Foo Fighters Song Sounds Like Imagine Dragons

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Foo Fighters, led by the charismatic Dave Grohl, have always been known for their hard-hitting rock anthems and electrifying live performances. However, some fans noted that ‘The Sky is a Neighborhood’ from their 2017 album Concrete and Gold has a resemblance to the sound of another popular band, Imagine Dragons.

Fans find similarity between Foo Fighters song and Imagine Dragons

One fan feels that the song does sound like the Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. While another fan feels it’s a “weak song”. Well, it was done with the same producer as Imagine Dragons, and that might have something to do with it.

It is noted that the inspiration for “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” came from a Q&A piece by Time magazine featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl came across one of the famous astrophysicist’s responses from the article in an online video.

He went on to have an epiphany that had as much to do with the state of humans on earth as with looking out on distant galaxies in wonder. While Grohl sings of a celestial neighborhood, he is also singing about the residents of our planet.

Foo Fighters had recorded their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold in Los Angeles in late 2016 and in the first half of 2017. Before wrapping up their sessions for the album, they took a two-week break, during which Grohl went to Hawaii. Grohl told Rolling Stone he was reminded of the Tyson video one night in Hawaii when he was looking up at the stars.

The video clip certainly made an impression on Grohl long before that night in Hawaii. In his Rolling Stone interview, he said Tyson’s answer to a question about “the most astounding fact” he could share about the universe was deeply moving to him.

Tyson’s reply to the question was that our ability to trace the atoms that make up human bodies to exploding stars was the most astounding fact he could share. This gave Grohl the realization that not only is the sky a “neighborhood” of different bodies sharing the same “ingredients of life,” but we share those ingredients, too. The sky is a neighborhood, and we are also residents of that neighborhood.

This realization led to another epiphany for Grohl. If the universe is one big neighborhood, then we have to learn to be responsible neighbors. That’s why he begins the first verse of the song with The sky is a neighborhood, so keep it down.

Grohl also continued with the theme into the second and final verse, and he gets more specific about why he is concerned about our corner of the “neighborhood.”

“The Sky Is a Neighborhood” missed the Billboard Hot 100, similar to every Foo Fighters single since “Walk” went to No. 83 in 2011. However, it received ample airplay on rock stations. It spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, and it topped out at No. 7 on their Alternative Airplay chart. “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” has received more than 154 million streams on Spotify.

The popularity of “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” and the leadoff single “Run” (another Mainstream Rock chart-topper) helped to make Concrete and Gold Foo Fighters’ second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. Along with Wasting Light (2011), it was also the second Foo Fighters album to debut in the top spot.