Best Green Day Albums

The Top Ten
1 American Idiot

American Idiot is Green Day's most emotional album to date, with politically charged songs that now define Green Day. This is their most punk and most successful mainstream album. This is not even really close. Dookie may also have a number of really good songs, but they are all similar to each other. In American Idiot, each song is easily distinguishable from the next, and there isn't a bad song on the album.

The self-titled is the perfect way to lead off the album, with an extremely catchy main riff and with punk and political lyrics. Jesus of Suburbia was a great rock opera, and it goes through the entire spectrum of emotions. Holiday was a great anthem song, and it bled very well into Boulevard of Broken Dreams. We Are The Waiting is a nice slower song. They then kick up the tempo with St. Jimmy, which features one of their best riffs to date. She's a Rebel is short, but sweet, with extremely great lyrics. It could be interpreted literally, which would make it a song about ...more

Those who say you aren't a true Green Day fan for liking AI over Dookie should shut the hell up. Both albums are great, but I loved AI more because of the fact that I was born in the Bush era. The first 7 years of my life were dominated by Bush. Also, I love how the album has a storyline and it deals with the ultimate tragedy of the washed-up, disenfranchised youth of Bush Years America. My favourites on here are Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Give Me Novacaine, Homecoming, and Jesus of Suburbia. American Idiot is truly an alt rock/punk rock/rock opera masterpiece.

Despite my favourite Green Day song, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) being on Nimrod...I must say, American Idiot is without a doubt their best work. Each song is just perfect. American Idiot and Jesus of Suburbia make you feel rebellious and cool, Holiday and Boulevard you just rock it out. Wake Me up When September Ends is a powerful song..and don't get me started about the roller coaster ride which is Homecoming. It's truly one of the best albums of all time. And Green Day's best.

It truly tells a story of punk, drugs and redemption. The songs in this album are all great. I especially like American idiot and are we waiting, although you can't beat the biggys like wake me up when September ends and holiday/ boulevard of broken dreams. A fantastic album, and arguably Green Days best.
*note: you only get holiday/ boulevard of broken dreams if you buy the whole album, so beware.

2 Dookie

How is this behind American Idiot, which is one of their worst albums? I'm sure most of the people who voted for AI and 21st Century Breakdown have never actually listened to Dookie straight through, much less Kerplunk, Insomniac, etc. There's not one bad song on this album. This is the Green Day I love! In my opinion it should be:
1. Dookie
2. Insomniac
3. 1039
4. Kerplunk
5. Nimrod
6. Warning
7. Shenanigans (if you count it)
8. American Idiot
9. 21st Century Breakdown
10. Uno
11. Dos
13. Tre

By FAR the best album by Green Day, it still amazes me how all the "tweens" jumped on the bandwagon all of a sudden once American Idiot was released...where in the hell did they all come from?! I was blasting Green Day before half the American Idiots were even born. lol, No offense...but Green Day seemed to just be the "IT" band for two albums recently. Where are all their fans at now? The hipsters must've hit the hills running once they realized that other people actually enjoy their music as well.

American Idiot first? Green Day was by far at their best in the '90s. 21st Century Breakdown and American Idiot are still no way near as good as Dookie - Longview, When I come Around, She, Basket Case are all awesome songs with so much energy. This explains why it is still their best selling album.

How the hell is American Idiot first!? As much as I love American Idiot, Dookie is definitely their best album, it shows the true Green Day. Welcome to Paradise, Longview, When I Come Around, She and Basket Case are my favourites on this awesome album. I still don't understand how this is not their number 1 album. 90's Green Day is always the best!

3 Nimrod

Nimrod is such an explosive album. It seriously has it all, It has very energetic songs like The Grouch and All The Time, songs when you know that the band had fun making like King For A Day and Nice Guys Finish Last, songs when Green Day goes absolutely punk rock like Take Back and Platypus (I Hate You), and to top it all of, with what song does this amazing album end off (excluding Prosthetic Head)? A beautiful acoustic song in the name of Good Riddance. This song was so revolutionary for Green Day, absolutely no one was expecting a punk rock band to take a 180 turn and produce a slow acoustic song. In my opinion, Good Riddance is the most punk song by Green Day, because it shows how the band is not afraid to touch on other genres. They do not restrain themselves. They rebel against punk music, so in a way, they rebel against the rebelion by doing what they want and not giving a crap about what people think. Fantastic album, it's a must to hear if you're starting to get into them.

Voted this because Nimrod really shows diversity. You will hear harmonica, violin played and even there are acoustic and ska. I have mixed feelings with this album because it really shows many things I haven't heard before from Green Day. I feel the up & down dynamics off this rollercoaster. Even though I hate Good riddance (that song is too whiny for me), but the rest is just perfect! Literally, a masterpiece!

If you took Dookie and Warning, and fused them together, you would essentially get Nimrod. In my opinion, this is Green Day's best and most accessible album because it takes everything that was good in Dookie and Warning, and combines them in one brilliant masterpiece. Also, the non-single songs on the album are way better than the singles themselves in my opinion.

I don't get why people are hating on American idiot and 21st century breakdown being top so much, they are amazing! However nimrod is just THE BEST! It is so underrated but is my favourite, redundant is also so underrated but in my opinion is one of Green Days BEST songs EVER, also good riddance is a pure classic, I LOVE Green Day FOREVER

4 Insomniac

Raw, rawer, insomniac! What a Great Album of Course American idiot and ( especially) dookie are Great Albums but this one is so underrated, it is like the Young Angry Brother from dookie, But Produced under more pressure and influence of their feelings back then. And I think an Album which is so a Big F You To all their critics, Needs more attention. Well I think it is their Most ignorated album, because they Play Not often Songs from that Record, what is Really sad, but insomniac will Always be for Me THW pure Punk Green Day!

Green Day's punkest album completely evades the sophomore-effort problem (I know this isn't there second album, but it is on a major label). With a wide, varied array of songs touching on topics such as panic, anxiety, drug problems, and more, this is also Green Day's darkest album. The crunching riffs of songs like 'Brain Stew' and the harcore punk 'Jaded' probably. make this the heaviest Green Day album as well. Lastly, they didn't pull the long awaited follow-up. Overall an excellent effort.

By far the best Green Day album. Brat, Bab's Uvula Who? , Geek Stink Breath, 86, Panic Song, Stuart and the Ave, Westbound Sign, and the best Green Day song of all time, Brain Stew/Jaded (technically 2 songs but the crossfade so I count it as 1) Pick this up on your preferred platform, even Vinyl and Cassette.

This is by far Green Days Best PUNK ROCK album. Quite frankly Green Day absolutely pissed me off when they made a wanna be political album such as American Idiot. Everything after that was just utter crap. This is the last Punk Rock album Green Day has put out, and stands for what Green Day was and should've been, Punk Rock. The only people that listen to American Idiot are emos and people who don't know who Green Day originally was. Insomniac is Green Days last Punk Rock album, and is the best one to date.R.I. P Punk Rock Green Day 1988-2001

5 21st Century Breakdown

This album is insanely underrated. it's a lengthy listen, but it's well worth it. Christian and Gloria are both archetypes that represent the state of America in the 21st century. The lyrics on this album are some of the best they've ever come up with. Every song is different, with the latin influenced "Peacemaker", the heavier rock epic "Horseshoes and Handgrenades", and my personal favorite, the beautiful "Restless heart syndrome." From a musical standpoint, this is the best album this band has ever released. I still love Kerplunk, Dookie, and Nimrod, but oh my god this album is good. It may not be punk, but it's still green day.

21st Century Breakdown has everything that makes Green Day great. The songs have an important message and are more melodic then what you expect, but still heavy and strong. The lyrics are both very personal but also general, talking about whats wrong with religion and poltics, while also having space for the personal things.
The album does not have the same float as American idiot, but this just makes more space for own interpitation of the songs, which makes it much artistic.

While the album is both mature and melodic, it keeps the high energy and loud riffs that Green Day is known for, and perfects it. The songs are lined up almost perfectly, having both sound and themes change as the album progresses, and ends perfectly with 21 Guns, Mass Hysteria and See the light. Green Day at it's absolute best!

For all of you that love old Green Day so much and can't accept this reality, can you just shut up? I am Green Day fan and I already listening all of their song and I choose this album and American idiot as the best album from them. come on man everyone has their taste on Green Day's music, I love dookie, insomniac, nimrod, warning, the trilogy, and other album but in my opinion 21st Century Breakdown is the best because this album has great tune, great music, and it's theme I like it. this album tell story about Billie Joe's life and represent it with Christian and Gloria punk-rock opera. I love all song in this album. And please just comment your choosen album about why you love that album

21st Century Breakdown has such a unique and sometimes intense feel to it that not a lot of other albums by any band have. It's similar in it uniqueness to American Idiot, and while I think that American Idiot is a FANTASTIC concept album, 21st Century Breakdown holds a special place in my heart that may never be replaced. Horseshoes and Handgrenades and Viva La Gloria are two of the greatest songs, in my opinion, on the whole album.

6 Warning

This album is amazing because every song on that album is amazing enough to have been a single. This album really was the start of the noticeable story telling within their songs - Misery. Also, every song really expresses Billie, Mike and Tres talents.

This is a 5 out of 5 for me best Green Day album it's amazing I love ever instrument they used in this album this is an amazing album if only they stuck with this sound. But know there still amazing but I like the warning sound the best but ever great day album is amazing love them so much

This must be their best album ever, way more punk than rest of the albums apart from dookie... and as for 21st century breakdown it was horrible... I mean why the hell would you want a 'PUNK' band to get mature that's just retarded... Though american idiot was halfway good

There isn't a single song that is either meh or horrible, just pure quality delivered beautifully by Billie Joe, who has really written exceptional lyrics. The only album that nears Warning's greatness is probably Kerplunk, but Warning is stil superior.

7 Kerplunk

Seriously? How is this number 9? This is definitely the best besides dookie. Christie road is just amazing, 2000 light years away is great too. Also welcome to paradise was so good it got remastered for dookie. I hate people saying "I like welcome to paradise from dookie". it was from kerplunk. Anyway if your a Green Day fan and you already have dookie then get this one next. It's true punk rock.

Third best, not ninth best, *groan* you 21CB fan boys/girls. That album just isn't up to par. Everyone says "Christie Road," so I'll suggest "One of my Lies" and "No One Knows." PLEASE check these songs out, it just isn't right for Green Day fans to ignore this album.

Just voted this to increase rank. It should be like this, I believe..
1. Dookie
2. American Idiot
3. Kerplunk
4. 21st century breakdown
5. Dos
6. Insomniac
7. 1039/smoothed out slappy hours
8. Tre
9. Uno
10. Nimrod
11. Warning
12. Shenanigans? Laugh out loud

Hands down, best green day album. Christie road and One for the razorbacks are amazing. Green Day is playing a ton of kerplunk for the revolution radio tour.

8 Revolution Radio

Revolution Radio is a album that was released on October 7th, 2016. It is composed of Punk and Pop-Punk. Billie Joe was just writing songs and he came up with a song that is mostly power chords, like most of their songs. It was the legendary song "Bang Bang". It hit #1 on billboards. This was released as the lead single from Revolution Radio, a collection of tracks about the chaotic state of America in 2016. It was the first song to get the ball rolling. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone that he first demoed the tune in 2014: "I moved into a new studio that I built in Oakland and I just started messing around with different riffs," he recalled. "The first song where I was like, 'OK, I'm onto something,' was 'Bang Bang.' And then the first track of the record, 'Somewhere Now.' I started doing demos and I showed them to Mike and Tre. That's the test. And they absolutely loved it." Their songs that makes RevRad so great is "Still Breathing" or "Ordinary World" Green Day ...more

This album is a mix of everything. Bangbang is pure unadulterated Green day. Say goodbye reminds us of Holiday with similarities in lyrics. Revolution Radio the single is a very explosive American Idiot era type song. Bouncing off the walls has elements of 90s GD with lyrics such as "we're all bloody freaks and we'll give you the creeps! ". Still Breathing is comparable to Wake me up when september ends in terms lf lyrics. Forever now goes back to the AI era and reminds us of Jesus of suburbia. Songs like Outlaws and the rest are for the trilogy fans I guess.

Billie wants to leave pop-punk behind he wants to start a second revolution to escape the first revolution that he started. Sorta a paradox but hey if he wants to start a second revolution this is a good start but I would like to see their next album blow away 21CB Nimrod, Uno Dos Tre, Slappy, kurplunk,warning, insomniac, Heck Even AI and Dookie! Billie needs to put pop-punk as a phrase and a genre to rest and everyone asks "Are Green Day punk? " My answer is "Hell No they're just Green Day! " So hopefully Billie Tre and Mike can put that question to rest before they're a half-century old!

I gotta say, I wasn't into this album when it came out. I only listened to Bang Bang and Still Breathing. Well I was wayyy wrong. I just finished listening to Father of All, which was okay, but then I decided to go back and album. I listened to the whole thing while working on a presentation at like one o-clock, and I loved every bit. And it ends with the amazing forever now and ordinary world. I grew to like every song on this album. You should give it a try.

9 Uno!

Uno! show the band's returning to the pop punk habits-albums "Nimrod" "Warning" that we have known at late 90's and 2000's. Playing loud, fast, catchy, cleanly and with three-chord style, no more disgusting and irritating pianos as 21st Century Breakdown's album used to do. The band is right here and is a huge privilege to see the again.
-6th Best Green Day Album-

Superb album... No old school Green Day fan or "pure punk" lover should be hating on this album. I can see why people would with A.I. and Breakdown (both of which I enjoy anyway). They included so much classic Green Day in there. I don't know how else to explain it. Very well done.

Oh love is an awesome song! Be sure to listen to it. It may seem mediocre your first listen, but it got impaled into my brain and stuck there. I listened to it again and again and it became awesome.

I love "Stay The Night". I felt so happy when The Longshot had played the song.

10 Tré!

Best album of the entire Trilogy. It kicks ass cause of songs such as Brutal Love, Drama Queen, Amanda, 99 Revolutions and the best of them all... Dirty Rotten Bastards. This should at least be ahead of Warning and Insomniac but not Dookie, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. So what are you guys waiting for? VOTE NOW!

Definitely the best of the trilogy. A ton of great songs on it, specifically Dirty Rotten Bastards, Walk Away, Sex Drugs and Violence, Amanda, and 99 Revolutions, not to mention X-Kid, which holds the spot for my favorite Green Day song. I do think it should get at least above Warning, so vote guys!

This is like 21st Century Breakdown on Pop wave. Sounds good, great songs. Better than Dos or Uno.
Missing You
Walk Away
Dirty Rotten Bastards
99 Revolution
These songs are best of the history of Green Day!

TRE is easily the best in the trilogy. Some people think it's the worst GD album. HOW DARE YOU! This album is SO GOOD. Brutal Love and Dirty Rotten Bastards (the American Idiot of the trilogy) are 2 of my favorite Green day songs.

The Contenders
11 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours

This album should not be 12th. This is a combination of the earliest of Green Day's works and has many catchy songs, including my personal favorite, Going To Pasalacqua, The Judge's Daughter, Don't Leave Me, Dry Ice, I Was There, and another of my favorites, At The Library.

This is Original They have so many solos in this album it is Terrific Listen to The Judges Daughter it has the best solo by Green Day on it this should be Number One.

This will be a very very good album if they make it in major record label!
Listen to paper lanterns, don't leave me, the one I want, I want to be alone, going to pasalacqua, why do you want him, don't leave me.. its brilliant!

This is probably my 2nd favorite, after Dookie. So many great songs like Going to Pasalacqua, Judge's Daughter, 1000 Hours, Dry Ice, etc, etc. How is this only number 10?

12 Dos!

With this album, no question about it for any Green Day fan, you either love it or hate it. I, for one, love this record. It shows exactly the sound that describes the personality of Green Day. My personal favorite song is Lady Cobra because the sound is just on point and is so underrated. Stray Heart, probably a second place. Definitely a cooler, get-on-your-feet-and-dance kinda song. Lazy Bones, probably third, totally shows the utter laziness and boredom everybody's got (basically, it's a modernized Longview). In my opinion, I think the album is better than ¡Uno! And ¡Tré! combined. It's so punk rock but with a modernized feel and a sexy, badass sound.

This album is better than Uno, and definitely better than Tre! Contains the best song from the trilogy - Lazy Bones! Has the best flow of all of the trilogy. Not Green Day's best (I'd rank Dos sixth, below AI, Dookie, Nimrod, Kerplunk and Warning), but still an important part of their catalog. Does NOT deserve to be eleventh!

How is this album at 15th? It deserves to be on the top 5 each song from this album is awesome far away better than uno and better than 21st centruy breakdown also.

A lot of underrated songs that take time to listen to but in the end it becomes worth it. Probably their best work right behind 21st Century in my opinion

13 Shenanigans

Some people might say Green Day was at their weakest point between Nimrod and American Idiot. I think those people just didn't take enough time to enjoy the hidden gems during that time. Shenanigans is an interesting album and if you haven't listened to it yet, I challenge you. It'll only take a half hour of your time. Tyr it out. You might be in for a pleasant surprise.

This is the most underrated album ever.
Desensitized and Ha Ha Your dead are great songs.
I don't know why this isn't higher.

Ha Ha Your Dead and Desensitized and You Lied and Suffocate are all amazing! Give it a listen.

This is so underrated, it should be below 1039 and above Uno, Dos, and Tre.

14 International Superhits!

Normally I am not one to recommend a greatest hit album, but this the exception. Green Day packs the record with superb song; there isn't a bad one here. The album flows very well, and includes a perfect mix of old Green Day tunes right before the release of American Idiot. The fact that Green Day chose to release a greatest hits before American Idiot is genius because everything after American Idiot is truly a new era of Green Day. This is my first recommendation for new Green Day fans.

Shout out to J.A.R... just saying

15 Bullet In a Bible

Green Day became my favourate band because of this album.
Every single song they've performed in this album is their best.
They looked at their best in this album. Love you Green Day...

Come on. This is a way better live album than Awesome as F***. Trust me I've seen both.

A masterpiece live video. Never get tired of watching this concert.

Best live album I have ever hear!

16 Father of All...

I know it's new and all but why is it last? Way better than the triology even. Fans asked Green Day to change their sound, and they did, but kind of fell of a cliff. But fans didn't expect this, but they also technically got what they wanted. Fire Ready Aim stands out from any other song on the album, with Mike's amazing bass, Billie's great vocals and powerful guitar, and Tre's good work on drums. Easily deserves a top 10 spot in the future. Even songs like father of all, oh yeah! and I was a teenage Tenager are descent.

This album wasn't good at all, the songwriting was terrible, and all the songs sounded the same.

This is awesome...just hear it once

17 39/Smooth

What is this doing on the last place? Way better than trilogy.

18 Awesome As F***

Three words: Cigarettes and Valentines.

19 Demolicious

Demolicious was quite the comeback after the crapheap that was The Trilogy. While The Trilogy had some good songs, it just didn't have that rough edge that Green Day is known to have. And overall some of The Trilogy's songs were repetitive and boring. But Demolicious took the best songs from them, and made them better! It basically sounds like a Kerplunked version of The Trilogy.

It's blasphemous to vote this album below any of the trilogy. Honesty it would have been better if they took the best songs from the trilogy and put it into an album with a less finished sound (like they did here) than take a ton of unmemorable songs and make it too overly finished and put in into three subpar albums. Give it a listen.

A lot better than the Trilogy. The trilogy was unbelievably overproduced. This basically was like the album with a Dookie sound to it. This made up for the whole thing.

20 1,000 Hours

For the underdog

21 Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band

Back in the usa is a good exclusive song from this album and It's a good album for anyone who wants to meet the band.

It's pretty cool they reached 30 years and its proof is this album. From Kerplunk! to Rev Rad, they proved that legends can last forever.

Back in the USA was good

22 Slappy
23 On the Radio

Best live album

24 Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking
25 Cigarettes and Valentines
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