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American Idiot is the seventh studio album by Green Day. It was released on September 21, 2004 through Reprise Records and was produced by longtime collaborator Rob Cavallo. In mid-2003, the band began recording songs for an album entitled Cigarettes and Valentines. However, the master tracks were stolen and the band decided to start over rather than re-record Cigarettes and Valentines. The group decided to produce a rock opera, inspired by the work of The Who and several musicals. It follows the life of "Jesus of Suburbia", a sort of anti-hero created by Billie Joe Armstrong. Following early recording at Studio 880 in Oakland, California, the band finished the album at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood.

The album achieved success worldwide, charting in 26 countries and peaking at number one in nineteen of them, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Since its release, American Idiot has sold over 14 million copies worldwide and over 6 million copies in the US alone, including 267,000 in its opening week. The album won a number of awards, including a Grammy for Best Rock Album, and received acclaim by critics.

Track Listing

1. American Idiot - 2:54

2. Jesus of Suburbia - 9:08

I: Jeusus of Suburbia, II: City of the Damned, III: I Don't Care, IV: Dearly Beloved, V: Tales of Another Broken Home

3. Holiday - 3:52

4. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - 4:20

5. Are We the Waiting - 2:42

6. St. Jimmy - 2:56

7. Give Me Novacaine - 3:25

8. She's a Rebel - 2:00

9. Extraordinary Girl - 3:33

10. Letterbomb - 4:05

11. Wake Me Up When September Ends - 4:45

12. Homecoming - 9:18

I: The Death of St. Jimmy, II: East 12th St., III: Nobody Likes You, IV: Rock and Roll Girlfriend, V: We're Coming Home Again

13: Wahtsername - 4:14

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