CSPC: Green Day Popularity Analysis

American Idiot

Original Album Sales – Comments

1990 39/Smooth – 100,000
1991 Kerplunk – 1,950,000
1994 Dookie – 19,750,000
1995 Insomniac – 5,800,000
1997 Nimrod – 5,200,000
2000 Warning – 3,450,000
2004 American Idiot – 15,250,000
2009 21st Century Breakdown – 3,800,000
2012 ¡Uno! – 1,050,000
2012 ¡Dos! – 650,000
2012 ¡Tré! – 550,000
2016 Revolution Radio – 700,000

Green Day‘s sales summed it in one word?… irregular. Green Day have sold a combined 58,25 million studio albums spread across 12 outputs, an average close to 6 million units per set. Two of them though, Dookie and American Idiot, shifted 35 million units combined, leaving a mere 23,25 million for the remaining 10 LPs.

Chronologically speaking, they started with two albums from a minor label selling a only a few thousand units. 39/Smooth is on 100,000 copies sold while their second album, Kerplunk, is close to 2 million. This is because 39/Smooth was deleted when the band became big, being replaced instead by 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, a compilation of the album plus early EPs. This set’s figures will come in the Compilation Category later on in the article.

Both Dookie and American Idiot were immense successes, but both were followed by strong disappointments. In-between, they retained some decent sales though. In recent years the band has been struggling a lot and isn’t looking likely to get back on track anytime soon.

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Hoping to see an update of what Revolution Radio ended up at and how Father Of All has performed with it being out for 6 months now. Great article!


Japan – 725,000

Seems odd considering the album is only certified Platinum* (200,000).



Thanks for the answer. Keep up the good work!

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So any update as of December 2018?

Christian Smith

I’d like an update to see how Revolution Radio is doing. The spotify streams for those songs seem to be quite a bit higher now than they were on Page 26.

The album has also been certified Gold in the UK indicating 100k+ so I’d assume it sold a good bit more worldwide. It’s probably reached the 1 million milestone by now. I hope in the future it surpasses Uno! at least.

David Oakes

Hello it’s now November 20, 2017.

Any chance of an update on Revolution Radio ?


These rankings are simply amazing! Thanks for all the work! I just discovered your page and can’t stop reading. I’m a big fan!


Great work MJD, Anthony and Hernan! Green Day is an interesting case to read and study! Starting so slow, they became so massive with Dookie! The following 3 albums did well, and then they became massive again with American Idiot! I have to say, while Dookie is more successful, I consider American Idiot as their most impressive album in their catalog in terms of success, because they achieved it so deep into their career, and that that album is their only one that spawned numerous sizable hits! Regarding American Idiot, could you tell me whether it is the best selling… Read more »


What some users Wants? Is that perhaps a reference to Christina Aguilera?😉 If so, pretty excited for it! Been dying to know whether her debut or Stripped was the more successful album, and how she compared with her peers


It could be a “I Know What You Want” reference as well haha

Nuclear dolphin

You know I think ‘American Idiot’ is a masterpiece and it was also the last REAL hit rock album ever. How many other rock albums have surpassed 10 million copies since then? It was original as well, combining punk rock into a rock opera, like the Sex Pistols meets ‘Tommy’ by The Who with a bit of mid 70’s Queen thrown in. Its also a massive hit with the streaming, more so than ‘Dookie’. American Idiot has 593,769,585 streams as of today, where as Dookie has 447,417,471. Also if you look at Green day’s top 10 songs on Youtube, you’ll… Read more »


Grat work as always!

But i pointed out that Green Days numbers at the ranking on the last page are missing.