"All My Life" is a song by the American band Foo Fighters, released as the first single from their fourth album, ''One by One''. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, and spent ten straight weeks at number 1 on the Alternative Songs chart and it peaked at number 3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was also a top 5 hit on the UK Singles Chart.


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Release and reception

The song won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, and spent ten straight weeks at number 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and it peaked at number 3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was also a top 5 hit on the UK Singles Chart. It also became the 6th best performing alternative song on the Alternative Songs chart of the decade and the 10th best performing rock song on the Rock Songs chart of the decade. Dave Grohl notes that the band had wanted a heavier sounding song to appear as a single, stating that the band were "coming out with "Learn to Fly" and "Next Year" and other songs that had middle-of-the-road melodies."Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters pg.114 In March 2005, ''Q'' magazine placed "All My Life" at number 94 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Other versions

A version recorded during Episode 8 of Series 20 of ''Later... with Jools Holland'' on November 26, 2002 at the BBC Television Centre was released on the DVD "Later... Louder with Jools Holland". An unaired interview with Dave and Taylor recorded on the same day was included as an exclusive bonus feature on the DVD. A live version filmed at Hyde Park on June 17, 2006 was released on the ''Live at Hyde Park'' DVD. A live version filmed at Wembley Stadium on June 7, 2008 was released on the'' Live at Wembley Stadium'' DVD.

In other media

The song appeared in the 2003 film ''Identity''. It was also released as downloadable content for the ''Rock Band'' video game series on August 18, 2009. The song is also playable on both ''Rock Revolution'' and ''Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits''. British rock band Feeder, use the opening lines from this song as an interlude during live performances of "Lost and Found". It was also used in the promotional video for the Australian Tennis Open by Eurosport(Din). Part of the song was used to highlight nominee ''Spider-Man'' in the Best Movie montage at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.


* Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar * Chris Shiflett – lead guitar * Nate Mendel – bass * Taylor Hawkins – drums

Track listing

CD1: #"All My Life" #"Sister Europe" (The Psychedelic Furs cover) #"Win or Lose" "All My Life" (Director's Cut video) nhanced section
"Win or Lose" is a reworked version of an older song, "Make a Bet" (from Learn to Fly Disc 2). CD2: #"All My Life" #"Danny Says" (Ramones cover) #"The One" 7" vinyl/Japanese CD single: #"All My Life" #"Sister Europe" (The Psychedelic Furs cover) Promo #"All My Life" (Radio Edit) 4:13 #"All My Life" 4:22

Music video

The video, directed by Grohl, is a performance video because he wanted to "sort of show everybody this is what it's like when we play live" as opposed to the comedic videos the band had done before such as "Big Me" and "Learn to Fly". In the video, the band performs the song on stage in front of a video screen at The Forum in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles (the video was actually shot inside Bakersfield's Rabobank Arena, which was called Centennial Garden at the time)."Foo Fighters Out To Show They Can 'Really Do It Up'"
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At the conclusion, it is revealed that they had been performing in an empty arena. The video was included on a DVD extra that was packaged with the CD version of the album. As of January 2021, the song has 82 million views on YouTube.

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Year-end charts



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