Times Like These (song)

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"Times Like These"
Times like these (Foo Fighters single) coverart.jpg
Artwork for CD1 single
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album One by One
ReleasedJanuary 6, 2003 (2003-01-06)
RecordedMay 2002
Studio 606 (Alexandria, Virginia)
Genre Alternative rock
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"All My Life"
"Times Like These"
Music video
"Times Like These" on YouTube

"Times Like These" is a song by American rock band Foo Fighters. It is the fourth track from their fourth album One by One , and was released as its second single on January 6, 2003. It was fully Released in 2002 And uploaded to YouTube by The Foo Fighters YouTube Channel On October 3 2009



The lyrics discuss how Dave Grohl felt "like I wasn't entirely myself" during the three-month hiatus the Foo Fighters entered following the tense and unsatisfying first recording sessions for One by One , as well as his uncertainty about the future of the band. [1] [2] The lyric "I'm a new day rising" is a reference to the album New Day Rising by Hüsker Dü, one of Grohl's favorite groups.

"Times Like These" is in D Mixolydian mode and the section that begins at 0:13 is in 7/4 time. The chorus of the song is also grouped in bars of 3 rather than the regular bars of 4. The intro starts in 8/4 time for 4 bars, then switches to 7/4 for 8 bars and then 3 bars of 8/4 again before leading into the first verse, which is also in 8/4. It is set at 145 BPM. [3]

After the album version ended its run on the charts, a solo acoustic version of the song performed by Dave Grohl was released. The acoustic version had some success on pop and adult contemporary radio; generally, it enjoyed great success on rock and alternative radio just like the original electric version.

Music videos

Two music videos were made for the studio version of the song and a third music video was made for an acoustic version of the song. All three versions were made available via the DVD release "Low/Times Like These"(2003):

Version 1

Directed by Liam Lynch. The band is shown performing the song against changing backgrounds, consisting mainly of brightly colored kaleidoscopic forms similar to those found in music visualization, giving the video a psychedelic, hopeful, joyful mood. In the end, the backgrounds blink out to reveal that the band are performing against a greenscreen in a studio. This version is often referred to as the "UK version" and received little airplay in the US as the band ultimately opted to film another video shortly afterwards.

Version 2

Directed by Marc Klasfeld. The video was shot on the Rainbow Bridge in Victorville, CA (15597 Mineral Rd, Victorville, CA) and shows the band performing the song on location, below and in front of a bridge. A girl wanders onto the bridge and eventually tosses her Game Boy Advance at them. Gradually, more and more people arrive at the bridge and start throwing other inanimate objects (including appliances, instruments, and furniture) behind and around the oblivious band members. The items never hit any of them, though they come close. The actions of the participants would suggest that their motivations and intentions are to cast off the material trappings of society which prohibit them from living freely.

Two cars (a Chevrolet Camaro and an MGB) are then simultaneously dropped off the bridge and behind the band, resulting in clouds of smoke and fire. This is followed by an entire house (only with walls and roof) being dropped onto the band by a crane, and the walls falling onto the ground without anyone getting hurt.

Some of the extras featured in the video were fans selected through the band's official web site. [4]

Acoustic version

A music video was produced for the acoustic version. It consists solely of clips of Grohl recording the song's vocal, guitar, and piano tracks in the studio. It was co-directed by Grohl and Bill Yukich.

Live performances

In media

The acoustic version of this song was used in episode 20 of season 4 ("The Birth and Death of the Day") of One Tree Hill during the graduation scene, which is also when Haley's water breaks.

This is also used as the theme song for a video montage showing memorable past goals at Turf Moor for all of Burnley FC's home games from 2009 to the present.

It was used by George W. Bush for his 2004 re-election campaign without the band's knowledge. "That was weird," Grohl remarked. "And to me it just seemed like a pretty good example of how completely out of touch he was. You read those lyrics: they're about hope and love and compassion. And look at his administration: war and fear and death. It was laughable. You couldn't have picked a worse song. That's why I jumped on the John Kerry campaign. I thought, 'I guess the right thing to do is to go play the song where it's needed – where it makes sense.'" [5]

The acoustic version was used at the end of episode 21 ("Coalition of the Willing") of the American television series Jericho .

The acoustic version was used by the Calgary Flames as their opening during the team's 2003–04 NHL season cup run.

It was released as a Rock Band and Rock Band 2 DLC track on Xbox Live and PSN on December 23, 2008.

It was featured in the 2003 film American Wedding .

The song has also been featured in the trailer for the 2006 sports-comedy The Benchwarmers .

The song and the acoustic version were both featured in the 2012 ESPY Awards in a montage to commemorate the past 20 years in sports.

"Times Like These" was featured in the 2007 annual WWE Tribute to the Troops .

The Washington Nationals Radio Network plays part of the track as the bridge to the post-game show after any game the Nationals win.

An acoustic cover version of the song appears in a Sprint/T-Mobile commercial as of March 2020.

The Seattle Kraken of the NHL use the song when they win games at Climate Pledge Arena.

Track listings

  1. "Times Like These"
  2. "A Life of Illusion" (Joe Walsh cover)
  3. "Planet Claire" (The B-52's cover) (Live at New York City, New York, 31 Oct 2002 with Fred Schneider)

Enhanced Section ("Nice Hat")
Enhanced Section ("Back Slapper")

  1. "Times Like These"
  2. "Normal"
  3. "Learn to Fly" (Live in Los Angeles, California, 22 Oct 2002)

Enhanced section ("Japanese Grunge")

Japan EP
  1. "Times Like These"
  2. "A Life of Illusion" (Joe Walsh cover)
  3. "The One"
  4. "Normal"
  5. "Planet Claire" (The B-52's cover) (Live in New York City, New York, 31 Oct 2002 with Fred Schneider)
  6. "Learn to Fly" (Live at Los Angeles 22 Oct 2002)
7" Vinyl
  1. "Times Like These"
  2. "A Life of Illusion" (Joe Walsh cover)




RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [15] 3× Platinum210,000
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) [16] Gold30,000
United Kingdom (BPI) [17] Platinum600,000
United States (RIAA) [18] Platinum1,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Live Lounge Allstars charity single

"Times Like These"
Times Like These - Live Lounge Allstars.jpg
Single by Live Lounge Allstars
Released23 April 2020
VenueHouseholds of various artists
Music video
"Times Like These" (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge) on YouTube

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BBC Radio 1 organised the "biggest ever" Live Lounge cover version as part of their Stay at Home project. [19] The track was produced by Fraser T. Smith and was performed by the charity supergroup Live Lounge Allstars. Each member recorded and filmed their contribution to the song from their respective households in order to encourage social distancing. [20] The song was released on 23 April 2020 and the video premiered as part of The Big Night In telethon. [21] Among various charities worldwide, profits from the single will primarily go to Children in Need and Comic Relief, as well as WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. [22] Within 12 hours of the song's initial release, it gained 43,000 digital downloads and entered the top 5 on the UK Singles Chart. [23] The song reached number 1 on its second week, earning 66,000 chart sales (78% of which were downloads). [24] This song also became the first song produced by BBC Radio 1 to top the chart, and the first BBC release to reach number one since "Perfect Day" in 1997. [24] A lyric video of the cover version was released on 29 April 2020. [25]


The song was performed by the following artists (in alphabetical order): [26] [27] [28] [29]



  • Ben Johnston (of Biffy Clyro) – percussion
  • Ben Thatcher (of Royal Blood) – percussion
  • Chris Martin (of Coldplay) – piano
  • Chris Wood (of Bastille) – glockenspiel
  • Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters) – drums
  • Ellie Goulding – acoustic guitar
  • Fraser T. Smith – guitar, percussion, piano
  • James Johnston (of Biffy Clyro) – bass
  • Luke Hemmings (of 5 Seconds of Summer) – acoustic guitar
  • Sigrid – piano
  • Simon Neil (of Biffy Clyro) – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin
  • Taylor Hawkins (of Foo Fighters) – drums, percussion
  • Yungblud – acoustic guitar


Chart (2020)Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Bubbling Under Flanders) [30] 39
Canada (Hot Canadian Digital Songs) [31] 8
Euro Digital Song Sales ( Billboard ) [32] 2
Ireland (IRMA) [33] 64
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade) [34] 15
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) [35] 5
Scotland (OCC) [36] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [37] 1
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [38] 12
US Digital Song Sales ( Billboard ) [39] 18
US Rock Airplay ( Billboard ) [40] 31


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [41] Silver200,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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