I’m so glad for that heroic time you bought a Green Day album during the Bush era.— Michael B Dougherty (@michaelbd)July 31, 2014
As former supporter of both the Iraq War and Green Day, let me say: ten years on, one of these is much less regrettable than the other. Sure, both Iraq and Green Day are messes now, but we can at least look fondly back on one and not the other.
Iraq’s greatest hit:
I watched this live and was incredibly inspired. And as a high school senior with emerging political views, it seemed at the time that the war was going to turn out to be worth it.
Green Day’s greatest hit:
Not going to say this is the best song on the album. Not by a long shot. But it’s still pretty kickin’. The video is kind of cringe-inducing, because of what Billie Joe has become now, but still a solid pop-punk jam.
Most Mixed Emotions on Iraq:
Landing that plane was pretty awesome. But, uh, “Mission Accomplished” is still something that kinda hangs in the air to this day.
Most Mixed Emotions on Green Day:
Yeah they put a bit of “rock opera” into this album. This resulted in some embarrassing music videos. Like, very embarrassing. Cringe-inducing, again. But the songs behind some of these are pretty solid. “Jesus of Suburbia” has some really good parts. The other “operatic” song, Homecoming, might have better highs and better lows.
We’re not even mentioning all the other standout moments from American Idiot. Whatsername is a stellar album closer. Holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams are both very good songs. Letterbomb might be one of the tightest and best songs Green Day have ever written.
The Iraq War was (probably) a mistake. American Idiot was and still is a very good album.
Come on guys.
— Lucy Steigerwald (@LucyStag)July 31, 2014
The definitive ranking of Green Day albums:
3. American Idiot
5. Warning (had a mid-’00s revival among Green Day fans who grew to appreciate Billie Joe’s brief desire to be Elvis Costello)
8. 21st Century Breakdown
9. Whatever those other new ones are