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GREEN DAY - AMERICAN IDIOT (ALBUM)
Entry:03/10/2004 (Position 1)
Last week in charts:26/03/2006 (Position 50)
Peak:1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:78
Place on best of all time:43 (2654 points)
Year:2004
World wide:
ch  Peak: 1 / weeks: 79
de  Peak: 3 / weeks: 76
at  Peak: 1 / weeks: 100
fr  Peak: 4 / weeks: 101
nl  Peak: 4 / weeks: 66
be  Peak: 6 / weeks: 78 (Vl)
  Peak: 8 / weeks: 59 (Wa)
se  Peak: 1 / weeks: 80
fi  Peak: 2 / weeks: 45
no  Peak: 1 / weeks: 37
dk  Peak: 4 / weeks: 47
it  Peak: 5 / weeks: 126
es  Peak: 22 / weeks: 58
pt  Peak: 15 / weeks: 14
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 78
nz  Peak: 2 / weeks: 65
mx  Peak: 63 / weeks: 11

CD
Reprise 9362-48777-2



LP
Reprise 9362-48777-1 (eu)



CD The Ultimate American Idiot CD + DVD
Reprise 9362-49223-1


TRACKS
17/09/2004
CD Reprise 9362-48777-2 (Warner) / EAN 0093624877721
1. American Idiot
2:54
2. Jesus Of Suburbia
9:08
Jesus Of Suburbia
City Of The Damned
I Don't Care
Dearly Beloved
Tales Of Another Broken Home
3. Holiday
3:52
4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
4:20
5. Are We The Waiting
2:42
6. St. Jimmy
2:55
7. Give Me Novacaine
3:25
8. She's A Rebel
2:00
9. Extraordinary Girl
3:33
10. Letterbomb
4:06
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
4:45
12. Homecoming
9:18
The Death Of St. Jimmy
East 12th St.
Nobody Likes You
Rock And Roll Girlfriend
We're Coming Home Again
13. Whatsername
4:12
   
21/09/2004
LP Reprise 9362-48777-1 (Warner) [eu] / EAN 0093624877714
LP 1:
1. American Idiot
2:54
2. Jesus Of Suburbia
9:08
3. Holiday
3:52
4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
4:20
5. Are We The Waiting
2:42
6. St. Jimmy
2:55
LP 2:
1. Give Me Novacaine
3:25
2. She's A Rebel
2:00
3. Extraordinary Girl
3:33
4. Letterbomb
4:06
5. Wake Me Up When September Ends
4:45
6. Homecoming
9:18
7. Whatsername
4:12
   
30/05/2005
Special Edition - CD Reprise 9362-49391-2 (Warner) / EAN 0093624939122
30/05/2005
Special Edition - CD Reprise 9362493912 (Warner) [au] / EAN 9325583028755
1. American Idiot
2:54
2. Jesus Of Suburbia
9:08
3. Holiday
3:52
4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
4:20
5. Are We The Waiting
2:42
6. St. Jimmy
2:55
7. Give Me Novacaine
3:25
8. She's A Rebel
2:00
9. Extraordinary Girl
3:33
10. Letterbomb
4:06
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
4:45
12. Homecoming
9:18
13. Whatsername
4:12
DVD:
1. The Making Of 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' & 'Holiday'
2. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams4:48
3. Holiday4:42
   
13/11/2015
The Ultimate American Idiot CD + DVD - CD Reprise 9362-49223-1 (Warner) / EAN 0093624922315
1. American Idiot
2:54
2. Jesus Of Suburbia
9:08
Jesus Of Suburbia
City Of The Damned
I Don't Care
Dearly Beloved
Tales Of Another Broken Home
3. Holiday
3:52
4. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
4:20
5. Are We The Waiting
2:42
6. St. Jimmy
2:55
7. Give Me Novacaine
3:25
8. She's A Rebel
2:00
9. Extraordinary Girl
3:33
10. Letterbomb
4:06
11. Wake Me Up When September Ends
4:45
12. Homecoming
9:18
The Death Of St. Jimmy
East 12th St.
Nobody Likes You
Rock And Roll Girlfriend
We're Coming Home Again
13. Whatsername
4:12
Extras:
DVD: Heart Like A Hand Grenade - The Making Of American Idiot
   
18/12/2015
LP Reprise 9362492281 (Warner) / EAN 0093624922810
   

MUSIC DIRECTORY
Green DayGreen Day: Discography / Become a fan
Official Site
GREEN DAY IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Longview31/07/1994339
When I Come Around26/02/1995717
Welcome To Paradise07/05/1995445
Geek Stink Breath05/11/1995403
Stuck With Me25/02/1996461
Hitchin' A Ride19/10/19972625
Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)05/04/1998444
Redundant09/08/1998502
Redundant / Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)30/08/1998231
Minority01/10/20002915
Warning28/01/20011913
American Idiot26/09/2004715
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams26/12/2004517
Holiday10/04/20052410
Wake Me Up When September Ends24/07/20051314
Jesus Of Suburbia25/12/2005249
The Saints Are Coming (U2 and Green Day)19/11/200616
Know Your Enemy17/05/2009208
21 Guns05/07/20091416
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Dookie17/07/1994161
Insomniac22/10/1995523
Nimrod26/10/1997349
Warning:15/10/200077
International Superhits!11/11/20011123
American Idiot03/10/2004178
Bullet In A Bible27/11/2005816
21st Century Breakdown31/05/2009221
¡Uno!07/10/201235
¡Dos!25/11/2012102
¡Tré!23/12/2012222
Revolution Radio23/10/201626
SONGS BY GREEN DAY
¡Viva La Gloria!
¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)
1,000 Hours
16
2,000 Light Years Away
21 Guns
21 Guns (Green Day feat. The Cast Of American Idiot)
21st Century Breakdown
409 In Your Coffeemaker
80
86
8th Avenue Serenade
99 Revolutions
A Little Boy Named Train
All By Myself
All The Time
Amanda
American Eulogy: A. Mass Hysteria / B. Modern World
American Idiot
Amy
Android
Angel Blue
Are We The Waiting
Armatage Shanks
Ashley
At The Library With Waba Sé Wasca
Bab's Uvula Who?
Baby Eyes
Bang Bang
Basket Case
Before The Lobotomy
Best Thing In Town
Billie Joe's Mom
Blitzkrieg Bop
Blood, Sex And Booze
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Bouncing Off The Wall
Brain Stew
Brat
Brutal Love
Burnout
Carpe Diem
Castaway
Christian's Inferno
Christie Road
Chump
Church On Sunday
Cigarettes And Valentines
Coming Clean
D.U.I.
Deadbeat Holiday
Desensitized
Dirty Rotten Bastards
Disappearing Boy
Do Da Da
Dominated Love Slave
Don't Leave Me
Don't Wanna Fall In Love
Drama Queen
Dry Ice
East Jesus Nowhere
Emenius Sleepus
Espionage
Extraordinary Girl
F*** Time
F.O.D.
Fashion Victim
Favorite Son
Fell For You
Food Around The Corner
Forever Now
Geek Stink Breath
Ghostbusters
Give Me Novacaine
Going To Pasalacqua
Governator
Green Day
Ha Ha You're Dead
Haushinka
Having A Blast
Hearts Collide
Hitchin' A Ride
Hold On
Holiday
Homecoming
Horseshoes And Handgrenades
I Fought The Law
I Fought The Law (Rhythms Del Mundo feat. Green Day)
I Want To Be Alone
I Want To Be On T.V
I Was There
In The End
J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
Jackass
Jaded
Jesus Of Suburbia
Jinx
Kill The DJ
King For A Day
Know Your Enemy
Knowledge
Lady Cobra
Last Night On Earth
Last Of The American Girls
Last Ride In
Lazy Bones
Let Yourself Go
Letterbomb
Lights Out
Like A Rat Does Cheese
Longview
Loss Of Control
Macy's Day Parade
Makeout Party
Maria
Minority
Misery
Missing You
Murder City
My Generation
Nice Guys Finish Last
Nightlife
No One Knows
No Pride
Nuclear Family
Oh Love
On The Wagon
One For The Razorbacks
One Of My Lies
Only Of You
Ordinary World
Outlaws
Outsider
Panic Song
Paper Lanterns
Peacemaker
Platypus (I Hate You)
Poprocks And Coke
Private Ale
Private Hell (Iggy & Green Day)
Prosthetic Head
Pulling Teeth
Punk Christmas
Redundant
Reject
Rest
Restless Heart Syndrome
Revolution Radio
Road To Acceptance
Rotting
Rusty James
Sassafras Roots
Say Goodbye
Scattered
Scumbag
See The Light
See You Tonight
Sex, Drugs & Violence
She
She's A Rebel
Shoplifter
Sick
Sick Of Me
Somewhere Now
St. Jimmy
Stay The Night
Still Breathing
Stop When The Red Lights Flash
Strangeland
Stray Heart
Stuart And The Ave.
Stuck With Me
Suffocate
Supermarket (Iggy & Green Day)
Sweet 16
Sweet Children
Take Back
The Forgotten
The Grouch
The Judge's Daughter
The One I Want
The Saints Are Coming (U2 and Green Day)
The Simpsons Theme
The Static Age
Tight Wad Hill
Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)
Tired Of Waiting For You
Too Dumb To Die
Too Much Too Soon
Troubled Times
Troublemaker
Uptight
Waiting
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Walk Away
Walking Alone
Walking Contradiction
Warning
Welcome To Paradise
Westbound Sign
Whatsername
When I Come Around
When It's Time
Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
Why Do You Want Him?
Wild One
Words I Might Have Ate
Working Class Hero
Worry Rock
Wow! That's Loud
X-Kid
You Lied
Youngblood
ALBUMS BY GREEN DAY
¡Dos!
¡Tré / Cuatro!
¡Tré!
¡Uno!
1,000 Hours (EP)
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
21st Century Breakdown
21st Century Breakdown / American Idiot
39/Smooth
American Idiot
American Idiot (Selections From The Original Broadway Cast Recording) (Musical / Green Day)
American Idiot (The Original Broadway Cast Recording) (Musical / Green Day)
Awesome As F**k
Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking
Broadcasting Live
Bullet In A Bible
Demolicious
Dookie
Foot In Mouth
Insomniac
International Superhits!
Kerplunk
Last Night On Earth (Live In Tokyo)
Light Years Away - Radoi Broadcast 1994
Live On Air
Nimrod
On The Radio
Revolution Radio
Shenanigans
Singles Box
Slappy E.P.
Sweet Children (EP)
Take 2
The Lowdown
The Studio Albums 1990-2009
The Very Best Of
Transmissions
Tune In, Tokyo (EP)
Warning:
When I Come Around - Radio Broadcast, 1994
DVDS BY GREEN DAY
Bullet In A Bible
Heart Like A Hand Grenade
How It Came To Be - Those Early Years In Full
In Performance
Rock Masters Collection
Stay The Night - Live On Stage 2012
The Only Rhyme That Bites - A Documentary Film
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 5.08 (Reviews: 170)
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******
This album is fucking amazing.....I can't stop listening to it! It's so good....
*****
best of all their albums!!!!
****
Pretty good really! Almost as good as their early stuff!
*****
Great album, though it's not my favourite of theirs, it's still one of their best. Standouts are Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and Wake Me Up When September Ends.
****
Good, but quite a number of duds. Sure, their new style has attracted more fans but it's lost me a bit.
******
i really like this album, it's a brilliant listen from the beginning to the end and it's easy to get lost in. there is a perfect balance of slower songs and upbeat rocky tracks. one of my favourite albums of the decade and my #4 of 2005.
****
The singles are excellent and a couple of other songs to like St Jimmy, She's a Rebel and Are We The Waiting were all good songs but the rest on the album were average.
*****
Awesome album and probly their best offering value wise. Plenty off solid rockin songs but the singles are all the highlights from this epic rock opera.
*****
Solid return to form for Green Day, plenty of great tracks. 4.75
******
Brilliant album! Packed with many awesome tracks. One of the strongest, and best albums of the 2005, and most probably of the whole decade (2000's)!
****
Decent album, still very overrated but I can handle it
****
Apart from the singles Holiday, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends and album track Give Me Novocaine I was bored with the rest of this concept album but the strength of the first 2 singles I mentioned push the overall score to a 4.
*****
Though I've never really been a massive Green Day fan, I've always wanted to give a really elaborate review of this album, given the circumstances of how this album has been regarded since its release.

This year marks 10 years since then-9 year-old me was properly a fan of pop music, I'd watch the chart show every week (which led me to registering on this website later on, of course) and started collecting NOW CDs (which the Warners-signed Green Day was never included on, but still). Anyway back then this album was astronomically huge - the biggest thing in pop music, yet alone rock - and my memory of its success is one I often use when trying to imagine what the era of albums like Thriller and Nevermind would've felt like.

(Side note: of course other pop albums have reached and/or surpassed American Idiot's inescapability in the years since, but music critics try to deny it with 'something something fragmented culture' as if the general public is mostly in the form of /mu/tants these days, which is of course bollocks.)

It was SO big, infact, that unfortunately Green Day were ALSO the first band I felt peer-pressured into disliking for being 'too mainstream' (as told by my older brother and cousins who liked such obscure acts as MCR and Muse back then) which is a microcosm of a whole bunch of inane reasons that have rendered Green Day, and this album especially, terminally 'uncool' to like. Even though it sold millions and racked up some impressive critical accolades (even Pitchfork gave it a 7.2 upon initial release) its fate is a somewhat tragic phenomenon of an album's iconic status fading from instant-canonisation to being under-appreciated a decade from its reign in pop culture.

It's why I've maintained a low-key defensive attitude for Green Day, and American Idiot in particular, since while it's not a flawless album, the ways in which this album is dismissed by those considered tastemakers has always left me more than a little dumbfounded. Here will the eye-rolling (and eye-rollingly common) critiques of American Idiot will be named and shamed by yours truly:

"Green Day are sellouts who jumped on the emo/mall-punk bandwagon!" Why yes I'm certain that including TWO NINE MINUTE SONGS WITH SONG-SUITE STRUCTURES onto their album was an easy cash-grab that everyone else in the mainstream was doing, as was incorporating influences from rock opera and classic pop into a modern punk framework. I wouldn't have thought the guy complaining about eye-liner may actually be more brainwashed by marketing than those who actually bought it, but I can always reconsider.

"Green Day are talentless losers who only play 3 chords!" Again TWO NINE MINUTE SONGS WITH SONG-SUITE STRUCTURES (with too many changes in chord progression to count) but outside of that, plenty of great or at least varied musical moments to be heard here, like the explosive outro to 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' or the slightly psychadelic 'Give Me Novacaine' or the glockenspiel-tinged 'Wake Me Up When September Ends'. Really, this album should be musically 'complex' enough to please anyone who isn't a deluded Dream Theater fanboy, and we can ignore those people. Given how dire so much commercial rock in the 00s was, the superiority of this album to pretty much anything else should've been obvious (but then again, association with *that* rock audience is usually an instant turn-off for a lot of more indie-leaning rock fans, myself included, and listening to this album of YouTube and Spotify and being recommended 3 Doors Down or Hoobastank is a needlessly cruel thing to experience when trying to enjoy this album.)

"The politics are shallow anti-Americanism!" This one I actually DO understand. I myself have consciously developed a pro-American attitude as a reaction to so much vogue America-bashing I've constantly been conditioned to agreeing with, whilst actually finding it toxic, hateful and hypocritical at best (unrelated note: British culture is not any more sophisticated than American culture, if you think that, you're dreaming.). But while the album's politics are hardly Chumbawamba, they are a bit deeper than "Wah Wah I hate America and George Bush". In fact, most of its lyrical content focuses on the personal emotions felt in the album's storyline where the protagonists learns to resist the impulse to aimlessly 'rebel' (which the St. Jimmy character is a caricature of) and transition into an adult life where social concerns are dealt with in a useful, progressive way. One quite effective lyrical techniques Billie Joe often demonstrates is his ability to describe everyday 'normal' life where there's just something slightly 'off' about it: "On a steady diet of soda pop and ritalin", "When the moms and Brads are away", "Check my vital signs to know I'm still alive" which is not a million miles away from OK Computer, believe it or not.

I'm sorry about wannabe edgelords getting into America-bashing from buying this record, but that's just the nature of popular things eventually being liked by assholes. The content of this album in terms of politics or storyline is not really something I think much of when enjoying this album, even if it's flawed it's easy to ignore.

(side note: another good thing is that there's no Rage Against The Machine case where their politics are painfully derivative of a racially oppressed hip-hop group like Public Enemy, where they've taken twice the honors for half the actual commentary)

Anyway, American Idiot, despite all this odious bullshit surrounding it, is a very entertaining, fun and often powerful rock album which easily ranks as one of the best mainstream rock albums of its time. While its middle section does show a noticeable dip in song-for-song quality, the nature of the album's composition - given the context of *those* two aforementioned songs - means that the enjoyability of the record holds up more consistently, with filler songs feeling ostensibly as part of a greater medley which stretches across the entire album. The quality of the music is also able to withstand it's production, which incorporates many elements of a polished 00s rock sound - overly compressed drums in 'stadium' mode, big sounding guitar chords, et al, (although thankfully they still maintain a more distinctive, punchier feel to them which allows the power chords to sound lively and not lunkheaded). Here's hoping the realisation that it deserved all of it's fame in the first place comes through for its 20th anniversary a decade from now.
Last edited: 30/10/2015 22:17
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