VOTE: Foo Fighters vs. Godsmack

April 19, 2020

Here at the Independent, we’ve organized a tournament to determine which band ruled the mid-to-late 2000s, otherwise known as the MySpace Era. A generation that gravitated toward rock and its various subgenres, the mid-2000s were defined by the emergence of punk, pop punk and emo, three subgenres that experienced peak commercial success.  While rock and its subgenres no longer monopolize the airwaves, the bands that propelled the genre to the tops of charts possess a resiliency that keeps them near and dear to the hearts of listeners. This first round matchup is between the Foo Fighters and Godsmack.

Foo Fighters

From the ashes of premature death rose the Dave Grohl-led Foo Fighters, who developed into a pillar of the hard rock scene over the past 25 years. While the Seattle hard rockers are primarily known for hits such as “Best of You,” “Everlong,” and “The Pretender,” the Foo Fighters have flooded their audience with a downpour of timeless radio hits. 

Harnessing an ability to fluctuate between energetic anthems and pensive epics, the Foo Fighters catalog remained consistent throughout the 2000s. Grohl and Co. began the millennium with 2002’s One by One, introducing listeners to the band’s newfound amalgamation of introspection and aggression. Propelled by hit singles such as “All My Life” and “Times Like These,” One by One earned a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2004.

A year later, the Foo Fighters arguably topped their award-winning effort with 2005’s In Your Honor. While the band left award season empty-handed, the album–which featured Kerrang! Award for Best Single recipient “Best of You”–procured five Grammy Award nominations. 

The Foo Fighters’ decade concluded with 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, which collected a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The album’s lead single also secured a nomination for Record of the Year and Best Rock Song of the year before earning a victory for Best Hard Rock Performance.

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Renowned for unbridled energy atop resounding riffs, Massachusetts hard rockers Godsmack introduced themselves to the rock landscape with their 1998 eponymous debut effort.

Since then, Godsmack–vocalist Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin–enjoyed remarkable success, releasing seven studio albums over a 22-year span.

Between 2001 and 2006, Godsmack was nominated for four Grammy Awards and three Billboard Awards, earning Billboard’s Rock Artist of the Year in 2001.  In 2002, “I Stand Alone” claimed Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Awards Song of the Year from a Movie Soundtrack after appearing in The Scorpion King.

Godsmack also collected three consecutive No. 1 releases on the Billboard Top 100 (Faceless, IV and The Oracle) to go alongside 25 top-10 rock radio hits and 18 top-five singles. 2003’s Faceless featured the aforementioned “I Stand Alone” and “Straight Out of Line.” two singles that earned Grammy nominations for “Best Hard Rock Performance” and “Best Rock Song,” respectively.



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88 Responses to “VOTE: Foo Fighters vs. Godsmack”

  1. Beth Parker on April 19th, 2020 3:08 pm


  2. Steven Chirico on April 19th, 2020 3:38 pm

    Foo Fighters by far

  3. Lee gibbs on April 19th, 2020 4:43 pm

    Both good bands …each have their place in music ..everyone is in different places in there minds dark n light..each speaks to its each listeners in way to suit the listener

  4. Donna Roberts on April 19th, 2020 5:25 pm

    Foo fighters 100%

  5. Sandy Erickson on April 19th, 2020 5:31 pm

    Keep up the great music and all your doing love godsmack keep rocking

  6. Darren on April 19th, 2020 5:32 pm

    I have been a fan of Godsmack for 22 years and counting I remember the first time I heard them I was amazed by Sully’s voice singing Voodoo and since then they are my favourite band

  7. Justin Patnode on April 19th, 2020 6:06 pm

    Both bands are good but I am much more fond of Godsmack. They’re great live and still making good music. I feel they have a really cool sound.

  8. Jennifer on April 19th, 2020 6:10 pm

    There both oood but SULLY is way better …. Godsmack

  9. charles atkins jr on April 19th, 2020 6:56 pm

    Godsmack so much better than the Foos

  10. Jackie on April 19th, 2020 7:33 pm

    This is a hard choice cuz both bands kick ass….but I would say Godsmack baby !!

  11. Leslie on April 19th, 2020 7:41 pm


  12. Sarah on April 19th, 2020 8:05 pm


  13. Ruben Cardenas on April 19th, 2020 8:32 pm

    Godsmack all the way.! No comparison

  14. Nicole Fishburn on April 19th, 2020 8:34 pm

    Godsmack..I have loved all thier music..and this last album really touched my soul..with under your scars..amazing band that keeps rocking .mgives an amazing show..and love that Sully gets on the drums with Larkin !!

  15. Donna on April 19th, 2020 9:36 pm

    Godsmack by far.

  16. bela kiss on April 19th, 2020 9:38 pm

    I like the Foo FIghters, am a big fan of Dave Grohl BUT I love GODSMACK
    Godsmack has the best drummer in Shannon Larkin and one of the strongest front men
    in the world is Sully Erna. The music hitall aspects of emotion, from sadness to in your
    face madness !!! Godsmack is the best, No 1..

  17. Robert Stembridge on April 19th, 2020 9:58 pm


  18. Rene on April 19th, 2020 10:05 pm

    Godsmack 💯 much better band there music motivates you

  19. Anthony Valovic on April 19th, 2020 10:38 pm

    Good Smack is by far the better band.

  20. Kyle Leclair on April 19th, 2020 11:30 pm

    This isn’t even a fair contest. Foo Fighters suck ass and Godsmack is really good.

  21. AAA on April 20th, 2020 3:38 am

    I like both. But Godsmack music interests me more

  22. Jill on April 20th, 2020 7:14 am

    Foo Fighters!

  23. James on April 20th, 2020 11:25 am

    Foo Fighters all the way

  24. Gayle on April 20th, 2020 1:14 pm


  25. Robin Rick on April 20th, 2020 1:32 pm

    Foo Fighters. I love Godsmack, but I play some Foo Fighters every freakin day. #wash your fucking hands!!!!

  26. Sheila manson on April 20th, 2020 1:40 pm

    Godsmack rules!!😘

  27. Donna Thepault on April 20th, 2020 2:52 pm


  28. Donna Roberts on April 20th, 2020 2:57 pm

    Foo fighters win with me every time

  29. Jessica cruz on April 20th, 2020 3:16 pm


  30. Andy Gasaway on April 20th, 2020 3:25 pm

    GODSMACK No question about it

  31. Logan on April 20th, 2020 3:26 pm


  32. SUSAN SIMPSON on April 20th, 2020 3:57 pm

    Unfair! I picked Godsmack I got their symbol for a tattoo but dang really it’s a close tie! I love Dave Grohl he is such a funny good guy & rocks out it’s just I lean toward heavier music 🔥 love & respect to both bands

  33. Regina on April 20th, 2020 4:32 pm

    Godsmack!!!Seen them live 4 times and they have aged well..Incredible energy!

  34. John Bullock on April 20th, 2020 4:33 pm

    Easy 1! God smack!hands down!..shannon larkin fan indeed!*****

  35. Rob Towler on April 20th, 2020 4:43 pm


  36. April C on April 20th, 2020 5:10 pm

    These bands are way different. You honestly can’t compare them. Godsmack has mainly been a harder rocker. Both leads are very talented. Foo fighters are great as well. But started with Nirvana which was more grudge not all that type of hard metal.
    I personally love Godsmack! The New England band has a way to motivate a crowd like no other. Sully can play most musical instruments, great vocals. These are some WICKED guy’s. Sorry too fighters. Godsmack has this! 🤘🤟 WICKED RAW

  37. Lilli on April 20th, 2020 5:16 pm

    GODSMACK!! Without a doubt

  38. Dima on April 20th, 2020 5:23 pm

    Serenity and Straight out of line are on my top 10 fav songs ever

  39. Mr on April 20th, 2020 5:50 pm

    Foo Fighters really??? Godsmack all day! Foo Fighters 1 of the most overrated bands ever.

  40. Marilyn Koon on April 20th, 2020 5:57 pm

    Godsmack is ultimately my vote because Sully Erna has so much compassion and feelings for the fans that have followed the band all these years and I really appreciate him and the rest of the band for making such amazing music to listen to. I was fortunate enough to see Godsmack in Florida at the Livestock Festival many moons ago and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love you guys, keep up the great work.

  41. Jennifer wright on April 20th, 2020 6:06 pm

    Goodsmack is the best I listen to them everyday..love their music and lyrics..by far most sensational band I’ve heard next to motley crue..

  42. Pamela Burchette on April 20th, 2020 6:11 pm

    GODSMACK 1000 percent !!!!! Sully is amazing and the guys put on an awesome live show. ❤️ Foo Fighters suck.

  43. JB on April 20th, 2020 6:30 pm

    GODSMACK!! Best Frontman ever.

  44. yes300ed on April 20th, 2020 7:02 pm

    I’m 65 years old. Been following Godsmack since their inception!

  45. eric halliday on April 20th, 2020 7:29 pm

    Foo fighters are seattle leftovers if kurt cobain never existed neither would the foo fighters GODSMACK 100%

  46. Steffan on April 20th, 2020 7:44 pm


  47. Brianna on April 20th, 2020 8:29 pm

    I pick Godsmack because it has more energy and they are better than the Foo Fighters.

  48. Jason Littlefield on April 20th, 2020 9:24 pm

    Godsmack all day every day.They outsell all their concerts.Much better music than FOO FIGHTERS.Im not a fan of Dave Grohl.Their music sucks.

  49. Kyle on April 20th, 2020 9:42 pm

    Foo Fighters, everything Dave Gruhl touches turns to gold. There’s really no comparison, they sell more records, they sell out venue’s like Wembley stadium, the band is worth way more money and it’s really not even close.

  50. Mildred Hendon on April 20th, 2020 11:02 pm

    I am a 63 yr old grandmother of 4. I live in Paradise Texas. The fact that I even listen to Godsmack is kinda weird according to my kids but my grandkids love it. I absolutely love Godsmack. I’ve heard a few songs from foofighter but their music just doesn’t make me move like Godsmack. Sully is unbelievable and the drum dual he does with their drummer Shannon Larkin is just great. Keep it up guys, ya are the best the very best.

  51. Susan on April 21st, 2020 2:15 am

    Godsmack, Godsmack, GODSMACK!!! They are the best by far!!!! Love their music!! Love Sully!!! They have been rocking & amazing since their first song & are still killing it to this day!!!! Foo Fighters don’t have shit compared to them!!!

  52. Donna Landry on April 21st, 2020 7:06 am


  53. Melissa Rademacher on April 21st, 2020 7:41 am


  54. Heather Willard on April 21st, 2020 7:45 am

    Godsmack is the best band love sully and the guys great music 🤘🤘🤘❤❤❤❤

  55. Heather Willard on April 21st, 2020 7:46 am

    Number one band always godsmack 🤘🤘🤘

  56. Vince on April 21st, 2020 8:00 am

    Damn. Had to put Godsmack up against the Foo Fighters in the first round, eh? Godsmack gets my vote, but besting the Foo Fighters isn’t going to be easy.

  57. Shane G on April 21st, 2020 8:20 am

    Godsmack is simply the best. Foo Fighters are good…but they are in the shadows compared to Godsmack.

  58. Bo on April 21st, 2020 9:13 am

    GODSMACK no competition

  59. Christopher W. Bower on April 21st, 2020 9:25 am

    Sully erna! Tony! Shannon! And robie! Enough said!!!

  60. Tony on April 21st, 2020 10:43 am


  61. Anthony Strand on April 21st, 2020 10:55 am

    Foo Fighters definitely. Godsmack = vomit on toast.

  62. Teresa on April 21st, 2020 11:32 am


  63. Tina Grohl on April 21st, 2020 1:39 pm

    I’M 66 and have seen them countless times… no comparison!!

  64. christina Millis on April 21st, 2020 11:19 pm


  65. Lyubomir Lambev on April 22nd, 2020 2:52 am


  66. Audrey Bethea on April 22nd, 2020 9:37 am


  67. Raymond Rios on April 22nd, 2020 1:43 pm


  68. Joe Fisher on April 22nd, 2020 2:12 pm

    Godsmack all the way

  69. Cynthia on April 22nd, 2020 2:34 pm

    Godsmack is the BEST!!!

  70. Kjelbi on April 24th, 2020 5:54 pm


  71. Dave Wight on May 2nd, 2020 5:29 pm

    Foofighters are B Leaguers
    Godsmack are A Leaguers, clearly get my vote

  72. Cynthia Patino on May 2nd, 2020 5:34 pm


  73. Jonathan Oakley on May 2nd, 2020 5:50 pm

    Dave gets too damn political!! I do like Foo’s, but, GODSMACK IS IN MY TOP 3 of ALL TIME!!

  74. Jonathan Oakley on May 2nd, 2020 5:51 pm


  75. Diane PerusseIvot on May 2nd, 2020 6:18 pm

    I vote for Godsmack….on course!

  76. Mary on May 2nd, 2020 6:18 pm


  77. Tara Salazar on May 2nd, 2020 9:14 pm


  78. Taylor H on May 2nd, 2020 11:00 pm


  79. Kara on May 3rd, 2020 2:17 pm


  80. Denise on May 3rd, 2020 3:03 pm


  81. Isbel Sandoval on May 3rd, 2020 10:54 pm

    Foo fighters

  82. Karen Johnson on May 11th, 2020 5:32 am

    Godsmack all the way!!!!!

  83. Paul Morgan on May 11th, 2020 10:33 am

    Godsmack!!!!!!!All day long yeaya…..

  84. Shawn conrad on May 11th, 2020 8:41 pm

    Foo Fighters, but it’s close. Some of you commenting don’t seem to know how to be objective. Saying things like “it’s Godsmack” and it’s not even close. I didn’t see many FF can comments like that. Now if they’d said Nirvana and Godsmack, then it wouldn’t be close. It’d be Nirvana. Dave Grohl is not trying to write like that anymore, or even like he did on the Foos first 2-3 albums. You get older and things change. Life progresses. He is a top 10 drummer of all time. Played onstage with the remnants of Led Zeppelin. It’s just different styles, but for people to say it’s not even close is absurd

  85. Melvin paul on May 13th, 2020 3:06 pm

    Godsmack blows them away!

  86. Donna Henderson on May 31st, 2020 11:31 am

    God smack all the way
    I would however like to hear both singers,both being drummers 1st do a drum off

  87. Pamela Barner on May 31st, 2020 2:11 pm

    Godsmack alllll the way !!

  88. Jerry on June 3rd, 2020 6:09 am


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