YMMV: Green Day

  • Awesome Music: See here.
  • Black Sheep Hit: Though "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is considered their most widely-recognized song, it sounds almost nothing like their power pop/pop punk edge they are known to this day for.
  • Broken Base: Where do you start? This band went from 1990's party punk superstars to reinventing themselves as the 2000s' replacement for Rage Against The Machine (mainstream political punk rockers) with back-to-back concept albums. Then, 2012 comes along and the band releases three albums in three months, a move that would kill any other band's career, but not them. Even as Billie Joe shuffled off to rehab right before Uno! came out, the band is still popular and highly regarded for its genre.
  • Contested Sequel: Anything after Dookie and before American Idiot, since the former was a really Tough Act to Follow. This is especially egregious because what is considered their most widely known song to the general public came from Nimrod.
    • The Uno! Dos! Tre! trilogy also fits here, considering the albums adopt an extremely radio-friendly and pop-esque sound that would sound out of line if placed on Dookie or maybe even Warning.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Much of Dookie qualifies as this.
    • Considering the Uno! Dos! Tre! trilogy has a very radio-friendly sound, there are tons of examples of this running prominent.
    • Castaway, going at it alone! Castaway, now I'm on my own...
    • All of the entries under Epic Riff below.
    • Welcome to a new kind of tension, all across the alien natiooon, everything isn't meant to be ookaaaay...
  • Epic Riff:
    • "When I Come Around"
    • "Brain Stew"
    • "Longview" (both the iconic bass riff and the opening rumbling drum riff)
    • The entire first half of "Panic Song".
    • The Uno! Dos! Tre! trilogy was stocked with these. Practically every song on those three albums had a memorable riff.
    • "Holiday" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", whether separate or together.
    • "American Idiot". You know the one.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Despite "Wake Me Up When September Ends" being about the death of Billie Joe's father, there are still many that believe that it's actually referencing 9/11.
  • Face of the Band: Billie Joe. Although, it's a rare band where most fans know the names of all three members.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With blink182, especially even more these days following Tom's abrupt split from the band.
  • Ho Yay:
    • I hate to be that fan Billie Joe kisses every concert, but, it happens.
    • Especially seeing as, during a recent concert, Billie sang "So go do what you like/I'm having sex with Mike." And a picture from a very recent Canada show where Tré is on his knees in front of Billie Joe, who has a mic between his legs. Oh, and an old video of Tré and Billie randomly kissing (while shirtless) in the middle of a set.
    • "I have a very sneaky suspicion that something very bizarre is about to happen..."
    • In the jazzy outro to "Brain Stew" on BIAB, Billie Joe describes Mike as "a man who looks really good naked" and describes Tre as "someone I like to shower naked with".
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Dookie led to screams of "sellout" that persist to this day.
    • Again with American Idiot. How dare they gain a new generation of fans?!
    • And let's not get started on "Good Riddance"'s re-emergence into mainstream pop culture.
    • It should be noted that the band is painfully aware of this phenomenon, and was alienated by the punk community they were once a hit in. See Take That, Critics! for their responses to this.
  • Magnum Opus: Dookie, Dookie, Dookie. It's still their most acclaimed and commercially successful album ever.
    • American Idiot, to a slightly lesser extent. If Dookie brought them into stardom, American Idiot solidified their place.
    • Song-wise, "Jesus of Suburbia" is this to many fans and critics.
  • Memetic Mutation: The whole "wake up Green Day when September ends" thing. The joke is of telling Green Day to 'wake up' at the end of September, in vein to the song "Wake Me Up When September Ends", to the point where Green Day themselves responded to the joke on Twitter, telling fans to shut up.
    • It mainly comes off as understandable due to the song being about the death of Billie Joe's father and how he locked himself in his bedroom and told his mother to 'wake him up with September ends', so instead it comes off as uncomfortable and heartbreaking at that.
  • Misaimed Fandom: "Good Riddance", which Billie Joe wrote to express bitterness at his girlfriend for breaking up with him before going abroad, is exceptionally popular at weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, graduation ceremonies, and other events that involve slow dancing. Today, "Good Riddance" is largely considered their most famous song. Though to be fair, the lyrics aren't that bitter.
    • It could be argued that the real Misaimed Fandom is from the fans convinced that it's bitter even though there's nothing in the music or the lyrics that really suggests that. Billie Joe has even stated that while it was written after a breakup, he was trying to put his best face forward on it. The only thing to hint at bitterness is the song's Non-Indicative Title.
  • Misattributed Song: Several, including "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger and numerous others.
  • Narm: Some find the acting in the video for "Wake Me Up When September Ends" to be incredibly over-the-top and melodramatic.
  • Nausea Fuel: The "Geek Stink Breath" video features graphic closeup footage of a friend of the band getting a tooth removed. MTV would only play it late at night, and a less graphic edit was used internationally.
  • Never Live It Down: Billie Joe's 2012 iHeartRadio Music Fest meltdown.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The ending of the "Kill the DJ" video, where people start smearing what appears to be blood all over them and then dancing completely oblivious to the fact that they have blood on them.
  • No True Scotsman: Green Day was (and still is) the first of many bands to be subject to the "Pop Punk, not Punk" mentality that the punk subculture tends to hold towards many Pop Punk bands.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Trillie for the pairing of Tre and Billie.
  • Sequel Displacement: The only pre-Dookie song many people know is "Welcome to Paradise" (which is on that album, but was originally on its predecessor, Kerplunk).
    • Ditto with American Idiot to the millennial generation. The only pre-Idiot song widely known to that generation is "Good Riddance."
  • Signature Song: A few candidates: "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is probably their best-known song. However, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is their most commercially successful, while "American Idiot" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" are all quite well-known. Aside from "Good Riddance", "Longview", "When I Come Around", and "Basket Case" are their most famous 90's songs. They've made a lot of well-known songs, though.
  • Snark Bait: To most of the punk community. The reasons vary from being punk at first to "selling out" with American Idiot, or with them never being punk in the first place just for "selling out" with Dookie. In any case "sellout" is the most pertinent phrase when it comes to derision against the band.
  • Song Association:
    • "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" being on Seinfeld, and "Stop When the Red Lights Flash" in Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2012.
    • Tropers of a certain age probably remember the former song in connection with endless PowerPoint slideshows of pictures from camp, high school, clubs, sports, etc. Overplayed doesn't even begin to cover it.
  • Squick: They originally planned to name their first major-label album Liquid Dookie, inspired by eating spoiled food whilst on tour and catching diarrhea. The execs shot down the idea, settling for just Dookie instead.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • Several songs on the Trilogy tend to have nearly identical structures.
    • Some have started speculating on the intro to "Kill the DJ", which sounds an awful lot like the opening of Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" (after the drums). It doesn't help that Daft Punk are DJs...
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel:
    • The "Dearly Beloved" section of "Jesus of Suburbia". The xylophone is killer.
    • "Good Riddance".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The main reaction to Warning and its Lighter and Softer sound.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Dookie became this, as Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning didn't get anywhere close to its success. Eventually, they achieved something close with American Idiot... which itself has become an example of this, too.
  • Vindicated by History: Although Warning got bashed upon release for being deliriously happy and light-sounding, in coming years people admitted that the album was truly great yet had been overlooked.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted; once in "Longview", where Mike's epic bassline actually was made under the influence of LSD. And it was surprisingly catchy.
    • And then Billie got high for the music video of "Brain Stew/Jaded" to get the right feel of the song. How did they get him to sing/lip-sync on drugs?