21st Century Breakdown is the eighth studio album by Green Day, released in 2009. It was released as a follow-up to their comeback album American Idiot, produced by Butch Vig of Garbage and  fame. The plot follows two lovers named Christian and Gloria, who are followed in the story as they witness the many new trials faced by the common man in the recent years of America (Mainly told in first-person from the point of Christian).Several of the themes looked at by Christian (Who is most definitely *not*a terrorist) include religion,politics, and vengeance, along with being heavily involved in his relationship with Gloria. He is very cynical about most large organizations, and feels he and Gloria must stand up for The Everyman. Gloria, meanwhile, is trying to hold onto her original beliefs while trying to help Christian as well.Several tracks, including "Know Your Enemy" and "21 Guns", are used in the Broadway production of American Idiot.The album is split into three acts: Act I: Heroes And Cons (from the title track to "Last Night On Earth"), Act II: Charlatans And Saints (from "East Jesus Nowhere" to "Restless Heart Syndrome") and Act III: Horseshoes And Handgrenades (from "Horseshoes And Handgrenades" to "See The Light").
"Song Of The Century"
"21st Century Breakdown"
"Know Your Enemy"
"¡Viva La Gloria!"
"Before The Lobotomy"
"Last Night On Earth"
"East Jesus Nowhere"
"Last Of The American Girls"
"¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)"
"Restless Heart Syndrome"
"Horseshoes And Handgrenades"
"The Static Age"
"American Eulogy" note A. "Mass Hysteria" B. "Modern World"
Broken Bird: Gloria, possibly. She certainly sounds like one in "¿Viva la Gloria? (Little Girl)".
Cluster F-Bomb: We get five in "Horseshoes and Handgrenades". The rest of the album is pretty clean, save for one F-Bomb in "Before the Lobotomy" and "The Static Age" each. "American Eulogy" would be the next dirtiest song, with one F-Bomb, one S-Bomb and one use of "nigger", which caused screams of outrage among black Green Day fans.
Also, the line "My Generation is zero" that precedes "Never made it as a Working Class Hero" is a shout out to The Who's "My Generation", which they covered on their Kerplunk album.
In an unintentional example, NME made a blog post after the album's cover was revealed, accusing the band of plagiarising from the cover of blur's Think Tank, which shows a couple wearing diving helmets embracing, drawn by Banksy. The cover artist denied any intentional similarities, saying that the cover was based on a photo of a couple within his social circle kissing at a party, rendered as a stencil.
Wham Line: "Restless Heart Syndrome" changes Gloria's entire image with the line: "Know your enemy."
Normal chorus for "Last Night on Earth": "My beating heart belongs to you/I walked for miles 'til I found you/I'm here to honour you/If I lose everything in the fire/I'm sending all my love to you" Final chorus: "...I'm here to honour you/If I lose everything in the fire/Did I ever make it through?