YMMV: American Idiot

  • Anvilicious / Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Rock and Roll Girlfriend" bit of Homecoming doesn't make sense in the album's context, and was never mentioned before or after the song. It makes more sense when you realize it's about Tre's life, but it still doesn't really fit in with the rest of the album.
    • If you read the liner, however, it works in that hearing about how (relatively) well Tunny is doing inspires JOS to pull himself together.
    • The very beginning of "Extraordinary Girl."
    • For a few years after its release, several older and more hardcore fans tried to play the entire album off as a BLAM within the band's career.
    • "Wake Me Up When September Ends" doesn't really fit with the album's overall narrative. The song was written about the death of Billie Joe Armstrong's father.
  • Broken Base: Something like half of Green Day's fanbase regard American Idiot as their Magnum Opus, and the other half regard it as the point where the band jumped the shark. To say it's a controversial album is an understatement.
  • Epic Riff: "American Idiot", "Jesus of Suburbia", "Holiday", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Letterbomb"
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The album did quite well overseas, unsurprisingly during the time when international opinion of the US had hit rock bottom.
  • Ho Yay: If you consider Jimmy a separate person to JOS, there's some of this as subtext, especially in Give Me Novocaine.
    Out of body and out of mind
    Kiss the demons out of my dreams
    Jimmy says it's better than here.
    • Then there's this, in the same song:
    Give me a long kiss goodnight
    And everything will be alright
    Tell me, Jimmy, I won't feel a thing
    So give me Novacaine
    • In the musical it gets a little more explicit - while JOS and Whatsername serenade each other, Jimmy leans mournfully over the balcony and sings to JOS,
      I text a postcard, sent to you
      Did it go through?
      Sending all my love to you.
      You are the moonlight of my life every night
      Giving all my love to you
      • It could likely be interpreted as JOS' thoughts/feelings about Whatsername at the time, considering the Double Consciousness interpretation.
  • Magnum Opus: To a lot of Green Day fans. But not to all of them.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is uncomfortably close (a mere half-step down) to Oasis' most famous hit "Wonderwall". At least one mashup between the two exists, and Noel Gallagher complained, saying he at least plagiarizes from dead people, which must come as news to Stevie Wonder who got a co-writing credit added to an Oasis B-side for obvious plagiarism.
    • "II. City of the Damned" also sounds a lot like "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams.
      • And "V. Tales of Another Broken Home" sounds a lot like "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash.
      • "American Edit" took notice: "American Jesus" uses samples of those songs instead of "II" and "V".
    • The opening notes of The Musical's "When It's Time" sound similar to "Wake Me Up When September Ends", though this may have been on purpose.
  • Tear Jerker: "Whatsername" is so very much this.
    • "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" also count.