Green Day song by song ranking of band’s studio album tracks
Green Day didn’t set out to be punk’s greatest band, they just are.March 16, 2020
Green Day have been around since 1987 and huge since 1994. That’s not an understatement or exaggeration. Since the band just put out their 13th studio release last month, we found it fitting to rank all 170 album tracks with Green Day super-fan Tom Kunzman of the band 18th & Addison. You’re welcome.
A few self-imposed rules before you read further: There are no bonus tracks, B-sides, singles from greatest-hits albums (“Maria” would’ve been in the Top 10), reissued album tracks, demos or covers on this comprehensive list. No opinions are wrong, but we know that ours is.
Let’s give this list a rest before we start. We’re starting our article with the ninth track on Green Day’s debut album, 39/Smooth. Hello, or is this goodbye?
Our second entry is the first song mentioned from ¡Dos!, and it features Lady Cobra, who gets her own song named after her a few mentions later.
168. “Kill The DJ”
Green Day get violent in a saccharine way on the first song mentioned from ¡Uno! The Franz Ferdinand-esque music may seem like a departure to some, but it’s not a surprise, as Green Day experiment with different sounds and genres on most of their albums.
167. “Wow! That’s Loud”
The longest song on ¡Dos! makes us sick with pleasure in our minds. The band don’t often start their songs with a lead guitar line, but Green Day like to keep you guessing while you hold your ears. What a cheap trick.
166. “Junkies On A High”
Get your fix with the first song mentioned from Green Day’s newest LP, Father Of All…, and try to imagine it as a montage in your favorite movie’s climax. Get back, lay down, go low.
The chorus of this early song sounds like an unconventional key change in the best way, but hey, the band members were likely 16 when they wrote “16.” We wish our youth would forever last.
164. “Lady Cobra”
The short “Lady Cobra” intentionally comes right before the longer “Nightlife,” but we actually like it a bit more. She gives us chills and fever blisters.
The first song mentioned here from ¡Tré! does not paint its protagonist well, but it’s brutally honest in a great way. We feel bad for Amanda. On a brighter note, the guitar solo that echoes the song’s melody reminds us of the fictional Weezer (not the “real” Weezer) in the band’s “Buddy Holly” video.
162. “Oh Yeah!”
“Oh Yeah!” is the first Green Day single to be listed in this article. The new track from Father Of All… contains a sample of a Joan Jett cover, and Green Day were not fond of one of the song’s problematic writers, Gary Glitter. The band put their money where their mouth is and pledged to donate all of the song’s royalties to International Justice Mission and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
161. “The Judge’s Daughter”
Green Day closed their debut album with “The Judge’s Daughter,” which ended with the line, “I think I’m gonna pop.” The band got their wish a few years later.
Contrary to popular belief, the East Bay is not in the United Kingdom, but don’t tell that to Ashley or anyone listening to this song. “Ashley” gets straight to the point one millisecond in.
159. “Road To Acceptance”
Adolescence. Acceptance. Do you feel the same?
158. “Walk Away”
The fact that this track wasn’t written 12 years before on Warning (more on that underrated gem of a record later) proves that the swelling never really lasts. No one would walk away from the close-harmony singing of the chorus.
157. “Dirty Rotten Bastards”
The longest song on the entire ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! trilogy is proof that even when Green Day try hard to be stripped down and simple, they sometimes write a monster of an epic tune. They’re carried away.
156. “Fuck Time”
We’re glad this 1950s-esque song wasn’t out when we discovered Green Day in 1994. Fast forward the track to the 1:11 point if you ever wanted to hear what Billie Joe Armstrong sounds like after drinking a sip of Coca-Cola straight from the bottle.
155. “A Little Boy Named Train”
If a young male version of the Clash were a garage-rock band, then he’d want to ride this train immediately. Ask us again: we’ll tell you the same.
154. “Lazy Bones”
There’s nothing lazy about the backing vocals in this song’s chorus, amirite? All kidding aside, the clean lead vocal production on this track is outstanding.
153. “I Was A Teenage Teenager”
“I Was A Teenage Teenager,” the longest song on Father Of All…, cracks in at close to four minutes. The tune truly sounds like Against Me! covering Green Day in the best way.
152. “Green Day”
151. “Disappearing Boy”
Whoever said that young kids who didn’t have the last name Hanson or Jackson couldn’t harmonize needs to disappear. Green Day have been writing songs for misunderstood teenagers since the band were, uh, a group of misunderstood teenagers.
150. “Stop When The Red Lights Flash”
Tré Cool changed the light on convention with his intro to this catchy, colorful number. After watching interviews with the wacky drummer, we don’t think he deals with uncomfortable silences too well.
149. “Rusty James”
Green Day write drinking songs for people with names like “Rusty James” and for drinks named after them. Raise your glass and toast your friends.
148. “Don’t Leave Me”
Track No. 2 on 39/Smooth shares a title with track No. 2 on blink-182’s Enema Of The State, making the Pop Disaster tour years in the making. Speaking of numbers, there are only three words in this song’s entire chorus: Can you guess what they are?
147. “Wild One”
Get ready for back-to-back ¡Dos! tracks: Our hearts are in panic deciding whether we’re wilder for the “One” or “Tonight.” Clocking in at 4:20 (fitting for Green Day), we’re going with this one first. The number one is the first number, anyway.
146. “See You Tonight”
We mention which track should’ve closed the trilogy later in this piece, but we truly wish this short demo-y song opened it. Maybe the time wasn’t right.
145. “Angel Blue”
Gonna build it up just to burn it down. Even though Green Day are primarily known for fast palm-muted power chords, the lead guitar throughout this entire track deserves mentioning.
144. “Fell For You”
Obsessed fans love Green Day side projects such as the Network and Foxboro Hot Tubs, but the Longshot is my favorite by far. “Fell For You” has the privilege of being part of both the Green Day and Longshot families.
The final track from Green Day’s most recent (and hopefully not last) album is quite dark, literally. The band’s knack for combining melodies that would fit in with a Look Who’s Talking-type family film with lyrics that would resonate in the twisted world of Pulp Fiction is unrivaled.
80 = Adrienne (Armstrong’s wife)… we’re quite happy that we start our Kerplunk! introduction with such a “sweet” ditty.
141. “Bab’s Uvula Who?”
Speaking of firsts, the band proved that they did not have a knack for fucking everything up with the first song mentioned here from Insomniac. Overall, Armstrong’s fuse is quite short on this record. If you’re stuck in a rut, listen to track six from Insomniac.
140. “Missing You”
No. 2 from No. 3 discusses the first time the protagonist told you he loved you at the bus station. Don’t forget about Tré.
139. “Words I Might Have Ate”
This track is the final song on the original version of Kerplunk!, and we wish the reissued version still ended with it. “Words I Might Have Ate” had such a heavy acoustic and harmony presence throughout the entire two minutes and 30 seconds—it makes for something real.
138. “Say Goodbye”
Violence was almost on the rise when the band previewed a snippet of this song into their live version of “Holiday.” Say hello to the first song mentioned from Revolution Radio.
Hey! We wanna get inside of you like a garage. All dad jokes aside, “I wanna crack your cranium delirium on the Lower East Side of your mind” is one of our favorite Green Day lyrics.
136. “Drama Queen”
If this song was released by another band in another decade on another album, it could’ve been a hit. Paul McCartney would be proud.
135. “Take Back”
Armstrong growled so metalcore could “blegh.” You’re welcome. Lights out.
134. “Sweet 16”
Despite not having loud distortion, this sweet, romantic song still packs quite a tight punch. It also paints a vivid picture of a longstanding relationship.
The ninth track on Kerplunk! was written before androids got paranoid and became hand-held devices. Time passes by like lightning.
132. “Platypus (I Hate You)”
We don’t hate this slightly longer combination of “Jaded” and George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” Semi-aquatic egg-laying mammals, rejoice!
131. “No Pride”
Mike Dirnt’s harmonies briefly shine during the chorus for “No Pride.” If Green Day were ever torn to shreds and disjointed, the separation would kill us all.
130. “8th Avenue Serenade”
The short break five seconds into this song still stops our hearts. We’d love for Armstrong to sing us a lullaby.
129. “Know Your Enemy”
Overthrow the effigy and make your own list if you disagree with this ranking. The first single from 21st Century Breakdown will likely be played at every show since its release.
128. “Take The Money And Crawl”
Imagine Motown had a rich baby with Cage The Elephant and you have track nine from Green Day’s latest LP. Can we get a witness?
127. “Troubled Times”
Green Day brought back their politics post-American Idiot on Revolution Radio as a new nimrod was about to take over the country in 2016. We live in troubled times.
126. “Sugar Youth”
This is the newest addition to Green Day songs that lament about fevers and non-believers. Mad props should always go to a song that can successfully reference the Civil War, Romeo and yeyo. We’re not kidding.
125. “Carpe Diem”
Green Day seized the day with this Clash-esque song. We’re breaking in a sweat realizing that we finally actualized our dream of using “Clash-esque” in a sentence. Making a killing.
124. “I Was There”
“I Was There” may be the catchiest song on 39/Smooth. Looking back upon our lives, we were there in 1994 when Dookie came out and millions of middle schoolers like us clamored for older songs.
123. “Westbound Sign”
Is tragedy 2,000 miles away, or is it 2,000 light years away? And what exactly was the westbound sign saying? The world may never know. Anyway, this song sounds like a Dookie B-side in the best way.
A lot of times, the punk community is lumped in with the word “reject.” This song is a winner. Stop flattering yourself if you think you can write a more unconventional yet catchy chorus like this one.
121. “No One Knows”
Never underestimate the youth. Green Day wrote one of the more lyrically mature songs of their entire catalog before their members left their teenage years. Fun fact: “No One Knows” is three minutes and 40 seconds, making it the longest song on Kerplunk! Say what?
120. “Panic Song”
The song’s extensive intro is far from a cheap escape and literally self-destructs toward its end. “Panic Song” marks the longest track on Insomniac.
119. “Last Ride In”
Without a doubt, this is Green Day’s most unusual single. This surf-rock instrumental would perfectly complement a montage in a stoner movie. Nimrod is impossible to describe.
Get ready to set sail with the first track mentioned from Warning, Green Day’s most “adult” effort. We used to feel alone with our love for this underrated album and song, but we heard that it’s also one of the band’s favorite LPs. We’re on a mission to raise awareness to save “Castaway” and be reverential toward Warning.
117. “Stray Heart”
Bass, baby, bass. If this song ever gets pressed on vinyl, we’ll hold your heart and never let it go.
116. “Too Dumb To Die”
We have a sentimental illness for this track, which contains a Santa Claus shout-out. If you want Green Day to continue making identical songs to the ones that they recorded in the ’90s, you’re hanging on to a dream that’s too dumb to die.
115. “Stab You In The Heart”
Brace yourselves: This number and the next four additions to this list are the sixth tracks on each respective album: we’re not telling any dirty lies here. Little Richard should be proud of this violent number.
114. “Makeout Party”
The second sixth track comes from the album ¡Dos! Dos means two. And you have two choices: Do you wanna spin a bottle or play a game of chicken?
113. “Bouncing Off The Wall”
Green Day must’ve removed the “S” in “Bouncing Off The Wall” out of respect for Sugarcult and Satan. Bomb away: The dark lord loves 666.
112. “Sex, Drugs & Violence”
Six is one letter difference from sex, and this violent song could’ve been recorded by fictional band the Wonders with a different title. It’s just English, math and science.
111. “All The Time”
The six trilogy ends here: It should be mentioned that Green Day are one of the tightest live bands on the planet, and this song exemplifies said opinion. Also, we can’t think of a better drinking song in the band’s entire catalog.
110. “Loss Of Control”
The second side to ¡Uno! is off to a not-so-happy start with this uncontrollable ditty. This song goes out to Romy, Michele and anyone else not stoked about their upcoming high school reunion.
109. “Private Ale”
Listen to this song right now and then immediately listen to “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (don’t worry, it’s mentioned much later). You’re welcome, America.
Because of both the show of the same name and Red Forman, this word was very popular at the dawn of the early ’00s. No one ever said life is fair.
Peculiar. “Haushinka” starts right when No. 107 ends. Now she’s gone.
“Jinx” opens with a line that may be the most relatable in Green Day’s catalog. You have Google: We can’t use such unChristian language here.
105. “Tight Wad Hill”
No. 105 is lucky No. 13 from the fourth Green Day album. If you’ve made it this far in the article and on Insomniac without skipping a track, we’re here to make the rounds once again.
104. “Father Of All…”
*in best Hank Moody voice* MOTHERFUCKERS!
103. “Forever Now”
“Forever Now” is Green Day’s mini-opera on Revolution Radio, and all of its three sections rock. It doesn’t take forever to get somewhere. Read on, dear reader.
102. “Baby Eyes”
I know I’m from the East Coast, land of the Danzig super-fan, but I always felt that “Baby Eyes” was Green Day’s stab (pun intended) at the Misfits. I know, I’m out of control.
101. “Prosthetic Head”
Even if Nimrod was shortened for sound cohesion, We’d love it if “Prosthetic Head” closed the record. You’re a suicide makeover.
100. “Fashion Victim”
What’s in a name, hey? The very last of the triple-digit GD tracks ranked here truly puts the person over the product.
What a powerful, introspective power ballad. Green Day always makes us feel like one of the gang, but we never destroyed suburbia.
98. “Let Yourself Go”
“Let Yourself Go” is the third single from ¡Uno!, and we wish we heard it on our (revolution) radio. We guess all we really do is complain.
97. “Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?”
Both obsessive fans of The Catcher In The Rye and Armstrong know that this deep cut is his favorite track from Kerplunk! Was it just a dream that happened long ago?
96. “Dominated Love Slave”
This song is funnier than “All By Myself,” which isn’t referenced on this list because it’s a bonus track. Listen to both if you’re in the mood to giggle. Tré rules.
Green Day got pretty dark here, and this song definitely would’ve been canceled if it had come out this year. Depression and mental illness have never sounded so uplifting.
94. “Meet Me On The Roof”
The undeserved hate for the new Green Day album isn’t welcome here. If you disagree, you know where to meet us.
93. “Stuart And The Ave.”
If any Green Day song could’ve been a part of Epitaph Records’ Punk-O-Rama series, this would’ve been it.
92. “Stay The Night”
We’ll say this on the record: We love the trilogy more than most. This song was certainly one of the ones that got away.
91. “Revolution Radio”
Some facts and figures: 1. Track three. 2. The third single. 3. The first album after the trilogy, which is literally three albums. Legalize the truth.
If you just read the words to this song, one would come to your head that isn’t even referenced lyrically: Brat. Now listen and enjoy the brief a cappella intro.
89. “Song Of The Century”
We’d love to see Green Day open a three-hour set with this short tune that truly introduced 21st Century Breakdown in such a solid manner. It would make our millennium.
88. “Deadbeat Holiday”
Almost every song on Warning is a warning, but this one has a positive message. Wake up.
87. “She’s A Rebel”
The lowest-ranked song on American Idiot is better than the highest-ranked song in your favorite band’s catalog. That we just can define.
86. “¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)”
If you ever wanted to envision a Gogol Bordello-Green Day mash-up, look no further than this track. Gloria would be stoked.
We hope this list catalyzes GD to play a non-scattered version of this song live. It would cure the lump down our throats.
84. “Church On Sunday”
Green Day’s first “adult” album has a poignant lyric: “I’m not getting any younger as long as you don’t get any older.” What a self-aware three-piece.
83. “In The End”
We’re finally up to Dookie, and the band placed this heavy number at lucky track 13. It almost made it to the end, and we’re now ready to begin.
82. “Somewhere Now”
Green Day are all grown up and medicated on Revolution Radio’s opening track. This song would’ve fit in quite nicely with the Broadway musical version of American Idiot.
81. “99 Revolutions”
If the trilogy was condensed to one record containing only 12 songs, this one would definitely be on it.
80. “Nuclear Family”
“Nuclear Family” opens the band’s trilogy records, and Buddy Holly would be proud despite the fact that it references angel’s piss. On a technical note, there’s a guitar solo in this song. Eat your heart out, Eddie Van Halen!
79. “Sassafras Roots”
Here are some words for some fellow music geeks reading: The bassline in this song is just as catchy as the vocal melody, and the half-time end of the choruses really add a welcome layer to the song’s already strong composition. Plus, it’s really cool.
78. “Fire, Ready, Aim”
The standout track from the band’s newest LP, Green Day proved to the world that they can still light a fire under your ass. Are you ready?
77. “At The Library”
The first song from the band’s first album is (drum roll please): No. 77. Take that fact to the stacks.
If this lively and positive song had been released when people were purchasing albums, it would’ve had a much larger effect and, dare we say, caused a revolution on the radio.
After Dookie’s breakout success, Green Day wrote a song for the Gilman Street haters, and it stings. Don’t even try to write a retort.
74. “Emenius Sleepus”
Don’t sleep on this short number with lyrics brought to you by the low end. Dirnt doesn’t make us sick! On a crazy and possibly irrelevant note, this song clocks in at 1 minute and 43 seconds, and 143 is slang for “I love you.”
73. “Christian’s Inferno”
Distorted vocal verses + anarchistic yet vivid lyrics + the outro from hell = Green Day’s The Divine Comedy.
72. “Murder City”
While not an ideal place to raise a family, this song desperately deserves your attention. Listen now so the aforementioned Christian doesn’t cry again.
71. “Walking Alone”
Enjoy the most Warning track on the indescribable Nimrod by yourself at your leisure. Or come together like a foot on a shoe.
I put this song on my girlfriend’s mix CD, and now we’re married with a baby. Thanks, Tré.
69. “Having A Blast”
To me, it’s something: Armstrong’s storytelling ability deserves more recognition, and “Having A Blast” always brings me back to another time.
68. “¡Viva La Gloria!”
This track epitomizes Green Day’s ability to go from a beautiful, softer intro into an explosive, hard-hitting chorus… Few bands do this half as well. Again, Gloria would be stoked.
67. “St. Jimmy”
The fastest song on American Idiot sure made Davey Havok proud!
66. “Hold On”
Try not to smile while listening to this one.
This song’s mindful predecessor gets mentioned later, so don’t get jaded. We bet you don’t even know the lyrics to this song anyway, poser.
64. “Extraordinary Girl”
Perhaps the most universal and relatable song for all genders on American Idiot, “Extraordinary Girl” is a necessary story component to the rock opera that this album is, and it’s fucking extraordinary.
63. “American Eulogy”
“Idiot” and “Eulogy” have the same amount of syllables, but that’s about as much in common that these two American numbers have. This song is a shorter version of “Homecoming” (keep reading this article—you’ll see it later), but it definitely was beat into the hearts of Green Day fanatics.
62. “Pulling Teeth”
Green Day stabbed your mouth with their original version of an Everly Brothers song, and we’re still as afraid as we were in 1994. How is violence so damn catchy?
61. “Bang Bang”
After their trilogy series, Green Day returned to form with a bang bang with the first single off Revolution Radio.
60. “Walking Contradiction”
This begins the segment where we list two Insomniac tracks back to back. Standards set and broken all the time.
59. “The Forgotten”
“Where in the world’s the forgotten?”
58. “Stuck With Me”
Hey, Green Day. If you’re reading this, can you do us a solid and play this song live? It would certainly stick.
57. “21st Century Breakdown”
Clever lyrics. Title track. 21st Century. Break. Down.
56. “Oh Love”
We’ll be honest: We didn’t (oh) love this song when we first heard it. But it eventually grew on us, and now we can listen for hours and hours.
55. “One For The Razorbacks”
We know we’re crazy, but Dirnt’s harmonies shine brighter on this song than few others in Green Day’s catalog. One question for you: Who does No. 2 work for?
54. “Ordinary World”
Fun fact: This song was written for a movie. Fun opinion: It’s a stellar and emotional closing track to Revolution Radio. Listen to it with or without Miranda Lambert.
53. “The Grouch”
If Green Day’s youthful blend of rock turned you off, then perhaps their older sarcastic combo of roll will turn you on. Life’s a bitch.
52. “Last Of The American Girls”
Adrienne’s a lucky lady. She’s the subject of a timeless tune that forever sings her praises.
No one expected Green Day to write a powerful song about the late Amy Winehouse, but no one ever thought Armstrong would have an entire album with Norah Jones. This band keep you guessing, and this song can certainly keep you weeping.
50. “Macy’s Day Parade”
Released just one album later, this somber single managed to out-mellow “Good Riddance.” Satisfaction guaranteed.
49. “Going To Pasalacqua”
We have no idea where it is, but we’d go anywhere Armstrong would tell us to go. This track is definitely the highlight of the band’s debut LP.
48. “King For A Day”
OK, we’ll shout: Horns + Fun + Permanent Live Staple = Royalty.
Anger bleeds into masturbation. It’s all one in the same, anyway.
46. “Brutal Love”
“Brutal Love” is the highest-ranking song from Green Day’s numeric trilogy here. We think the best tracks from the trilogy close each record, but this one opened the third. Brutal.
45. “Still Breathing”
“Still Breathing” is pretty fucking powerful in both a lyrical and melodic sense.
44. “Horseshoes And Handgrenades”
If you ever wanted to hear a combination of Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs and various forms of injectable testosterone, check this banger out. We’re not fucking around!
43. “Blood, Sex And Booze”
The hardest rocker from the band’s softest album was years ahead of Fifty Shades Of Grey. Do you understand us?
42. “Coming Clean”
Green Day wrote one of their most powerful songs just as the band were legally able to drink in the states. Armstrong’s open lyrics truly can and do help many.
41. “Christie Rd.”
This song takes us to that place.
It’s fucking badass that this band fucking closed their fucking major-label debut with a fucking song called “Fuck Off And Die.” Sorry, Karen.
39. “See The Light”
Since this album is so long, it may have taken you a while to see the light in this powerful closing track. It’s worth the fight.
This may be Green Day’s most unappreciated single, but that’s just another sentimental argument made many times before.
37. “Are We The Waiting”
Green Day waited for their first release after Warning to write another song with “Waiting” in its title. Say that five times fast. After you fail, realize that American Idiot is all killer, no filler.
36. “Before The Lobotomy”
Brain surgery has never been catchier. If you take nothing else from this article, please revisit 21st Century Breakdown right now. The brutality of reality made this album (and song) often overlooked.
Warning: Armstrong doesn’t need to talk about the Replacements anymore. This is a public service announcement.
34. “Restless Heart Syndrome”
It’s worth mentioning that this ballad is track No. 13 and clocks in at exactly 4:20.
33. “Geek Stink Breath”
This song is Green Day’s heaviest single from their heaviest album.
32. “When I Come Around”
We’ll never look at a phone booth the same again. FYI: Do those still exist? FYI (part 2): This is easily one of Green Day’s most popular songs.
31. “Last Night On Earth”
“LNOE” proved that GD could write better songs than you (and every band) in any genre that they chose to. GTFO if you disagree.
30. “Nice Guys Finish Last”
Green Day are never running out of gas, and they seem like nice guys. Yup.
29. “East Jesus Nowhere”
American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown could’ve been released as a double album called American Breakdown (you’re sitting on a green-mine, people), and few songs showcase that theory more than 21st CB’s (you’re sitting on a green-acronym, people) rocker “East Jesus Nowhere”. Plus, the crowd sings the fucking chord progression at the band’s shows. The. Chord. Progression.
28. “One Of My Lies”
If Kerplunk! was the band’s first major-label release, then this song may have been its “Basket Case.”
This song just makes us happy. Fuck the haters.
Green Day’s longest song “Homecoming” was the first one that the band wrote for American Idiot, so thanks, Obama. All three band members wrote a separate section of this magnificent musical opera, but Tré’s endearing bit is definitely a highlight.
25. “Brain Stew”
Simplicity at its finest.
24. “Hitchin’ A Ride”
Nothing beats the live version of this sterling track, but the band’s semi-follow-up to rank No. 24 is a powerful and perfect first single for the diverse Nimrod. There will never be a drought at the fountain of youth as long as new listeners discover this song.
23. “The Static Age”
That. Key. Change. Just listen to this song in stereo.
Dirnt wrote the most butchered bassline that we’ve ever heard at Guitar Center. You all owe him a wackload of money. All kidding aside, we’re not kidding.
21. “American Idiot”
2004 and 2020 have more commonalities than you may think.
20. “Worry Rock”
We know every reader was truly worried that we’d forget about the rock, but stop yelling at brick walls. There’s something about the number seven that just gets us, and this Kinks-esque number violently answers the question, “Where do we go from here?” with such sheen.
Who would’ve thought that a “Sieg Heil” reference would make us so happy?
18. “Basket Case”
Green Day’s first hit single not about masturbation took over every middle school and high school in 1994 and still managed to do so every subsequent year since. We have a feeling this will happen forever. It all keeps adding up.
17. “Give Me Novacaine”
Every time we listen to this ballad, we feel a metaphorical long kiss goodnight. We’re so glad that Green Day is always there to tell us that it’s going to be OK.
16. “Armatage Shanks”
Despite Dookie paying for each member of Green Day’s future offspring’s college funds, the band were noticeably angry when their follow-up Insomniac came out. This stellar opening track even lyrically foreshadows the record released two albums later. By the way, what the fuck is an armatage?
15. “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”
This song opens with the word “fuck.” That was cool.
13/14. “Welcome To Paradise”
Dookie’s version ranks higher than Kerplunk!’s by a nose. We can hear you whining.
12. “2000 Light Years Away”
“2000 Light Years Away” is the opening track to the last indie record that Green Day released, and it proved that the band were eventually going to be a household name on every planet.
Before you start a war with us for ranking this Green Day song you likely haven’t heard before so high, let us be the “Peacemaker”: Listen to it now. Do it. We’ve got a fever for a believer.
Even after multiple multi-platinum albums, it’s abundantly clear that Green Day are still in touch with what it is in the pop and musical landscape: A minority pledging allegiance to the underworld.
9. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”
A post-apocalyptic “Wonderwall” for this century, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” may be the catchiest song in Green Day’s catalog. We definitely don’t walk a lonely road alone on that thought.
8. “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
On a personal note, I lost my father in 2007. Superdrag’s “Unprepared” and Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” are the two tracks that I turn to the most when thinking of him. Thank you, Billie Joe Armstrong.
The punkiest song the Beatles never wrote. Warning deserves more love, and “Waiting” is its standout track.
Every song on Dookie (or American Idiot, for that matter) could’ve been a hit single. We’re screaming out loud that this was the fifth and final one from Dookie, but we happily cry on the inside that the band still play “She” regularly live.
5. “21 Guns”
A sort of sequel to “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” that managed to Godfather Part II the fuck out of its legendary predecessor, “21 Guns” may be the band’s most accessible song with distortion.
4. “Jesus Of Suburbia”
Green Day’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I dare another band to write a multi-layered single 1/908th as catchy.
We must confess, if our memories serves us right, “Whatsername” is the best closing track to any album described as punk in any way, shape or form.
It only takes two minutes and seven seconds for Green Day’s listeners to feel forever lapsed in a perfect time.
Nobody likes you if this isn’t your favorite Green Day song.
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