Former drummer of Nirvana and the founder, as well as the vocalist of Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, is someone who has been in the music industry for several decades now. His musical knowledge is something that’s really majestic, however, even with his level of musical knowledge and success he remains very humble, in fact, he is one of the nicest rock music artists in the world.
Grohl has always shown gratitude and respect for other musicians. Moreover, one of the bands that Grohl has a deep respect for is The Beatles who came way before Nirvana, well, they were formed even before Grohl was born. Furthermore, they were also the band Grohl looked up to when starting his music career.
Dave Grohl’s favorite songs by The Beatles
As mentioned, Grohl has never missed the chance to show his respect for The Beatles, he even revealed his favorite songs from the band. While talking with Radio 2 Beatles, Grohl talked about the Beatles and listed out some of his favorite Beatles songs. And here the Grohl’s favorite Beatles songs:
Released back in 1969 Hey Bulldog was featured in the Beatles’ album Yellow Submarine. This is also the song Grohl performed with Jeff Lyne from ELO back in 2014 at the Grammys. Although this song is not among the most successful tracks of the Beatles, it still is one of Grohl’s favorite songs.
However, it’s all thanks to Grohl’s daughter Violet because she is the reason why Grohl listened to it deeply. Talking about the song he said, “I’d heard it before, but I’d never listened to it as deeply as I did with her. I started to notice George’s guitar; I started to notice the bass line, the drums. It’s one of my favorite Beatle songs of all time now; thank you to my daughter Violet.”
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
On the list of Grohl’s favorite songs by the Beatles comes I Want You (She’s So Heavy) from their 1969 album Abby Road. Grohl mentioned that although he loves this track, he got scared listening to this song when he was young. He further said that he enjoys playing this song on the guitar.
Grohl said, “When I was a kid, there was something about it that actually made me scared. I learned to play it when I was young, and still to this day, it’s one of my favorites to play when I sit down with a guitar.”
Grohl’s other favorite Beatles track is from their 1966 album Revolver. Grohl mentioned the opening track of the album Taxman. He said that he really loved the riffs and rhythm of the song, and furthermore, he said that Taxman still sounds a lot better than most rock songs.
Again a track from the Beatles’ album Abby Road. Something was written by the quiet Beatle George Harrison. And Grohl said that he really loved the melody of the song in fact he said that he loved Harrison’s work more than others in sense of melody.
Furthermore, on Foo Fighters’ debut album, there is a song titled Oh George that was totally inspired by Harrison, and this also shows how much Grohl admires him. And an interesting thing is Something is also the first guitar solo Grohl learned. He said, “The guitar solo in the song Something is the first guitar solo I ever learned.”
All My Loving and I Want to Hold Your Hand
Beatles’ second studio album The Beatles featured two of Grohl’s favorite songs from the band, All My Loving and I Want to Hold Your Hand. It was released back in 1995 and Grohl has mentioned these two tracks as the songs that changed the course of rock music forever.
Grohl first listened to this song when he was at his friend’s house. Hey Jude is such a beautiful song which also happens to be one of the Beatles’ most popular tracks of all time and certainly, Grohl immediately fell in love with this song. He also revealed that Hey Jude was his introduction to rock music.
He said, “The first Beatles song I’d ever heard, and it might be the first record I ever listened to. I remember having a sleepover at a friend’s house when I was maybe four or five years old and listening to ‘Hey Jude.’ I don’t think I’d ever listened to a rock ‘n’ roll record and this was my introduction and it stuck with me ever since.”
Eight Days a Week
It seems that Grohl could not help but fall in love with the Beatles again and again. As mentioned above, he fell in love with them when he was around four or five years old and when he was a teen he fell in love with their 1964 song Eight Days a Week. Grohl mentioned that he had a girlfriend back then and they had to pick a song and they picked Eight Days a Week.
I Am the Walrus
Released in 1967, I am the Walrus was part of the Beatles’ album Magical Mystery Tour. This remains one of the most popular yet controversial songs of the band. Although many people were listening to the song’s lyrics which fueled the conspiracy theory that Paul McCartney was dead and replaced by his lookalike, however, Grohl was amazed by the sound engineering of this track. He said that he felt like they were inventing a modern recording technique.
Another song from the Beatles’ Abby Road album, Because is Grohl’s go-to song. Talking about the song, Grohl said, “within a second you feel like you’re floating in space you’re in a pitch-black room with just the vocals from Because.” Furthermore, he said that he went to Love Show in Las Vegas where the Beatles performed this track and Grohl says that it was the greatest show he ever went to.
Two of Us
The Beatles released their final studio album Let It Be in 1970 and Grohl’s favorite song from the album is Two of Us. He said that this track reminded him of the trip he took with his mom and his sister. So why did this track remind him of his trip? well, he recalled that when he was on a trip they had several cassettes in their car and one of them was Let It Be and they played that record numerous times. He lastly said, “it’s a great traveling song.”
Moreover, Grohl also mentioned that another one of his favorite tracks was Blackbird. He said that he used to listen to this song on a loop. He also recalled that after he met Macca for the first time he went and listened to Blackbird again. He said that he also learned to play this song on a guitar.
With a Little Help From My Friends
As a drummer, Grohl looked up to Ringo Starr who also sang one of Grohl’s favorite tracks from the Beatles. He said that even though Yello Submarine is a popular and catchy song, he still prefers With a Little Help From My Friends.
In My Life
Lastly, Grohl mentioned the Beatles’ 1965 released song In My Life, from the Rubber Soul album. This song is not only one of his favorites but more than that because this song was played at Grohl’s good friend Kurt Cobain’s memorial.
Dave mentioned that no other song touches him like this song, he said, “it touches a place in me that no other song ever will. It’s called ‘In My Life’ and knowing how much of a fan Kurt was of The Beatles, and how much of an influence they were, to everything we’ve done ever done…I’d like to play this one for him.”
Below you can find the audio of Grohl talking about his favorite songs from the Beatles.