20 Albums, 20 Days: American Idiot

20 Albums, 20 Days: American Idiot

10 years after their breakthrough success, Green Day decided to write a rock opera. Disenchanted by President George W. Bush, the record told a story of an American teen dealing with the aftermath of 9/11 and the Iraq War. The album was so big that five years later it was turned into a very successful Broadway musical. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” stands out on an album full of very unique compelling songs like “American Idiot” and “Holiday”.

Fun Fact: While not originally in the show, Billie Joe Armstrong did do some brief engagements on Broadway, playing the character of St. Jimmy.

Learn more about the album:

The Making of American Idiot

Track-by-Track Album Review

Why American Idiot is Green Day’s greatest album

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