Awesome: Green Day

Awesome Music

  • The underrated Kerplunk features some classics in the Green Day canon: "2000 Light Years Away," "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?" and "80."
  • Most of Dookie. This album is the reason pop-punk became such a hot commodity.
    • "Do you have the time / To listen to me whine / About nothing and everything all aaaaaat once?"
    • In retrospect, the slightly slower "When I Come Around" was the first sign that Green Day were more than just your typical punk revivalist band.
      • As well as "She."
    • "FOD" is much more of an Ear Worm than it ever should be, and this statement applies to both the more gentle first half and the heavy, abrasive second half.
  • Insomniac has "Brain Stew/Jaded." The band tends to play only the former in concert these days, but hearing the two together is still a rush.
    • The first half of "Panic Song" is an instrumental featuring Mike Dirnt furiously playing the bass like he's doing his best Dick Dale impression. It's intense.
  • Reviews are a bit mixed on Nimrod due to so much being packed into the album, but acoustic ballad "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (you know, the Seinfeld song) is an undisputed gem.
    • And "Hitchin' A Ride" and "Nice Guys Finish Last".
      • Especially the climax of the former song where Billie Joe yells "SHHHIIIIIEEEEEET!" and the guitars just pull out all the stops. In the music video, it's accompanied by the stage erupting into sparks. In the live BIAB performance, it's accompanied by pyrotechnics.
    • The ode to dressing in drag, "King For A Day" invites some ska influences, and it's still a live favorite.
    • "The Grouch" is glorious, juvenile fun. "I was a young boy that had big plans / Now I'm just another shitty old man..."
    • "Platypus (I Hate You)", a giant fuck you in the most epic way possible. Especially the bridge. "DICKHEAD, FUCKFACE, COCKSMOKIN, MOTHERFUCKIN ASSHOLE, DIRTY TWAT, WASTE OF SEMEN, I HOPE YOU DIE"
  • ANYTHING off of International Superhits!
  • Warning has "Minority," plus one of their unheralded classics in "Waiting."
  • American Idiot was critically and commercially successful for a reason:
    • The title track. They hadn't sounded that ferocious since Insomniac.
    • "Jesus of Suburbia" proves that they can pull off Epic Rocking while staying true to their punk roots.
      • As does "Homecoming".
    • The Power Ballad megahit "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams."
    • "Letterbomb" is a fan favorite that has become a staple of their live shows.
    • "St. Jimmy". 3 minutes of awesomeness.
    • The first minute of "Extraordinary Girl" is solely composed of extremely groovy tribal bongos.
  • Their impressive cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." Strangely, that song fits 2000s Green Day really well.
  • "Let Yourself Go" from ĦUno!. It eases any doubt that their energetic irreverence from the Dookie days hasn't gone away.
    • "Kill the DJ" from the same album. It's like Green Day trying to make a funky, Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque song, and it is awesome.
  • Twenty First Century Breakdown isn't a slouch either.
    • "Song of the Century". Billie Joe's raw, broken vocal delivery on this song is absolutely immaculate.
    • The title track in all its glory.
    • Before the Lobotomy really can give you a rise.
    • Know Your Enemy in spades, with its epic beat.
    • "Murder City", pure insanity but in such perfection.
  • Their cover of the theme of The Simpsons. I mean, how could you expect it not to be awesome?
  • Their Reading 2013 cover of "Highway to Hell". Billie Joe not only nails the pre-chorus vocals, but the audience sings the chorus.
  • Their Reading 2004 performance blessed us with this amazing cover of "We are the Champions".

Awesome Moments