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September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Billie Joe Armstrong, lead vocalist for Green Day, in Cardiff for the American Idiot tour

Billie Joe Armstrong, lead vocalist for Green Day, in Cardiff for the American Idiot tour

Award Wins Nominations
American Music Awards
2 10
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
2 2
Billboard Music Awards
6 9
BRIT Awards
2 3
ECHO Awards
1 1
Esky Music Awards
1 1
Grammy Awards
3 15
Japan Gold Disc Awards
1 1
Juno Awards
1 1
Kerrang! Awards
4 9
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica
3 3
Meteor Music Awards
0 1
MTV Asia Awards
1 2
MTV Australia Awards
3 5
MTV Europe Music Awards
2 4
MTV Movie Awards
0 1
MTV Pilipinas Music Awards
1 1
MTV TRL Awards
1 3
MTV Video Music Awards
11 28
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
2 2
mtvU Woodie Awards
1 1
MuchMusic Video Awards
2 7
MVPA Awards
4 5
NARM Awards
1 1
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
2 2
NME Awards
1 5
People’s Choice Awards
1 2
Q Awards
0 3
Radio Music Awards
5 8
Spike Video Game Awards
1 1
TEC Awards
1 1
Teen Choice Awards
0 6
TMF Awards
1 4
World Music Awards
0 2
XM Nation Music Awards
1 2
Totals
Awards won 68
Nominations 152

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Green Day has received two awards from ten nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1995 Green Day Favorite Alternate Artist Nominated
1996 Green Day Favorite Artist of the Year Nominated
Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Nominated
Favorite Alternate Artist Nominated
1998 Green Day Favorite Alternate Artist Nominated
1999 Green Day Favorite Alternate Artist Nominated
2005 American Idiot Favorite Pop/Rock Album Won
Green Day Favorite Alternate Artist Won
Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Band Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
2009 Green Day Favorite Alternative Rock Artist

ASCAP Pop Music Awards

The ASCAP Pop Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony sponsored by The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Green Day has received two awards.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Song of the Year Won
Green Day Creative Voice Award Won

Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards is an annual music awards show sponsored by Billboard magazine since 1990. Green Day has received six awards from nine nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 American Idiot Album of the Year Nominated
Green Day Artist of the Year Nominated
Album Group of the Year Won
Pop Group of the Year Won
Hot 100 Group of the Year Won
Rock Artist of the Year Won
Modern Rock Artist of the Year Won
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Digital Song of the Year Nominated
Rock Song of the Year Won

BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. Green Day has received two awards from three nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day Best International Group Nominated
2006 Green Day Best International Group Won
American Idiot Best International Album Won

ECHO Awards

The ECHO is a German music award granted every year by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie (an association of recording companies). Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day Best International Group Won

Esky Music Awards

The Esky Music Awards are awarded annually by Esquire magazine. Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Green Day Best Band Won

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Green Day has received three awards from 15 nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1995 Dookie Best Alternative Music Album Won
Green Day Best New Artist Nominated
“Longview” Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
“Basket Case” Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
1997 “Walking Contradiction” Best Short Form Music Video Nominated
2000 “Espionage” Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated
2005 American Idiot Best Rock Album Won
Album of the Year Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
“American Idiot” Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
Best Music Video Short Form Nominated
2006 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Record of the Year Won
2007 “The Saints are Coming” Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
2008 “Working Class Hero” Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated

Japan Gold Disc Awards

The Japan Gold Disc Awards is an annual music awards ceremony established by the Recording Industry Association of Japan in 1987. Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 American Idiot Best 10 International Rock & Pop Albums of the Year Won

Juno Awards

The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Green Day has received one award.[4][23]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 American Idiot Best International Album of the Year Won

Kerrang! Awards

The Kerrang! Awards is an annual awards ceremony held by Kerrang!, a British rock magazine. Green Day has received four awards from nine nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2001 Green Day Classic Songwriter Won
Best International Live Act Nominated
Best Band in the World Nominated
2004 Green Day Hall of Fame Won
2005 Green Day Best Band on the Planet Won
Best Live Band Won
2006 “Jesus of Suburbia” Best Video Nominated
2009 Green Day Best International Band Nominated
“21st Century Breakdown” Best Album Nominated

Meteor Music Awards

The Meteor Music Awards are the national music awards of Ireland. They have been held every year since 2001 and are promoted by MCD Productions. Green Day has received one nomination.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 “Oxegen 2005” Best Live Performance Nominate

MTV

Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica

Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica is the Latin American version of the MTV Video Music Awards. Green Day has received three awards.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day Best International Rock Group Won
2009 Green Day Best International Rock Group Won
Green Day in Rock Band Best Music in a Video Game Won

MTV Asia Awards

The MTV Asia Awards is an annual Asian awards ceremony established in 2002 by the MTV television network. Green Day has received one award from two nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Green Day Favorite Rock Act Won
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” Favorite Video Nominated

MTV Australia Awards

The MTV Australia Awards is an annual Australian awards ceremony established in 2005 by the MTV television network. Green Day has received three awards from five nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day Best Group Won
“American Idiot” Best Rock Video Won
2006 “Wake Me Up When September Ends” Video of the Year Nominated
Best Rock Video Nominated
Green Day Best Group Won

MTV Europe Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1994 by MTV Europe. Green Day has received two awards from four nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 American Idiot Best Album Won
Green Day Best Rock Won
Best Group Nominated
2008 Green Day Best Act Ever Nominated
2009 Green Day Best Group
Best Live Act
Best Rock

MTV Movie Awards

The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on the MTV television network. Green Day has received one nomination.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1999 “Nice Guys Finish Last” in Varsity Blues Best Song from a Film Nominated

MTV Pilipinas Music Awards

The MTV Pilipinas Music Awards is an annual music awards event held in the Philippines, established in 2006 by the MTV television network. Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 “Wake Me Up When September Ends” Favorite International Video Won

MTV TRL Awards

The TRL Awards is an annual music awards ceremony established in 2006 by MTV Italy. Green Day has received one award from three nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Green Day Best Band That Plays Instruments Nominated
Countdown Killer Nominated
Roc Da Mic (Best Live Performance) Won

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV. Green Day has received eleven awards from 28 nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1994 “Longview” Best Group Video Nominated
Best New Artist in a Video Nominated
Best Alternative Video Nominated
1995 “Basket Case” Best Group Video Nominated
Video of The Year Nominated
Best Hard Rock Video Nominated
Best Alternative Video Nominated
Breakthrough Video Nominated
Best Direction in a Video Nominated
Best Editing in a Video Nominated
Best Cinematography in a Video Nominated
Viewer’s Choice Award Nominated
1996 “Walking Contradiction” Best Special Effects in a Video Nominated
1998 “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” Best Alternative Video Won
Viewer’s Choice Award Nominated
2005 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Video of the Year Won
Best Group Video Won
Best Rock Video Won
Best Direction in a Video Won
Best Editing in a Video Won
Best Cinematography in a Video Won
Best Art Direction in a Video Nominated
“American Idiot” Viewer’s Choice Award Won
2006 “Wake Me Up When September Ends” Best Rock Video Nominated
2007 “The Saints are Coming” Most Earthshattering Collaboration Award Nominated
2009 “21 Guns” Best Rock Video Won
Best Direction in a Video Won
Best Cinematography in a Video Won

MTV Video Music Awards Japan

The MTV Video Music Awards Japan is a music awards show hosted annually by MTV Japan since 2002. Green Day has received two awards.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Best Rock Video Won
2007 “The Saints Are Coming” (Green Day & U2) Best Collaboration Video Won

mtvU Woodie Awards

The mtvU Woodie Awards is an anuual awards show sponsored by mtvU, a division of MTV Networks. Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day Alumni Woodie Won
2009 Green Day Performing Woodie

MuchMusic Video Awards

The MuchMusic Video Awards is an annual awards ceremony presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic. Green Day has received two awards from seven nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Best International Group Video Nominated
“American Idiot” Best International Group Video Nominated
Green Day People’s Choice: Favourite International Group Won
2006 “Wake Me Up When September Ends” People’s Choice: Favourite International Group Nominated
“Jesus of Suburbia” Best International Group Video Nominated
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” Best International Group Video Won
2009 “Know Your Enemy” Best International Group Video Nominated

MVPA Awards

The MVPA Awards is an annual music awards show established by the Music Video Production Association in 1992. Green Day has received four awards from five nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Best Cinematography Won
Rock Video of the Year Won
2006 “Wake Me Up When September Ends” Best Colorist/Telecine Nominated
2007 “The Saints Are Coming” (Green Day & U2) Best Special Effects Won
Rock Video of the Year Won

NARM Awards

The NARM Awards are presented annually by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day Outstanding Artist of the Year Won

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards is an annual awards show organized by Nickelodeon. Green Day has received two awards.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Green Day Favorite Music Group Won
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” Favorite Song Won

NME Awards

The NME Awards is an annual music awards ceremony founded in 1953 by the music magazine NME (New Musical Express). Green Day has received one award from five nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 American Idiot Best Album Nominated
“American Idiot” Best Video Won
2006 Green Day Best International Band Nominated
Green Day Best Live Band Nominated
Bullet in a Bible Best Music DVD Nominated

People’s Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards is an annual awards show created in 1975 by Bob Stivers and produced by Proctor & Gamble. Green Day has received one award from two nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Green Day Favorite Tour Nominated
Favorite Musical Group or Band Won

Q Awards

The Q Awards are the UK’s annual music awards established and run by the music magazine Q since 1990. Green Day has received three nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Best Video Nominated
Green Day Best Live Act Nominated
Best Act in the World Today Nominated

Radio Music Awards

The Radio Music Awards is an annual awards show that honors the year’s most successful songs on mainstream radio. Green Day has received five awards from eight nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 “Holiday” Song of the Year/Alternative and Active Rock Radio Nominated
Green Day Artist of the Year/Adult Hit Radio Nominated
Artist of the Year/ Alternative and Active Rock Radio Won
Artist of the Year/Rock Radio Won
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Song of the Year/Mainstream Hit Radio Nominated
Song of the Year/Alternative and Active Rock Radio Won
Song of the Year/Adult Hit Radio Won
Song of the Year/Rock Radio Won

Spike Video Game Awards

The Spike Video Game Awards is an awards show hosted by Spike TV. Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2004 “American Idiot” in Madden NFL 2005 Best Song in a Video Game Won

TEC Awards

The Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards are distributed annually by The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio. Green Day has received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 “American Idiot” Outstanding Record Production/Single or Track Won

Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards show established in 1999 by the Fox Broadcasting Company. Green Day has received six nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Music Single Nominated
American Idiot Music Album Nominated
Green Day Music Rock Group Nominated
2009 “21st Century Breakdown” Music Album Group Nominated
Green Day Music Rock Group Nominated
“Know Your Enemy” Music Rock Track Nominated

TMF Awards

The TMF Awards are an annual television awards show broadcast live on TMF (The Music Factory) in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK. Green Day has received one award from four nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day Best International Rock Group Won
2009 21st Century Breakdown Best International Album Nominated
Green Day Best International Rock Group Nominated
“21 Guns” Best International Video Nominated

World Music Awards

The World Music Awards is an international awards show founded in 1989 that annually honors recording artists based on worldwide sales figures provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Green Day has received two nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day World’s Best Selling Rock Act Nominated
2006 Green Day World’s Best Rock Group Nominated

XM Nation Music Awards

Awarded annually by XM Satellite Radio since 2005, the XM Nation Music Awards “honor some of the most talented and interesting musicians today.”  Green Day has received one award from two nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Green Day “XM Now” – Most Important Established Artist Nominated
Rock Artist Of The Year Won

California Music Awards

The California Music Awards (formerly known as the Bammy Awards) is an annual awards ceremony established in 1978 by BAM (Bay Area Music) magazine editor Dennis Erokan.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2001 Green Day Artist of The Year Won
Outstanding Group Won
Outstanding Male Vocalist Won
Outstanding Bassist Won
Outstanding Drummer Won
Outstanding Songwriter Won
“Warning” Outstanding Album Won
Outstanding Punk Rock/Ska Album Won
2002 Green Day Outstanding Group Won
2003 Green Day Artist of The Year Won
Outstanding Group Won
Outstanding Guitarist Won
“Spirit of Rock” Award Won
2004 “I Fought the Law” Most Downloaded Song Won
Green Day Outstanding Bassist Won
Outstanding Drummer Won
Outstanding Male Vocalist Won

Miscellaneous Awards

Year Nominated Work Award Presented By
1994 Green Day Top Singles Artists of 1994 (#48) ARC Weekly Top 40
“Longview” Top Pop Songs of 1994 (#221) ARC Weekly Top 40
“Basket Case” Top Pop Songs of 1994 (#104) ARC Weekly Top 40
1996 Green Day Top Singles Artists of 1996 (#144) ARC Weekly Top 40
1997 Green Day ~ The Cricketers, Wigan December, 1991 100 Greatest Gigs of All Time (#76) Kerrang!
1998 Dookie 100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (#33) Kerrang!
Green Day Top Singles Artists of 1998 (#49) ARC Weekly Top 40
1999 “Basket Case” 100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made (#100) MTV
2000 Green Day Top Singles Artists of 2000 (#179) ARC Weekly Top 40
2003 Dookie 50 Most Influential Albums Of All Time (#5) Kerrang!
“Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years (#78) VH1
2004 Dookie 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (#193) Rolling Stone
Green Day Top Singles Artists of 2004 (#147) ARC Weekly Top 40
2005 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Top Pop Songs of 2005 (#7) ARC Weekly Top 40
“Holiday” Top Pop Songs of 2005 (#38) ARC Weekly Top 40
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” Top Pop Songs of 2005 (#39) ARC Weekly Top 40
Green Day Top Pop Singles Artists of 2005 (#6) ARC Weekly Top 40
2006 Dookie 100 Greatest Albums 1985-2005 (#44) Spin
Green Day Top Singles Artists of 2006 (#123) ARC Weekly Top 40
2007 “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” 100 Greatest Songs of the 90’s (#37) VH1
Dookie Definitive 200 (#50) NARM
American Idiot Definitive 200 (#61) NARM
2008 “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Top 100 Songs of the 2000s So Far (#59) ARC Weekly Top 40
Dookie Top 90 Albums of the 90s (#53) Spin
American Idiot 100 Best Albums From 1983 to 2008 (#6) Entertainment Weekly
2009 “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” Hottest 100 of All Time (#75) Triple J
21st Century Breakdown Reader’s Choice: Best 50 Albums of the 21st Century (#17) Kerrang!
American Idiot Reader’s Choice: Best 50 Albums of the 21st Century (#1) Kerrang!
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Green Day Discography

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Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
AUS
AUT
BEL
CAN
DEN
FIN
FRA
GER
IRE
ITA
JPN NLD
NZ
NOR
SWE
SWI
UK
1990 39/Smooth

  • Released: July 1, 1990
  • Label: Lookout! (22)
  • Format: LP
1992 Kerplunk

  • Released: January 17, 1992
  • Label: Lookout! (46)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
  • US: Platinum
1994 Dookie

  • Released: February 1, 1994
  • Label: Reprise (45529)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
2 1 4 13 5 4 38 32 5 1 9 3 6 13
  • AUS: 4× Platinum
  • CAN: Diamond
  • UK: 3× Platinum
  • US: Diamond
1995 Insomniac

  • Released: October 10, 1995
  • Label: Reprise (46046)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
2 5 2 17 1 12 12 22 5 27 5 8 8
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • UK: Silver
  • US: 2× Platinum
1997 Nimrod

  • Released: October 14, 1997
  • Label: Reprise (46794)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
10 3 28 4 40 43 31 34 7 80 22 36 33 11
  • AUS: 3× Platinum
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • UK: Silver
  • US: 2× Platinum
2000 Warning

  • Released: October 3, 2000
  • Label: Reprise (48038)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
4 7 14 2 58 21 13 8 2 84 20 25 11 4
  • AUS: Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
  • US: Gold
2004 American Idiot

  • Released: September 21, 2004
  • Label: Reprise (48850)
  • Format: CD, download, LP
1 1 1 6 1 4 2 4 3 1 5 3 4 2 1 1 1 1
  • AUS: 6× Platinum
  • CAN: 6× Platinum
  • UK: 6× Platinum
  • US: 5× Platinum
2009 21st Century Breakdown

  • Released: May 15, 2009
  • Label: Reprise (517153)
  • Format: CD, download, LP
1 2 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 1 1
  • AUS: Platinum
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • UK: Gold
  • US: Gold
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
AUS
AUT
BEL
CAN
DEN
FIN
FRA
GER
IRE
ITA JPN
NLD
NZ
NOR
SWE
SWI
UK
1994 Live at Gilman Street

  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Skene!
1994 Live Tracks

  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Reprise
1996 Foot in Mouth

  • Released: April 25, 1996
  • Label: Reprise
45
1996 Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking

  • Released: July 25, 1996
  • Label: Reprise
34 42
2001 Tune In, Tokyo…

  • Released: October 9, 2001
  • Label: Reprise
29
2005 Bullet in a Bible

  • Released: November 15, 2005
  • Label: Reprise (49466)
  • Format: CD
8 8 5 34 3 15 21 21 15 8 8 11 26 5 30 7 11 6
  • AUS: Platinum[35]
  • UK: Platinum[30]
2009 21 Guns Live EP

  • Released: September 4, 2009
  • Label: Reprise
2009 Last Night on Earth: Live in Tokyo

  • Released: November 11, 2009
  • Label: Reprise
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
AUS
AUT
GER
IRE
ITA
JPN
NZ
SWI
UK
1991 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours

  • Released: July 1, 1991
  • Label: Lookout!
  • US: Gold
2001 International Superhits!

  • Released: November 13, 2001
  • Label: Reprise
40 11 48 67 13 17 4 5 61 15
  • AUS: 3× Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
2002 Shenanigans

  • Released: July 2, 2002
  • Label: Reprise
27 33 100 27 13 32
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays

Year Album details
1989 1,000 Hours

  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Lookout!
1990 Slappy

  • Released: April 1990
  • Label: Lookout!
1990 Sweet Children

  • Released: Summer 1990
  • Label: Skene!

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US

US Alt.

US Main.

AUS

AUT

BEL CAN

GER

IRE

NZ

NOR

SWE

UK

1994 “Longview” 1 13 33 30 Dookie
“Welcome to Paradise” 7 44 21 20
“Basket Case” 1 9 49 18 21 2 3 7
1995 “She” 5 18
“When I Come Around” 1 2 7 45 4 28 27 US: Gold
“J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)” 1 17 Angus: Music from the Motion Picture
“Geek Stink Breath” 3 9 40 73 11 28 16 Insomniac
“Stuck with Me” 46 40 24
1996 “Brain Stew / Jaded” 3 8 28
“Walking Contradiction” 21 25
1997 “Hitchin’ a Ride” 5 9 26 25 Nimrod
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” 2 7 44 40 11 CAN: Platinum
US: Gold
1998 “Redundant” 16 50 27
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) / Redundant”[B] 2 AUS: 2× Platinum
1999 “Nice Guys Finish Last” 31
2000 “Minority” 101 1 15 29 43 39 18 Warning
“Warning” 114 3 24 19 46 37 27
2001 “Waiting” 26 34
“Macy’s Day Parade”
“Poprocks and Coke” International Superhits!
2004 “I Fought the Law”[C] Non-album single
“American Idiot” 61 1 5 7 18 1 28 12 7 18 3 AUS: Gold
CAN: 2× Platinum
US: Gold
American Idiot
“Shoplifter”[C] Non-album single
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 2 1 1 5 8 13 2 5 4 2 5 AUS: Platinum
CAN: 3× Platinum
US: Gold
American Idiot
2005 “Holiday” 19 1 1 24 45 21 50 13 13 19 25 11 US: Platinum
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” 6 2 12 13 15 1 22 13 10 21 8 CAN: 2× Platinum
US: Platinum
“Jesus of Suburbia” 27 24 55 76 26 26 17
2006 “The Saints Are Coming” with U2[45][46] 51 22 33 1 3 2 1 6 1 4 1 4 2 U218 Singles
2007 “Working Class Hero”[C] 53 10 18 6 8 11 Instant Karma
“The Simpsons Theme”[C] 106 27 15 34 19 Non-album single
2009 “Know Your Enemy” 28 1 1 20 11 26 5 14 11 19 17 8 21 US: Gold 21st Century Breakdown
“21 Guns” 22 3 17 14 17 19 15 13 21 3 8 36 AUS: Gold
US: Gold
“East Jesus Nowhere” 27 35
“21st Century Breakdown”
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Notes

  • A^ The singles “Minority”, “Warning” and “The Simpsons Theme” peaked outside of the top 100 in the Billboard Hot 100, therefore they are listed on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  • B^ In Australia, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and “Redundant” were released as a double A-side single together, which peaked at number two on the ARIA Charts and was certified two times platinum. Individually, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” peaked at number 44 and “Redundant” peaked at number 50.
  • C^ Released only as a digital single.

Music videos

Year Title Director
1994 “Longview” Mark Kohr
“Welcome to Paradise” Robert Caruso
“Basket Case” Mark Kohr
“When I Come Around” (Live at Woodstock)
“When I Come Around” Mark Kohr
1995 “Geek Stink Breath”
“Stuck with Me”
“Brain Stew / Jaded” Kevin Kerslake
1996 “Walking Contradiction” Roman Coppola
1997 “Hitchin’ a Ride” Mark Kohr
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
1998 “Redundant”
“Nice Guys Finish Last” Evan Bernard
1999 “Last Ride In” Lance Bangs
2000 “Minority” Evan Bernard
“Warning” Francis Lawrence
2001 “Waiting” Marc Webb
“Macy’s Day Parade” Mark Kohr
“Maria”
“Poprocks & Coke”
2004 “American Idiot” Samuel Bayer
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
2005 “Holiday”
“Wake Me Up When September Ends”
“St. Jimmy” (Live)
“Jesus of Suburbia”
2006 “The Saints Are Coming” with U2 Chris Milk
2007 “Working Class Hero” Samuel Bayer
2009 “Know Your Enemy” Matthew Cullen
“21 Guns” Marc Webb
“East Jesus Nowhere” Chris Dugan & M. Douglas Silverstein
“21st Century Breakdown” Marc Webb

Video albums

Year Album details Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2001 International Supervideos!

  • Released: November 13, 2001
  • Label: Reprise
  • AUS: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
2003 Riding in Vans with Boys

  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Resting Bird
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Green Day Band Members

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Current
  • Billie Joe Armstrong – lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitars (1987–present)
  • Mike Dirnt – bass, backing vocals (1987–present)
  • Tré Cool – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1990–present)

with

  • Jason White – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1999–present)
  • Jason Freese – keyboards, piano, acoustic guitar, trombone, saxophone, accordion, backing vocals (2003–present)
  • Jeff Matika – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
Former
  • John Kiffmeyer – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1987–1990)
Former touring musicians
  • Gabrial McNair – trombone, tenor saxophone (1999–2001)
  • Timmy Chunks – rhythm guitar (1997–1999)
  • Garth Schultz – trombone, trumpet (1997–1999)
  • Kurt Lohmiller – trumpet, timpani, percussion, vocals (1999–2004)
  • Ronnie Blake – trumpet, timpani, percussion, backing vocals (2004–2005)
  • Mike Pelino – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2004–2005)
Session
  • Gabrial McNair – trombone on Nimrod (1997)
  • Gary Meek – saxophone on Warning (2000)
  • Jason Freese – saxophone on American Idiot (2004) and piano on 21st Century Breakdown (2009)
  • Petra Haden – violin on Nimrod (1997)
  • Rob Cavallo – piano on American Idiot (2004)
  • Stephen Bradley – trumpet on Nimrod (1997) and Warning (2000)
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Green Day History

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Formation and Lookout years: 1987–1993

In 1987, friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, 15 years old at the time, formed a band called Sweet Children. The first Sweet Children show took place on October 17, 1987, at Rod’s Hickory Pit in Vallejo, California where Armstrong’s mother was working.  In 1988, Armstrong and Dirnt began working with former Isocracy drummer, John Kiffmeyer (also known as Al Sobrante). Kiffmeyer served as both the band’s drummer and business manager, handling the booking of shows and helping the band establish a fan base.

Larry Livermore, owner of Lookout! Records, saw the band play an early show and signed them to his label. In 1989 they recorded their first EP, 1,000 Hours. Before 1,000 Hours was released, the band dropped the name Sweet Children, according to Livermore this was done to avoid confusion with another local band Sweet Baby.  The band adopted the name Green Day, allegedly due to their fondness of marijuana.

Lookout! would release Green Day’s first LP, 39/Smooth in early 1990. Green Day would record two EPs later that year: Slappy and Sweet Children, the latter of which included some older songs they had recorded for Minneapolis indie label Skene! Records. In 1991, Lookout! Records released 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, a compilation of the 39/Smooth, Slappy, and 1,000 Hours EPs. In late 1990, shortly after the band’s first nationwide tour, Sobrante left the East Bay area to attend college.  The Lookouts drummer Tré Cool began filling in as a temporary replacement, and when it became clear that Sobrante did not plan to commit to the band full time, Tré Cool’s position as Green Day’s drummer became permanent. The band went on tour for most of 1992 and 1993, and played a stretch of shows overseas in Europe. The band’s second full length album Kerplunk sold about 50,000 copies in the U.S.

Breakthrough success: 1994–1996

Kerplunk’s underground success led to a wave of interest coming from major record labels, and they eventually left Lookout! on friendly terms and signed with Reprise Records after attracting the attention of producer Rob Cavallo. Signing to Reprise caused many punk rock fans to regard Green Day as sellouts.  Reflecting on the period, Armstrong told Spin magazine in 1999, “I couldn’t go back to the punk scene, whether we were the biggest success in the world or the biggest failure … The only thing I could do was get on my bike and go forward.” After signing with Reprise, the band went to work on recording its major label debut, Dookie.

Released in February 1994, and recorded in 3 weeks, Dookie became a commercial success, helped by extensive MTV airplay for the videos of the songs “Longview”, “Basket Case”, and “When I Come Around”, all of which reached the number one position on the Modern Rock Tracks charts. That year, Green Day embarked on a nationwide tour with queercore band Pansy Division as its opening act. At a September 9, 1994 concert at Boston Esplanade, mayhem broke-out during the band’s set (cut short to seven songs) and by the end of the rampage, 100 people were injured and 45 arrested. The band also joined the lineups of both the Lollapalooza festival and Woodstock 1994, where they started an infamous mud fight. During the concert, a security guard mistook bassist Mike Dirnt for a stage-invading fan and punched out some of his teeth. Viewed by millions by pay-per-view television, the Woodstock 1994 performance further aided Green Day’s growing publicity and recognition, and helped push its album to eventual diamond status. In 1995, Dookie won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album and the band was nominated for 9 MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year.

In 1995, a new single for the Angus soundtrack was released, titled “J.A.R.”. The single went straight to number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was followed by the band’s new album, Insomniac, which was released in the fall of 1995. Insomniac was a much darker and heavier response by the band, compared to the poppier, more melodic Dookie. Insomniac opened to a warm critical reception, earning 4 out of 5 stars from Rolling Stone, which said “In punk, the good stuff actually unfolds and gains meaning as you listen without sacrificing any of its electric, haywire immediacy. And Green Day are as good as this stuff gets.” Insomniac used a piece of art by Winston Smith entitled God Told Me to Skin You Alive for its album cover. The singles released from Insomniac were “Geek Stink Breath”, “Brain Stew/Jaded”, “Walking Contradiction”, and “Stuck With Me”. Though the album did not approach the success of Dookie, it still sold two million copies in the United States.  Insomniac won the band award nominations for Favorite Artist, Favorite Hard Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist at the 1996 American Music Awards, and the video for “Walking Contradiction” got the band a Grammy nomination for Best Video, Short Form, in addition to a Best Special Effects nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards.  After that, the band abruptly cancelled a European tour, citing exhaustion.

Middle era and fall in popularity: 1997–2002

After taking a break in 1996, Green Day began to work on a new album in 1997. From the outset, both the band and Cavallo agreed that the album had to be different from its previous records. The result was Nimrod, an experimental deviation from the band’s standard pop-punk brand of music. The new album was released in October 1997. It provided a variety of music, from pop-punk, surf rock, and ska, to an acoustic ballad. Nimrod entered the charts at number 10. The success of “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” won the band an MTV Video Award for Best Alternative Video for the song’s video, which depicted people undergoing major changes in their lives while Billie Joe Armstrong strummed his acoustic guitar. The song was also used in the second “clip show” episode of Seinfeld and on two episodes of ER. The other singles released from Nimrod were “Nice Guys Finish Last”, “Hitchin’ a Ride” and “Redundant”. The band made a guest appearance in an episode of King of the Hill entitled “The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteberg”, which aired in 1997.

In 2000, Green Day released Warning, a step further in the style that they had hinted at with Nimrod. Critics’ reviews of the album were varied. Allmusic gave it 4.5/5 saying “Warning may not be an innovative record per se, but it’s tremendously satisfying.”[25] Rolling Stone was more critical, giving it 3/5, and saying “Warning… invites the question: Who wants to listen to songs of faith, hope and social commentary from what used to be snot-core’s biggest-selling band?”  Though it produced the hit “Minority” and a smaller hit with “Warning”, some observers were coming to the conclusion that the band was losing relevance,  and a decline in popularity followed. While all of Green Day’s past albums had reached a status of at least double platinum, Warning was only certified gold.

At the 2001 California Music Awards, Green Day won all eight awards that they were nominated for. They won the awards for Outstanding Album (Warning), Outstanding Punk Rock/Ska Album (Warning), Outstanding Group, Outstanding Male Vocalist, Outstanding Bassist, Outstanding Drummer, Outstanding Songwriter and Outstanding Artist.

The release of a Greatest Hits compilation, International Superhits!, and an assemblage of B-sides, Shenanigans, followed Warning. International Superhits and its companion collection of music videos, International Supervideos!, sold reasonably well, going platinum in the U.S. Shenanigans contained some of the band’s B-sides, including “Espionage” which was featured in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

In the spring of 2002, Green Day co-headlined the Pop Disaster Tour with Blink-182. Despite the co-headlining title, Green Day would play each show before Blink-182, who at the time were experiencing more success. The tour was documented on the DVD Riding In Vans With Boys.

American Idiot and renewed success: 2003–2006

Spectators watch Green Day from the grass slopes at the National Bowl.

Spectators watch Green Day from the grass slopes at the National Bowl.

In the summer of 2003 the band went into a studio to write and record new material for a new album, tentatively titled Cigarettes and Valentines. After completing 20 tracks, the master tapes were stolen from the studio. The band chose not to try to re-create the stolen album, but instead started over. By the end of 2003, Green Day collaborated with Iggy Pop on two tracks for his album Skull Ring. On February 1, 2004 a new song, a cover of “I Fought the Law” made its debut on a commercial for iTunes during NFL Super Bowl XXXVIII. The band underwent serious “band therapy,” engaging in several long talks to work out the members’ differences after accusations from Dirnt and Cool that Armstrong was “the band’s Nazi”  and a show-off bent on taking the limelight from the other band members.

The resulting 2004 album, American Idiot, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, the band’s first ever album to top the chart, backed by the success of the album’s first single, “American Idiot.” The album was billed as a “punk rock opera” which follows the journey of the fictitious “Jesus of Suburbia”. American Idiot won the 2005 Grammy for “Best Rock Album” and the band swept the 2005 MTV music awards, winning a total of seven of the eight awards they were nominated for, including the coveted Viewer’s Choice Award.

Through 2005, the band toured in support of the album with about 150 dates — the longest tour in its career — visiting Japan, Australia, South America and the United Kingdom, where they drew a crowd of 130,000 people over a span of two days. While touring for American Idiot, they filmed and recorded the two concerts at the Milton Keynes National Bowl in England, which was voted ‘The Best Show On Earth’ in a Kerrang! Magazine Poll.

Green Day live in Germany during the American Idiot tour.

Green Day live in Germany during the American Idiot tour.

These recordings were released as a live CD and DVD called Bullet in a Bible on November 15, 2005. This CD/DVD featured hits from American Idiot as well as a few songs from all its previous albums, except “Kerplunk” and “1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours”. The DVD featured behind-the-scenes footage of the band, and showed how the band prepared to put on the show. The final shows of its 2005 world tour were in Sydney, Australia, and Melbourne, Australia, on December 14 and 17 respectively. On January 10, 2006 the band was awarded with a People’s Choice Award for favorite group.

On August 1, 2005, Green Day announced that that it had rescinded the master rights to its pre-Dookie material from Lookout! Records, citing a continuing breach of contract regarding unpaid royalties, a complaint shared with other Lookout! bands.  The pre-Dookie material, which remained out of print for about a year, was reissued by the band’s current label, Reprise, on January 9, 2007.

In 2006, Green Day won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” which spent 16 weeks at the number one position of Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks, a record it shared along with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Scar Tissue” and Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile,” (the record has been since been beaten by Foo Fighters’ 2007 hit “The Pretender” which reigned at the top spot for 18 weeks).

Brandon Flowers of The Killers went on record in 2007 claiming that Green Day’s politically driven concept album American Idiot displays “calculated Anti-Americanism.” He explained that he has problems with the album content itself and the fact that the band’s live DVD, Bullet in a Bible, was filmed in England. The taping of the concert, featured on Bullet in a Bible, shows thousands of Europeans singing along to “American Idiot.” Stating that he felt Green Day’s DVD is a bit of a stunt, he said, “I just thought it was really cheap. To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song – those kids aren’t taking it the same way that he meant it. And he (Billie Joe Armstrong) knew it.”

Foxboro Hot Tubs and 21st Century Breakdown: 2007–present

Green Day engaged in several other smaller projects in the time following the hype of American Idiot. Green Day released a new album under the band name Foxboro Hot Tubs entitled Stop Drop and Roll!!!. In 2008, the Foxboro Hot Tubs went on a mini-tour to promote the record, hitting tiny Bay Area venues including the Stork Club in Oakland and Toot’s Tavern in Crockett, CA. One song, “Ruby Room,” even gives a shout-out to the Oakland dive bar where “the Pabst Blue Ribbon unravels.”

In an interview with Kerrang!, Armstrong revealed that 2008 would “be a fair estimate of the release date of their new untitled eighth studio album for Green Day.”  In an interview with Carson Daly, Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson revealed that Butch Vig would

Green Day performing during a secret show at the Kesselhaus in Berlin on May 7, 2009.

Green Day performing during a secret show at the Kesselhaus in Berlin on May 7, 2009.

be producing Green Day’s forthcoming album.   The span of nearly five years between American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown was the longest gap between studio albums in Green Day’s career. The band had been working on new material since January 2006. By October 2007, Armstrong had 45 songs written, but the band showed no further signs of progress until October 2008, when a video of the group recording with producer Butch Vig in the studio was posted on YouTube. Two videos showing the band in the studio were posted on YouTube.  In the tour section of the band’s official website, the message “World Tour coming soon!” is shown.  The writing and recording process, spanning three years and four recording studios, was finally finished in April 2009.

The new album is titled 21st Century Breakdown and was released worldwide on May 15, 2009.  It has received rave reviews from the likes of Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic.  The album had mainly positive reception from critics, getting an average rating between 4 and 5 stars. After the release, the album hit #1 in fourteen different countries, hitting Gold or Platinum in each. 21st Century Breakdown achieved Green Day’s best chart performance to date. The band started playing shows in California in April and early May. It was their first live show in about 3 years. Green Day is currently on a world tour that started in North America in July, 2009 and continuing around the world throughout the rest of 2009 and early 2010.

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