Paul McCartney performs with Dave Grohl (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Paul McCartney performs with Dave Grohl (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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After finding out [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]ABBA[/lastfm] and the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bee Gees[/lastfm] were an inspiration for the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foo Fighters[/lastfm]’ seventh studio album Wasting Light, it got us thinking which additional artists may have infiltrated the band’s hard-rock roots. While we don’t have a list of artists who’ve directly influenced the band throughout the years, we can show you some whose music has at least caught the Foos’ attention. Below are ten outstanding cover songs the Foo Fighters have done that offered an interesting and bizarre twist on the original.

From the late Scottish rocker [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gerry Rafferty[/lastfm] to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gary Numan[/lastfm] to Montreal’s GRAMMY-winning, indie-rock sensation [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Arcade Fire[/lastfm], below are ten artists that the Foo Fighters have covered over the years. Let us know your favorite (or any good ones we may have missed)!

10. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army[/lastfm]’s”Down In The Park”:

(From the 1997 album The Colour and the Shape)

(From 1979 album The Replicas)

9. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gerry Rafferty[/lastfm]’s “Baker Street”:

(From the 1997 album My Hero / Baker Street)

(From the 1977 album City to City)


8. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pink Floyd[/lastfm]’s “Have A Cigar”:

(From the 1999 album Learn To Fly)

(From the 1975 album Wish You Were Here)

7. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Ramones [/lastfm], “Danny Says”:

(From the 2002 single All My Life)

(From the 1979 album End of the Century)

6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Psychedelic Furs[/lastfm] “Sister Europe”:

(From the 2002 single All My Life)

(From the 1980 album Sister Europe)

5. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Passions[/lastfm] “I’m In Love With A German Film Star”:

(From the 2005 album Best of You / I’m in Love With a German Film Star)

(From the 1981 album Thirty Thousand Feet Over China)

4. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cream[/lastfm]’s “I Feel Free”:

(From the 2005 single DOA)

(From the 1966 album Fresh Cream)

3. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Creedence Clearwater Revival[/lastfm]’s “Born on the Bayou”:

(From the 2005 single Resolve)

(From the 1969 album Bayou Country)

2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney & Wings[/lastfm] “Band On The Run”:

(From the compilation CD Radio 1 Established 1967)

(From the 1974 album Band On The Run)

1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Arcade Fire[/lastfm]’s “Keep The Car Running”:

(From a 2008 release of Radio 1’s Live Lounge–Volume 3)

(From the 2007 album Neon Bible)

Which Foo Fighter cover song was your favorite?

Watch the Foo Fighters perform a 90-minute Live on Letterman webcast on Tuesday, April 12 at 9am Eastern (6pm Pacific)!

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