A wave. That’s pretty much the easiest way to define the popularity of most artists. Some acts have a bigger wave than others, but they still go up and then after reaching their peak inevitably slow down more and more as years pass. Among groups not fitting this description belongs Green Day.
An underground punk act in early 90s, Billie Joe Armstrong band suddenly got massively popular in 1994 thanks to a trio of chart topping hits on Modern Rock Tracks ranking. With a popularity quickly vanishing afterwards, the band managed an impressive return to form a decade later with American Idiot album. Maybe even more incredibly, that seventh album was their first to truly break the global audience.
Initial reception isn’t the be-all and end-all of popularity yet. A song like Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) came out during difficult years for Green Day and failed to change that trend. Still, it is undoubtedly one of their most famous songs to date. Which song and album are really popular among the modern age classic rock band catalog? How big Green Day really are? How is their 2016 output Revolution Radio performing? It is time to answer all those questions!
As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge the band results. The concept will not only bring you raw data of all Green Day albums, physical singles, download singles, music videos and streaming, it will also accurately weight all this information to conclude on meaningful popularity indicators. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea, the next page explains it with a short video, I fully recommend you to check it before getting into sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to jump to the following pages. Let’s go!