CSPC: Green Day Popularity Analysis


Download Singles Sales – Part 2
Nimrod (1997) – 885,000 equivalent albums

Nice Guys Finish Last – 100,000
Hitchin’ a Ride – 150,000
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – 5,300,000
Remaining tracks – 350,000

Warning (2000) – 135,000 equivalent albums

Warning – 100,000
Waiting – 100,000
Minority – 400,000
Macy’s Day Parade – 100,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

American Idiot (2004) – 2,655,000 equivalent albums

American Idiot – 3,600,000
Jesus of Suburbia – 700,000
Holiday – 3,000,000
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – 4,800,000
Wake Me Up When September Ends – 3,800,000
Remaining tracks – 1,800,000

21st Century Breakdown (2009) – 1,260,000 equivalent albums

Know Your Enemy – 1,900,000
21 Guns – 4,500,000
Remaining tracks – 2,000,000

The interesting thing about these albums is that they came out in fundamentally distinct eras, in spite of following each other in Green Day‘s release history. Both Nimrod and Warning came out before legal downloads arrived. The former still holds the monster track Good Riddance which has over 5 million sales thanks to its strong catalog appeal.

American Idiot was succeeding at the very start of the digital boom. In fact, Boulevard of Broken Dreams was #1 in the first ever Hot Digital Songs as published in January 2005 by Billboard. Roughly 30,000 units were enough to dominate the ranking at the time. Other big hits from American Idiot have racked up millions of sales in this format over the last 13 years. The four main ones are all in the 3-5 million range, building a huge total of more than 17 million sales for the album.

21st Century Breakdown came out during a time when a #1 US hit was routinely moving over 200,000 units per week, not even accounting for ringtones. The situation was similar in most countries where digital sales were getting bigger and bigger too. The environment helped the hit 21 Guns  in achieving over 4 million units sold Worldwide. Adding to this, the cumulative tally of the album’s songs top 8 million, despite being overall much less successful than its predecessor.

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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.