Following their debut album featuring hit song “Pumped Up Kicks” a lot of people marked Foster the People as a one hit wonder band who never made more than two or three good songs. I’ve practically grown up alongside Foster the People, and I can tell you first hand that they are far from a one hit wonder. Here are my top 5 Foster the People songs in order:
5. Pumped Up Kicks
Upon its release, Pumped Up Kicks was an underproduced, poorly mixed demo track for Foster the People’s debut album. To the band's disbelief, it became a global hit, and joined the small club of the few songs that would be remembered for decades to come by the generation it impacted. Its unsuspecting happy instrumental mixed with gruesome lyrics caught most people by surprise, which only added to the appeal. Its impact transcended the music world, and actually brought on more awareness of the issue of school shootings. Objectively, it’s definitely their best but it only makes number five for me personally.
Opening with an extremely upbeat drum fill, Foster the People throws you into one of the catchiest synth pop songs in their discography. The song slowly builds until the climax, where the lyrics devolve into chanting “focus on your ability”. Taking into consideration the way Harry Houdini died, it is a chilling song indeed.
3. Lotus Eater
Lotus Eater has a similarity with Pumped Up Kicks with it’s clashing emotional styles, but in a slightly different way. The song switches between a happy, upbeat verse structure and a much more violent, biting chorus the whole time. It’s a very interesting song structure and the group pulls it off quite well.
2. Static Space Lover
This song makes you feel like you should have no care in the world for anything, and just enjoy life. The song also takes on a more acoustic feel, which I personally like more than the group’s other more electronic works.
Nevermind is another acoustic take on the typical Foster the People formula, with an incredibly catchy main riff and calming vocals. Similar to Static Space Lover, it also feels very carefree, and it is my favorite Foster the People song and one of my favorite songs ever.