Foo Fighters - Wheels Music Review and Video

February 9, 2010
Foo Fighters - Wheels

"Wheels" is a single from the Foo Fighters' compilation album, Greatest Hits. The single premiered on radio on September 23, 2009, while the album was released on November 3, 2009. The single was officially released on September 29, 2009. The song had its live premiere at the White House as part of an Independence Day celebration honoring military service members. The songs "Wheels" and "Word Forward" were recorded specifically for the compilation album with producer Butch Vig, marking Dave Grohl's first collaboration with the producer since Nirvana's album Nevermind.

The song debuted at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, being their highest chart single since their 2007 hit "The Pretender". It surpassed the old peak, at #72. On November 14, 2009, the song hit #1 on the Rock Songs chart, their first on the then-new chart. It has also so far peaked at #3 on the Alternative Songs chart and #7 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The song has received mixed reviews, so far. Benjamin Sheehan from Billboard Magazine says: "The song has a Weezer-meets-The Fray vibe, and it flies out of the gate with feedback-laden riffs, well-timed stutter stops and a gentle balance of electric and acoustic guitars. Four-chord loops nicely underscore Grohl's frustration as he mourns life's failure to meet his expectations. Grohl sings during the opening verse, "I wanted something better, man/I wished for something new". For an act of this stature and talent, it's hard not to agree just a little".

A music video was released in October 2009, and a new video for the song directed by Sam Brown is stated to appear on a DVD that will be included on some versions of the compilation CD.

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