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Top 10 Green Day Songs

Green Day songs have been a staple on the radio airwaves for the past two decades. But like any musical talent starting out, the band members had to find a way to rise from obscurity, and all at the mere age of 17. Luckily, the band emerged in the early '90s when the world had an insatiable craving for punk rock. After performing in small venues in Berkeley, CA and releasing two albums under an independent label, the band got their big break with the release of 1994's major label debut 'Dookie.' The album went on to sell 15 million copies worldwide. Of course they were denounced by a majority of the punk rock scene, who deemed them sellouts for going mainstream. Green Day went on to release five more albums – the last two both politically-driven rock operas: 2004's 'American Idiot' and 2009's '21st Century Breakdown.' Now with three Grammys, as well as a Broadway debut and their own Rock Band video game, Green Day's success has evolved into a worldwide franchise. As rated by AOL radio listeners, here are the Top 10 Green Day Songs.
10
'Wake Me Up When September Ends'
This isn't about 9/11, but rather Armstrong's father, who passed away when the singer was just 10. Armstrong sings: "Like my father's come to pass / Twenty years has gone so fast / As my memory rests / But never forgets what I lost / Wake me up when September ends." The song's title was inspired after his father's funeral. Armstrong locked himself in his room and when his mom entered, he said: "Wake me up when September ends."
Green Day Wake Me Up When September Ends
09
'Jesus of Suburbia'
Jesus of Suburbia is the fictional character off their 2005 album 'American Idiot.' A resident of the suburban town Jingletown, he is a victim of everything that is wrong in his life: a broken family, substance abuse of both TV and drugs, and unachievable dreams. The opening line says it all: "I'm the son of rage and love / The Jesus of Suburbia / The bible of none of the above / On a steady diet of Soda Pop and Ritalin." The nine-minute opera had to be cut down to six and-a-half minutes for radio airplay.
Green Day Jesus of Suburbia
08
'Minority'
'Minority' was released as the first single on their 2000 album 'Warning,' the only Green Day album to not go platinum. The album diverged from the Green Day's typical punk rock sound by adding a bit of acoustic elements. The song is about learning to live your life as an individual: "Stepped out of the line / The sheep runs from the herd / Marching out of time / To my own beat now / The only way I know how."
Green Day Minority
07
'American Idiot'
This Green Day song was written to express their discontent with national affairs. Apparently Armstrong was inspired to write the number after hearing an overly patriotic Lynyrd Skynyrd tune. The song was released Sept. 14, 2004 -- just months shy of former President George W. Bush's re-election.
Green Day American Idiot
06
'Welcome to Paradise'
Ironically, it's anything but paradise. The song is about the band moving out of their parents for the first time, to live in a warehouse in Oakland for free with a mix of artists, musicians, drug addicts, and gang members. The song is featured on their 1992 'Dookie,' but was first released on their first full-length album 'Kerplunk.'
Green Day Welcome to Paradise
05
'Brain Stew/Jaded'
The medley is actually two songs: On the 1995 album 'Insomniac,' track 10 ('Brain Stew') transitions into track 11 ('Jaded') without the music stopping. Both songs were so popular, that many radio stations played it that way. The medley was later featured on their 2001 compilation album 'International Superhits!'
Green Day Jaded Brainstew
04
'When I Come Around'
When this Green Day song was released in 1994, off 'Dookie,' it was the highest peaking song until 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' broke its record nearly a decade later. Before the music video debuted, MTV aired a live performance of the song at the infamous 1994 Woodstock Festival.
Green Day When I Come Around
03
'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)'
Armstrong wrote this memorable acoustic number (featured on 1997's 'Nimrod') as a way of saying goodbye to his girlfriend who was moving to Ecuador. His recorded mistake (twice) in the beginning was left in the track as to provide comic relief to a song about a heart-rending break up.
Green Day Good Riddance
02
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'
Told in Jesus of Suburbia's point of view, this ballad is the "hangover" to the party tune 'Holiday,' the band going as far as to film both videos as a continuous storyline. In the beginning of the music video, you can hear the last few seconds of 'Holiday' and see that they even featured the same car. 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' scored them a Grammy for Record of the Year in 2006.
Green Day Boulevard of Broken Dreams
01
'Basket Case'
Or not basket case? Armstrong thought he was going crazy, but was later diagnosed with a panic disorder. So what did he do? He wrote about it as therapy, to help him cope with his anxiety: "Sometimes I give myself the creeps / Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me / It all keeps adding up / I think I'm cracking up / Am I just paranoid? / Am I just stoned?" One of the greatest punk rock tunes of our generation, this Green Day song earned them a Grammy nomination in 1995 for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
Green Day Basket Case

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