Last week, the Foo Fighters returned with “Run,” their first release since dropping the Saint Cecilia EP in 2015. If the rowdy track — perhaps one of the heaviest songs in the band’s long anthology — has you itching for more headbangers, check out EW’s nine favorite swaps for the raucous tune below.
“New Fang,” Them Crooked Vultures
This Grohl side project, which also features English rocker John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Here, the former Nirvana member returns to his drum kit for an energetic song just as bombastic as the Foos’ latest.
“Cowgirl in the Sand,” Neil Young
The similarities between Young’s 1969 cut and the Foos’ new single aren’t immediately obvious, but there’s a definite gruffness to the distorted riffs and arpeggiated guitar intro of the Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere track that echoes in “Run.”
“Scentless Apprentice,” Nirvana
Most of Nirvana’s songs bear just frontman Kurt Cobain’s name in the writing credits, but this 1992 cut listed all three band members — including Grohl, who hasn’t lost any of his energy in the 25 years since it dropped.
Previously known as “F— You,” this cut from Candlebox’s 1993 self-titled debut album comes with just as much attitude and just as many scuzzy riffs as the Seattle rockers’ latest. Get ready to howl.
“Weekends,” Amy Shark
The Australian artist doesn’t let as loose as the rock gods here, but if you’re a sucker for that swirling guitar intro, kick it here for a few.
“For the Love of Ivy,” Japandroids
The Canadian rockers tackled themes of racial injustice when they covered Gun Club’s 1981 cut with both middle fingers way up. Grohl’s politics are a bit more general on “Run” — “We are the nation’s stakes,” he sings, “If everything’s erased / What you gonna do?” — but the punk attitude is all the same.
“Anthem for the Year 2000,” Silverchair
The Australian grunge act’s 1999 single never cracked the Top 15 on the U.S. rock charts, but that seems like a missed opportunity: Like the Foo Fighters do on “Run,” Silverchair ping-pong seamlessly between cacophonous thrashing and irresistibly groovy interludes.
Gavin Rossdale found stardom following the release of Bush’s 1994 debut, Sixteen Stone, which featured this track as the fifth(!) single. Like “Run,” this chugging anthem is a compelling, nearly claustrophobic call to sprint as quickly as you can from a life you don’t want.
“Ace of Spades,” Motörhead
Motörhead were a major influence for the Foo Fighters frontman: The singer teamed up frequently with Lemmy Kilmister over the course of both their careers and even got an “Ace of Spades” tattoo on his wrist after Kilmister died in 2015.