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[[caption-width-right:350:The classic line-up of Green Day. From left to right: Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool.]]

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

[floatboxright:Influences:
+ Music/TheBuzzcocks, Music/CheapTrick, Music/TheClash, Music/DeadKennedys, Music/{{Descendents}}, Music/HuskerDu, Music/TheKinks, Music/OperationIvy, Music/TheRamones, Music/TheReplacements, Music/SexPistols, Music/TheWho]

'''Green Day''' is an American PopPunk[=/=]AlternativeRock band from the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area]] (Oakland, to be precise). Around 1987, Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals/guitar) and Mike Dirnt (bass) formed the band Sweet Children; in 1988, John Kiffmeyer (Al Sobrante) joined as the drummer.

Before releasing their first LP - 1990's ''39/Smooth'', 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 Tré 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 and its first breakout success with 1994's ''Music/{{Dookie}}'', which is still seen as one of the most seminal albums of its time for its lasting impact on punk rock, allowing it to finally hit the mainstream. It's seen by many as their MagnumOpus and remains as their highest-selling album. [[ToughActToFollow And you know what that means...]]

Their next three releases, which were 1995's ''Music/{{Insomniac}}'' (which adopted a DarkerAndEdgier tone), 1997's ''Music/{{Nimrod}}'' (which was a much more [[GenreRoulette unique]]-sounding album), and 2000's ''Music/{{Warning}}'' (which was notably LighterAndSofter), all failed to reach the giant figures of ''Dookie'', although they were still appreciated by critics. It was thrown up in the air if Green Day could ever make an album that would be as good as or even better than ''Dookie'', and their popularity and relevance started waning...

...until 2004, when Green Day made a comeback with the rock opera ''Music/AmericanIdiot''. (Actually, they were recording another album in 2003 named ''Cigarettes and Valentines'', [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but the master tracks got stolen.]]) The album is very anti-establishment in tone and [[{{Anvilicious}} frequently criticises 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 and is recognized alongside ''Dookie'' as a MagnumOpus. ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' also received controversy for being "Anti-American," despite only a few songs having any sort of political message. Interestingly, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the album was very popular in Europe]].

Since ''Music/AmericanIdiot'', the band has come out with a second rock opera, 2009's ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'', that continues to build upon the political overtones and near-satire of ''Idiot'' despite having a dissimilar story and narrative. In 2012, the band released a trilogy of albums called ''¡Uno!'', ''¡Dos!'', and ''¡Tré!''. There's also a 1.5-hour-long documentary showing the making of the trilogy called ''¡Cuatro!'' that can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezPdS7odI2k here]] (at least, before it gets taken down). Despite the sound of the albums having more emphasis on "pop" than "punk", they have all been critically and commercially successful, and the band has shown no signs of slowing down.

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

The band have [[LicensedGame their own]] ''VideoGame/RockBand'' game treatment, released June 2010, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

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!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* '''''Billie Joe Armstrong''''' - lead vocals, guitar, drums, harmonica, mandolin, piano (1987–Present)
* '''John Kiffmeyer (Al Sobrante)''' - drums, percussion, vocals (1987–1990)
* '''''Michael Pritchard (Mike Dirnt)''''' - bass, backing and lead vocals, baseball bat, farfisa (1987–Present)
* ''Jason White'' - guitar, vocals (2012–Present)
* ''Frank Wright (Tré Cool)'' - drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals, guitar, bongos, tambourine, accordion (1990–Present)

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!!Full discography:

* 1989 - ''1,000 Hours EP''
* 1990 - ''Slappy EP''
* 1990 - ''Sweet Children EP''
* 1990 - ''39/Smooth''
* 1991 - ''1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours'' (compilation)
* 1992 - ''Kerplunk''
* 1994 - ''Music/{{Dookie}}''
* 1995 - ''Music/{{Insomniac}}''
* 1997 - ''Music/{{Nimrod}}''
* 2000 - ''Warning''
* 2001 - ''Tune In, Tokyo...'' (live from ''Warning'' tour)
* 2001 - ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum International Superhits!]]'' (compilation)
* 2002 - ''Shenanigans'' (compilation)
* 2004 - ''Music/AmericanIdiot''
* 2005 - ''Bullet in a Bible'' (live from ''American Idiot'' tour)
* 2009 - ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown''
* 2009 - ''Last Night on Earth: Live in Tokyo'' (live)
* 2011 - ''Awesome As Fuck'' (live from ''21st Century Breakdown'' tour)
* 2012 - ''¡Uno!''
* 2012 - ''¡Dos!''
* 2012 - ''¡Tré!''
* 2014 - ''Demolicious'' (compilation)

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!! Green Day's music includes examples of:

* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: From "Basket Case": "I am one of those/me-LO-dramatic fools."
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Tré Cool. Snorts doughnut sprinkles. Smokes lettuce. Is the only person to climb the Universal Tower without getting into trouble. [[TooMuchInformation Allegedly can suck his own]].
* AndIMustScream: "Fuck Time" features the line "I want to hold you til you're paralysed", which once put into proper context can be...[[DudeShesLikeInAComa unsettling]]...
* ArcWords: The phrase "when the red lights flash", throughout the ''Uno! Dos! Tré!'' trilogy.
* AscendedExtra: Jason White. He became a touring guitarist for the band starting with the ''Warning'' years, then he became a full member in time for the ''Uno'', ''Dos'', ''Tré'' trilogy.
* AudienceParticipation: In some of their concerts, the band will pick fans from the crowd to sing or play a song. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz1y2LWLSjs This is an example.]]
* AudienceParticipationSong:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yi-LvnM_5M "American Idiot"]]; everything from the verses to chants that Billie Joe conducts. He even orchestrates the "calling out to idiot America" line to be sung only by the audience.
** During [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPMDPiNG4TE the Reading 2013 performance]] of "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams", as soon as the audience heard the opening riffs, they took it upon themselves to sing the whole first verse before Billie Joe came in.
** "Holiday". The repeated "HEY!" chants as well as the "Can I get another amen? (AMEN!)" line.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O596uPlYieQ The opening section of "Letterbomb"]]. Hell, Tré even conducts the audience with his drumstick.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE3Dsk2YGwE "Longview"]].
** '''Everyone''' sings along with Billie Joe during "Basket Case", and he'll always conduct the first half of the hook to be sung by the audience before he steps in, to prevent the crowd from being drowned out by the guitar and drums.
** While playing "Hitchin' a Ride" live, the audience always contributes with the "ONE, TWO, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Almost literally with Tré Cool, meaning "very cool" in French. His real name, Frank Edwin Wright III, is also impressive.
** Billie Joe's second child is named Jakob Danger Armstrong. Danger is literally his middle name.
* 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.
* BerserkButton: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up1Q4KfFYRA Don't ever tell Billie Joe that Green Day sucks]], or else he'll beat you into submission right then and there.
* BiTheWay: Billie Joe and Tré are openly bi.
* {{Bishonen}}: Admit it, Billie Joe and Tré are pretty freaking sexy and fit this pretty well.
* BookEnds: "Take Back" begins and ends with the same radio monotone.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick [=/=] TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Billie Joe recognizing Jason Freese [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7S4LoWy1Zk after they play "Brain Stew"]] on ''BIAB''.
-->"On the piano, on the saxophone, on the trombone, and many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many pornographic websites on the Internet..."
* 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.
** On the bright side, the church did play an organ version of "American Idiot."
* CallBack: The opening guitars of "8th Avenue Serenade" on ''Tre!'' sound identical to those of "Stay the Night" on ''Uno!''.
* CarefulWithThatAxe:
** The distant voice yelling "SHUT THE FUCK UP" in "Let Yourself Go".
** See MetalScream below.
* CatchPhrase: Billie Joe almost always says "get your ass up here" when he picks a fan to come on-stage and play with him.
* 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.
-->''The world owes me so '''fuck''' you''
** ''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 'nigger' 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!'"). Special mention goes to "Let Yourself Go", which drops 9 f-bombs; two in PrecisionFStrike form, and the other 7 in rapid succession (repeating the line "always fuck, fucking with my head now").
** ''Dos!'' amps up the profanity dial even more than ''Uno!''; ''Tré!'' 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 Music/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".
* CoverDrop: The "21 Guns" video features the two lead characters of ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'', Christian and Gloria, performing the same BigDamnKiss that is depicted on the album cover.
* {{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."
** "2000 Lightyears Away," by some interpretations.
-->''I hold my breath and close my eyes and dream about her''
** A particularly memorable moment in the ''Bullet in a Bible'' performance of "Hitchin' a Ride", where Billie Joe conducts the audience to say different sounds, which then escalates to him straight-up having an orgasm on stage. Then he slips his hand into his pants...
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Insomniac'' compared to ''Dookie'' in terms of themes and sound.
* DownerEnding: The video to "Wake Me Up When September Ends". [[spoiler:The boyfriend breaks his vow to never leave his girlfriend by enlisting in the army, leaving the girlfriend heartbroken and terrified that he might die in battle. And sure enough, he does.]]
* DramaQueen: ''¡Tré!'' 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 latter example takes this over to their music videos. The "Holiday" video has the band rocking out to the song in a car, and it ends with the car breaking down. The "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" video shows the band exiting the car and walking the rest of their way, which also cleverly ties into the "walking alone" theme in the lyrics.
** 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 are some videos circulating on Youtube of Billie Joe playing "She" completely naked...and uncensored. In fact, the camera tries to get as much of his sexy bits as possible.
** There's also the lingerie-clad harem in the "Oh Love" video.
* FilkSong: "Who Wrote [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Holden Caulfield]]?"
* FlippingTheBird: At the very end of Billie Joe's [[http://youtu.be/g9zogQOmQVM?t=1m47s iHeart Radio meltdown]].
* ForegoneConclusion: When [[spoiler:the boyfriend leaves his girlfriend to enlist in the army]] in the "Wake Me Up When September Ends" video, you can basically tell [[DownerEnding where it's going from there...]]
* FourMoreMeasures: "Good Riddance". It's not helped by the two false starts.
* TheFourChordsOfPop: "When I Come Around", "21 Guns", "Holiday", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". For a PopPunk band, they don't use it as frequently as others.
* FromBadToWorse: The "Walking Contradiction" video is a series of chain reactions of destruction inadvertently and indirectly caused by the members of the band, who merely walk away, unaware of it. For example, Billie Joe throws a stick onto the road behind him, snagging onto the front wheel of a bicyclist behind him. A car then comes along and mows down the bike.
* GarageRock: ''Dos!'', in lowest terms, is seen as the band's take on the genre.
* GenreRoulette: ''Nimrod'', ''Nimrod'', ''Nimrod''. Considering the album was purposely written to be experimental (they were tired of their ThreeChordsAndTheTruth structure) and to be a set of standalone songs instead of a cohesive album, the band combined many different genres from hardcore punk to ska to soft rock to regular alternative. For more specification, see ''Nimrod'' under NewSoundAlbum below.
* 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: 2001's ''International Superhits!'', consisting of content from ''Dookie'' to ''Warning'', as well as a brand new song ("Poprocks & Coke"), a re-recorded B-side ("Maria"), and a song previously from a soundtrack ("JAR").
* GratuitousPanning:
** Left side:
*** This example's easier to spot with headphones; around 1:08 in "Let Yourself Go", you can hear a distant voice in the bottom left side screaming '''"SHUT THE FUCK UP!"'''
*** The opening radio hum in "Take Back".
*** The first bit of guitar in "Pulling Teeth".
** Right side:
*** The opening guitar in "Castaway".
*** The xylophone in the "Dearly Beloved" section of "Jesus of Suburbia".
* 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.
* GutturalGrowler: Billie Joe occasionally delves into this when he's screaming at concerts or really reaching the higher levels of his CarefulWithThatAxe abilities.
* {{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 dress 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.
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Album Naming]] [=/=] ThemeNaming: The ''¡Uno!''-''¡Dos!''-''¡Tré!'' series.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Heard throughout [[IntercourseWithYou "Fuck Time"]].
** In the ''BIAB'' performance of "Hitchin' a Ride", Billie Joe conducts the audience to say various sounds, which escalates to an orgasm. Then he slips his hand into his pants...
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Some fans like cracking jokes that Billie Joe's [=iHeart=] Radio Music Fest meltdown could be seen as a "[[Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown 21st century breakdown]]".
** From "Missing You": "I lost my nerve / it's unnerving."
* IncrediblyLongNote:
** Several in "Jesus of Suburbia":
*** Around the halfway mark in "I Don't Care", Billie Joe performs a TitleDrop that ends with him stretching "care" out for ''11 seconds!''
*** "Tales of Another Broken Home" has a TitleDrop that ends explosively with some background vocals stretching "home" out for ''10 seconds''. You can tell when it's starting to strain his voice.
** In "Makeout Party", Billie Joe lets out a particularly raspy MetalScream during the solo that lasts for 6 seconds.
** In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJ_jd7V2cY BIAB performance]] of "Minority", while conducting some "hey-oh" AudienceParticipation, Billie Joe sings a "hey" that gets stretched out for ''16 seconds'' without very noticeable strain on his voice. That is talent.
*** Then he coaxes the audience to do it. Tre even brings out a small clock to time the audience.
* 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 and screaming, he made the album ''Insomniac''.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Last Ride In" from ''Nimrod'' and "Espionage" from the ''Film/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.
* LethallyStupid: Throughout the "Walking Contradiction" video, the guys cause mayhem throughout their city without even noticing or being aware. It really reaches an extreme when we see Mike pressing a pedestrian crossing button ''that explicitly says not to use it'', causing an explosion to ensue that blows a worker out of the crane he was working in.
* LicensedGame: ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Green Day]]: VideoGame/RockBand''.
* LighterAndSofter:
** ''Nimrod'' compared to ''Insomniac'', and ''Warning'' compared to all previous albums.
** The ''Uno! Dos! Tré!'' trilogy is also this compared to their duo of de-constructive {{Rock Opera}}s. It's arguably their most radio-friendly output yet.
* LiveAlbum: They have four.
** ''Tune In, Tokyo...'' (2001), recorded from their ''Warning'' tour in Japan.
** ''Bullet in a Bible'' (2005), recorded from their ''American Idiot'' world tour.
** ''Last Night on Earth'' (2009), recorded from the Akasaka BLITZ in Tokyo.
** ''Awesome as Fuck'' (2011), recorded from their ''21st Century Breakdown'' world tour.
* LoudnessWar: Unfortunately, the recent stuff is pretty badly clipped.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: Several, including but not limited to "Scattered", "Whatsername", and "Sweet 16".
** Scattered
-->''Open up the past and present now and we are there''
-->''Story to tell and I am listening''
-->''Open the past and present and the future too''
-->''It's all I've got and I'm giving it to you''
** Whatsername
-->''Remember, whatever''
-->''It seems like forever ago''
-->''The regrets are useless in my mind''
-->''She's in my head, I must confess''
-->''The regrets are useless in my mind''
-->''She's in my head from so long ago''
** Sweet 16
-->''Old days are fine, but left so far behind''
-->''From California to Jane street''
-->''The kids are alright, alright as they'll ever be''
-->''Cause you will always be my''
-->''You will always be my sweet 16''
* 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. and "21 Guns," is a song about peace and the evils of war.
* 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".
** He lets out several during "Makeout Party", but has an especially long one during the solo.
** The climax of "Hitchin' a Ride" kicks off with him screaming "SHIIIT!".
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: A [[EnforcedTrope rather literal]] example; Billie Joe named his second child Jakob Danger Armstrong. [[AwesomeMcCoolname Danger is LITERALLY his middle name.]]
* 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! Tré!'' 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[[note]]the band was tired of their ThreeChordsAndTheTruth sound[[/note]], 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''.
* NotableMusicVideos: Where do we begin?
** "Basket Case": This video may be one of the single most recognizable and famous music videos of the whole of the 90s, considering its insanely striking colours and its setting in a mental institution.
** "Brain Stew": The band is on a couch being taken through a landfill by a bulldozer, and the only colours of the footage are in a dull sepia tone...
** ...only to make the segue to the now-in-colour, extremely fast-paced and intense "Jaded" all the more out of left field.
** "Wake Me Up When September Ends": The video tells a very heart-rendering story about a boyfriend and girlfriend whose relationship is torn apart when [[spoiler:the boyfriend enlists in the army, breaking his promise to never leave the girlfriend. To make matters worse, he dies at war.]]
** "21 Guns": Stars the [[Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown album's]] two protagonists (Christian and Gloria) as they take refuge in a room after robbing a bank, hiding as the police open fire and rip apart the house with their bullets. When the attack is over, [[CoverDrop the two perform the same]] BigDamnKiss [[CoverDrop seen on the album cover.]]
** "Kill the DJ": The first verse shows grey-scale footage of the band riding motorcycles in the desert, and the second verse cuts to coloured footage of the band walking through the crowd of a party [[UnflinchingWalk (quite awesomely at that)]] and performing on-stage.
** "Nice Guys Finish Last": Green Day's performance of the song is treated as a [[SeriousBusiness football game]], complete with a slew of excited fans and a locker room strategy review. We even see a fan get by the security and tackle Billie Joe onstage (which is then replayed in a football replay manner), and we also see people fighting very viciously over a water bottle that Mike kicks into the crowd.
** "Walking Contradiction": Mike, Tré, and Billie Joe walk around the city and inadvertently and indirectly cause strings of mayhem that occur in chain reactions. For example, Billie Joe throws a stick onto the road, snagging the front wheel of the bicyclist behind him. A car then comes along and mows down the bicycle.
** The videos for "Holiday" and "Boulevard" coincide perfectly through a conjoined narrative, which makes sense as "Holiday" [[FadingIntoTheNextSong fades perfectly]] into "Boulevard". "Holiday"[='=]s video has the band performing the song in a car, and the video ends with the car breaking down, forcing the band to walk to their destination in the "Boulevard" video, which also fits perfectly with the song's lyrics ("I walk alone").
* NuclearFamily: Dedicated a track on ''Uno!'' to this trope.
* 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 the N-word 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 niggers 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 Parade".
* OncePerEpisode: See HoYay. Billie Joe kisses a dude every concert.
* OneWomanSong:
** "Haushinka" from ''Nimrod''.
** "Maria", a B-side from "Waiting".
** "Ashley" and "Amy," both from ''¡Dos!''
** "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 humour, 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 behaviour was celebrated in the sub-genre, particularly by Sum 41, until Green Day got older and phased it out in the 2000's. Soon after, Music/FallOutBoy and their brethren changed the game by adopting more of a DeadpanSnarker attitude.
* PowerWalk: The band is seen doing a straight-faced, slow motion walk in the video for "Kill the DJ". It's BADASS.
* 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," "Scumbag," and "Let Yourself Go," just to name a few.
* ReligionRantSong: "East Jesus Nowhere" is Type II, written by Billie in the wake of Mike being disgusted with the hypocrisy of a church he went to in order to see a friend's child's baptism.
* RockersSmashGuitars: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9zogQOmQVM&feature=player_embedded When he realizes that the organization has cut his iHeart Radio Fest concert short]], Billie Joe has a [[ClusterFBomb profane]] freak out that ends with him smashing his guitar on-stage, much to the approval of the audience.
* RockOpera: ''American Idiot'' and ''21st Century Breakdown''.
* RockTrio: Though in 2012 it was expanded to a quartet with Jason White (touring member since ''Warning'') being promoted to official member.
* SanitySlippageSong:
** "Having 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" in all of its neurotic glory?
** "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.
* SensoryAbuse: The last 30 seconds of "Wow! That's Loud", which consist of grating guitar noises, some of which get extremely ear-piercingly high. They gave it that title for good reason.
* SerialEscalation: The "Walking Contradiction" video, from start to end, is nothing but repeated attempts to top itself over and over by means of the damage the band members cause. The video even ends with the guys [[spoiler:''causing a building to collapse''.]]
* ShoutOut:
** The marching sounds around the 0:41 mark from "Homecoming" could be a reference to the Music/SexPistols song "Holidays In The Sun".
** The "I never asked you a goddamn thing" line from "East Jesus Nowhere" could be a subtle reference to the "I don't remember asking you a goddamn thing" line from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* SiameseTwinSongs:
** "Brain Stew" and "Jaded" from ''Insomniac''.
** "Jinx" and "Haushinka" from ''Nimrod''.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Dominated Love Slave", which not only has Tré at the microphone, but is, of all things, a ''country'' song. About BDSM, no less.
* 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), and Tré's is Frank Edwin Wright III.
* StealthPun: ''¡Tré!'' concludes the ''¡Uno!''-''¡Dos!''-''¡Tré!'' trilogy, but also acts as a nod to Tré Cool, who actually turned 40 a few days after the album was released.
** "Homecoming" is actually about Jesus of Suburbia coming home, not an actual school homecoming.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Mike and Tré at times sing. Mostly PlayedForLaughs.
* 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).
* 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"
** "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
** The "Dearly Beloved" section of "Jesus of Suburbia"
* 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.
** A light-hearted one towards Music/{{Blink 182}}; at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaWckkGxIDU this live performance of "Hitchin' a Ride"]], when the audience tries to egg him on to take his pants off, he says "No, no, this isn't Blink-182."
** Also in the aforementioned 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!
* TakeThatCritics: Having once been active in the underground punk community but then treated as a pariah by them after the band went mainstream, they have released several songs directed towards them.
** "No Pride" on ''Insomniac'' is one of the earliest ones, having been written soon after being derided as a sellout. In turn, the song proclaims that Billie Joe has "no pride" in the punk community anymore, criticizing it for being actively limiting and hypocritical.
** "Platypus (I Hate You)" on ''Nimrod'' is directed at the owner of a punk club that the band used to perform at. It happens to be the most profane song they ever released.
** ''American Idiot'' in its entirety is one big deconstruction of the punk movement. The protagonist is a drug-addled slacker who only rebels against society because he's bored with his life, and he only succeeds in making it worse for himself.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Take Back".
* ThoseTwoGuys: WordOfGod confirms Billie Joe and Mike were this when they were younger. Tré claims they had a [[Music/TheBeatles "Paul and John"]] vibe going that made it hard for him to blend in at first.
* UncommonTime: In "Before the Lobotomy", the verses follow a pattern of two measures of 4/4 followed by two measures of 7/8, and the choruses are entirety in 7/8.
* UnflinchingWalk: The entirety of the "Walking Contradiction" video, quite hilariously, dangerously, and awesomely.
** The second verse of the "Kill the DJ" video shows the band walking in this manner through a party crowd. In slow-mo, no less.
* UnpluggedVersion:
** "Good Riddance" is an entirely acoustic song with some violin accompaniments.
** 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 Tré's song "DUI."
* VerbalTic: "Y'know?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXSJ5t9c-Ek Yes, we know, Billie Joe.]]
* WarIsHell: The main moral of the "Wake Me Up When September Ends" video, ending on a [[TearJerker saddening]] juxtaposition between [[spoiler:a boyfriend dying at war and a girlfriend tearfully mourning him in a quiet field, showcasing the pain that comes with losing loved ones to war]].
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