Green Day Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Green Day Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Green Day were formed in California, USA in 1987 by Billie Joe Armstrong (guitarist and lead vocalist) and Mike Dirnt (bassist and backing vocals). Green Day has spent most of their career as a trio with Tré Cool (drummer) who replaced John Kifffmeyer in 1990. In 2012 Jason White, a touring guitarist joined the band as a full-time guitarist but left in 2016. Green Day were originally called “Sweet Children” and were a part of the emerging Bay area punk scene in Berkeley, California during the late 1980s.

They changed their name because there was another band locally who were called “Sweet Baby” and the owner of Lookout! Records wanted to avoid any confusion. The band chose “Green Day” which was local slang for a day doing nothing but smoking marijuana. In 2001 Billie Joe Armstrong said that “Green Day” was “the worst band name in the world”.

Best Green Day Albums Of All Time

Green Day has released 13 studio albums, 4 live albums, 5 compilation albums, one soundtrack album, 4 box sets, 4 video albums, 11 EPs and have sold more than 75 million records worldwide. As always we’ll be ranking their studio albums from the rest to the best. If you disagree with our rankings let us know in the comments how you would have ranked them and why.

13. Father of All Motherf*ck*rs (2020)

FOAMF is their 13th studio album and follows the style of their 2012 album ¡Dos!. It has a more garage feel to it but that didn’t stop it being a hit with the fans. FOAMF debuted at number one in the UK and Australian charts, but that never stopped the criticism it received from reviewers. That criticism was directed to the short running time of the album (less than 30 minutes) and poor lyrics.

12. ¡Dos! (2012)

This was their 10th studio album and the second part of a trilogy entitled “¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!” This one was released in November 2012 and was the band’s take on garage rock. Of the 3 this one got the most positive response but still only managed to accumulate 69,000 sales in its first week of release in the USA. This was low for Green Day who averaged at least 100,000 copies sold in the first week of release.

11. ¡Tré! (2012)

This was the third release of the trilogy which was released in December 2012 to mixed reviews. The album title should have been tres but they used Tré in respect of the drummer’s name (Tré Cool). This one sold only 58,000 copies in the first week which was low for Green Day but overall, the critics liked this one with Kerrang! Calling it “the best of the bunch”.

10. ¡Uno! (2012)

The first of the trilogy and the best of the 3 with some classic Green Day tracks. Tracks including; “Let Yourself Go” which reminds us of earlier days like “Dookie” or “Insomniac”. They should have stuck with this one and forgotten all about the rest of the trilogy.

9. Revolution Radio (2016)

Now we’re getting into some of the band’s better sounds. This was their 12th studio album and it hit the charts debuting at number one. Stand out tracks include “Somewhere Now”, “Outlaws” and “Troubled Times”.

8. 39/Smooth (1990)

This was their debut album and it shows the quality of material to come that it only makes number 8 in our rankings. There were no singles released from this album although “Going to Pasalacqua” was released in a Green Day singles box set.

7. Kerplunk! (1991)

This was their second studio album release and the first to feature Tré Cool on drums. Billie Joe Armstrong said in Vulture magazine in a 2021 article that “Kerplunk!” was his favourite album and said it was “kind of Autobiographical.”

6. Warning (2000)

“Warning” peaked at number 4 and remained on the charts for 25 weeks selling 156,000 copies in its first week. “Warning” featured 3 singles which were “Minority”, “Warning” and “Waiting”. This was Green Day at their stadium filling best trying something new, folk-punk.

5. Nimrod (1997)

This was their 5th studio album and saw the band experiment with different genres including folk, surf rock, ska and hardcore. The singles released from “Nimrod” were “Hitchin’ A Ride”, “Redundant”, “Nice Guys Finish Last” and “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”.

4. 21st Century Breakdown (2009)

It has been said that this was their best album by some pundits, while others would have”21st Century Breakdown” in last place. But it has all of the ingredients to be bubbling just below the top three. Catchy tunes, an edgy message, typical Green Day musical brilliance so what more could you want?

3. Insomniac (1995)

Released as a follow up to the multi-platinum “Dookie”, “Insomniac” was the bands answer to critics that accused them of selling out to the corporation with their mainstream success via “Dookie”. With stand out tracks including; “Brain Stew” and “Geek Stink Breath”.

2.Dookie (1994)

Nearly 30 years on and this album still sounds fresh and relevant, in short, “Dookie” has stood the test of time. With that said, we still have the best to come. “Dookie” is the album that is said to have brought punk rock into the mainstream in the US. With stand out tracks including; “Basket Case”, “Longview” and “Chump”.

1. American Idiot (2004)

From the opening bars of the title track and album opener, it’s clear we’re in for a treat. “American Idiot” reached number one in the charts in 19 countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and Austria. Stand out tracks include the title track and “Jesus Of Suburbia” and “Homecoming”.

All Green Day Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumYear
39/Smooth1990
Kerplunk1991
Dookie1994
Insomniac1995
Nimrod1997
Warning2000
American Idiot2004
21st Century Breakdown2009
¡Uno! 2012
¡Dos!2012
¡Tré! 2012
Revolution Radio2016
Father of All Motherf*ck*rs2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Green Day album?

The best selling Green Day album is “Dookie” which has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide since its release on February 1st 1984.

What is the newest Green Day album?

The newest Green Day album is “Father of all Motherf*ck*rs” which was released on February 7th 2020.

What is the first Green Day album?

The first Green Day album was “39/Smooth” which was released on April 13th 1990.

What is Green Day’s most famous song?

Green Day’s most famous song is “American Idiot” which was released on August 9th 2004 and taken from the album of the same name.

When did Green Day start?

Green Day were formed in California, USA in 1987.

What genre is Green Day?

Green Day’s genres are Punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock and power pop.

Who are the members of Green Day?

The members of Green Day are; Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool. Past members are; Raj Punjabi, Jason White, Sean Hughes and John Kiffmeyer.

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