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[[caption-width-right:350:L-R: Tré Cool, Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt; Not Pictured: [[SixthRanger Jason White]]]]
[floatboxright:Influences:
+ Music/SexPistols, Music/TheClash, Music/TheRamones, Music/TheWho, Music/HuskerDu, Music/TheReplacements, Music/CheapTrick, Music/TheKinks]

->''"Do you have the time''
->''To listen to me whine''
->''About nothing and everything all at once?"''
-->--'''Basket Case'''

Green Day is a PopPunk / AlternativeRock band from the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area]] (Oakland, to be precise). Around 1987, Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar) and Mike Dirnt (bass) formed the band Sweet Children; in 1988, John Kiffmeyer joined as the drummer. Before releasing their first LP, the band changed its name to Green Day, supposedly as an inside joke about marijuana. In 1990, Kiffmeyer left the band to attend college and Tre Cool joined in his place, completing the Green Day we know today. In 1999 Green Day gained backup guitarist Jason White, who became an official member of the band in 2012.

Green Day reached its peak of popularity with the ''Dookie'' album. Although ''Insomniac'' and ''Nimrod'' also got a favorable reception, the band began losing popularity after 1997. But in 2004, Green Day made a comeback with the rock opera ''Music/AmericanIdiot''. The album is very anti-establishment in tone and [[{{Anvilicious}} frequently criticizes President Bush]], as the Iraq War was going on at the time. ''American Idiot'' marked a complete departure from their earlier pop/punk style and [[BrokenBase alienated a portion of their fanbase]], although it also won over new fans. ''American Idiot'' also received controversy for being "Anti-American". Interestingly, the album was very popular in Europe.

Green Day cites influence from punk bands such as the Music/SexPistols, Music/TheRamones, and Music/TheClash. However, since the release of ''American Idiot'', many have accused Green Day of [[ItsPopularNowItSucks selling out]] and adopting a [[HypeBacklash more mainstream rock image]].

The band have [[LicensedGame their own]] RockBand game treatment, released June 2010.

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[floatboxright:
Related Bands
+ The Boo (Billie Joe, Adrienne, Jakob)
+ Foxboro Hot Tubs (Billie Joe, Mike, Tre)
+ The Frustrators (Mike)
+ The Network (Billie Joe, Mike, Tre, and a few others, all under fake stage names)
+ Pinhead Gunpowder (Billie Joe, Jason White, Aaron Cometbus)
]
'''Notable Albums:'''
* ''39/Smooth'' (1990)
** ''1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours'' (1991), which adds the ''1000 Hours'' and ''Slappy'' [=EPs=] to the end of ''39/Smooth''. The original ''39/Smooth'' is no longer in print because its been replaced completely by this longer and more popular release
** "Going to Pasalacqua" (They still play this one live)
* ''Kerplunk'' (1992)
** "2000 Light Years Away" (Will sometimes get played on Alt Rock stations [Seattle's 107.7 The End for example] on the radio if requested)
* ''Dookie'' (1994)
** "Basket Case"
** "Longview"
** "When I Come Around"
** "She"
** "Welcome To Paradise"
* ''Insomniac'' (1995)
** "Brain Stew/Jaded"
** "Stuck with Me"
** "Geek Stink Breath"
** "Walking Contradiction"
* ''Nimrod'' (1997)
** "Hitchin' a Ride"
** "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
** "Redundant"
** "Nice Guys Finish Last"
* ''Warning'' (2000)
** "Minority"
** "Warning"
** "Waiting"
** "Macy's Day Parade"
* ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' (2004)
** "American Idiot"
** "Jesus of Suburbia"
** "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
** "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
** "Holiday"
* ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'' (2009)
** "Know Your Enemy"
** "21 Guns"
** "East Jesus Nowhere"
** "21st Century Breakdown"
** "Last of the American Girls"
* ''¡Uno!'' (2012)
** "Oh Love"
** "Kill the [=DJ=]"
** "Let Yourself Go"
** "Nuclear Family"
** "Stay the Night"
** "Troublemaker"
* ''¡Dos!'' (2012)
** "Stray Heart"
* ''¡Tre!'' (2012)
** "X-Kid"
'''Other:'''
* "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" (1995): non-album single which was a number-one Billboard Modern Rock hit
* ''Skull Ring'' (2003): Collaboration with Iggy Pop
** "Private Hell"
** "Supermarket"
* "I Fought the Law" (2004): Bobby Fuller Four cover
* "The Saints Are Coming" (2006): Skids cover with Music/{{U2}}
* "Working Class Hero" (2008): cover of the [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon]] song
* "The Forgotten" (2012): official theme for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

!!(For Music/AmericanIdiot and Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown tropes, go to their respective pages)
!!Green Day's music includes examples of:

* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: From "Basket Case," "I am one of those/me-LO-dramatic fools."
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Tre Cool. Snorts donut sprinkles. Smokes lettuce. Is the only person to climb the Universal Tower without getting into trouble. [[TooMuchInformation Allegedly can suck his own.]]
* ArcWords: In Uno, Dos, and Tre: "When the Red Lights Flash"
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Almost literally with Tré Cool, meaning "very cool" in French. His real name, Frank Edwin Wright III, is also impressive.
* UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}}: "Dominated Love Slave" and "Blood, Sex and Booze". The latter, too, is from the slave's point of view.
** "Pulling Teeth" may also be about this - or plain old physical abuse.
*** Funny story, Mike Dirnt (bassist) wrote this song in sarcasm about a pillow fight he had with his girlfriend. The band thought it was funny so they recorded it and put it on the album.
* BiTheWay: Billie Joe and Tre are openly bi.
* {{Bishonen}}: Admit it, Billie Joe and Tre' are pretty freaking sexy and fit this pretty well.
* ButtMonkey: The entire band in the opening of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''. A single line about the environment into a three-and-a-half-hour ''free concert'' and [[CrapsackWorld the crowd immediately folds on them]]. What a bunch of ingrates.
** Hey, this ''is'' Springfield we're talking about. At least 90% of the populace there is made up of inconsiderate morons and/or jerks.
** Not to mention that they get killed off by sinking into the toxic waters of Lake Springfield a few seconds later.
* ClusterFBomb: A lot. Every album they made has at least one F-bomb. Their first two albums kept it clean with only one F-bomb in ''39/Smooth'' and ''Kerplunk'' (bear in mind that the F-Bombs are in the cover songs and the one from ''Kerplunk'' was sampled from ''Film/BlueVelvet''), but once they got into ''Dookie'', they became profanity magnets, with six S-Bombs and six F-Bombs.
** ''Insomniac'' had thirteen F-Bombs and eight S-Bombs.
** ''Nimrod'' had 16 f-bombs and seven S-Bombs, including this gem.
-->"Platypus (I Hate You)": "DICKHEAD, FUCKFACE, COCKSMOKING, MOTHERFUCKING ASSHOLE, DIRTY TWAT, WASTE OF SEMEN, I HOPE YOU DIE-- HEY!"
** Also "The Grouch", which curses sixteen times in it alone.
*** Warning was Green Day's cleanest mainstream release, with only two F-Bombs in "Minority" (even then one was a repetition of the other: "a free-for-all, fuck 'em all...").
*** ''AmericanIdiot'' has seventeen profanities in it, while ''21st Century Breakdown'' has ten profanities, including the only use of the word n*gger in it.
*** ''Uno!'' seems back to the dirty mouth of before ("shoot the fucking DJ... voices in my head are saying, 'shoot that fucker down!'")
*** ''Dos!'' amps up the profanity dial even more than ''Uno!''; ''Tre!'' scales it back an extensive amount, but an F-bomb still appears here and there.
** Billie Joe likes to swear in concerts as well ("And don't fucking wear it out!"), specially if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9zogQOmQVM&feature=player_embedded the organization screws the band and cuts their concert short.]]
*** The rant is made all the more memorable for the fact that Billie Joe says "fuck" and its variants 21 times, rips on JustinBieber, and smashes his guitar repeatedly into the ground until it breaks apart. Interestingly enough, he checked into rehab the following day to be treated for "Substance Abuse".
* {{Crossdresser}}: "King For A Day".
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The ''Dookie'' HiddenTrack "All By Myself."
** The infamous "Longview" (which talks about apathy in general) isn't even remotely subtle about it, combining a reference to "going blind" ("but it's just a myth") with the explicit "when masturbation's lost its fun, you're fucking breaking."
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Insomniac'' compared to ''Dookie''.
* DramaQueen: ''¡Tre!'' has a track of this name about one.
* EpicRocking: Didn't really delve into it much before ''American Idiot'', but ''Warning'' has the 5-minute-long "Misery"
** After American Idiot, however, oh boy. "Jesus of Suburbia" is just over nine minutes, "Homecoming" is just under ten, "21st Century Breakdown" is just under 7, "American Eulogy" is just over six, and "Dirty Rotten Bastards" is just under seven.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Many, most notably "Brain Stew/Jaded" and "Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams".
** The entire 21st Century Breakdown album, save for the final songs in each "act".
* {{Fanservice}}: Billie Joe likes to lift up his shirt a lot.
** And the opposite direction with his pants as well.
** There's also the lingerie-clad harem in the "Oh Love" video.
* FilkSong: "Who Wrote [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Holden Caulfield]]?"
* FourMoreMeasures: "Good Riddance". It's not helped by the two false starts.
* GenreThrowback: Their 2012 album, "¡Uno!," could be considered this, as the entirety of the album strongly resembles the sounds found in their 1994 release, "Dookie."
** Their are also songs that sound a bit like they could be from "Nimrod" (1997) or "Warning" (2000.)
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''International Superhits!''
* GriefSong: "Ha Ha You're Dead" is a subversion for obvious reasons.
** "Amy" plays this trope straight, as it was written as a tribute to AmyWinehouse
* {{Guyliner}}: Billie Joe adopted it since ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' came out (part of why some label them as {{Emo}}).
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Billie Joe and Mike (despite Billie Joe not being straight)
* IconicOutfit: Billie Joe's black polo shirt, red tie, and {{Guyliner}}, which he wore on the ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' tour. He has since stopped wearing the tie and shirt regularly, but it still remains his most iconic appearance.
* IndecipherableLyrics: When they performed [[DrugsAreBad "Geek Stink Breath"]] on ''SaturdayNightLive'', they [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got away with saying "Shit"]] because [[TheUnintelligible nobody understood what Billie Joe was saying]]
* TheInsomniac: Bilie Joe has confessed being this. During the time where his sleep was even worse, due to his son crying, he made the album ''Insomniac''.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Last Ride In" from ''Nimrod'' and "Espionage" from the ''AustinPowers: The Spy Who Shagged Me'' soundtrack (and which also made the cut for ''Shenanigans'').
* IntercourseWithYou: "Fuck Time" from ''¡Dos!''.
** As well as "Stay The Night" from ¡Uno!
->"Well, I ain't got much time so I'll get to the point
->"Do you wanna share a ride and get the fuck out of this joint?"
->"I've got an impulse so repulsive that it burns"
->"I wanna break your heart until it makes your stomach turn"
** Done with a twist with the songs "Dominated Love Slave," "Blood, Sex, and Booze," and, "Like a Rat Does Cheese."
* IsntItIronic: [[BreakupSong "Good Riddance"]] is frequently subjected to this due to its mellow tone and the "time of your life" chorus.
* LicensedGame: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Green Day]]: RockBand''.
* LoudnessWar: Unfortunately, the recent stuff is pretty badly clipped.
* LyricalDissonance: The happy songs usually have some dark themes.
** "Basket Case" is a up-tempo and fun SanitySlippageSong. "Good Riddance", which many people think of as a ballad, is actually a BreakupSong, wishing your lover to leave forever and never come back.
* MetalScream: Billie Joe has used this on several songs. The best example is the chorus of "Take Back", which is nothing but this. He starts the bridge in "Letterbomb" with one. He also screams the last "G-L-O-R-I-A" in "Horseshoes and Handgrenades".
* MoodWhiplash: ''Nimrod'' has both "Platypus (I Hate You)" which is probably the dirtiest Green Day song ever, played right after the relatively mellow "Worry Rock" and "Take Back", a punk-metal anger song, which is followed by the deliriously happy-sounding "King for a Day."
** This trope runs rampant throughout the Uno! Dos! Tre! trilogy. "Lady Cobra" being followed by "Nightlife", being followed by "Wow! That's Loud"; "Angel Blue" being followed by "Sweet 16"; "Brutal Love" being followed by "Missing You", and "Drama Queen" being followed by "X-Kid". The list goes on.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Varies wildly, but probably averaging around 5 or 6. Sometimes going up to 7 or 8 with songs like "Take Back" or "Platypus (I Hate You)" and dropping down to 1 or 2 with songs like "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" or "Macy's Day Parade."
* MurderBallad: "Having a Blast" from ''Dookie''.
* NervousWreck: "Basket Case" is from the point of view of an extremely neurotic person.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Warning'' was much more upbeat and poppy than their previous albums, especially when compared to ''Insomniac''.
** Many of their albums can be considered this. ''Insomniac'' is much darker (both lyrically and musically) than ''Dookie'' or ''Kerplunk''. ''Nimrod'' is much [[GenreRoulette more experimental]] than anything they'd previously recorded, with a SurfRock {{instrumental|s}} ("Last Ride In"), an [[UnpluggedVersion Unplugged Song]] ("Good Riddance"), a {{Ska}} tune about [[{{Crossdresser}} transvestism]] ("King for a Day"), and the ClusterFBomb HardcorePunk of "Platypus (I Hate You)".
** By this time, we shouldn't even need to mention ''American Idiot''.
* NWordPrivileges: Somewhat; Billie Joe Armstrong is bisexual, not gay, but in "American Idiot", he proudly proclaims, "Well maybe I'm the faggot, America!"
** Lest we not forget the only usage of "n*gger" in the entire band's discography in "American Eulogy". No one seems to bat an eye at that, though. Possibly because that's one of the many songs in which Billie Joe is [[IndecipherableLyrics very hard to understand]]. The exact line being, "Because the martyr was a compulsive liar when he said 'It's just a bunch of n*ggers throwing gas into the hysteria.'"
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Blood, Sex, and Booze" from ''Warning'' and "Dominated Love Slave" from ''Kerplunk''
* OlderThanTheyLook: All four members of the band are in their early forties, but you'd never be able to tell. Billie Joe looks around 20-21, [[http://thefilmstage.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/billie-joe-armstrong-green-day.jpg if this photo taken in 2011 has any indication.]]
* TheOner: The Music Videos for "Redundant" and "Macy's Day Parde".
* OncePerEpisode: See HoYay. Billie Joe kisses a dude every concert.
* OneWomanSong: "Haushinka" and "Maria". "Ashley" and "Amy," both from ''¡Dos!'' and "Amanda" from ''¡Tré!'' "¡Viva la Gloria!" and ¿Viva la Gloria? [Little Girl]," although from a third person point of view.
* {{Plagiarism}}: Green Day's, "American Idiot," released in 2004, rips off a band called Dillinger Four, "Doublewhiskeycokenoise," released in 1998, '''[[SubvertedTrope BUT]]''' Green Day released a song called, "Walking Contradiction," released in 1995, which has the exact same chord progression as, "Doublewhiskeycokenoise." So, therefore Green Day ripped off Dillinger Four who ripped off [[SelfPlagiarism Green Day]].
* PopPunk: Green Day are far from the {{Trope Maker}}s, but they're definitely {{Trope Codifier}}s. Pop hooks had always been a small part of the sound of PunkRock, dating back to early punk bands like Music/TheRamones, Music/{{Buzzcocks}} and The Dickies. But Green Day, proud punk revivalists, were as poppy as punk gets, and their knack for [[EarWorm addictive]], accessible singles proved such a huge mainstream success that a ton of pop punk bands wound up [[FollowTheLeader following them up the charts]], like Music/{{Blink 182}}, Music/{{Sum 41}} and Music/GoodCharlotte.
** Speaking of which, Green Day also gave PopPunk its reputation for sophomoric humor, and generally being played by and for juvenile delinquents. In the 90s, they were big douchebags and proud of it, exemplified by their infamous mud fight with the audience at ''Woodstock 1994,'' and the VulgarHumor of songs like "The Grouch." (Heck, the protagonist of "Longview" was an apathetic slob that sits around [[ADateWithRosiePalms playing with his junk all day]].) That kind of loutish behavior was celebrated in the subgenre, particularly by Sum 41, until Green Day got older and phased it out in the 2000s. Soon after, Music/FallOutBoy and their brethren changed the game by adopting more of a DeadpanSnarker attitude.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In spades. "F.O.D. (Fuck Off and Die,)" "Platypus (I Hate You,)" "Take Back," "Jackass," "Too Much Too Soon," "Ha Ha You're Dead," and "Scumbag," just to name a few.
* RockTrio: Though in 2012 it was expanded to a quartet with Jason White (touring member since ''Warning'') being promoted to official member.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Havin' A Blast" seems like this, but I'm not sure if it counts since by this point he's already snapped...
** How could you forget "Basket Case"?
** "Brain Stew" is explicitly about this, caused by [[InsomniaEpisode insomnia]].
---> My mind is set on overdrive\\
The clock is laughing in my face\\
A crooked spine\\
My senses dulled\\
Past the point of delirium
** "Lazy Bones" from ''Dos!'' could be seen as this.
* SiameseTwinSongs:
** "Brain Stew" and "Jaded" from ''Insomniac''.
** "Jinx" and "Haushinka" from ''Nimrod''.
* StylisticSuck: Any song with Tré Cool [[StepUpToTheMicrophone on lead vocals]]. Though for some reason they wind up as SoBadItsGood (case in point, "Dominated Love Slave" with its country guitar riff)
* StageNames: Averted with the singer (his name ''is'' Billie Joe), played straight with the other two. Mike's real name is Michael Pritchard (he got the name "Dirnt" from saying "dirnt, dirnt, dirnt" while playing air bass as a kid), Tré's is Frank Edwin Wright III.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Mike and Tré at times sing. Mostly PlayedForLaughs.
* SubduedSection: "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and "Macy's Day Parade" for ''Nimrod'' and ''Warning'', respectively.
** Also their cover of TheKinks' "Tired of Waiting for You" in ''Shenanigans''.
* SubliminalSeduction: "East Jesus Nowhere" contains a reversed whisper saying "don't test me."
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)", "Macy's Day Parade" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
* TakeThat:
** "Jackass" is this in spades. It was never confirmed on who the song was ripping on, but the general consensus is that it's about Music/{{Blink 182}}, despite the fact that both bands have toured together.
** Also in the aforementoned screw over.
--->'''Billie Joe:''' Let me fuckin' tell you something. Let me tell you something: I've been around since fuckin' nineteen eighty-fuckin'-eight And you're gonna give me one fuckin' minute?! You gotta be fuckin' kiddin' me! You're fuckin' kiddin' me! What the fuck?! I'm not fuckin' Music/JustinBieber, you motherfuckers!
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Take Back"
* ThoseTwoGuys: WordOfGod confirms Billie Joe and Mike were this when they were younger. Tre claims they had a [[Music/TheBeatles "Paul and John"]] vibe going that made it hard for him to blend in at first.
* UnpluggedVersion: "Good Riddance" and most of ''Warning''. Some songs of ''American Idiot'' and ''21st Century Breakdown'' are unplugged for most of their duration.
* ViewersAreMorons: Why Mike claims the band will never officially release Tre's song "DUI."
* VerbalTic: "Y'know?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXSJ5t9c-Ek Yes, we know, Billie Joe.]]
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