American Idiot (song)

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American Idiot
Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong
Song length: 2:54
Release date: August 31, 2004
Album: American Idiot
Mixed by: Chris Lord-Alge
Produced by: Rob Cavallo
Single chronology
Previous single: "I Fought the Law"
Next single: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Album chronology
Previous song: N/A
Next song: "Jesus of Suburbia"

"American Idiot" is the first song from the album of the same name. It is one the most famous and influential songs of Green Day's career, and since its release the band has played it live at almost every tour. The song effectively revived their career into the mainstream.

Released in 2004, "American Idiot" peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Green Day's first chart entry.

Track list[edit | edit source]

Promo CD single:

# Name Track length
1 "American Idiot" (radio edit) 2:54
2 "American Idiot" (album version) 2:54
3 "Favorite Son" 2:14

Europe CD single #1:

# Name Track length
1 "American Idiot" 2:54
2 "Too Much Too Soon" 3:33

Europe CD single #2:

# Name Track length
1 "American Idiot" 2:54
2 "Shoplifter" 1:52
3 "Governator" 2:31

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Main article: American Idiot/lyrics