21 Bands Like Green Day (similar music you’re guaranteed to love!)
Originally called “Sweet Children”, Green Day were formed in 1987 in the East Bay of California. For the majority of their career, they have been a trio consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (vocals and bass) and Tré Cool (drums). In 2012 Jason White, a touring guitarist became a full-time member but returned to his touring duties in 2016.
If you are a fan of Green Day and you’d like to find other bands that have a similar sound, keep reading as we’ve found 21 bands like Green Day for your listening pleasure.
1. Foxboro Hot Tubs
Foxboro Hot Tubs is the garage side project of Green Day. The band was formed in 2007 and consists of all of the members of Green Day (Armstrong, Dirnt and Cool) plus all of their touring members (Jason White, Jason Freese and Kevin Preston). The name “Foxboro Hot Tubs” is the alias Green Day uses to book secret shows. When performing as Foxboro Hot Tubs, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jason White perform under the names of Reverend Strychnine Twitch (Armstrong) and Frosco Lee (White).
Blink-182 was formed in Poway, California, USA in 1992. They have changed musically over the years, but their format has remained as a blend between fast punk music and catchy pop tunes. Their biggest albums to date remain their most popular, they were “Enema Of The State” and “Take Off Your Pants And Jacket”.
3. Sum 41
Originally called Kaspir, Sum 41 were formed in Ajax, Ontario, Canada in 1996. They released their first album “All Killer No Filler” in 2001 and it found mainstream success due to the release of the single “Fat Lip” which reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The following single releases from the album “In Too Deep” and “Motivation” were also mainstream successes.
Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992, Weezer released their self-titled album, known as the “blue album” in 1994. Supported by music videos for the tracks “Buddy Holly”, “Say It Ain’t So” and “Undone-The Sweater Song” the “Blue Album” saw international success.
5. Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy was formed in Wilmette, Illinois, USA in 2001. Their first album “Take This To Your Grave” proved to be an underground success and helped the band gather a strong following as well as commercial success. Their debut album has often been called “an influential blueprint for pop punk music in the 2000s”.
6. My Chemical Romance
Formed in Newark, New Jersey in 2001, My Chemical Romance released their third album “The Black Parade” in 2006 to massive commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. With the lead single “Welcome to the Black Parade” reaching number one on the UK singles charts increasing the bands popularity despite some negative reports in the British press.
7. The Offspring
Originally called “Manic Subsidal”, The Offspring was formed in Garden Grove, California in 1984. They have released 10 studio albums and have experienced a number of personnel changes over the years with Bryan Holland the only consistent member. Their third album, “Smash” brought them commercial success and is often cited as the album that brought punk rock into the mainstream and is also considered as a “groundbreaking album for the pop punk genre”.
8. Bowling for Soup
Formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA in 1994, Bowling For Soup released their second album “ Drunk Enough To Dance” in 2002. It contained the single “Girl All The Bad Guys Want” which was nominated for a Grammy Award the following year, in the “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” class. This was the album that shot the band to international success.
9. Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte was formed in Waldorf, Maryland, USA in 1996. Their second album “The Young and the Hopeless” helped them achieve success. It featured the singles, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, “Girls & Boys” and “The Anthem” which helped the album sell more than 5 million copies worldwide.
10. Simple Plan
Formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1999, Simple Plan has released 6 studio albums, 2 live albums and one EP. Best known for performing the theme music for, and appearing in an episode of “What’s New Scooby-Doo?”
11. Billy Talent
Originally called “Pezz”, Billy Talent was formed in Meadowvale, Ontario, Canada in 1993. They have sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and spent the first 10 years of their existence before finding mainstream success. They changed their name to Billy Talent after running into legal difficulties over their previous name.
Formed in Berkeley, California, USA in 1991, Rancid were created from the former members of the band Operation Ivy. They have released 9 studio albums, 2 EPs and one compilation album. They have sold more than 4 million albums worldwide in a career spanning more than 30 years.
13. Bad Religion
Bad Religion have been performing for more than 40 years since they were formed in 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Their songs cover politics, religion, the media, science and society. Their music is known for the use of three-part vocal harmonies.
Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1983, NOFX has released 14 studio albums, 16 EPs, and rose in popularity on the release of their 5th studio album “Punk in Drublic”. They have sold more than 8 million albums worldwide despite never having a major record label signing.
15. The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects is a band formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA in 1999. The band achieved mainstream success with the release of their self-titled debut album which was released in 2003. They have sold over 10 million albums worldwide with their 2008 single “Gives You Hell” peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
16. New Found Glory
Formed in Coral Springs, Florida, USA in 1997, New Found Glory has released 10 studio albums, one live album and 2 EPs. They found mainstream fame with the release of their self-titled album in 2000. They have also recorded 4 cover albums which have also achieved success.
Yellowcard was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, USA in 1997 but moved to Los Angeles, California in 2000. Their music is easily recognisable due to their use of a violin in their songs. They released 10 studio albums before breaking up in 2016.
18. All Time Low
Formed in Towson, Maryland, USA in 2003, All Time Low have been performing year long tours constantly and have headlined at some major festivals including Reading, Leeds and Warped Tour. They have released 8 studio albums, 2 live albums and one EP.
The Ramones were formed in Queens, New York, USA in 1974 and are often called “the first true punk rock group”. The band name (which became the pseudo-surname of every band member) was inspired by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney who used to sign into hotels as Paul Ramon. The Ramones performed more than 2,000 concerts in 22 years, with virtually no down time at all.
20. Rise Against
Originally called “Transistor Revolt”, Rise Against was formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1999. They have released 9 studio albums and remain staunch supporters of such organisations as Amnesty International and the It Gets Better Project as well as supporting animal rights. Their third album, “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” (2004) brought mainstream success which has continued to grow.
Also known as “A Fire Inside”, AFI was formed in Ukiah, California in 1991. They have released 11 studio albums, 10 EPs and one live album. It was their 6th album “Sing The Sorrow” which broke the band into the mainstream. It reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and stayed on the chart for 51 weeks.
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