowd pumped. they should deffinately get in in 2021. for sure.

Posted by Gavin on Wednesday, 04.15.15 @ 21:08pm

Foo Fighters should be a first year inductee. Every time I look around the current music scene I become more convinced they ARE the last great Rock and Roll band!

Posted by Gramps on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 09:17am

Gramps, have seen The Foos twice now (Voodoo Fest & Hangout) and must say they are one Hell of a band live. Dave & the gang go at it hard every show. Hope you get to see them sometime.

Right now, after the busted ankle & show-must-go-on, I would say they are a 1st ballot lock.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 07:09am

Yes, talk about about changing the influence in rock, we had nothing but bands singing about how they're not understood And you hurt my feelings To in your face not going to take it no more true rock anthems that told if you don't like it too bad!! Bands that followed ei breaking Benjamin, three doors down, Seether just to name a few. They helped clear a path from the grunge

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