“The Pretender” was the first single from the group’s 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. It is one of Foo Fighters’ most successful songs; only “Learn to Fly” and “Best of You” beat its position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
This song was #47 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. It was also a 2008 Grammy Award nominee for Best Rock Song and Record of the Year and it won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance the same year. The music video was nominated for a 2008 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, but lost to Linkin Park’s “Shadow of the Day”.