Green Day Complete Discography (Albums, EPs, Singles, and Special Appearances)

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American rock band Green Day, formed in 1987, got their start in the punk scene with a strong underground following—though it certainly didn’t stay that way for long. Since their breakout success in the early 90s, Green Day has gone on to sell more than 75 million records all over the world.

Along the way, the band has garnered 20 Grammy nominations, five wins, platinum certifications, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and even a Broadway musical based on their album American Idiot.

Ever-evolving yet prolific, the band continues to record music nearly 35 years later. Here is the complete discography of Green Day, including all albums, EPs, and singles.

 

EPs

 

Albums

 

Special Appearances

 

Singles

  • “Longview”
  • “Welcome to Paradise”
  • “Basket Case”
  • “When I Come Around”
  • “She”
  • “J.A.R”
  • “Geek Stink Breath”
  • “Stuck with Me”
  • “Brain Stew/Jaded”
  • “Walking Contradiction”
  • “Hitchin’ a Ride”
  • “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
  • “Redundant”
  • “Nice Guys Finish Last”
  • “Minority”
  • “Warning”
  • “Waiting”
  • “Poprocks & Coke”
  • “Maria”
  • “I Fought the Law”
  • “Shoplifter”
  • “American Idiot”

 

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Singles (cont’d.)

  • “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
  • “Holiday”
  • “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
  • “Jesus of Suburbia”
  • “The Saints Are Coming” with U2
  • “Working Class Hero”
  • “The Simpsons Theme”
  • “Know Your Enemy”
  • “21 Guns”
  • “East Jesus Nowhere”
  • “21st Century Breakdown”
  • “Last of the American Girls”
  • “When It’s Time”
  • “Oh Love”
  • “Kill The DJ”
  • “Let Yourself Go”
  • “Stray Heart”
  • “X-Kid”
  • “Bang Bang”
  • “Still Breathing”
  • “Revolution Radio”
  • “Back in the USA”
  • “Father of All…”
  • “Oh Yeah!”

 

1,000 Hours

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Released: May 26, 1989

Facts about 1,000 Hours:

  • In 2011, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong posted a tweet admitting that all the tracks from the EP 1000 Hours are about the same girl.
  • The track “Only of You” explores love at first notice, and the idea of falling in love with someone you can’t have.

Popular Songs

  • “1000 Hours”
  • “The One I Want”

Slappy

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Released: June, 1990

Facts about Slappy:

  • “Paper Lanterns” discusses the aftermath of love and the satisfaction of not dealing with someone else’s baggage anymore.
  • The track “Why Do You Want Him” is dedicated to Billie Joe’s mother, who acquired a bad boyfriend after Billie’s father passed away of esophageal cancer in 1982.
  • “Knowledge” is a cover of a song by Operation Ivy, one of the band’s early inspirations. In high school, Billie Armstrong tried to hustle his way into one of their concerts in a bar in Oakley, California.

Popular Songs

  • “Paper Lanterns”
  • “Why Do You Want Him”

 

Sweet Children

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Released: August, 1990

Facts about Sweet Children:

  • This EP was created in two hours while Green Day was on a break from their summer tour on July 5th, 1990, in Minneapolis.
  • In the track “Sweet Children,” Green Day interprets lost innocence as a universal experience, no matter how joyful or rich a person’s life is.

Popular Songs

  • “Sweet Children”
  • “Best Thing in Town”

 

1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours

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Released: July 21, 1991

Facts about 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours:

  • “Don’t Leave Me” is inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong’s desperate devotion to one of his ex-girlfriends from high school. While he hoped she wouldn’t leave him when his career took off, she actually left him when he was broke and still unknown.

Popular Songs

  • “Paper Lanterns”
  • “Going to Pasalacqua”

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Kerplunk

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Released: January 7, 1992

Facts about Kerplunk:

  • The track “2,000 Light Years Away” was inspired by Adrienne Armstrong, Billie Joe’s wife and then-girlfriend, who stayed in a long-term relationship with the singer while he toured or spent late nights working.
  • “No One Knows” is another track stemming from Armstrong’s childhood, particularly how he was forced to grow up too quickly and become self-reliant.

Popular Songs

  • “Who Wrote Holden Caulfield”
  • “2,000 Light Years Away”

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Dookie

Green Day Dookie Album Cover Art

Released: January 28, 1994

Facts about Dookie:

  • In the song “Burnout,” Green Day discusses the viewpoint of people who consider outcasts and antisocial people unproductive, weird, and avoid them like a disease.
  • “In The End” was inspired by Armstrong’s mother’s need to date countless men after her husband’s death. Billie hated the thought that his mother could replace his father so easily.

Popular Songs

  • “Basket Case”
  • “Longview”

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Live Tracks

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Released: March 25, 1995

Facts about Live Tracks:

  • “Welcome to Paradise” is inspired by the early life of Billie Joe, who grew up in a crime-heavy area in California.

Popular Songs

  • “Welcome to Paradise”
  • “Longview”

Insomniac

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Released: October 10, 1995

Facts about Insomniac:

  • Green Day titled the song “Armatage Shanks” because, while using the restroom in a pub after a concert in London, one of the members read it on the stall and looked it up. It is a toilet company based in England.

Popular Songs

  • “Brain Stew”
  • “Jaded”

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Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking

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Released: July 25, 1996

Facts about Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking:

  • “Brain Stew” is about insomnia resulting from methamphetamine use. Billie Joe Armstrong admitted to using speed while writing some of the band’s earliest songs.
  • The song “Basketcase” is inspired by Armstrong’s experiences with panic disorder.

Popular Songs

  • “Basket Case”
  • “Brain Stew”

Foot in Mouth

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Released: April 25, 1997

Popular Songs

  • “When I Come Around”
  • “Longview”

Nimrod

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Released: October 14, 1997

Facts about Nimrod:

  • “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” was inspired by an ex-girlfriend of Armstrong. It is one of the band’s most popular and best-known songs, and often caps the setlist during concerts.
  • Originally considered for Dookie, “Good Riddance” was deemed too different from the rest of the songs and released on the European B-side for “Brain Stew/Jaded.” That early version of “Good Riddance” is faster and in a different key than the version recorded for Nimrod.

Popular Songs

  • “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

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Warning

Green Day Warning Album Cover Art

Released: October 3, 2000

Facts about Warning:

  • In the track “Castaway,” Green Day discusses a fictional character that lives the life of an outcast, disrespected and despised by everyone. It’s based on the band’s lives growing up in impoverished lifestyles in Berkeley, California.

Popular Songs

  • “Waiting”

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Tune in, Tokyo…

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Released: October 9, 2001

Facts about Tune In, Tokyo…:

  • This is Green Day’s first live EP. All songs were written by Armstrong and produced together by the band.

Popular Songs

  • “Blood, Sex, and Booze (Live)”
  • “Castaway (Live)”

American Idiot

Green Day American Idiot Album Cover Art

Released: September 21, 2004

Facts about American Idiot:

  • “Jesus of Suburbia” is a fictional account of a youth who deals with the cost of war, friends, relationships, and drugs after the events of 9/11. The entire album follows his story, marking a unique and creative new format for the band.
  • American Idiot was certified 6× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2013.
  • This album inspired a Broadway musical of the same name, which expands on the original concept and turns the Jesus of Suburbia character into 3 young men. The score includes all the tracks from American Idiot, along with songs from another Green Day album, 21st Century Breakdown. “When It’s Time,” a UK single, is also included.

Popular Songs

  • “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
  • “American Idiot”
  • “Jesus of Suburbia”

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21st Century Breakdown

Green Day 21st Century Breakdown Album Cover Art

Released: May 21, 2009

Popular Songs

  • “21 Guns”
  • “Know your Enemy”

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21 Guns Live E.P.

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Released: September 4, 2009

Facts about 21 Guns Live E.P.:

  • Initially, this EP was only available on Rhapsody. Amazon soon entered the picture, however, and 21 Guns Live E.P. was distributed on the platform.
  • All tracks were recorded during Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown Tour in the United States.

Popular Songs

  • “21 Guns (21 Guns Live EP)”
  • “Welcome to Paradise (21 Guns Live EP)”

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Last Night on Earth: Live in Tokyo

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Released: November 11, 2009

Popular Songs:

  • 21 Guns (Live)”
  • Know Your Enemy (Live)”

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American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording

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Released: April 20, 2010

Popular Songs

  • “American Idiot(Broadway)”
  • “Jesus of Suburbia(Broadway)”

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Oh Love EP

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Released: July 16, 2012

Facts about Oh Love:

  • “Oh Love” also serves as the lead single on Green Day’s album, ¡Uno!

Popular Songs

  • “Oh Love”
  • “American Idiot”

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¡Uno!

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Released: September 25, 2012

Facts about ¡Uno!:

  • “Rusty James” was inspired by the main character in the book and film Rumble Fish.

Popular Songs

  • “Kill the DJ”
  • “Nuclear Family”

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¡Dos!

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Released: November 13, 2012

Facts about ¡Dos!:

  • “Fuck Time” is about Theo Stockman, who was cast in the American Idiot Operea and called himself the “King of Fuck” after every show. Eventually the band came up with the motto “It’s Fuck Time,” declared before the start of every performance.
  • “Amy” is a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, who died from a drug addiction. Armstrong in particular was a fan of her music and very saddened by her death.

Popular Songs

  • “Amy”
  • “Stray Heart”

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¡Tré!

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Released: December 11, 2012

Popular Songs

  • “The Forgotten”
  • “X-Kid”

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Revolution Radio

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Released: October 7, 2016

Facts about Revolution Radio:

  • “Bang Bang,” the lead single on this album, discusses the culture behind mass school shootings.
  • “Outlaws” is a throwback to the band’s early days before their mainstream success.

Popular Songs

  • “Bang Bang”
  • “Still Breathing”

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Father of all Motherfuckers

Green Day Father of All Album Cover Art

Released: February 7, 2020

Facts about Father of All Motherfuckers:

  • “Oh Yeah!” criticizes America’s obsession with social media and the federal government’s stance on controlling firearms.
  • “Graffitia” is about Rust Belt factories that were closed down in the 1980s, after incidents with young African Americans who were shot down by Chicago police.

Popular Songs

  • “Father of All…”
  • “Fire, Ready, Aim”

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Otis Big Guitar Mix

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Released: April 3, 2020

Popular Songs

  • “Wild One(Otis Big Guitar Mix)”
  • “Oh Love(Otis Big Guitar Mix)”

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Now in their third decade together, Green Day continues releasing music and performing—including material from secret side project The Network. While a growing emphasis on political themes has invited criticism from old-school fans, diehards and new listeners still enjoy the band’s creativity, spirit, and unfiltered lyrics.

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