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Green Day

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum releases that opened the doors for a flood of American neo-punk, punk metal, and third wave ska revivalists. More than a decade later, as many of their former contemporaries settled into retirement, Green Day remained at the forefront of popular music with albums like the Grammy-winning American Idiot.

Green Day arose from the Northern California underground punk scene. Childhood friends Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, vocals) and Mike Dirnt (bass; born Mike Pritchard) formed their first band, Sweet Children, in Rodeo, California when they were 14 years old. By 1989, the group had added drummer Al Sobrante and changed its name to Green Day. That same year, the band independently released its first EP, 1000 Hours, which was well received in the California hardcore punk scene. Soon, the group had signed a contract with local independent label Lookout. Green Day's first full album, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour, was released later that year. Shortly after its release, the band replaced Sobrante with Tre Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III), who became the band's permanent drummer.

Throughout the early '90s, Green Day continued to cultivate a cult following, which only gained strength with the release of their second album, 1992's Kerplunk. The underground success of Kerplunk led to a wave of interest from major record labels, and the band eventually decided to sign with Reprise. Dookie, Green Day's major-label debut, was released in the spring of 1994. Thanks to MTV support for the initial single, "Longview," Dookie became a major hit. The album continued to gain momentum throughout the summer, with the second single, "Basket Case," spending five weeks on top of the American modern rock charts. At the end of the summer, the band stole the show at Woodstock '94, which helped the sales of Dookie increase. By the time the fourth single, "When I Come Around," began its seven-week stay at number one on the modern rock charts in early 1995, Dookie had sold over five million copies in the U.S. alone; it would eventually top ten million in America, selling over 15 million copies internationally. Dookie also won the 1994 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.

Green Day quickly followed Dookie with Insomniac in the fall of 1995; during the summer, they hit number one again on the modern rock charts with "J.A.R.," their contribution to the Angus soundtrack. Insomniac performed well initially, entering the U.S. charts at number two and selling over two million copies by the spring of 1996, yet none of its singles -- including the radio favorite "Brain Stew/Jaded" -- was as popular as those from Dookie. In the spring of 1996, Green Day abruptly canceled a European tour, claiming exhaustion. Following the cancellation, the band spent the rest of the year resting and writing new material before issuing Nimrod in late 1997. Three years later, their long-awaited follow-up, a refreshingly poppy record titled Warning, was released. Another long wait preceded 2004's American Idiot, an aggressive rock opera that became a surprise success -- a chart-topper around the world, a multi-platinum Grammy winner, and easily the best-reviewed album of their career. Green Day reveled in the album's success, hitting numerous award shows and performing as part of Live 8 in July 2005. That fall brought the release of Bullet in a Bible, a concert album that documented the trio's expansive Idiot live show.

With their popularity and commercial viability restored, Green Day took on several small projects before returning to the studio. They contributed a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" to the charity album Instant Karma, appeared in The Simpsons Movie, and recorded an entire album of '60s-styled rock & roll under the alias of Foxboro Hot Tubs. While presenting an award at the Grammys in early 2009, the band announced the impending release of Green Day's eighth album, 21st Century Breakdown, which had been recorded with veteran producer Butch Vig. In May of 2009, 21st Century Breakdown was released, picking up where American Idiot left off, as another ambitious punk rock opera. The album was a commercial success, selling over 215,000 copies in its first three days of sales. In 2009, American Idiot was adapted for the stage, and the following year, Green Day lent their talents to the original cast recording, combining a driving score with Broadway vocal arrangements. The band released the live Awesome as F**k in 2011.

During the summer of 2012, Green Day unveiled their ambitious plans for the fall and winter: they would release not one but three new albums. The records -- ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! -- would appear in September 2012, November 2012, and January 2013, respectively, with each individual bandmember gracing one of the album covers on his own. The first, appropriately called ¡Uno!, was preceded by the disco-rock single "Kill the DJ" and the anthemic arena rocker "Oh Love." ¡Uno! was set for a splashy release in September 2012, but the weekend prior to its release Billie Joe Armstrong had an on-stage breakdown during a set Green Day played at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Days later, it was announced that Armstrong entered rehab for undisclosed substance abuse; not long afterward the band's touring plans for 2013 were canceled. ¡Dos! arrived as scheduled in November 2012 and ¡Tré! was moved up to a December release. Demolicious, a collection of 18 demos recorded during the making of their ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy, showed up in time for 2014's Record Store Day release schedule. In 2015, Green Day were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Following their induction, producer Rob Cavallo announced that he had started work on a new album with the trio. As they labored on the new record, Green Day released a single called "Xmas Time of the Year" for the 2015 holiday. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Tre!

1. Brutal Love

2. Missing You

3. 8th Avenue Serenade

4. Drama Queen

5. X-Kid

6. Sex, Drugs & Violence

7. Little Boy Named Train

8. Amanda

9. Walk Away

10. Dirty Rotten B**tards

11. 99 Revolutions

12. The Forgotten

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Track List: Dos! (Explicit)

1. See You Tonight

3. Stop When The Red Lights Flash

4. Lazy Bones

5. Wild One

6. Makeout Party

7. Stray Heart

8. Ashley

9. Baby Eyes

10. Lady Cobra

11. Nightlife

12. Wow! That's Loud

13. Amy

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Track List: Uno (Explicit)

1. Nuclear Family

2. Stay The Night

3. Carpe Diem

4. Let Yourself Go

5. Kill The Dj

7. Loss Of Control

8. Troublemaker

9. Angel Blue

10. Sweet 16

11. Rusty James

12. Oh Love

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Track List: 21st Century Breakdown (Explicit)

1. Song Of The Century

2. 21st Century Breakdown

3. Know Your Enemy

5. Before The Lobotomy

6. Christian's Inferno

7. Last Night On Earth

8. East Jesus Nowhere

9. Peacemaker

10. Last Of The American Girls

11. Murder City

12. Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)

13. Restless Heart Syndrome

14. Horseshoes And Handgrenades

15. The Static Age

16. 21 Guns

18. See The Light

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Track List: American Idiot (Explicit)

1. American Idiot

2. Jesus Of Suburbia

4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

6. St. Jimmy

11. Wake Me Up When September Ends

12. Homecoming

13. Whatsername

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Track List: Shenanigans

1. Suffocate

2. Desensitized

3. You Lied

4. Outsider

5. Don't Wanna Fall In Love

6. Espionage

7. I Want To Be On TV

8. Scumbag

9. Tired Of Waiting For You

10. Sick Of Me

11. Rotting

12. Do Da Da

13. On The Wagon

14. Ha Ha You're Dead

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Track List: International Superhits!

1. Maria

2. Poprocks & Coke

3. Longview

4. Welcome To Paradise

5. Basket Case

6. When I Come Around

7. She

8. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)

9. Geek Stink Breath

10. Brain Stew

11. Jaded

12. Walking Contradiction

13. Stuck With Me

14. Hitchin' A Ride

15. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

16. Redundant

17. Nice Guys Finish Last

18. Minority

19. Warning

20. Waiting

21. Macy's Day Parade

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Track List: Warning

1. Warning

2. Blood, Sex and Booze

3. Church On Sunday

4. Fashion Victim

5. Castaway

6. Misery

7. Deadbeat Holiday

8. Hold On

9. Jackass

10. Waiting

11. Minority

12. Macy's Day Parade

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Track List: Nimrod

1. Nice Guys Finish Last

2. Hitchin' A Ride

3. The Grouch

4. Redundant

5. Scattered

6. All The Time

7. Worry Rock

8. Platypus (I Hate You)

9. Uptight

10. Last Ride In

11. Jinx

12. Haushinka

13. Walking Alone

14. Reject

15. Take Back

16. King For A Day

17. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

18. Prosthetic Head

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Track List: Insomniac

1. Armatage Shanks

2. Brat

3. Stuck With Me

4. Geek Stink Breath

5. No Pride

6. Bab's Uvula Who?

7. 86

8. Panic Song

9. Stuart And The Ave.

10. Brain Stew

11. Jaded

12. Westbound Sign

13. Tight Wad Hill

14. Walking Contradiction

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Track List: Dookie

1. Burnout

2. Having A Blast

3. Chump

4. Longview

5. Welcome To Paradise

6. Pulling Teeth

7. Basket Case

8. She

9. Sassafras Roots

10. When I Come Around

11. Coming Clean

12. Emenius Sleepus

13. In The End

14. F.O.D.

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Track List: Kerplunk

1. 2000 Light Years Away

2. One For The Razorbacks

3. Welcome To Paradise (Original Version)

4. Christie Road

5. Private Ale

6. Dominated Love Slave

7. One Of My Lies

8. 80

9. Android

10. No One Knows

11. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?

12. Words I Might Have Ate

13. Sweet Children

14. Best Thing In Town

15. Strangeland

16. My Generation

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Track List: 1039 / Smoothed Out Slappyhours

1. At The Library

2. Don't Leave Me

3. I Was There

4. Disappearing Boy

5. Green Day

6. Going To Pasalacqua

7. 16

8. Road To Acceptance

9. Rest

10. The Judge's Daughter

11. Paper Lanterns

12. Why Do You Want Him

13. 409-In Your Coffee Maker

14. Knowledge

15. 1000 Hours

16. Dry Ice

17. Only Of You

18. The One I Want

19. I Want To Be Alone

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Track List: Bullet In A Bible (Live)

1. American Idiot (Live)

2. Jesus Of Suburbia (Live)

3. Holiday (Live)

4. Are We The Waiting (Live)

5. St. Jimmy (Live)

6. Longview (Live)

7. Hitchin' A Ride (Live)

8. Brain Stew (Live)

9. Basket Case (Live)

10. King For A Day / Shout (Live)

11. Wake Me Up When September Ends (Live)

12. Minority (Live)

13. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Live)

14. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) (Live)

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Track List: Know Your Enemy (Radio Single)

1. Know Your Enemy

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Track List: The Simpsons Theme (From The Simpsons Movie) (Radio Single)

1. The Simpsons Theme (From The Simpsons Movie)

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Track List: Working Class Hero (Radio Single)

1. Working Class Hero

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I love Green Day I love this Song
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It's green day lol allways beast lol
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Green day is a great band. There best song is American idiot. Green day is so good.green day has got great songs.

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Do not read this its not real!!!!!!!! ! ( But in bored) post on 15 songs (that a lot) in 143 mins (that's like more then five whole mins that's a lot too) when you done press the space and the love of your life will show up in big letters (like the kind in my grandmas books?)if you don't do this it is really bad luck if you do then you will be kissed by him/her on the next Friday
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I love buelavard of broken dreams
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I like 21 guns its brings out the emotions in me
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DONT READ THIS. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15songs in 144 mins. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works. It probbaly doesn't work, so a heads up
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I'm on a mission
I made my decision
Lead a path of self destruction
A slow progression
Killing my complexion
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Kiss ur hand
And say ur crushes name
Post this on five other song
And ur crush will ask u out.
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They need to go on tour again!!!
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I love this song by sublime!
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Best. Band. Ever.
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I love Green Day so freaking much oml!! I made this huge project about them bc it was a Non Fic project and you could do have done whatever you want so I was like "GREEN DAYYYYYY"
I got a B+ I think but a lot of ppl came up to me saying it was really good and all. Man, I love this band!!! Love you guys, Billie, Mike, & Trè
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lizrussell78
I love their music. And i wish i was alive in the 80's to hear it. :-(. But, i love 21 Guns and Extraordinar y Girl. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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theleonard66
Pandora sucks
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jasonyaz
Please tour Green Day!!!!!
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jasonyaz
Funny
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edushauna
2004: don't Wanna Be An American Idiot!
2009:America n Drreeeeeaaaa m m m !
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I love all their songs
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I love Green day
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BEST BAND IN THE WORLD ������������
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Great band starting to really like them
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Best song ever played
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edushauna
This Song Describes Me So Much!!! I've Even Met The Jesus Of Suburbia!!!
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This is one of those songs I will scream the lyrics to.. ONE, TWENTY ONE GUNSSSSS
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I love these guys ������������
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I don't know why but this song is sad
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YO WAZZZZZZZZUP POTATOES JK but HI!!!!!!!!!L O L
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Wonder if they would make Quattro?
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This song is sad if u listen to the lyrics. I still love the song. Makes me want to cry every time I hear it. I love Green Day. They inspired me to try and make my own band. Thank you Green Day!
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This may be a generational thing (born late 1985) but I like Green Day's work. American Idiot and Bullet in a Bible retain their punk image despite their mainstream popularity.
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����������lo v e this song
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This is my faforite green day song
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I love greenday!
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I don't know Green Day, Cake, Butthole Surfers, so many great punk bands how lucky I have been to be able to see these bands did I mention Toadies oh yeh so many bands be good to each people and be Peaceful everybody bring some Love into the world every day and we will be just fine with love from Orlando Peace out...
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Hey.
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I Love Green Day!!!
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I love Green day so much I want them to go on tour so I could see them ����
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I LOVE GREEN DAY
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Best Band Ever. Love you Billy! <3<3
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Green Day is a good band especially, When September Ends
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21 Guns is my favorite of their songs. Why don't they have the lyrics for this song on Pandora?
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Everyone loves Green Day even if you dont you Still do
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Green day is the bomb
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are they making a new album
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7 years have gone so fast ❤
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Atleast my teeth arent screwed up like a a brit
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#np When I Come Around by @GreenDay on The PARTY! Station #Alternative
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