Hey, it’s Dave Grohl’s birthday! Happy birthday to the Nicest Guy in Rock ‘n Roll, a wonderful gentlemen who continues to find new ways to prove how awesome he is. As he celebrates his 47th year on this planet, he’s become mostly known as the leader of the Foo Fighters, although there’s a decent amount of us who remember his time in Nirvana and a smaller amount of us who got to know him as the drummer of the Washington, D.C., punk band, Scream. Grohl has also spent time manning the drum kit for the Queens of the Stone Age and Tenacious D, as well as the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. As a result, the dude’s discography is pretty legit and pretty lengthy.
So why not rank them all? It’s the dude’s birthday after all. Ranking just the Foo Fighters’ albums is something you’d do on any other day. Birthdays are special occasions and in turn, demand something special be done.
There’s the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Scream, Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D, Them Crooked Vultures, as well as Probot and the Sound City sessions- — all projects that produced albums in which Grohl was involved. Twenty five in all. Let’s rank ’em!
25. Scream No More Censorship (1988)
Scream’s 1988 album was the first to feature Grohl on drums, as he had joined the band and dropped out of high school the year before. There’s nothing too remarkable about the album, but it’s a decent enough punk/hardcore effort. The fact that it was released by a reggae record label, RAS Records, might be one of the most interesting things about it.
24. Tenacious D Pick of Destiny (2006)
The soundtrack to their movie of the same name, it was more of the same for the D, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Grohl was again on drums and also added vocals to “Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown.”) He also acted in the movie, playing Satan.
23. Sound City: Real to Reel (2013)
In 2013, Grohl helmed a documentary about the legendary L.A. recording studio, Sound City and it’s famous Neve console, which he had bought when the studio was closing down. To accompany the film, Grohl brought together a killer cast of characters, all of who had recorded at Sound City at some point, to record new tracks on the console.
The album features collaborations with Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Rick Springfield, Krist Novoselic and more. It took home two Grammys: Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Best Rock Song (“Cut Me Some Slack”). To promote the album and the film, Grohl put together the Sound City Players, consisting of people who played on the album, to play a handful of shows live.