[[caption-width-right:300:''Nobody likes you/Everyone left you//They're all out without you/Having fun.'']]

->''"Don't wanna be an American Idiot''
->''Don't want a nation under the new media''
->''And can you hear the sound of hysteria?''
->''The subliminal mind fuck America"''
-->--'''[[TitleTrack American Idiot]]'''

''American Idiot'' is the seventh studio album by Music/GreenDay, released in 2004. It is a RockOpera that is essentially responsible for their comeback after their previous three albums choked under the [[ToughActToFollow huge expectations]] that their 1994 smash hit ''Music/{{Dookie}}'' rose, with their most recent release (''Music/{{Warning}}'') reaching all-time lows in commercial sales. The plot is a ComingOfAgeStory, following the AntiHero protagonist, Jesus of Suburbia (JOS), as he matures from a rebellious youth to a [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded adult]].

As a teenager, JOS is cynical of society and dissatisfied with his life as an every-man in his town, desensitised by a steady diet of soda pop and Ritalin ("Jesus of Suburbia"). The song also introduces a rage vs. love theme prevalent throughout the plot.

JOS decides to leave his broken home and seek a new life for himself in the city. Here, JOS meets St. Jimmy, the son of a bitch and Edgar Allan Poe, a [[RebelliousSpirit punk rock freedom fighter]] ("St. Jimmy"). St. Jimmy can be interpreted as an actual person and a bad influence on JOS, introducing him to drugs ("Give Me Novocaine"), or as an [[SplitPersonality alternate personality]] JOS creates for himself, representing blind, self-destructive rebellion.

JOS is also introduced to Whatsername ("She's A Rebel") and they begin a romantic relationship. JOS is attracted to Whatsername's [[BrokenBird rebellious, troubled nature]]. However, because of the combined influence of St. Jimmy and JOS's drug addiction, Whatsername leaves JOS ("Letterbomb"). St. Jimmy commits suicide and JOS leaves the punk scene ("Homecoming"). Eventually he conforms to a normal life and forgets Whatsername, only remembering her face ("Whatsername").

The album won several awards, with the most notable ones being two {{Grammy Award}}s for Best Rock Album and Record of the Year ("Boulevard of Broken Dreams"). It also received five more nominations including for Album of the Year.

Starting in 2009, ''Idiot'' received its own ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGkclalr4fU Broadway musical]]'' that won '''two''' 2010 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design, and was even up for the Best Musical award as well. On top of that, it won the 2011 UsefulNotes/GrammyAward for Best Musical Show Album. In turn, a documentary depicting the album's journey to Broadway was released in 2013 under the name ''Broadway Idiot'', premiering at SXSW 2013 and later going into select theatres as well as to VOD. The movie received mixed reviews.

[[http://screenrant.com/green-day-american-idiot-movie-sandy-110665/ A movie is apparently being planned, too.]]

Also provided the basis for the mash-up album ''American Edit'' by "Dean Gray", which remixes tracks from the album with an extremely diverse range of other songs, ranging from Music/BryanAdams and Music/TheOffspring to Music/TheBeatles, the Bangles, Music/{{Queen}} and the ''Series/DoctorWho'' theme. It's surprisingly good and expands on the plot of the album. The band's label objected to the mash-up, but Billie Joe Armstrong supposedly heard it and approved.

''American Idiot'' was listed at no. 225 in ''Magazine/RollingStone'''s [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums of All Time]], and its TitleTrack was listed at no. 432 on the magazine's "500 greatest songs" list.

!! Tracklist:

# "American Idiot"
# "Jesus Of Suburbia" [[note]]I. "Jesus Of Suburbia" II. "City Of The Damned" III. "I Don't Care" IV. "Dearly Beloved" V. "Tales Of Another Broken Home"[[/note]]
# "Holiday"
# "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"
# "Are We The Waiting?"
# "St. Jimmy"
# "Give Me Novacaine"
# "She's A Rebel"
# "Extraordinary Girl"
# "Letterbomb"
# "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
# "Homecoming" [[note]]I. "The Death Of St. Jimmy" II. "East 12th St." III. "Nobody Likes You" IV. "Rock And Roll Girlfriend" V. "We're Coming Home Again"[[/note]]
# "Whatsername"

!! Bonus Track (Japanese Release):

# "Favorite Son"

!! Bonus Tracks (iTunes Deluxe Edition):

# "Too Much Too Soon"
# "Shoplifter"
# "Governator"
# "Jesus Of Suburbia (Music Video)"

!!Principal Members:

* Billie Joe Armstrong - lead vocals, guitar
* Tré Cool - drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals
* Mike Dirnt - bass, backing and lead vocals

!! Boulevard of Broken Tropes:

%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ActionGirlfriend
* AdaptationExpansion: The musical adds onto the JOS plot with stories of his two best friends. There's Will, who wants to leave but has to stay home with his pregnant girlfriend, and Tunny, who initially goes to the city with JOS but then ends up joining the army.
** The musical also has many songs from the successor ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown''.
* AllThereInTheManual: A special hardcover-book edition of ''American Idiot'' contains journal entries not featured as lyrics; these served as the dialogue for the musical.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * AntiHero: According to WordOfGod, JOS.
* ArcWords: Inevitable, given the storytelling aspect of the album, but a few stand out, especially in "Homecoming".
** Part 2 bears resemblance to the 'I Don't Care' part of "Jesus of Suburbia", acting a bit like BookEnds as JOS returns home.
** Also, Whatsername's 'Nobody likes you' taunt shows up quite a bit, possibly to imply thoughts going around JOS/ Jimmy's head during the song.
** 'Rage and Love'. Originally used by JOS himself (referring to his upbringing) while introducing himself to the audience in "Jesus of Suburbia", he also mentions that it's the 'story of my life' in "Are We the Waiting", and he has the words (rephrased as 'your father's rage and your mother's love') spat back in his face as part of Whatsername's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech during "Letterbomb".
* BangFlagGun: Used in the musical version during [[spoiler:St. Jimmy's suicide.]]
* BittersweetEnding: Both the album itself, and the musical.
** The album: [[spoiler: JOS eventually overcomes Jimmy's destructive influences and ultimately moves on with his life. However, Whatsername leaves him and disappears without a trace, which still haunts him long after the events of the album, and everything JOS tried to accomplish during his time in the city ultimately ended in failure, leaving him more or less where he started.]]
** The musical: [[spoiler: Tunny loses his leg in the war but falls in love with the Extraordinary Girl. Johnny and Will have lost the women they love but are finally getting their acts together, have their friends back, and Heather is letting Will see his baby again.]]
* {{BookEnds}}:
** The riff used in "St. Jimmy" makes a return in [[spoiler:"The Death of St. Jimmy".]]
** The drums in the intro to "Rock 'n Roll Girlfriend" from Homecoming are the same ones as in American Idiot.
** Whatsername's little song from the intro to "Letterbomb" is extended in "Nobody Likes You" from Homecoming.
* BreakUpBonfire: Mentioned in "Whatsername".
* BreakupSong: "Letterbomb", which plays when Whatsername gets fed up with her and St. Jimmy/JOS's punk life and tells him that there's no point to living like this.
* CerebusSyndrome: Who knew the punks from "Basket Case" and "Longview" were so serious!
* ComingOfAgeStory: For JOS.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Deconstructed, as Jimmy is just nothing more than a slacker who accomplishes nothing who decides to rebel against society and still accomplishes nothing.
* CoverDrop: "She's a Rebel" ("She's a symbol of resistance, and she's holding on my heart like a hand grenade").
* CreatorCameo: Billie Joe occasionally played St. Jimmy in the musical during its original run.
** In the "Jesus of Suburbia" video, [[ShamelessSelfPromoter JOS watches Green Day on TV.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: "Are We the Waiting" for JOS, as he starts going into SanitySlippage and questioning who he is.
-->''The Jesus of Suburbia is a lie''
* DidNotGetTheGirl: "Whatsername". In the musical, this applies not only to Johnny, [[spoiler: but to Will as well, although Heather is at least letting him be a part of his daughter's life]].
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable * DoubleConsciousness: Depending on interpretation.
* DownerEnding: The video for "Wake Me Up When September Ends". [[spoiler:The boyfriend enlists in the army, going against his vow of never leaving his girlfriend, and dies in war.]]
* DreamSequence: "Extraordinary Girl" in the musical.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:St. Jimmy]] in "Homecoming".
* EpicRocking: The two multipart tracks, "Homecoming" and "Jesus of Suburbia", are over 9 minutes long containing several movements.
** "Homecoming" actually started as the opposite: a few MinisculeRocking tracks which were then stitched together.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Each IAmSong (see below) on the album is dedicated to this.
** The music video features a scene of Jimmy and his mom sitting in their living room.
--->'''Mom:''' "What's the matter with you?"
--->'''Jimmy:''' "... Your face."
* FadingIntoTheNextSong:
** "Holiday" fades into "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (the music videos also follow this, since the former ends where the latter begins).
** "Are We the Waiting" --> "St. Jimmy"
*** The musical turns this into a chain: "Favorite Son" --> "Are We the Waiting" --> "St. Jimmy"
** "Give Me Novocaine" --> "She's A Rebel"
** The static at the end of "Extraordinary Girl" transitions into "Letterbomb".
** The musical added a lot more of these, since it has a more clearly flowing story.
*** "She's A Rebel/Last Of The American Girls" --> "Last Night On Earth"
*** "Before The Lobotomy" --> "Extraordinary Girl" --> "Before The Lobotomy (Reprise)"
*** "21 Guns" --> "Letterbomb"
* FormerTeenRebel: JOS in "Homecoming"
* FreudianTrio: Jimmy is the ID, JOS is the ego, and "Whatsername" is the superego (considering that she's the only one who ever calls JOS out).
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the Punk movement as a whole. JOS becomes a self-absorbed, self-destructive rebel without a cause who ultimately accomplishes nothing and according to "Letterbomb" is the real American Idiot. This creates the interesting social commentary in that rather than (just) turning people into mindless drones, the alienation and paranoia of modern American society creates self-destructive rebellion.
* GrowingUpSucks: JOS' life is not easy.
* IAmSong: This album has several tracks devoted to {{Establishing Character Moment}}s. JOS has "Jesus of Suburbia" (doubles as an IWantSong), St. Jimmy has "[[CaptainObvious St. Jimmy]]", and Whatsername has "She's a Rebel", which has her being described from JOS's perspective.
* ItIsDehumanizing: A California Congressman who rants towards the end of "Holiday" makes a point of mocking President Bush's hawkish stance on Iraq by sarcastically insulting the masculinity of anyone who's a dove and using "that" instead of "who" when referring to them.
--> ''Kill all the "fags" that don't agree!''
* JukeboxMusical: The musical is an odd variant, given that it was based on a RockOpera to begin with.
* LoopedLyrics: The chorus of "Are We the Waiting", as well as the "Nobody Likes You" section of "Homecoming".
* LoudnessWar: Pretty badly. Even the ballads like "Wake Me Up When September Ends" are clipped.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable * LovesMyAlterEgo: Depending on interpretation.
* LyricalDissonance: The first segment of "Homecoming" picks up the guitar riffs of "St. Jimmy", which generally still sounds pretty energetic, even when slowed down. [[spoiler:Quite ironic when the lyrics describe how St. Jimmy "blew his brains out into the bay".]]
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: "American Idiot" and "Holiday" are critical of the United States' politics, especially referring to the 2003 war in Iraq.
* NewSoundAlbum: Not only does it have the grandest sound of any of their albums up to that time, but it differed greatly from the LighterAndSofter near-pop rock of their previous album ''Music/{{Warning}}''.
* NoNameGiven: Whatsername. Come the end of the album, JOS has repressed her real name. The album booklet has her name scribbled over or a little note saying "Whatsername" taped over it. [[spoiler:You can vaguely make out that her name ends with the letter "A".]]
* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: PlayedForLaughs in the musical when the visibly pregnant Heather drinks Will's beer during "Give Me Novacaine".
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Not out of character, but out of concept: "Wake Me Up When September Ends" has nothing to do with the plot, but is about Billie Joe Armstrong coping with the loss of his father who died when he was only a child.
* ProtestSong: "American Idiot" and "Holiday" both heavily criticize the state of America under the Bush administration.
** Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, "American Idiot" made it back into the charts.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Letterbomb" as a whole, which is directed by Whatsername towards St. Jimmy. The intro (later quoted in "Homecoming") is [[LyricalDissonance set to a cheery,]] [[IronicNurseryTune nursery rhyme-like tune]].
--> ''Nobody likes you''
--> ''Everyone left you''
--> ''They're all out without you''
--> ''Having fun.''
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Certain songs and themes were inspired by the band's growing dissatisfaction with the UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush administration and their politics regarding the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
* RebelliousSpirit: The protagonist is a rebel without a cause.
* RedOniBlueOni: St. Jimmy and JOS. "St. Jimmy" sorta references this near the end.
-->''It's comedy / and tragedy''
* RockOperaPlot
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: The music video for ''Jesus of Suburbia''.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** "Give Me Novacaine" and "[[RockstarSong IV. Rock and Roll Girlfriend]]" are self-explanatory.
* SmallTownBoredom: The plot of "Jesus of Suburbia", where JOS gets [[HatedHometown bored of his suburban lifestyle]] and runs to the city.
* SoreLoser: In the different booklet to the limited edition vinyl re-release of the album, the lyrics to "Letterbomb" were followed by typical St. Jimmy style [[CapsLock all capital letters]]:
* StealthPun: "Homecoming" is about JOS coming home, not a school homecoming.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt sing the parts of "Homecoming" they wrote ("Rock 'n Roll Girlfriend" and "Nobody Likes You", respectively).
* SubduedSection: The "Dearly Beloved" section of "Jesus of Suburbia", "Nobody Likes You" in "Homecoming".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Wake Me Up When September Ends". While it's not necessarily a ''quiet'' song, it's still the gentlest and most emotive song on the album, due to it being a song about Billie Joe's late father.
** When "Homecoming" starts with just an electric guitar and a voice singing a bittersweet song through what sounds like a telephone, you know the mood is about to change.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "American Idiot", "St. Jimmy," "She's A Rebel," and are on par with previous Green Day songs.
* TroubledButCute: Johnny, writing to Will about Whatsername: "She knows I'm full of shit but at least she thinks I'm cute."
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** Everyone.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * WanderlustSong: The last section of Jesus of Suburbia.
* VillainSong:
** "St. Jimmy" serves as the introduction to... well, St. Jimmy, who serves as the antagonist of the story, tempting JOS to engage in destructive behavior.
** "Know Your Enemy" from the stage version as well, which culminates in St. Jimmy encouraging Johnny to kill Whatsername when she tries to stop him from doing drugs.
* WarIsHell: The video to "Wake Me Up When September Ends", which is about a soldier sent off to Iraq. In the end the girlfriend cries in despair over the news.
* WhamLine: One of the final verses in "Letterbomb":
--> You're not the Jesus of Suburbia
--> The St. Jimmy is a figment of
--> Your father's rage and your mother's love
--> [[NotSoDifferent Made me the idiot America!]]
** This verse from "Homecoming":
-->Jimmy died today
-->He blew his brains out into the bay
-->In the state of mind
-->It's my own private suicide
* WhyCantIHateYou: Hinted at in "Nobody Likes You".
--> Everyone left you
--> Nobody likes you
--> They're all out without you
--> Having fun
--> [[DidYouThinkICantFeel (Where'd you go?)]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Whatsername points this out in "Letterbomb", but the entire album deals with this. Jimmy is a lazy, hypocritical rebel without a cause, and at the end of the day, he returns home having achieved nothing. He is really just another ''American Idiot''.
--> Where have all the riots gone?
--> As the city's motto gets pulverized?
--> What's in love is now in debt
--> On your birth certificate
--> So strike the fucking match to light this fuse!
* YouWontFeelAThing: "Give Me Novacaine":
--> ''Tell me, Jimmy, I won't feel a thing...''