In California in 1987, fifteen year olds Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt created a band named Sweet Children. Little did they know the success that awaited them as Green Day, one of the forefathers of pop-punk.
Their first album, ’39/Smooth’ was released in 1990 but it was their second and third albums, ‘Kerplunk’ and ‘Dookie’ that would cause Green Day to burst into the public consciousness. Even they were dwarfed, in terms of success, by 2004’s ‘American Idiot’ album, where the band broke the pop charts globally. Armstrong even penned an award winning Broadway musical based on the ‘American Idiot’ album.
It is the ability to evolve and reinvent that has kept Green Day so successful for so long. A band that started up filled with teen angst and influenced by the likes of Operation Ivy, Hüsker Dü and The Who have sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide on their way to becoming an influence for a generation of bands that followed.
With 20 years passed since ‘Dookie’ and 10 years since ‘American Idiot’ we decided to take a look back at the iconic band. With Green Day going strong for 27 years and counting, we decided to chart the 27 best Green Day songs.
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