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Ten Must Know Facts About Green Day’s American Idiot

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American Idiot coverGreen Day has been making music since the late 1980s and are still going strong with eleven albums and hundreds of songs in their catalog. In 2004 they released American Idiot and it is considered by some to be the best album they released in a long while. The songs contain some modern classics including Holiday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends, and, of course, American Idiot. Here are ten must know facts about Green Day’s American Idiot.


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The album was released in North America on September 20, 2004 as well as 26 other countries. The album debuted in the number one spot in 19 countries.


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• American Idiot sold 15 million copies since its release with 6 million copies sold in the US alone.


JOHN GALLAGHER JR., STARK SANDS,  MICHAEL ESPER, REBECCA NAOMI JONES, CHRISTINA SAJOUS, MARY FABER,  TONY VINCENT in american IDIOT Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik ©2010 Paul Kolnik

JOHN GALLAGHER JR., STARK SANDS,
MICHAEL ESPER, REBECCA NAOMI JONES, CHRISTINA SAJOUS, MARY FABER,
TONY VINCENT in
american IDIOT
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik
©2010 Paul Kolnik



• Green Day won their first Grammy Award with American Idiot. It won best Rock Album.


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• The single Jesus of Suburbia is the second longest song in the Green Day catalog and the longest to be released as a single.


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• The single American Idiot was written due to the state of America at that point in time.


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• Wake Me Up When September Ends is about lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong dealing with the death of his father when he was younger.


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• Green Day was set to release a follow-up to their past album Warning. They recorded 20 tracks for an album entitled Cigarettes and Valentines. However, the tracks were stolen. Instead of rerecording the tracks, they started over and record and wrote new music.


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• The album is a concept album. American Idiot tells the story of Jesus of Suburbia and his trials and tribulations.


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• The album received many accolades including Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of all time. It is ranked 225.

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• Five years after the release of the album, American Idiot was adapted into a stage musical.

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.