Green Day Album Discography

Annotated List of Green Day Albums

Green Day were pioneers of the mid-1990's punk revival. With their 2004 album American Idiot they reasserted their role as one of the most innovative of all punk bands. These are their 11 studio albums.

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39/Smooth (1990)

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Green Day - 39/Smooth. Courtesy Lookout

 39/Smooth is the debut album from Green Day released on the California indie label Lookout Records. It is the only Green Day album featuring John Kiffmeyer on drums. It was initially released on black vinyl and later approximately 800 copies were pressed on green vinyl. In its first year, the album sold approximately 3,000 copies, a good showing for the young indie label. After Dookie became a hit in 1994, sales for 39/Smooth climbed over 55,000. The album is now out of print, but the songs were later included on a compilation titled 1,039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours.

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Kerplunk (1992)

Green Day Kerplunk
Green Day - Kerplunk. Courtesy Lookout

Kerplunk, released in 1992, was the last of Green Day's albums recorded prior to a major label contract. Much of their successful formula is present, and it is the first set of recordings to feature Tre Cool on drums. Sales for Kerplunk climbed over 50,000 before the group recorded Dookie, a very strong showing for a small independent record label. Following Green Day's emergence as one of the top rock bands in the world, Kerplunk eventually climbed to the million sales point for a platinum certification.

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Dookie (1994)

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Green Day - Dookie. Courtesy Reprise

Green Day signed a major label contract with Reprise Records in 1994 and Dookie is the first album under that contract. The music is nearly a direct descendent of such late 70's British punk bands as the Buzzcocks and the Jam. The album generated 3 big hit singles, "Longview," "Basket Case," and "When I Come Around" and peaked at #2 on the album chart. All three hit #1 on the modern rock chart. As a result of the album's success, Green Day earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist and Dookie won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Dookie has sold more than ten million copies in the US alone.

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Insomniac (1995)

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Green Day - Insomniac. Courtesy Reprise

For the follow up to their huge hit album Dookie, Green Day turned to a somewhat darker tone on Insomniac. Critics were pleased, but sales dipped considerably. Insomniac still reached #2 on the album chart and sold more than two million copies. The singles "Geek Stink Breath" and "Brain Stew / Jaded" reached the top 3 of the modern rock chart.  

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Nimrod (1997)

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Green Day - Nimrod. Courtesy Reprise

In 1997, as the commercial juggernaut of Dookie began to fade into memory, Green Day decided to experiment with varied styles. One of those experiments, the ballad "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)", achieved success with adult contemporary audiences and has become a favorite graduation song. It reached #2 on the modern rock chart while climbing inside the top 20 at both mainstream pop and adult pop radio. Nimrod was eventually certified double platinum for sales.

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Warning (2000)

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Green Day - Warning. Courtesy Reprise

By 2000 Green Day had lost much of their commercial clout and were no longer seen as existing on the musical cutting edge. With little to prove to anyone the band created perhaps the most melodic and accessible of all of their albums. While keeping much of Green Day's trademark energy, the songs are more varied and try out new effects and styles. Some still see Warning as one of the band's best albums. It peaked at #4 on the album chart and included the #1 charting modern rock single "Minority."

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American Idiot (2004)

Green Day American Idiot
Green Day - American Idiot. Courtesy Reprise

American Idiot is Green Day's masterpiece. It was released in 2004, 10 years after Green Day's first massive hit album Dookie. They were simply seeking to create longer pieces, more like Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," and they ended up with a full-fledged rock opera a la the Who's Tommy. The album became Green Day's first #1 and featured their only two top 10 pop hit singles "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends." American Idiot has sold more than six million copies in the US.

Music from American Idiot earned a grand total of seven Grammy Award nominations spread over two years. The album won Best Rock Album and earned a nomination for Album of the Year. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" won Record of the Year. American Idiot was later turned into a Broadway rock opera winning two Tony awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

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21st Century Breakdown (2009)

Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown. Courtesy Reprise

It took Green Day five years to follow up the success of the album American Idiot. When they emerged for the studio, they had created another rock opera. 21st Century Breakdown unfolds over three acts. It tells the story of a young couple dealing with the aftermath of the George W. Bush years in the White House. 21st Century Breakdown topped the album chart in the US and many other countries around the world. It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album but failed to generate any top 10 pop hit singles. Both "Know Your Enemy" and "21 Guns" reached the top 30.

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Uno! (2012)

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Green Day - Uno!. Courtesy Reprise

After experiencing a particular prolific time recording songs in the studio, Green Day decided to release a series of three new albums over three months in late 2012. The first was Uno!, a collection of songs in a more power pop vein than the dense content of their previous two albums. Uno! debuted at #2 on the album chart and included the #3 charting alternative radio single "Oh Love."

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Dos! (2012)

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Green Day - Dos!. Courtesy Reprise

A month after Uno!, Green Day released Dos! It was a collection of 13 songs focusing on garage rock. Critics praised the album, but fans seemed to be growing weary of too much content. The album reached #9 on the album chart and the single "Let Yourself Go" only climbed to #18 at alternative radio.

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Tre! (2012)

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Green Day - Tre!. Courtesy Reprise

Tre!, Green Day's third and final installment of their trilogy of albums appeared a month after Dos! The collection takes its name from the group's drummer Tre Cool. Green Day announced that the third album was designed to have a more epic, stadium rock sound than the previous two. Many critics were pleased with the album but its commercial performance was poor. Tre! became the first studio album from Green Day to miss the top 10 on the album chart since Kerplunk 20 years before.