VOTE: Foo Fighters vs. My Chemical Romance

May 11, 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 second-round matchup is between the Foo Fighters and My Chemical Romance.

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.

Which band moves on to the next round?

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My Chemical Romance

It’s difficult to overstate how influential My Chemical Romance was during the mid-2000s. Everything from their haunting lyricism to their stark imagery resonated with fans, propelling the emo movement to the forefront of mainstream culture.

While Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge introduced the world to New Jersey rockers, Welcome to the Black Parade represents My Chemical Romance’s maturation into the trailblazing rock quintet they eventually became. Arguably the greatest album of the MySpace era, Welcome to the Black Parade featured the infamous drama of the title track and the rueful “Teenagers.”

Vote on our other second-round matchups:

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27 Responses to “VOTE: Foo Fighters vs. My Chemical Romance”

  1. Pamela Hooser on May 12th, 2020 7:59 pm

    Love my FOO’S

  2. Felixx on May 13th, 2020 1:17 pm

    Of course it’s MCR. All emos are not dead. Yet.

  3. Damien Playle on May 13th, 2020 5:44 pm

    MCR all the way, the foos have a few songs that I like but haven’t listened to them in years but MCR I listen to everyday

  4. aimee on May 13th, 2020 5:54 pm

    Foo Fighters are undoubtedly much better than MCR. The Foos inspired my chem and are one of the greatest bands of all time. Dave Grohl is literally a God and the music industry wouldnt be the same without him.

  5. Amelia on May 13th, 2020 6:19 pm


  6. Abigail on May 13th, 2020 6:33 pm

    Mcr are just amazing

  7. Shir on May 13th, 2020 6:38 pm

    MCR forever ❤️! MCR is love!

  8. Shir on May 13th, 2020 6:41 pm

    MCR! They are an amazing band! They are so inspiring to me and they so fill my heart with so much love and happiness and I love them so much. They excite me. Not just as a band. Even as the amazing people they are! And I thank them that they are in my life and in my 💓❤️

  9. Kelly Kapoor on May 13th, 2020 11:12 pm


  10. Georgie on May 14th, 2020 5:08 am

    My Chemical Romance 1000%!! Responsible for the saviours of so many lives 🖤 live on 🤟🏻

  11. Lblue on May 14th, 2020 5:21 am


  12. Sarah Scott on May 14th, 2020 7:57 am


  13. jay on May 14th, 2020 9:29 am

    mcr is my fav band

  14. Vanessa George on May 14th, 2020 10:04 am

    MCR. Forever and always.

  15. Shir way on May 14th, 2020 10:44 am

    They are an amazing band that brings so much love and support to so many people in the world! There are so many people who say they saved them and that is true. MCR is a special band. Amazing and magical! They are happiness for our world. A gift to the world

    They are amazing and I love them so much and connected to them. And takes inspiration from them. They are my happiness. And I am happy that they are in my life and in my heart⁦❤️⁩⁦❤️⁩⁦ MCR!!!!!

  16. Kirsty on May 14th, 2020 2:07 pm

    My chemical romance

  17. Emma on May 14th, 2020 2:29 pm

    I love both but MCR❤

  18. Mohamed on May 14th, 2020 9:25 pm

    Foo fighters

  19. Lisa Sladek on May 15th, 2020 1:24 am

    MCR all day every day❤️🖤 they are just absolutely amazing and that’s coming from a 46year old! I love my music always have since I was a youngin haha… but let me tell ya… they just have this magical thing about them that has forever now put them in my heart that not many bands can even come close….. a passion that is just … it’s A WOW…it goes Thru your soul! I love it and I Love them and I’m beyond thankful for them❤️ Don’t get me wrong , I like the Foo Fighters too but … that’s a big BUT when putting Em against My Chemical Romance Man!!!

  20. Jacs Steven on May 15th, 2020 1:41 am

    My chemical romance all the way 💙💙💙

  21. Mikey on May 15th, 2020 4:18 am

    Foos all day long in my opinion they are the biggest band out there..yeah mcr are ok but god nowhere close to foo fighters

  22. Mick on May 15th, 2020 8:10 am


    My Chemical Romance is at best a mediocre emo-pop band. It’s absurd and insulting to compare such an insignificant band to the amazing FF.

  23. Jason on May 15th, 2020 9:27 pm

    Chemical is okay, but Foos is on a level far superior to them. Chemical has had little influence compared to Foos. There is no comparison you can make. This vote is a farce putting Foos against the lightweights. Chemical is a toy band compared to Foos. Foos is mature. It’s no contest.

  24. Patrick Vanegas on May 17th, 2020 2:37 pm


  25. Meg on May 17th, 2020 5:52 pm

    grohl is just cobain’s drummer.

  26. Mel on May 26th, 2020 3:18 am

    when does the vote end

  27. Dave Grohl on December 1st, 2020 4:29 pm

    All fans of MCR are foos. I won

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