“American Idiot” by Green Day (2004) Not familiar with this album or this group. Punk political opera - intriguing. Good music, shallow politics. But the music is good enough to persuade the listener to overlook the political naivety. These gentlemen would have been well advised to read a few lines of Zbigniew Brzezinski on the Iraq War before writing this opera. They still would have been wrong, but at least they would have sounded intelligent. Or are they affecting intentional unintelligence? Are they just joshing? Anyway the music is very entertaining. Head banging punk rage, with a unifying operatic theme. Plenty of creative innovations. Some real gems here. “A steady diet of soda pop and Ritalin” is a great line. Conceptually this album follows the line of “Tommy” by The Who, without being overly derivative. “Dearly Beloved” is truly good music. Integrating acoustic guitar in this genre is a stroke of genius. And the glockenspiel! Ya-ya. But check out this quatrain: Oh, therapy, can you please fill the void? Am I retarded or am I just overjoyed? Nobody's perfect and I stand accused For lack of a better word, and that's my best excuse One could step back and reflect on that for awhile. Very good drum work. Bass contributes much counterpoint. Vocals appropriate for the genre. Billie Joe Armstrong can really sing. Extraordinary musical range for punk (admittedly, my experience with punk is limited), reminiscent of what The Beatles did for rock ‘n roll on “Sgt. Pepper” and “Abbey Road”. I enjoyed this one. 4/5
Look. I know the rating should be lower. But I fucking love this album. I love it. Its a no skip album for me. I remember loving it since I was four. So many great tunes. 9/10 F. T. : A tie between Holiday and Are we the Waiting. I can't choose among my children.
I might be biased, but this album marked a generation. I've always enjoyed it as a decent rock/punk album. It's fun and full of energy, but manages to express quite well the frustration and disillusionment felt at that time.
Expert witness account of this album incoming. It is easy to forget how big this album was, and Green Day were after this one hit. Going into it though in 2004, popular culture had passed them by. Dookie had hit 10 years earlier and while the following Green Day albums were hits, they were never going to reach the heights their breakthrough did. At the start of the 2000s, Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Sum 41 and Simple Plan had taken what Green Day were doing in the 90s and replicated it (to lesser artistic success) and dominated the charts, MuchMusic airtime (yes I’m Canadian) and magazine covers. At the same time, a narrative had been going on in music conversations that rock and roll was dying, the pendulum had swung to pop and hip hop (very short sited and mostly perpetuated by people who only get music through TV and top 40 radio, of which I was mostly too) which had contributed to the overall decline in relevancy of guitar-bass-drum acts. By time fall 2004 had come around there already were the next generation of popular rock acts coming up (The Killers and Frank Ferdinand had hit earlier in the summer, Arcade Fire would hit mainstream this fall). So here came Green Day with a new album, and it had been a few years since they had put out new music. I think there was some level of hype, and it was known this was going to be a concept album. People forget though, Green Day had changed their image in preparation of this album. For a band that had been at the height of their relevancy 10 years earlier, the refreshed look absolutely helped their appeal, as they somehow looked cooler and ahead of the curve than the other bands that had surpassed them. This was sort of a clean entry point for new fans too as they’re visually striking at this point, sound as good as they ever have and are riding this Anti-Bush wave that’s happening right before the 2014 US election. So when the American Idiot single came out, I remember the music video had gotten a lot more play than singles from previous Green Day had been. But this album just kept growing with each successive single. Holiday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Wake Me Up When September Ends we’re all massive hits and had endless radio play. This album landed like nothing else in rock had. They stayed in the public spotlight for at least 2 years off the strength of this record. I remember seeing them on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in 2016 still promoting American Idiot, and the band won the Grammy a few weeks later which kept them going. Now this album has been adapted into a Broadway show and Green Day is the only other band that got a Rock Band game besides the Beatles (AC/DC had a disc, but that was just songs, no band representation) So I say all of this because looking back at the 2000s decade because of when American Idiot hit, the case could be made Green Day was at the top of the rock pile, along with U2, RHCP, Coldplay and I suppose the Killers. So while people had this conversation that rock was dying in the 2000s we have to count ourselves pretty fucking lucky we had Green Day that rode the mainstream. You may hate this album but it’s better than most of the other slush pile the 2000s had to offer. The album itself though; it is still absolutely killer and it’s obvious why they became the biggest band in the world again because of this. There’s nothing challenging here about the music; it’s immediate, every song is catchy, lyrics are great (if dated criticism of America in the 2000s). So many of the songs have been ridden into the ground (anything released as a single) so the real winners here are the longer concept album saga songs (Jesus of Suburbia, Homecoming). What I have had to contend with doing this 1001 album project is putting into perspective when I would have been listening to this album before. American Idiot doesn’t seem like it’s that old. Im assuming this is because the songs in this have been played to death on the radio as well as movies and video games. I’ve also been thinking about Green Day lately as I listened to the excellent episode of the podcast Bandsplain did on Green Day a few months ago. But to place it, I would have been listening to this one when I started university. I would have listened to it on my 3rd Gen iPod (the one with the four red action buttons across the top and the first touch click wheel). I wouldn’t have even had a laptop yet, I would have still had my Compaq desktop PC. In terms of where this lands in Green Days legacy I have the unpopular opinion that this is their best album. Still incredible that this is a comeback on the level it was considering how they had fallen out of fashion, but listening to the album, it seems obvious. Could Green Day make another comeback? Sure. Apparently Green Day is hot with teenagers. They make music that sounds like what it’s like to be a teen. Among the best albums of this decade, deserved all of its sales and the success the band had from it.
This is how a band does a sound change and comes out on top for it. Excellent pop rock fun.
Used to listen to this all the time back in the emo kid days. I still know every single word.
A rock opera in everything but intention, this segued album is easily one of the best of the punk-pop-idiot rock that came about in the era of the Iraq war. Easily one of the best albums of the 2000's
I'm dating myself here, but American Idiot is the first album I ever owned. There are legitimate criticisms that can be made about it - it's firmly rooted in the Bush era and hasn't aged particularly well; it's a whiny sort of pop-punk for white kids in the 'burbs - but none of that is enough to detract from my rose-tinted nostalgia. Even today, I find the album's pure sincerity a very charming break from the 2010s ever-present air of irony.
The first album we have gotten that I have listened to all the way through before this project. The way they pair two songs for the middle four tracks(plus Jesus and Homecoming both have 5 subtracks in them) is a cool concept and helps underline the bands desire to put out something they enjoyed creatively rather than something that would necessarily do well commercially - luckily this did both. I mean Punk Rock Opera? Nostalgia+Strong Songs+Creativity= 5 stars
I went into this fully expecting for it to not have aged well. I was wrong. This album still bangs.
Look, we all loved some "Dookie." It was dumb punk fun. But we're not gonna pretend that Green Day didn't go gradually downhill from there in their next several albums. There were some hits in there, but nothing that hinted that they had "American Idiot" in them. I don't think Green Day was taken very seriously before "American Idiot." They were a raucous punk band, but mainstream enough to be MTV darlings and probably the band most responsible for the unfortunate wave of pop-punk of the late 90s and early 00s. (Take a star off for that if you want.) But holy crap was "American Idiot" ambitious. And I think it's the best they've ever sounded. (Who knows, maybe I would eat my words if I went back and listened to all of "Insomniac" or "Nimrod.") They cleaned up and polished their sound, and while that may sound bad for a punk band, they pulled it off so well. Regardless of any concept in the story or lyrics, Green Day really matured sonically. The punk is still there, but the songs are varied, well-structured, with great build and rise-and-fall throughout. You may not love Billy Joe's voice - it's nasally and a bit whiny - but I think you can tell here that he is becoming a better singer. It's really a great album, start to finish. It may not be the Great American Novel of the 21st century, but it's a solid concept with good lyrics for a vaguely political punk album. And it became a musical! Are Green Day sell-outs? Or did they just perfect what they do and be accepted for it?
This album already has three hits that absolutely blew up. Then I listened to the rest of the album. It didn't disappoint. I learned that this album "expresses the disillusionment and dissent of a generation that came of age in a period shaped by the tumultuous evens such as 9/11 and the Iraq War." And i'm a sucker for a politically charged album. This one hits just right.
Of all the pop punk bands, I think Green Day is the only one I actually enjoy on some level. I've only heard Dookie through Nimrod before though. I've seen this album get alot of praise and I wanted to give it a 3 when I first started listening but as the album goes on I feel like it collapses under its own weight. I respect the ambition but it was a bit of a chore to get through.
Very clean album. A bit too clean and predictable, I like a bit of fuzz. Some good songs to listen to on their own, but BJ’s voice and guitar gets a bit grinding listening to a whole album.
Thought it was purile and shite when it came out and was “pleased” to be proved right. Horrendous listening experience and I curse myself for not having enough self respect to have turned it off.
We already had a Green Day album. What do I get for being polite the first time? A concept album. If that's not bad enough, they have a character named St. Jimmy? Doesn't at all sound like Dr. Jimmy. Pete Townshend at 80 y.o. is still infinitely cooler than these nerds with tats.
Nostalgia bomb. Awesome album, and the slow/fast song double features are pretty fun, I kind of forgot about that format
Already heard this one, very many times - great project; one of the best pop punk works of art there is. Relevant even today.
Still great and fun to listen all the way through. S/o to my cousins and their Limewire plug
Hands down the best Green Day album of all time, one of the best concept albums of all time, and one of the best albums in general. 5 stars, all killer-no filler.
One of my favorites, a great commentary and timeless rock sounds to bang your head along with.
Was very excited to see this bad boy pop up. This was the album that introduced me to Green Day but I haven’t listened in forever. Very rewarding for us lyrics listeners ;) Kathleen Hanna should’ve sang Letterbomb though.
One of the albums I listen to often, very good.
Probably my best Green Day album as well. Loved the first one but this one is just really good.
idiota americando da minha juventude idiota
I definitely bought this album on the day it came out - I was 16. I was riding in the back seat of my friend's car listening to "Holiday" - we had it cranked and he was driving too fast trying to take a turn off 18th Ave - into the ditch we went! A fond memory. I get why some people don't like Green Day but they were such a big part of my formative years and I come back to their music often enough. I think this is their best album. "Jesus of Suburbia" is epic, I love that song. Rounding up to a 5.
Great. Recognize lots of songs.
Can't not give it a 5
Energetic, one of my favourite albums then I was a teenager.
stone cold classic.
Punk Opera about the disillusionment of growing up in suburbia? Easy 5 stars. I listened to this album so hard the summer it came out that I spent the next 3 years hating on it. Once I went back and realized I had just overplayed it for myself, it went back into a moderated heavy rotation.
Solid album that represents Green day maturity. I just don't get the double songs per album track.
more timely than ever!
Américan idio, Jesús suburbio y boulevard broken dreamS
Not surprised that this ended up on the list. Jam-packed with hits, somehow polished and pop while maintaining the raw edge.
Wow this album unlocked childhood memories I forgot existed. Was a little nervous that it wouldn't be as good as I remembered, but oh my god am I so glad I was wrong. That rocked hard as hell, its got a political message that still rings true today, was a total risk by a band way outside of their comfort zone thematically, and still was an incredible success. We've had a lot of concept albums lately and I haven't been the biggest fan, but yo this is how its done right. Also, who else was a 5th grader who didn't really know anything about politics but didn't like George Bush just because of Green Day? Any ways, this group just earned its pop-punk merit badge because its 5s across the board for Green Day!
"No one ever died for my Sins in hell As far as I can tell At least the ones that I got away with" (Jesus of Suburbia) "Cigarettes and ramen and a little bag of dope I am the son of a bitch and Edgar Allan Poe Raised in the city under a halo of lights The product of war and fear that we've been victimized I'm the patron saint of the denial With an angel face and a taste for suicidal" (St. Jimmy) A Green Day sí le permito hacer canciones de más de cinco minutos.
This hasn't aged well but it still takes me back to chugging too many drinks at house parties and jumping off of the roofs of various neighbours
Great album. Career defining. Good guitars, beats, melodies!, sensicle lyrics.
One of the legendary Rock Opera's of our time. Right up there with Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Un álbum prácticamente perfecto. No lo escuchaba desde hace más de 10 años y lo he disfrutado más de lo que creía. Las melodías vocales son perfectas, el ritmo prácticamente no decae, es una historia desesperada; no hay héroes, no hay cambio. El cambio es la quimera. "Letterbomb", el punto álgido.
Да это же лучший жанр, поп-панк! Стоит, вероятно, немного пояснить за отношение к коллективу. Узнал где-то в период своего роцкерского становления на A-One. Вероятно, сразу после клипа на Бульвар поставил ярлык недорока для школьниц и боле шанса даже не давал. Ещё негатив подкрепился тем, что именно Green Day стали единственной "современной" (на тот момент) группой, удостоившейся собственной игры с пластиковыми гитарами. То есть встали рядом с Metallica, The Beatles, AC/DC, Aerosmith и Van Halen, отчего я немного негодовал. Посему в ближайшем окружении хейтил. Спустя годы выкупил прикол панка так какового, да и поп-панка в частности. Енто позволяэ как-то иначе взглянуть на творчество коллектива. На самом деле альбом сделал мои выходные, грубо говоря. Возможно, тут можно говорить о явлении, когда кто-то испытывает ностальгию по тому, чего в жизни и не было. Тупа веет яркой молодостью. Издали думал, что альбом является где-то первым-третьим с основания группы, мол в начале запилили, хайпанули, а потом паразитируют на начальных успехах. Но, сука, альбом то седьмой и запилен через 18 лет после основания! Уже подобное вызываэ увожение. Аналогия навскидку проводится разве что с пристовским Паникулёром. Чё там по трекам... На самом деле, прослушивание на 4-5-е выкупаешь, что все хорошие. Хотел сказать, что к концу явно просаживается, но то, что опосля Whatsername - цэ, оказывается, бонус-треки. Не, реально, как-то всё в единое концептуальное полотно выстраивается с сопоставимой степенью качёвости, из которого вырывать что-то отдельное и не хочется особо. Разве что 3 "главных" трека: есессна, заглавный, Бульвар и Сентябрь. Заглавный ранее казался недостаточно цепляющим, чтобы быть цепляющим при своей лаконичности. Но ныне, особенно в рамках альбома, звучит вполне достойно. К Бульвару сохранился немного школьный негатив, наименее живой трек на альбоме. Звучание веет словом "коммерческий". Ну типа а вдруг так вышло просто? Написался трек, как и остальные, но там продюссеры подсуетились, давайте ща стерильности наведём, сотни нефти подымем. Ну типа а чё бы и нет. Возможно, один из тех треков, по котором публика знакомится с исполнителем, а, прошарившись, не особо и ценит. Но трек в целом всё же хороший. Сентябрь, возможно, даже и не слышал ранее. Разве что фрагменты где-нить, да и то не точно. И прям чёт сразу пропёрся. Этот рек всё же достаточно цепляющий, чтобы быть интересным при лаконичности. При этом он не такой уж и лаконичный, там вон инструменты разные всякие, переходы. Ну типа попс, да. Но попс то мы тут не хейтим сам по себе. В целом, возможно, лучший новый для себя альбом в рамках 1001. Синтез идей прошлых декад, причём тех, что мне самому заходят. Тут слышу Битлов, там - Квинов немного, тут - Дэвид Боуи, там - глэм-митол 80-ых. И при этом как бы не завершает ход эволюции, а служит её звеном. Так, хук из Letterbomb я будто слышу в angelic milk - Rebel Black. Короче, отличный альбом. Отличный альбом, оставлю на плеере.
Very very awesome Album!!!
Great piece of American music.
Absolutely fantastic album that is a highlight of Green Day’s career. I love so much of this album and have for as long as I can remember.
The high water mark for Green Day and possibly all pop-punk.
Still one of the best concerts I ever saw was their American Idiot tour. I also still know most of the lyrics as I listened along. Jesus of Suburbia is still a classic and forever will be.
Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all
I've had heard the hits, but never the full album. Every song is good or a masterpiece, it's a very solid album.
Been touring this album for 15+ years and that's alright. Good stuff.
Perhaps I’m just rating it highly because I lived in the East Bay for so long, but this album seriously holds up after 17 years. A punk rock opera was genius then and is genius now
Riley says 5 stars and I agree. I have a soft spot in my heart for pop punk and Green Day does it better than anyone. Jesus of Suburbia is like a microcosm of the whole album, a tiny pop punk rock opera all on its own. Even if you don’t love them, you have to appreciate the ambition here.
Grew up listening to Green Day, needed to be a 5
Nostalgia. Letterbomb and Homecoming don't really stand out but the rest are really great. A must.
I don't want to be an American idiot.
I know all the songs in this album by heart! I used to listen to it when I was an awkward teenager, so it will always be special to me. Favourite track: Jesus of Suburbia but honestly I like them all
That's my childhood, no way I could not love it
Whew, American Idiot is an absolute classic in my eyes. The entire album is filled with commentary on the political and disenfranchised state of the USA in the early/mid 00s, and although the album is almost 20 years old, sadly it still speaks to the state of USA. This conceptual album is multi Grammy award winning, has been adapted for Broadway and has a documentary that was filmed about the process of making the album. This takes me back to early high school blasting this in my headphones on my discman, and to what we now know as a much simpler time considering what the Trump Administration has brought to the world. Best: American Idiot; Boulevard of Broken Dreams; Wake Me Up When September Ends Worst: Are We the Waiting Note: Spotify has joined some songs as one, which I can see why they've done it for the flow, but I have always listened to them as separate songs. (Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams; Are we The Waiting/St. Jimmy, and a couple of others)
Know this one great. Good one.
This album has been in regular rotation for me since it was released. As much as Dookie was incredibly influential for the pop-punk scene and the band continued to evolve their sound on Insomniac and Nimrod - it wasn’t until American Idiot that they really cemented their legacy as a Hall of Fame band. Haven’t been as big of a fan of anything since but still love the classics. This album tells a story and does so in a way that’s never boring. Would love to see the musical (or a film adaptation) some day. Fav Tracks: “Jesus of Suburbia” “Letterbomb” “Homecoming”
Green Day's masterpiece. What a perfect pop-punk album. Every song flows together nice and moves into the next one. It's one of the few 21st century albums that really engages you from song to song and is best listened to in its entirety. What a fantastic album from one of my all-time favorite bands. Listening to this when I was in my youth during the Kerplunk! days would have been slightly disappointing, but now that I've grown up, I can really appreciate American Idiot for what it is: perfect for its time and genre. Nice work, Green Day!
Very nostalgic. Loved this album growing up
I can't even begin to quantify how much of a soft spot I have for this album. It came out when I was a kid, and was the first rock music I got REALLY into at the time, having listened to contemporary country up until then. Easy 5/5, but I'm biased as hell to the point where I'm not gonna bother trying to explain why I feel that way. I did actively relisten to the album for this, but I seriously considered just skipping it because I have literally every song on it already in my usual playlist. If you want a nuanced opinion ask literally anyone else.
Good music, good lyrics, brought me back to my high school years
❤️❤️ Jedan od najbitnijih albuma u mom životu, dan danas znam svaki takt jer je jebeno savršenstvo. Jebiga to je komedija i tragedija, to je Sv. Ivica i to je moje ime... AND DON'T YOU FUCKING WEAR IT OUT.
Great album, worth it's accolades.
Obwohl teilweise gestückelt passt alles wunderbar zusammen. Man merkt ein klares Konzept. Fett Fett fett. In jeder Nummer gibt's an geilen Höhepunkt.
Def some nostalgia here
Absolutely fantastic shit that I ignored for so long just because I hated how beloved it was in middle school or whatever
Going into this, I thought there was no way American Idiot could rate as high as Dookie. I was wrong. This was the annoyingly catchy popular sellout album for a reason: The music was annoyingly great, and everybody knew it.
I'd written Green Day off as a one album wonder before this came out...... but this was a ferocious return to form
Fantastic. One of the first CDs I ever bought, and it still holds up.
A pretty perfect rock album, not a bad song on there. Verges on operatic in composition. St Jimmy, Give Me Novocaine, Homecoming, Whatsername all great but Jesus of Suburbia is the obvious classic - punk Bohemian Rhapsody
Where to start? I got into Green Day back in '02, when I was 19. I played the shit out of International Superhits! When American Idiot dropped I had just seen Green Day headline Leeds festival (my first festival and Green experience) so to say I was in the height of my fanboy phase is an understatement. I remember watching the American Idiot music video weeks before and no joke, every single damn one of my friends owned this album. The end of 2004 and going into 2005 was a great time in my life and this album was the soundtrack. It was everywhere I went. House parties? Gaming with friends? While I was at work? This album was on constant rotation by me and everyone I hung out with. It was huge. It was my favourite Green Day album for the longest time but I rarely listen to it now. I have listened to it so many times that I kinda ruined it for myself. It will always be a 5* album for me though. The one song I can still happily revisit is Jesus of Suburbia. That song has everything. The other highlights for me are American Idiot, Holiday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, St. Jimmy, Give Me Novacaine, Wake Me Up When September Ends and Homecoming. Pretty much the whole album.
Absolute CLASSIC. Like, wow. A lot of these songs hold up so well, they capture the epic emotions and paradoxically small scale of the suburbs. Beautiful!
So good top to bottom. Jesus of Suburbia is an all time anthem. Some hugely identifiable guitar riffs throughout the entire thing
Incredible rock opera. I always admire this album for still being extremely good even if you don't pay attention to the plot - the songs are all great when isolated, something I, a Pink Floyd fanboy, can't even say about The Wall (let's be honest, nobody is putting "Bring The Boys Back Home" in their playlists). Punk doesn't get better than this from what I've heard, easy 5/5.
Love this green day album!
I love Boulevard of Broken dreams ... Idk why I love it so much but it's beautiful. The rest of the album is good but it's a 5 for the one song.
Tried Green Day before, didn't like it, but I guess today I was into it.
this is the album that got me into music, therefore my favorite of all time.
One of my favorite albums from my high school days. The 9 minute epics of Jesus of Suburbia and Homecoming will forever be my favorites.
I can’t believe I never heard it in full. Amazing
Great Album, amazing band. 5/5
Absolute great album, lyrics, music and singing still great and poignant almost twenty years later
I have to say, I'm extremely surprised by how much I liked this one. At the time of the album's release I was very dismissive about it: being 14 years old and just getting into heavy metal, I saw this as a lame, mainstream pop-punk album. Listening to it now, I still don't think it's a "real" punk rock album - but I see that as a positive. In particular, the album is far and beyond the very low musical quality and production standards of true punk. I do however appreciate the sentiments of generalized dissatisfaction with society and politics (particularly American, but also globally), which I also didn't share or understand to this degree at the age of 14 - and which are common in "real" punk, but rarely expressed anywhere near this well. Instead of a punk album, I see this as an accessible yet very good alternative rock album, built on the legacy of 80's hard rock concept albums / rock operas and incorporating the best of the (few) good elements of punk. 18 years after its release, I'm glad I re-listened this album and learned to appreciate it. Will definitely revisit. 4.5 stars.
All time punk classic
I’m reluctant to use the terms “Masterpiece” and “Pop Punk” in the same paragraph but here we are. This Pop Punk album falls just short of being a Masterpiece for me because of a slightly drawn out second half, call it a day on When September Ends and it would have even more punch. Still a great work. I’m no fan of the original wave of punk, but this has all the energy and snarling sarcasm but has something to say to me, even across the other side of the Atlantic and nearly 20 years on, it still feels super relevant. Great mix of thumping punk energy and acoustic strummings, clever use of themes and motifs running throughout, just trim 12mins off and it would be even more brilliant.
Great early 2000s pop punk. One of the defining albums of that sound.
I cannot rate this album in any way objectively, I basically mainlined it in 2004/5. A classic.
WHAT AN ALBUM. It's a masterpiece. It holds such a place in my heart and I think it's such a great audio-time capsule of that time in musical culture. I remember when it came out I absolutely loved it but as the album got massive success there was a bit of a rejection of it for people who liked Green Day before this album and I think I then started to not like it as much. I then went and owned every single Green Album up to this one and they really are a phenomenal band in my opinion. Looking back at American Idiot as an adult all this time later I still think it's a brilliantly written album. Jesus of Suburbia is excellently put together and hearing something of that scale in this genre was mind-blowing for me, kind of still is.
AMAZING album!!! I am obsessed I find it such a rollercoaster of emotions, it's very nostalgic but particularly Boulevard of Broken Dreams makes me feel alive haha! Love it so so much and easy 5.
Oh man. This album takes me back. It's 2003 and my extended family still hangs out in the summers. My uncle demands that someone show him "that broken dreams song." My cousin knows what he means and brings it up on her iPod. I think that's what's so remarkable about American Idiot: its ability to be both universal and personal in scope. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" could be (and is) a song about personal loss, but it's also a song about national loss. Remarkably, this album can comprehensively describe individual feelings without sacrificing the universal commentary. I wouldn't say "Jesus of Suburbia" is the absolute favorite track for me on this album (that award goes to Boulevard of Broken Dreams), but it has what's by far the finest lyrics of the album: "Everyone's heart doesn't beat the same/ it's beating out of time" FUCK, y'all. This album was prophetic. That really cuts to the heart of it, doesn't it? The American way is to disagree on something because you want to make it better...but in your obsession with your OWN truth, you can't respect, let alone understand, another point of view. The divisiveness of American culture has been boiling for a long time, if not forever. If I were rating purely on enjoyability I'd rate this four stars...but I have to give it an extra based on how much of a crucial and influential cultural touchstone it is. Absolutely fucking deserves to be on this list.
As someone who has only listened to this album by Green Day, I was ecstatic to see this for today. What a classic album! Takes me back to the 2004 era when I would hear WMUWSE on the radio and on Tv shows. It was a fun ride hearing fave songs and rediscovering the joy that is "Homecoming," what a fun song to listen to. All-in-all, the best album I've listened to so far on this journey. Stand out Songs: American Idiot, Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Are We The Waiting, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Homecoming.
Excellent, strong album from start to finish. My one complaint is that there are too many songs that are combined into a single track. 9/10.
This album is absolutely iconic. Album starts strong, small dip in the middle, but finishes strong.
What I love most about this album is that even though it was released at a time where there was political turmoil in the US due to 9/11 and the Iraq war, it is still 100% relevant today. It’s an album that young people will always relate to, and my generation will always feel nostalgia with. I’m biased because of my nostalgia with this album but it is also a masterclass in pop punk of the 2000s.
There isn't a bad song on this album. 57 minutes and 23 seconds of greatness.
I didn't love this back in high school but I do now. What a killer album
This is an excellent Rock/Punk album. I'm usually not a Punk fan, but have nothing but respect for Green Day. With this album, they outdid themselves. There is no weak track - every song is memorable with great musicianship and hummable melodies. Wake Me Up When September Ends is such a beautiful, powerful song; the real standout on this album. Other highlights include the title song and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, but, this being a concept album, the whole collection warrants repeated listening. However, for the times when you really just want to listen to one particular song, it would have been to let each individual song reside in its own track. I'm not really a fan of lumped together tracks like "Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams". But that is just a minor quibble. 4.5/5
2004. Key Songs: American Idiot, Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends
Been a while. A classic
Middle school favorite. A rock opera in every sense of the term.
One of my favorite albums from Green Day. I like how they evolved and this new sound. Solid album.
I was never interested in this album when it came out, but I heard the singles. They're better in the context of the album. Green Day can certainly write some catchy songs.
Was pretty much over Green Day when this album came out. But looking back it’s probably one of their best.
Some classic songs but not their best album
Very good musicianship and a very cool approach, doing most of the songs as double feature/mashups that flow pretty seamlessly into one another. The hits are much better than some of the other tracks, but they all fit together pretty well.
I have a hard time stepping back and not being judgy about this album and about Green Day. After years of feeling like they play poser punk and feeling like they were making political songs as part of a growing fad, rather than out of genuine concern for the current political climate. There's undeniably some great songwriting and the production quality is great.
Definitely heard this one. One of my favorites. Very cynical, and considered a sell out album by them, but, as a concept album/rock opera style, it’s great!
Not their best, but I like it
Dit is toch geweldig
For punk, it is very thoughtful and interesting
Great album, they put it all out there
Very good, perhaps overrated.
Better than I remember. A classic
Wondering if this album is a storyline or not. Want to research some time to see if it is.
I enjoyed the mashup songs. Jesus of Suburbia is good too but at 9 minutes a little long
Bastante bueno. Temas buenos.
These lyrics are burned into my memory forever. Cool guitar riffs and connected story. Some songs drag on for a bit.
I don't know if I ever listened to this album, but I know every song. Iconic
Car journeys with dad
4/5 well that was unexpected. Kudos to them!
Very very solid album. I listened to American Idiot a lot on our old computer with ITunes, and that song still slaps. I love the singles that I've got saved, but the whole rock opera trope drags on a bit with some of the longer songs, so I dropped this to a 4. A high 4, nonetheless Already Saved: American Idiot, Holiday / Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me up When September Ends Saved After Listening: Give Me Novacaine / She's a Rebel
Excellent and nostalgic album
un grand classique, rien a voir avec par exemple The Doors
Good shit I really like it especially Septemeber
I think I've heard all of Dookie (it was everywhere in '94). I own Nimrod ('97). I had heard "American Idiot", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" off of this album, but that might be it. I liked the album. I'd listen to it again.
Ball buster of an album! Absolutely BRILLIANT
one of my personal favorite albums. great songs from front to back.
Its punk rock, babyyyy
Bops start to finish. Brother's favourite/10
super kickass hooky melodic pseudo punk genius
38. Quase não se vê a merda do castelo com tanto nevoeiro. As luzes da ponte são fumo à distância. Fumo fumo. Fumo. Merda para estas subidas até aos bombeiros. Estamos tão falidos que o nosso sistema educativo nem consegue pôr umas chapas de amianto por cima das nossas cabeças. É provisório, para sempre. Nunca mais como n'As Massas. Não me caíram bem. Talvez tenha sido dos nervos quando ela me pegou na mão a brincar, ou será que não era, tinha de ser, só pode, nunca na vida ela, mas será que, nah, deves estar louco. Idiota. O álbum ficou em casa. MotA: American Idiot "Don't wanna be an American idiot"
few bangers on it
Some transitions on this album are simply incredible (Holiday/Boulevard of broken dreams). Themes of american society, I can't really relate with. But the music is iconic.
Liked this a lot more than I remember liking it when it came out.
I will always love this album despite the 2nd half being a tad weaker than the first few songs.
It is amazing what they do with 3 or 4 chords. Good record.
Ich wünsche Green Day per se alles Gute. Gute Jungs, Erfolg verdient, Power-/Pop-Punk ist voll ok. Fühle mich halt nur nicht so angesprochen von denen, aber muss ja auch nicht. Zu dieser Platte: super Anliegen, der Protest gegen die Bush-Regierung, die Neocons und alles was sie natürlich weiterhin falsch und nur schlimmer gemacht haben. Sie hätte noch viel viel mehr Gehör verdient gehabt als sie immerhin schon hatte, aber der Kamp geht weiter. Ich bin halt nur kein Fan von Musicals, und für Konzeptalben reicht meine Aufmerksamkeitsspanne in der Regel auch nicht wirklich. Trotzdem: irgendwie möchte ich Props dafür geben. Deshalb: auch wenn mich das musikalisch nicht so reizt, bekommen diese kalifornischen Toten Hosen die Punkte, die man für die simple Idee und Umsetzung ruhig mal geben darf. Und den guten Wunsch, dass es sich irgendwann auch auszahlt.
One of the small things I appreciate about Green Day is their ability to blend the end of one song into the beginning of the next (Jink to Haushinka anyone). Being that Jesus of Suburbia and Homecoming are each 5 songs in one, they do it several times in a row. It really is an underrated skill. St. Jimmy sounds alot like their early 90s stuff: fast and hard yet accessible. Give Me Novacaine is part the old sound (chorus) and something I can’t quite put my finger on (verses). My oh my the verses sound like a dreamy 50s song. I’m in between on this album. I really like it, but I don’t love it yet. I would like to keep listening.
While I personally prefer Dookie overall (what a sentence!), American Idiot is a very strong album, with Green Day maturing into a band that matters. Billie Joe has a very unique voice, one that entirely fits the sound of the band and the POV of the song lyrics. In listening to the whole piece, it's clear that the band intended as a concept album and is no surprise that it has done well as a rock opera/musical. The stories & characters in the songs are compelling, and the music (unfortunately) tips over sometimes into musical theatre tropes. There are a few tracks that make me think the band was aiming a little too high, but it's hard to fault their ambition. I'm very interested in listening to this again, closer, to glean more from it.
Better than I remembered it to be. There's plenty of amazing hits while the rest of the album is rather consistently good. The quality dips a little at the end but that might be just me not enjoying too long albums which this is one of those.
classic. easy 4. almost a 3 cause overplayed
Lekkere rock natuurlijk!
Already listened to most of the songs since they're iconic
Been meaning to check out this type of music for a while. Loved the "Bohemian Rhapsody of punk music", Jesus of Suburbia. And Wake Me Up When September Ends hit hard as our lockdown will likely end after September.
Fun fact, I broke my parents couch bouncing up and down to this album when I was like 4 years old.
Album 2 Forgot how good some of the tracks are
Still excellent after these years; quiet varied for Green Day and punchy bass
First 2 songs are amazing. The remaining ones - hard to listen.
Green Day was the shit in the Bay Area during the early 2000s. Reminds me of elementary school
Used to really not like this album, but it has grown on me thanks to this listen.
Overblown in the best way
puf, muy largo ... pero bueno, le daré un 4.
Not quite as good as dookie, but still a great album
Might be partially rose-colored glasses but this album's great. I like the sound and enjoyed the music. The themes aren't that useful for me, but some classic songs are on display here. Interesting that all of the non-famous tracks are much longer.
A punk rock musical? Nine minunte long medleys? What am I listening to? Well, shame on me for writting these guys off after Dookie. This is an album that was made at a serious inflection point for the band, and what they came up with is a real coming of age for the group. It took courage for the group to step out of the mold they'd been cast in and what they came up with is something that I really enjoyed. The album started off on an almost 50's pop production, amped through heavy distortion, but then I hit the 1:50 mark on "Jesus of Suburbia" and the vibe started changing. From that point on the story telling took over and the album gave way to an unfolding narrative. I was struck with the realization that I had heard a fair amount of this album in radio hits, but I had no idea how they fit together (i.e. "Holiday" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" are conjoined!). Since I hadn't heard the entire album, I didn't fully appreciate the songs in context and I was missing out on the goodness that didn't make the radio. The album includes plenty of flexes from the band's punk core ("St. Jimmy"), but they don't stay contrained by it, rebelling against their constraints. And maybe it's that spirit that really makes this album so good. After all - isn't that what punk is about?
Remember this album blowing me away when released in 2004. Keep in mind their previous release was a greatest hits album so most people had assumed they were done, having already sold a zillion records. Its almost operatic. Like a punk Bohemian Rhapsody. They were already an arena rock band. So why not write a stadium rock record? The album is anchored by two 9 minute songs and a loose story runs throughout it. It moves from Bratty, anthemic. goofy and reflective, often in the same song! There are a few too many songs on it and a fair bit of filler but when it soars its stratospheric. What I hear is the original band for losers finally accepting they've won. Highlights: when September ends, Shes a rebel, Boulevard of broken dreams. 4/5
Love it. Know this one very well, an album that was a bit taboo at the time (if you were an American kid in middle school). A great, explosive energy pervades the whole album. There's a punk rock opera concept going on here, which thankfully doesn't get tedious or feel forced because the music is so solid. So many tracks on here that I didn't realize I remembered, but a lot of familiar tunes beyond just the biggest household names. A refreshing blast from the past. Better than I remembered, and definitely worthy of a spot on here. Favorite tracks: Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Holiday, American Idiot, St. Jimmy, Wake Me Up When September Ends. Album art: 100% iconic. Probably one of the most recognizable of the 2000s. Something about red/white/black covers....they've always got staying power for me. 4.5/5
Very excited that this album is on this list! American Idiot came out while I was at the tail end of middle school it was all anyone listened to at that time. Whether that was on someone's CD or the radio, we jammed to so many of these. This was also one of the first albums I listened to with swear words (as far as I remember). Boy did I feel like a cool kid singing those words. Lots of memories with this album. Hands down my favorite Green Day album. Classic album cover too. Favs: American Idiot, Holiday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Are We the Waiting, and Wake Me Up When September Ends
It was pretty good, but everything sounded the same after a while.
This is actually pretty good. I had listened to some earlier Green Day and didn't particularly like them, but I'm liking this.
Good punk rock
Iznenađen koliko je album pun dobrih stvari, dosta dobrih. Iskreno, čuo jesam sigurno pola albuma davnih dana, ali nisam nikad u cijelosti i eto me sada. Iskreno, bilo bi još bolje da su album završili sa Homecoming, toj to. (Nije loš Whatsername, ali Homecoming baš paše za kraj). Favoritne: Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday/Blvd. of Broken Dreams, Are We the Waiting/St. Jimmy i Homecoming.
I liked this a lot. I liked the story and how well it was all put together.
Jesus of suburbia klaut frech Summer of 69 und Ring of Fire :-D Schön den Manu wieder singen zu hören Are we waiting powernummer St.Jimmy geile uuhhs aaahhhs give me novocaine Hawaii hits hits hits war ich irgendwie zu cool für damals, aber mag ich jetzt
The singles off this are the band at their best and are genre defining tracks for pop punk. The other tracks are sadly kind of generic. I wanted to give this five stars, but too many songs that I literally forgot about after fifteen years.
Give me novacaine🥺🤲🏼
Great modern rock opera
Green day pogga man
I have loved American Idiot since I was but a preteen; some of it has aged for the worse (“Homecoming” and the title track), but most of it (including “Whatsername,” “Give Me Novacaine” - thank you, Angus - and fan favorite “Jesus of Suburbia”) for the better.
This isn't even a top 3 Green Day album. But it's still good.
The opening 4 songs are as good as it gets. A real window into Bush’s America and it rocks hard!
A Punk Rock Opera. It sounds like a really bad idea, but it they manage to turn it upside down. (7/10) FT: Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Holiday, Wake Me Up When September Ends
Fedt album og nok ekstra relevant for tiden. Lige lovligt langt dog med enkelte fyldnumre
For some reason I have a very vivid memory of reading (PRINTING it out even) an article on VH1.com in like 2003 or something about the recording of this album. I was very intrigued by the idea of 9 minute Green Day song. I probably bought this album the day it came out and I definitely listened to it a lot after it first came out. And then it became the biggest fucking thing in the world and I got tired of it for a long time and mostly fell off of the Green Day train altogether. Listening to this album now though is very interesting. It’s a very well-crafted album with very good songs that manages to hold up fairly well if also sounding pretty dated in some ways. Green Day was likely never going to be as good as their earlier albums again, but it’s kind of a shame that they also haven’t been as good as this album again at least.
I loved this album in 2004. I don't love it as much today, but I still had fun listening to it. I actually had to skip a lot of the big hits because radio has played them to death. There's still a lot to like about this album. A couple songs are just ok, but overall it's a very solid listening experience. It's too bad this is probably the last album they ever put out that's worth listening to. This is probably a 3 to 3.5 tops but nostalgia is a hell of a drug and Green Day was one of the biggest bands of my childhood so 4 it is.
I never realised how far "American Idiot" was into Green Day's career. They'd been in a lull since 2000, becoming gradually galvanised into making a political statement against the Bush administration, the war in Iraq, the toxic hold of mass media. Their frustration at the world, at those in charge, and perhaps nostalgia for their youth, pulled into focus this "punk rock opera", which catapulted them back to stardom and critical acclaim and has become their legacy. It's a testament to the power of ambition in songwriting, and also its divisiveness: music fans today seem to laud and loathe this album in equal measure. I was fully prepared to get all snobby about “American Idiot”, because Green Day were THE band every musician at my high school wanted to be in. With their blend of simple musical structures, endlessly pithy tunes, and teenage ideals of rebellion and being outcasts against the establishment, they reached my pre-teen generation and more besides. I never paid them any attention, and by the time I was sixteen and discovering all of their influences like "Quadrophenia" and "The Wall", Green Day felt juvenile and sterile. Hearing the ultra-polished opening of "American Idiot", with its seismic drums, glistening punk vocal from Billie Joe Armstrong, it's easy to stay cynical. But by the second chorus, I was having too much fun to stay prejudiced: bottom line, this is a very well-crafted album. Individual song highlights include the singles “Holiday” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and the irresistibly angsty “Letterbomb”. There are lots of embellishments too which help: between the layers of chorus vocals in the anthemic “Are We The Waiting”, the slide guitars in “Give Me Novocaine”, the tasty backing vocals in "St. Jimmy", there’s a lot to love. For me, the biggest surprises were the two 9 minute epics, "Jesus of Suburbia" and "Homecoming". Both moving through various sections with expanded instrumental palettes (acoustic guitar and glockenspiel was a shock) At times they feel like the band are striving for credibility by stringing disparate sections into mini-suites (does “Rock N Roll Girlfriend” really belong in “Homecoming”?) but at least they’re ambitious, considered and technically accomplished. If I have any faults on the music, it’s that "American Idiot" is pointedly commercial and relentlessly accessible. For an album I hoped would dabble around in genre a lot, it's very uniform, sticking to conventional chords, refrains and arrangements. I can't deny it’s cohesive and easy to enjoy, but would have been nice to hear a little more range in the songwriting. It’s also not without fault as a “punk rock opera”. The narrative evaporates into a fairly mushy "nobody respects me, the country's screwed, I miss my girl" climax, with no sense of a journey or any beats in the story. Musically, though, it's all very well done, and carefully sequenced to keep the momentum up. I’m glad I had the chance to listen to this and appreciate how much of a snob I used to be. It’s still not getting a five though- I’ll save that for the proper stuff.
Having heard American Idiot on the radio and in rock clubs for 18 years, I cant believe how different it sounds through headphones! Really impressive production and like how it doesn’t stay in one place for too long, but it can feel overwhelmingly “Theatre” at times. 4/5 - Phenomenal album, but I know I’m never going to listen to it again.
(Pop) Punk Rock Concept Album? Sure. Less about the music and more about the context of this Green Day's American Idiot came at a time when Radiohead also dropped Hail To The Thief. At the turn of the century when so much was going wrong in the world and the US seemed to be the party responsible, music led the boom of discontent. I wish that the GWB, Iran / Iraq wars, Wall Street, BLM incidents led to as good protest music as came out of the late 60s / early 70s. American Idiot thematically is the closest.
Amazing to cook.
superando expectativas para esse subgênero
This album is probably their best album. Punk purists may take issue with their maturity here, but it is what it is. There's the punk elements, there is also more pop-alternative the likes of which gave Green Day a broad exposure. The guitars are heavy and catchy, the subject matter cynical and au contraire to whichever political opposite may exist at the moment. Is it the simpler more frustrated sounds of punk? Not really. Whereas punk had a message up front, "American Idiot" buries it in between hummable melodies and catchy choruses here. Their audience, even if politically opposite would find this album enjoyable just by the sheer variety it offers. Not everyone listens to music for anything profound, sometimes they want a great beat, sounds that make life or work more enjoyable to experience. This album can do that, and a little bit more if you want it to.
The album is a bit too long, has some weak tracks, and is pretty much all just four power chords. Despite all this it just works for me, it shows how much you can do with simple instrumentation and harmony.
Compared to Dookie, this feels like a huge step up in creativity and songwriting. Still a few classic punk rock cuts that don’t really make much of an impression, but a few of these songs are masterpieces. As someone who grew up in an American suburb, and knowing how bland they can be, the overall concept of this record resonated with me. 7/10
Nice riffage and very tuneful, I was suprised at how I enjoyed that, even the two played-to-death hits
Dit is een klassieker uit mijn jeugdtijd. Heerlijke melodieuze punk-rock. Wat moet ik daar nog aan toevoegen? Lekker snelle slagen op de gitaar, maar de melodie lijkt op halve snelheid er een poppie sfeertje aan te geven. Net zoals ik ook mijn dancemuziek destijds graag had. ****
This is an awesome punk rock album from my childhood! "American Idiot" is Green Day's seventh album, their second best-selling one, and it won Best Rock Album at the 2005 Grammy's. This was a comeback album for the band - as they had not released an album for 4 years - and the album went to the top of the Billboard 200 Albums. This album has been certified 6 times platinum. This album was coined by the band as a "punk rock opera" that expressed views on the socio-political issues of the early 2000's. Examples being 9/11 and the Iraq War. This album is regarded as a punk masterpiece. Every song was crafted in the right way to get the band's message out, but also allow fans to rock out to. It was Green Day's first "adult" punk album and my own first punk album when I listened to it as a kid. I'm biased because of the nostalgia, but this is an awesome album!
Really great. A punk band becomes a stadium rock powerhouse.
This was good but couldn't get into it. Rhythmically strong and some neat structures but it seemed rather dated.
Well well well, what can I say - I enjoyed every minute of this and knew basically every word. The nostalgia of Year 7 -8 of this being THE album to own - I remember going to Woolworths to buy it specifically. Obvs the lyrics now are major cringe n that, but the song writing is great! What a top album
Fantastic album. Weak in a few spots, but mostly solid otherwise
Alguna cosa els hi va passar aquell any, de forma similar a quan 10 anys abans van donar origen a 'Dookie'. Ni entre un i l'altre ni des d'aleshores han tornat ni tan sols a apropar-se. Ja des de la primera vegada que l'escoltes notes que és un disc especial. Curiosament, el single principal i tema que dona títol, és un dels pitjors del disc. Original, atrevit, creatiu... tot el que gairebé sempre li ha mancat a la resta de discografia de la banda. Curiosament, a la primera edidió dels '1001 Discos', de 2005, no hi era, i això que n'hi havia uns quants discos del 2004. Això demostra també la seva rellevància en el temps.
Really liked this, I knew a lot of songs from it already but never listened to it in full.
While Green Day doesn't fall into my personal preference for casual listening, this album was a banger! The first half I was really feeling...great rock, unique/distinctive vocals, good variety...but the second half kinda feel a bit flat for me with the songs being a tad too long and repetitive. Great album though!
The start of the third act in Green Day's saga and their finest hour, American Idiot serves as a particularly potent and relevant source of musical ferocity, intensity, inspiration and passion the likes of which wasn't expected from the band back in 2004 but is now seen as a modern classic. Fusing together elements of bombastic rock operatics with simplistic punk force, it's no wonder why Green Day returned to being a beloved cornerstone of the rock genre after a steady downward slope and that things weren't going to be the same from here on out. A new kind of tension, indeed. Favorites: American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Are We the Waiting/St. Jimmy, Wake Me Up When September Ends.
I used to be a huge Green Day fan. I got burnt out on them when they started sampling themselves over and over and over again. My favorite albums from them still remain the first several. With that said, I hadn't gone back to this album in a very long time. Very good, the concept doesn't fully hold up, but I respect what they were trying and I understand the arc they're going for. This may have been where I dropped off with Green Day, and I still feel that way. But a solid classic album.
Honestly, I was way more impressed with this album than I thought I would be. I remember some of these songs being hits in 2004, but I wasn't terribly into pop music at that point, and a lot of these songs work much better in the context of this album. Green Day certainly came a long way in the 10 years between Dookie and American Idiot (though I still love the former). I would not have predicted that they had a concept album with emotional depth in them. 4/5
Why on earth is the lame end of Green Day on this? This is a band that should never have tried to "grow up". 3/5.
15 y/o me gives this a 5
Dookie is there best but still a fan listen
Álbum mais interessante do que eu imaginava. Destaque pra balada "Wake me up when September Ends"
Iconic album but a little loud for me.
Piiitkän tauon jälkeen kuulosti ihan hyvälle
Really good album, but not really my thing
Wake me up when this album ends... Nah it's alright
Green Day reminds me of middle school and high school.
Formulaic. Some good moments.
Naja, Green Day.
Best moments were when it sounded like dookie but I’m partial.
I like Green Day energy, but all their songs sound the same.
Some great tracks. Good album
It's fine, but not close to their best album (Dookie).
Good album but not my thing personally
I never got into Green Day, but they aren't bad per say. I can appreciate the punk opera concept and I think the album starts strong but then fizzes out, like Jon said. It's not bad, but not my thing. I did get a bit tired of it towards the end, probably won't listen to it by choice, lots of the songs were played so much on the radio, so that's my association.
First encounter with Green Day was as an opener for Bad Religion, playing pretty straight ahead punk. Their transformation into more of a conventional alternative rock band was an odd one, though obviously it worked out for them. Listened to this album a lot in the day, although the lyrics increasingly strike me as pompous.
A couple of good tunes
decent. not in the mood
long songs n quirky lyrics 😪💔
Not fussed on this one.
Green Day y su intensidad
first half is a classic
I was pretty meh about this when it came out. Same 25ish years later
i definitely had a phase where i liked their early stuff - fun, melodic punky stuff. at some point, i realized they'd really only written one song (i'm in love, and she doesn't know i exist), and that kinda did me in. this album was sort of a watered-down version of all of that. melodic enough, but ultimately pretty boring. plus i've come to think billie joe's a bit of a tool
3.5 to be honest. Liked some of the songs more than I remember, I don’t care for the “rock opera” aspects as much as I used to. I could definitely pick out theme, but narrative is a bit of a stretch. While some of the movements on a few tracks were inspired, most just felt crammed together. It would have been better to make a couple of fleshed out 3.5/4 min songs than a 7.5 min song made up of two parts. Standouts are American Idiot and Jesus of Suburbia and various parts of other songs
Some good songs - classics like Holiday/Boulevard, American Idiot - but the songs in between were too long or uninteresting.
Perfectly captures the zeitgeist of a time I don't care to revisit...
Memories of paramedic prac circa 2005, loading a patient into the back of the ambulance at the Green Day concert at Sydney Entertainment Centre. Got to see a little bit live. Those first 3 tracks have somehow aged even better than Billy Joe Armstrong. Add in ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ and you’ve got 1/2 of the greatest album of the 2000’s. Pity about the filler tracks which bring it way the fuck back to Earth.
Würde ich gerne mögen, ist mir leider immer noch zu flach
The Band should be self titled from this album because its definitely a snapshot of the American Idiot's thoughts for me. That's because I didn't grow up listening to Greenday. Indeed, I had only heard two songs on this album before. The songs I did hear I was heavily pressured or forced to listen to despite my unswervibg lack of care for this music. The people who did it - They are the American Idiots. White suburban angst shapes the American Idiot. The American Idiot only fucks like he's gonna die afterwards. The American Idiot thinks the beastie boys are 'awesome.' The American Idiot envisions his alleged dream girl in short skirt and a loooooooooooooooooong jacket. Oh the American woman wants a 'girl' alright. He also wants chips and dips for dinner; a daughter that's almost a tomboy; a local guitar center; The point is. I know the American Idiot, and in a lot of ways, the Idiot knows me too. In a lot of ways, I am the idiot, but in some crucial ways, not serious person should be him (he is necessarily male, let's be clear about that). Well I thought the album was alright. I can almost see why its so beloved. Although, it isn't that far off from music that people have so quickly forgotten (except the American Idiots of course). Its a definite 3/5, but more accurately 6/10 (as in, it is four steps from a tops, rather than two. Fight me.
I’m not a huge Green Day fan, but if I had to choose a favorite album of theirs it would probably not be American Idiot. A few familiar tunes, but overall not great not terrible.
Damn did they capture some kind of zeitgeist. Last two songs fall flat, as in absolutely zero curvature. Really the album's a downward slope from the peak/ridge of Jesus of Suburbia
I think Green Day has been growing on me over the years. This has at least 2 songs that I like, so I'm sure it's a 3. Does it have enough to be a 4??? Nope. Okay overall, but nothing that grabs me enough to take it to the next level.
3.5 very good.
The last good album by Green Day. Love some songs, dread others.
Never paid this much attention on release because the title track grinded at me so much but actually it’s a really well put together album with some great pop songs - did two listens and it tails a little so downgraded to a very solid three stars
A fun romp through the world of punk pop. Second half is a bit of a slog.
Так, ну че. Альбом с двумя главными хитами Грин Дея. Плюс не раз встречал мнение, что вообще один из главных альбомов роцка нулевых, шедевр и все такое. Ну к этому вернемся ещё, давайте про хиты сначала, поскольку с ними я был знаком и до прослушивания. Wake Me Up When September Ends — эта параша мне никогда не нравилась. Да, я ещё раз оговариваюсь, что это просто не для меня делалось и не для таких как я. Но здесь я всё же хочу заметить, что это делалось вообще не для людей, интересующихся музыкой. Это просто продукт консьюмеризма, как например старбакс или ЭйчЭндЭм. В эти места ходят люди, которые не интересуются настоящим кофе или хорошей одеждой, это просто популярное место, где можно быстро и недорого затариться и забыть. Вот эта песня — такой же безликий коммерческий продукт, которую можно послушать по радио в машине, если музыка для тебя это просто фон. Я почти уверен, что даже человек, имеющий плохой (субъективно) музыкальный вкус, но при этом имеющий неподдельную страсть к музыке (бля, синонимов не завезли особо) не станет всерьез утверждать, что это хорошее произведение. Не раздражающее — да. Но безликое, аморфное и пустое. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams — по сути не сильно отличается от предыдущего, но здесь хотя бы более-менее бодрого ритма завезли, что можно реально пойти, например, по улице и подумать «ебать, иду по бульвару прям как в песне, хыы». Да, я знаю, что песня не про бульвар, мне похуй. В остальном же — наитипичнейший пост-гранж по типу, ну я не знаю, группы Никельбэк. Такого говна в нулевые было навалом, вообще деваться некуда, это возможно один из самых броских представителей. Но лучше от этого не становится. Теперь по остальному материалу. Я, признаться, был даже удивлен немного тому, что я там наслушал. Потому что помимо двух вышеуказанных хитов (и ещё нескольких унылых баллад по типу Novocain) содержимое представляет собой какое-то дичайшее бесструктурное месиво из рандомных панковых риффов (не очень-то и запоминающихся), крикливого вокала, бесконечных «хей-хей, оу-оу-о» спорадических изменений темпа (по ощущениям как минимум раза два-три в каждой песне) и прочего непотребства. Я хз, что там с лицами у тех, кто на это дрочит, но господа. Я ожидал обычного плаксивого поп-панка для баб, это он и есть по большей части (только с политическим мессажом ещё, уууу клятый буш), только куда попс-то проебали? Ну от такой музыки ждёшь, что как минимум запоминаться будет, напеваться там постоянно. А по итогу ну во время прослушиваний я ещё мог вычленить для себя, где хук, а где куплет, но сейчас вообще ничего, кроме уже слышанных ранее хитов, вспомнить не могу. Или это новый для меня по звучанию арт-альбом? Всё же сомневаюсь. По итогу что? Ну имеем довольно средний поп-панк, если честно. Жанр и так опущенный и петушиный, и Грин Дею реабилитировать его не удалось (я для себя немного надеялся). Чтобы совсем уж хейтером не слыть поставлю 5/10 — примерно так и ощущается, иногда норм, слушается, иногда прям бесить начинает, ибо все песни идут ёбаную вечность, и я зачастую вообще никакой логики в них найти не мог. Как-то так.
É Green Day, não tem muito o que dizer. No limiar entre o bom e o ruim
Already have heard it’s a good concept album
Ok, not great
Better than expected. Close 4
I liked it more than I thought I would given its genre. That being said, it doesn't adhere to past albums or the genre of "punk." The lyrics have that spirit, but the music sounds more like pop or pop rock rather than punk. Overall though, it was a decent experience. Favorite track: Jesus of Suburbia
I can't lie, I'm biased against Green Day. I rather like this album. But, I just can't get past all the discussions I had with people describing punk music and why Green Day, is not punk. I know, I'm shallow.
ну бля, такое себе
Defffffinitely, voodoo fest 2204, mom showing up to Jesuit on its release with 3 copies for me, Gordon, and Michael
Quite a few big, well known songs. The rest seem pretty good as well. I like it. 3/5 for now (First listen).
good album, but it doesn't beat dookie. The whole punk opera thing is a bit farfetched
I prefer wild times Green Day to political activism Green Day.
I can understand why this album is so immensely popular. It’s definitely an “arena rock” album with a ton of songs just waiting to be sung along to. However, there were only a few songs that stuck out to me as truly great. The rest were pretty mediocre at best.
Liked their songs
Had listened to this quite a bit then. Not the entire album, but the big 3-4 songs I had heard many times. I like the music and it is undeniably well made, but at the same time, just ultimately not my thing. Don't mind listening to it but cant imagine myself seeking it out.
A good album with a few essential listens. Green Day is good at what they do, but here they do it with less of the edge that made Dookie great.
Solid album of my childhood but it’s no dookie
I was in middle school when this album dropped. I was a pretty big fan of Green Day at the time. I had the "International Superhits!" compilation album from 2001 in my rotation quite often. I was also familiar with Dookie, which is easily one of their best records. Despite being a fan, I didn't care for the "American Idiot" single when it came out. I'm not sure why, but Green Day just wasn't the same from this point on. It's not a bad record by any means, but it just never resonated with me. However, I've grown to appreciate this record after hearing it again. If any band was to create a pop-punk rock opera, it should absolutely be Green Day. While I do appreciate the ambition here, it does get a bit boring and drawn out by the time you finish. The stand out tracks really save this album, though.
This is a much more interesting album than I would have given credit for. A punk rock opera at the dawning of the culture war, which really captures the mood of the time. Long songs split into more than one movement. It's still Green Day, so mostly pretty basic, but it's Green Day being arty, which I never knew was a thing they did. 3.5/5.
I have heard this one is good. Im not a big Green day fan but can see why its popular.
Super overplayed album for me. It's probably good, I'm just jaded.
Not a bad album actually. Solid songs all around
I'm not really feeling it :(
Overrated. Not the same level as Dookie
I am not a big Green Day fan. I am not sure I have actually heard this album all the way through before. There are several well known songs on the album but that doesn't mean they are good songs.
TAKE ME BACK. my nostalgia wants to give this album 5 stars because it came out right when i made the BIG switch from bass to guitar, but my brain is gonna give it 3. wow... stevie didn't this big of a write up... huh... kind of makes you think doesn't it...
Best Song: Jesus of Suburbia. Upbeat bop that really leans into the pop-punk aesthetic. Worst Song: Wake Me Up When September Ends. September isn't even that bad of a month. Has he ever met November? January? Overall: Better than I expected... They sure know how to write a catchy hook. Politically it is fairly milquetoast and "edgy" in a way that always feels safe, if not slightly corporate. The album is much more pop than punk, but the punkier songs are enjoyable and sound like an even more pop-ified Bad Religion, but the attempts at slow ballads really drag the album down.
Average. I get that people like that it is supposed to be a rock opera, but only a couple of the songs are any good. Green Day was better before they got political.
Has a couple of decent songs, but I definitely prefer earlier Green Day. Nothing they have done post-Dookie is that amazing IMO (although this is probably the best).
Me quedo con Boulevard of broken dreams Jesus of Suburbia Wake me up ... St jimmy El resto seña la misma vaina todo el tiempo. Eso sí, que sonido más adolescente!
Very riffy, with long tracks. Need to revisit and explore the lyrics in depth. I enjoyed it.
"Punk concept album" is a scary idea but they manage, pretty much, though *two* multi-part nine minute songs is kind of absurd. "Extraordinary Girl" is... reminiscent of Jellyfish's "King is Half Undressed", isn't it?
It’s fun and quite nostalgic. Wake me up when september ends is one of the first songs I remember learning on guitar. I don’t really love pop punk as much, largely because the guitar playing is uninteresting to me. It has great energy though.
THE pop-punk of the 2000s. Green Day sold old? Sure, but they made a helluva album in doing so. It's an entire generation's first political album, despite the political messaging being pretty shallow. Not to mention that Green Day is actually pretty damn good at pulling together these songs. Not every songs nails it but there's a few pop-punk classics here that make this album worth mentioning. American Idiot is particularly notable for it's rock opera passages, which features Abby Road-esque medleys on Jesus of Suburbia and Homecoming, though the whole album has a good flow to it. Some songs could definitely be cut to improve the overall album, and the Homecoming medley isn't nearly as good as the Jesus of Suburbia medley, but it's still a great pop-punk album and certainly worth of making the list.
I do like some of these songs....somewhat. I just can't ever get over the fact that these guys started as "punk", became mainstream (no judgment here), and then became an "edgy" boy band (Tiger Beat magazine awaits!). That's cringe for me.
Ca a pas très bien vieilli et c'est un peu cringe sur les bords mais je prends tous les jours ça plutôt qu'un énième album d'un guitar hero poussif à la Clapton. Prefs: Jesus of Suburbia, St. Jimmy, Give Me Novacaine, Letterbomb, Whatsername Moins pref: American Idiot
I think this is one of the most overrated albums, well, I don't know, maybe ever. I've heard it a few times before, but I've never thought it was one of Green Day's best albums. Really, they only made four good albums and it's the first four. Now, I'll admit there are some songs on it I kinda enjoy. I was gonna give it a 2 because it pisses me off how overrated it is, but I have to be honest, and when comparing it to other albums I've rated, I like it enough to give it 2.5, rounded up to 3.
heard these too many times to really get into
Probably Green Day’s best and most popular album. A lot of classic alternative hits in this one and some that have gone forgotten. Jesus of suburbia is a solid tune. This album as a whole is pretty good without the bonus tracks. 7.1/10
I think of this album as the one that brought Green Day to everyone. This is probably the first collection of Green Day that I found myself paying closer attention to the lyrics. Majority of the songs deal with the political division that was starting with the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. I think they were predicting where we are now and we’re almost giving us warnings. Favorite individual songs are: American Idiot Holiday Whatsername This album reminds me of Green Day finally listening to Bad Religion. So, that’s it.
I liked it better when it came out. I think I’m too old for an hour of punk anthems.
Those three chords get old
First album suggested to me. Truth be told I only listened to the first song. Seems alright, but as someone who doesn’t really listen rock, it was just average.
Jesus of Suburbia is amazing. There are some surprisingly good tunes on this album.
Parts of this are dated, and I don’t like this album as much as Dookie, but I’ll be damned if Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Holiday aren’t just as great as they’ve always been. I will say that the second half feels like a bit of a letdown, at least musically.
Pretty good musically. Lyrically it doesn't connect with me. It's like YA music. It's well done but it's not quite for me.
Poppy punk fun. I wish it was a little smarter but still has solid entertainment value all these years later. More than I expected, actually, haven't visited with Green Day for quite some time. Also solid album art.
Nope.... this type of grunge is just bad pop dressed up and sold to the disenfranchised.
Nobody ever asked for 7, 8 and NINE minute green day songs. That being said some good individual tracks but not enough to save the whole piece.
i didn't wanna listen to this lol im just gonna give it a two
Gähn day. Generisches Punk Rock -Gedudel. Die Platte hat 2-3 Momente, sonst aber gar nix.
Tough. So much harder to listen to than anticipated. Just too much all the time. I also saw that E-boy was listening to Mac while I was listening to this and I really needed that antidote
Not a big fan. Never been huge into Green Day and pop punk in genre, all feels very samey. Highlights: Holiday, Too Much Too Soon
It's nice to see kids music making the cut, but this doesn't really do much for me as an adult.
Wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but still not one I’m going to come back to
Don't want to listen to this generic hot trash.
Decent. A few alright singles. 5/10
I like their other records more. I know this was caught up in the hysteria of a rock opera but for the NEW MILLENNIUM, but I don't think it was quite as amazing as it was made out to be.
Not my favorite Green Day album.
It was ok. Just ok.
A pop-punk album that hasn't aged well and sounds trite/over-produced. 'Jesus of Suburbia' is the least hackneyed, due to the meter changes. 4/10, used to like this.
A protest rock opera that protests... something? I understand the thrust of songs like "American Idiot" and "Holiday", but "Jesus of Suburbia" seems like a protest song without a cause and more of the album resembles the latter than the former. An album that claims to protest the state of America, but magically omits any mention of race or gender or class is probably not a very effective protest album. The protagonist (the aforementioned Jesus of Suburbia) just comes off as an edgy kid with no political consciousness. At the very least, it sounds a lot better than The Offspring.
A punk rock opera concept album? Johnny Rotten would be rolling in his grave, if he were dead. Shame he's not dead really, rather than selling his soul on I'm A Celebrity and butter adverts.
Ergh. Nah, not having this. Only interested in Nimrod and Dookie.
Good old Green Day. Wasn't a fan back then, not a huge fan now.
I find this music quite uninspiring.
The worst green day The fall of green day
Though this album marked a bad turning point for this band, the album as a whole was better than I remembered. Could be nostalgia talking, but I thought it ages well.
This album was… ok. It wasn’t my favorite but I didn’t hate it either. The only tracks I really enjoyed were the singles they’ve dropped when this album came out. It was plain and lacking a spark that I look for in music. Top tracks: American idiot, Give me Novacaine, Wake Me Up When September Ends
This album is terrible.
This is not my favorite. Top tracks Holiday Wake me up when September ends
While their earlier work is a lot more poignant and relatable, the first few tracks of American Idiot are pretty good. The thing about this point on in Green Day's discography is that they will write maybe 1-2 good songs and then phone it in for the rest of the album. That's pretty much what happens here. Most of the tracks are very vague about antiestablishment/anarchist views, but American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, and Holiday/Boulevard are some great doomer-minded anarchist songs. The rest of the album can really just be thrown directly in the trash. Wake Me Up When September Ends doesn't really feel like it belongs on this album, and I honestly thought it was on Twenty One Guns or Nimrod, but it definitely solidified that Green Day could phone in their earlier punk talents for radio bullshit. Oh my god... there's even fake clapping added to track 6. This band fell so hard. It's like Weezer, but at least Weezer has had redeemable moments in the last decade. Highlights: 1, 2, and 3.
Ein großes Lob ans saubere Handwerk; super produzierte Songs; vielleicht hat man sich an den technischen Möglichkeiten so sehr ergötzt, dass man vergaß, ein paar seiner Darlings zu killen. Was zur Völlerei am Punkrock Stick noch etwas komisch hinzukommt, ist der Jeckyll/Hyde Gestus des radiotauglichen Stadion-Materials, das auf sehr schmalzige Art sellout säuselt. Chris Martin gibt mehr als 1.6
Billie Jo doesn’t care if I don’t care. Well that’s lucky... Anodyne, over polished, facile, faux outrage, mock punk, unit shifting, safe rebellion, fake, fake, fake.
If I was a disenfranchised young white kid living in the suburbs I might be able to relate and get into this more but all I hear is a ton of guitar and a whiney punk pop voice for an hour
"The emotional travails of two clueless punks—one passive, one aggressive, both projections of the auteur. There's no economics, no race, hardly any compassion."
Tjoooj, dobri su mi i definitvno vidim zasto su se proslavili, imali jak utjecaj na kulturu/glazbu tada, ali imam jaku averziju prema GD-ju zbog nekih zena pa ce bit dvojka :/
Pretty formulaic stuff here. Well produced vanilla indie schmindy punky rocky stuff.
Hon min fälla drottning...
Green Day were my first favorite band, and this was my first favorite album. I don’t love this album quite as much as I did when I was 8 or 9 but it still has its moments. Jesus of Suburbia is still just as amazing as it was the first time I heard it.
Jesus, Billie Joe, and I’m not talking about the phony one in suburbia either, but the real one full of truth and grace and love. Billie Joe Armstrong is clearly hurting, as I’m certain are his devotees, probably an army of likeminded disaffected ‘youth.’ Armstrong is now 50 himself, so he would have been 32 at the time of 'American Idiot.' I’m a baby boomer, and at 32 I was already well invested in my particular vocation. My parents even more so, their parents more still, and so on. And American life in the early 20th century, not to mention the vast history of human civilization, was a whole lot tougher than anything myself or, I’m guessing, Billie Joe endured. While my grandparents were fighting WWII and my generation was trying to advance human and civil rights, yours (and I know its not all of the gen Xers) Billie Joe’s just blames their trials and tribulations on mom and dad (‘Homecoming’). ‘Welcome to a new kind of tension,’ Billie Joe announces in the title and opening track, ‘all across the alienation where everything isn’t meant to be ok. In television dreams of tomorrow we’re not the ones who’re meant to follow.’ That kinda made me sad, it really did. My heart went out to him for whatever wounds he had occurred that led him to this belief. Likewise, on the next track, ‘Jesus Of Suburbia,’ he bewails, ‘And there’s nothing wrong with me. This is how I’m supposed to be in the land of make believe that don’t believe in me.’ Again, initially, I was really hurting for the guy. Until he then threw himself to the floor- at 32, mind you- and flailing his arms and legs (and guitar picks) he cries like a bitch ass toddler: ‘I don’t care if you don’t care!’ over and over and over again. Green Day is a good, tight combo- pure power chord, no frills, locomotive pop punk. I like their sound, their energy. Hard rockin’, yet melodic, kind of reminiscent of Nirvana. But, lyrically, and conceptually… Billie Joe is in need of a good spanking. After close to an hour of bitching and blaming, I didn’t find one positive, helpful solution offered. Apparently, Billie Joe doesn’t have enough emotional/spiritual maturity to even go there. He just wants ‘America (everybody else)’ to fix it, and then ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends.’ Even then, after waking from his nice lil’ nap, he’d probably still bitch about the boxed juice you gave him: ‘Billie doesn’t want apple, he wants grape!’ 'American Idiot’s' message seems to be: America, we are only the fuckups that we had to become to survive out there on the boulevard of broken dreams you built. America, you created us. Now deal with us, or else. A message they unfortunately share with one, Charles Manson.
Not bad per se, just not what I’m into. Lots of songs that I remember from the radio but feels like it lacks the emotion of their earlier albums.
Just… kind of bland. Doesn’t feel energetic and doesn’t feel emotional
Wake me up, when this album ends
⭐⭐. Não consegui nem terminar. Já conhecia a maioria das músicas. Meh.
Not my thing
Longstanding fan of everything up to and including Dookie. But nah, there's easily 2002 better albums to listen to this. Never listened before because I was fully done with them by this point. Heard the singles and thought nah. Maybe It's ok. Maybe I just stopped liking new Green Day stuff when I stopped being a teenager when they came out. It's a theory. Wait, what? The second track is 9 minutes long. Who are this band? Starts off aping the Beach Boys and then segues into All the Young Dudes. Actually quite funny how all over the place it is. What the hell, the next track is 8 minutes. Ha, Bush sent them mad. Ok I'm on board now. Might get 3 stars just because of how ridiculous it is. Yeah boulevard is still as dull as it always was. I see what's happening here, they've just removed the space between separate songs. Nah, too long and too many mediocre songs. 2 stars it is.
LOL WHO MADE THIS LIST, TRASH
Not a fan of green day.
Pop punks love politics. So edgy!
Production: 5/20 Songwriting: 2/20 Innovation: 2/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 2/20 =11 Just did a sick
Je me suis rendu à la chanson 2
Idiotisk highschool-punk MED allsang-tendenser. OMG.
Fuck off Billie
Not for me
Production: 5/20 Songwriting: 2/20 Innovation: 2/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 2/20 =11 Just did a sick
Ok guys. I’ve decided our next album is going to be a concept album! Oh wow that’s great Billy Joe. What’s the concept? A punk rock.....wait for it....OPERA! Amazing! Does that mean you’re gonna write punk songs again? Hahahaha of course not Tré Cool don’t be très dumb. No it means I’m going to base all of the songs around a few different characters. Do you think you’re capable of writing like that? Oh yeah definitely. See there’s this one character called St. Jimmy so I just call the song ‘St. Jimmy’ and write lines lines like “St. Jimmy that’s my name and don’t wear it out” Ok but that sounds awful Billy Joe. It is Tré Cool. It is.
fuck me, this was so much worse than i expected. the singles aren't even the worst bit and they're fucking awful. i have no understanding of how this steaming pile of shite was so popular.
I'm too old for this, and so are they. Singles are fine, but the rest is filler. Teen punk rock for people who think the Matrix is 'deep'.
Sorry, just not my cup of tea!
Is it nostalgia? What am I not getting here? 1.5/5
didn’t like it
Two green day albums in one week, this site fucking hates me
Meh. It's fine.
love the in beat - entertained heard this song - popular relatable like it, not my style though, would listen monthly or weekly if appeared on radio :)