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TAG_TO_ADD_HERE Template:Infobox single American Idiot is the starting song in Green Day's American Idiot.

Overview

"American Idiot" is a song by the A
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merican punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the first single from their album of the same name.

Released in 2004, the single peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Green Day's first Billboard Hot 100 chart entry (excluding singles that charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart), helping revive the band's career. However, the appearance of "American Idiot" on the US singles charts occurred just prior to Billboard's inclusion of internet download purchases into their Billboard Hot 100 chart data, which would have made a significant difference in the song's peak had it benefited from the new chart tabulation system. This most recent form of sales assessment has resulted in the far greater successes of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Holiday" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends". "American Idiot" became Green Day's first Top 5 single in the United Kingdom, reaching #3, and peaked at #7 in Australia. It debuted at #1 in Canada, holding onto the zenith position for five weeks. In Australia, the song was ranked #22 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. Green Day performed this song at the 2005 Grammy Awards. The album won for Best Rock Album.

Lyrics

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Green Day - American Idiot-Official Music Video

Official music video

These are the lyrics for American Idiot from the album American Idiot.

Don't wanna be an American idiot
Don't want a nation under the new media
And can you hear the sounds of hysteria?
The subliminal mind fuck America


Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alienation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay


Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue


Maybe I'm the faggot America
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda
Now everybody do the propaganda
And sing along in the age of paranoia


Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alienation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay


Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue


Don't wanna be an American idiot
One nation controlled by the media
Information age of hysteria
It's going out to idiot America


Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alienation
Where everything isn't meant to be okay


Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue

Trivia

  • Billie Joe said this song was about himself.

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