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"All My Life"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album One by One
Released October 7, 2002
Format CD
Recorded May 2002
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 4:24
Label Roswell, RCA
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"The One"
"All My Life"
"Times Like These"

"All My Life" is a song by the American hard rock 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 #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, coincidentally succeeding Nirvana and their unreleased final recording, "You Know You're Right". 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."[1]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "All My Life" at number 94 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. 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)

The song was released, along with "I'll Stick Around" from the band's debut self-titled album and "Lonely as You", also from One by One, as downloadable content for the Rock Band video games on August 18, 2009. This song is also playable on Rock Revolution.



According to Dave Grohl, the song "was originally an instrumental and it went through a few different versions. At first it was really dissonant and noisy. The middle section sounded like "Wipe Out" [by The Surfaris]. It was just nuts! We recorded the instrumental and I had no idea how I was gonna sing it. Again, that was another one that our manager said, "That's the song!" And we said, "Really? You think that's the one people will like?"[1]

Grohl has revealed in interviews that the lyrics of the song is about cunnilingus.

Track listing


  1. "All My Life"
  2. "Sister Europe" (Psychedelic Furs cover)
  3. "Win or Lose"
  4. "All My Life" (Director's Cut video) [enhanced section]
  • "Win or Lose" is a reworked version of an older song, "Make a Bet".


  1. "All My Life"
  2. "Danny Says" (Ramones cover)
  3. "The One"

7" Vinyl:

  1. "All My Life"
  2. "Sister Europe" (Psychedelic Furs cover)

Music video

The video, directed by Grohl, consists of the band performing 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)[2]. 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.

Chart positions

Chart (2002) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 20
Dutch Singles Chart 95
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 15
German Singles Chart 93
Irish Singles Chart 14
Italian Singles Chart 30
New Zealand Singles Chart 46
Norwegian Singles Chart 13
Swedish Singles Chart 37
UK Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 43
U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 3


  1. ^ a b Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters pg.114
  2. ^ "Foo Fighters Out To Show They Can 'Really Do It Up'" MTV News
Preceded by
"You Know You're Right" by Nirvana
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 23, 2002
Succeeded by
"Always" by Saliva

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