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Album’s Singles Review: “21st Century Breakdown” by Green Day

21st Century Breakdown (album)
Green Day has been highly successful with their previous album “American Idiot”. Their follow-up “21st Century Breakdown” was intended to follow the success of the previous release. As usual, the album had the same sound with their previois album and it still a masterpiece. The album was a success for reaching number 1 worldwide, though sales were lower compared to “American Idiot”.

Know Your Enemy
“Know Your Enemy” was released as the carrier single of the album “21st Century Breakdown”. It is punk rock track which its sound was the usual kind of music they usually do, with somewhat political theme. The song’s melody was just repetitive. It went to the top 30 of both the US and UK.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

21 Guns
“21 Guns” became the second single for the LP “21st Century Breakdown”. It is an alternative rock ballad which sounds like the part 2 of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. It was a hit in a lot of countries which it went to top 10 in Europe. In United States,  it peaked at number 22.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

21st Century Breakdown
“21st Century Breakdown” was obviously the title track of the album. It wasn’t released in other countries and charted in limited territories. It was popular in Asia especially its music video which charted on MTV and MYX Philippines. The song is punk rock song which was a signature sound of them from the 1990’s. It neither charted in United States nor United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Last of the American Girls
“Last of the American Girls” has been the final single from the record “21st Century Breakdown”. As usual, it is a punk rock song. It was released in a number of countries, and in the US, it charted in a rock chart which considered it a rock hit.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “American Idiot” by Green Day

American Idiot (album)
After series of underperforming albums, Green Day had released this album which brought them back to superstardom status. Theor music was still the same but has more depth on it. It became a top selling album worldwide. It was awarded with 7x platinum by BPI in UK, and 6x platinum in US by RIAA.

American Idiot (single)
“American Idiot” was released as the debut single of the album,  which has the same name. As you heard, it sound like the TV show “American Idol”, though not really intended to criticize the show. It went to number 3 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” had became the second single for “American Idiot”. It is an alternative rock song which was about being alone. The song became their biggest hit from teh album and one of their signature hit. It went number 2 in United States and number 5 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Holiday
“Holiday” was the third single from the album “American Idiot”. The song is somewhat political but was praised by a lot. critics. It was still one of their high charter on Billboard Hot 100 as it peaked inside the top 20. It peaked at 11th in UK.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Wake Me Up When September Ends
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” became the third single off the album “American Idiot”. It is a song about losing someone you love. It was one of their most recognized songs. It became a hit internationally, including Philippines which the song was often remembered when September comes. It went to top 10 both in US and UK.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Jesus of Suburbia
“Jesus of Suburbia” was the last single of the album “American Idiot”. The song is punk rock which reached the top 20 of United Kingdom. It failed to chart at the Hot 100.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Green Day- American Idiot: Top 10 Singles in US and UK

Green Day- American Idiot
United States- Green Day came back with a bang through the album “American Idiot’, that aside from being a number 1 album, it sold million, thus became their second biggest selling album ever. Green Day had never reached the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 before until they released this album “American Idiot”. The band had released at least five official singles from the album and see how they made it to the top 10:
Boulevard of Broken Dreams- #2
Wake Me Up When September Ends- #6
Two of Green Day’s five released singles from “American Idiot” album went to top 10. Their song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” was their biggest hit when it peaked at number 2 and even gone 2x platinum by RIAA. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” which peaked at number 6 was platinum. They had a top 20 hit with “Holiday” at number 19, while the title track at number 61.

United Kingdom- Green Day achieved a new heights in United Kingdom with their album “American Idiot”. It even scored at least three top 10 hits. Look below which songs are those:
American Idiot- #3
Boulevard of Broken Dreams- #5
Wake Me Up When September Ends- #8
Green Day, for the first time, scored three top 10 singles from an album. Their highest peak is obviously “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” at number 3. But their other top 10 singles “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up September Ends” were more notable hits. “Holiday” and “Jesus of Suburbia” had peaked at number 11 and 17, respectively. Thus, they scored five top 20 hits.

Green Day scored more hits from this album “American Idiot”, which they never achieve before. Their biggest hit in the US has been “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” at number 2, while on UK, it was “American Idiot” at number 3. However, I had chosen “Wake Me Up When September Ends” because of its meaning and it was a very remarkable song from them.

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Album by: Green Day
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Music 10 G’s: Gavin Degraw to Get Busy

1. Gavin Degraw
He is such a talented guy who deserves more attention. He was just underrated. But if you hear his music, they were great. My favorite songs from him were the ballad “More than Anyone” and “Not Over You”.

2. Gorillaz
They were a British virtual band and can only be seen on music videos and performances in cartoon motion. Their first album was self-titled and it became multi-platinum.

3. Gangnam Style
It is a song by Korean star PSY. The song was a worldwide hit and became a dance craze. PSY also achieved the most viewed video on YouTube for reaching more than 2 billion.

4. Greatest Hits
This is a general album as many artists used that title being a compilation of their hits.

5. Girls Aloud
They were one of the most successful girl groups in United Kingdom. They had scored a bunch of top 10 hits there, and Cheryl Cole formerly a part of that group.

6. Green Day
They were a band who became first popular in 1990’s. They are able to achieve success again in mid-2000’s via the alb “American Idiot” which featured singles such as the title track, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends”.

7. Gwyneth Paltrow
Yeah, she is an actress but she is a singer too. Remember when she had gone to Glee? Before that, she was seen on the film “Duets” with Huey Lewis.

8. Gentleman
If there’s “Gangnam Style” on the list, I also included “Gentleman” by PSY. It is also a hit and gained loads of views. However, it didn’t match the success of “Gangnam Style”.

9. Genie in a Bottle
This was the song which made Christina Aguilera popular. It was from her self-titled debut album, which also featured big hits including “What a Girl Wants”.

10. Get Busy
This was the most popular song by dancehall artist Sean Paul. After this song, he achieved success with “Like Glue” and “Baby Boy”, a song by Beyonce.

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Album’s Singles Review: “Insomniac” and “Nimrod” by Green Day

Insomniac (album)
After Green Day‘s success with “Dookie”, the band released their album “Insomniac“. The album has darker sound, and different from “Dookie”. It failed to match the success of “Dookie” that despite the number 2 peak, it sold lower than the previous album.

Geek Stink Breath
“Geek Stink Breath” was released as the first single of “Insomniac”. The song speaks about the bad effects of a drug as stated by Billy Joe Armstrong. It reached number 27 in the US.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Stuck with Me
“Stuck with Me” was the second single from Green Day’s second mainstream album. The song charted in UK reaching the top 3
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Brain Stew/Jaded
“Brain Stew/Jaded” was the third single off “Insomniac”. The single is a punk rock track which did well in rock charts. It reached the top 40 in US but a higher top 30 in UK.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Walking Contradiction
“Walking Contradiction” was the final single from “Insomniac”. The song was very popular in Asia. In US, it did very well in rock charts.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Nimrod (album)
Green Day released this album “Nimrod” after the darker themed album “Insomniac”. The album is so far a better album because of maturity with its theme, and somewhat meaningful tracks. It was a top 10 album in the US and certified 2x platinum by RIAA.

Hitchin’ a Ride
“Hitchin’ a Ride” was the first single off “Nimrod”. The song is am alternative punk rock track but sounds quite unique. It reached number 25 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” was released as the second single from “Nimrod”. The song is by far the best song from the album and their best during the 90’s. It reached number 11 in UK and did well at the airplays in the US.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Redundant
“Redundant” was the third single for “Nimrod”. The punk rock track failed to match the success of the previous single. It reached the top 30 in UK
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Nice Guys Finish Last
“Nice Guys Finish Last” was the last single of “Nimrod”. It is a punk rock track which is one of the best tracks from the album. It charted in rock charts.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Bands With Number 1 Albums in US and UK: No Doubt / Green Day / Red Hot Chilli Peppers

No Doubt
United States- No Doubt had scored 1 album to reach number 1 which is “Tragic Kingdom”. It is also their biggest selling album as it reached 10x platinum. Their other albums, which total of 4, went to top 10.
United Kingdom- No Doubt failed to reach the number 1 with their albums. But they had top 10 albums and gone platinum with “Tragic Kingdom” which was a number 3 album and went platinum and Gold by BPI with some of their albums.

Green Day
United States- Green Day had two albums to reach number 1 Billboard albums chart. Those albums were “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown”. However, the band’s biggest seller has been “Dookie” which went 10x platinum in the US despite a number 2 peak, followed by “American Idiot”. The band had a total of 9 albums to reach top 10, which is a record for a band.
United Kingdom- Just like in United States, Green Day scored two number albums in UK with “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown”. The former was their biggest album there and went 7x platinum by BPI. They had a total of 7 top 10 albums going platinum mostly.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers
United States- Despite scoring multiplatinum and platinum with their albums, Red Hot Chilli Peppers only had 1 number 1 album in the US. That album was “Stadium Arcadium”. However, the band’s biggest seller was “Blood Sugar Sex Magic” which went 7x platinum by RIAA. “Californication” is a known album which had gone 5x platinum despite its number 5 peak, according to RIAA.
United Kingdom- Red Hot Chilli Peppers had 3 number 1 albums in United Kingdom. Those records were “By the Way” (which was their biggest seller there for 6x platinums), “Stadium Arcadium”, and “Im With You”. They had 7 albums to reach the top 10. Most of those albums went platinum and multiplatinum as reported by BPI.

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Album’s Singles Review: Green Day “Dookie”

This is not the first album from punk rock band Green Day, but this is their first album to dominate the charts. The punk rock album has lots of tracks with different stories. Through this album, Green Day became one of the most successful rock bands around. It has been successful worldwide including America where it sold 10 million, according to Soundscan. We had a cassette tape of this album before as my brother is a fan of them.

Longview
“Longview” is a punk rock song which starts at a slower pace and gets energetic at its chorus. The theme of the song is somewhat explicit. It became a top 30 hit in United Kingdom. In America, it performed well in alternative charts.
Rate: 4.5 out of 10

Welcome to Paradise
This song is already in their album “Kerplunk”  but they included it in “Dookie” which it was eventually released as a single. It became a top 20 hit in Britain.
Rate: 5.25 out of 10

Basket Case
“Basket Case” is one of the best rock hit and memorable song by Green Day. It was their first ever UK top ten hit, while it was a number one rock hit in America. I remember this song was sang by Avril Lavigne her concert. It was even performed by other bands too as it is an iconic rock song.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

When I Come Around
In this song, it was a bit slower but it is very melodic. This is my favorite single from the album and it reminded me of when I was younger watching MTV. Vocalist Billy Joe had admitted it is a song about his ex-girlfriend. The song has charted in different countries globally.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

She
“She” is the last single for “Dookie”. It only charted in component charts. It was slightly a good song.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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Battle of Same Song Title: Madonna vs Green Day / NSYNC vs Avril Lavigne

The battles are quite odd as a pop diva battles with a rock band. The second battle was between a pop/rock female star against a pop boyband. Check the battles below:

Madonna vs Green Day
“Holiday”

During the early part of her career, Madonna released her “Holiday” song which became her first ever big hit internationally. In the US, it was their first top 20 hit peaking at 16th. In the UK, it peaked at high second place. The song helped her album greatly.

 

Green Day made their own “Holiday” song which was released in 2005. The punk rock song though failed to enter the top ten in countries, though it reached the top twenty in some countries which included America and Unite Kingdom.

Verdict:
Madonna- Holiday
Melody and Lyrics- 3.25 / Success- 3.25= 6.5

Green Day- Holiday
Melody and Lyrics- 2.75 / Success- 3.0= 5.75

Winner: The Queen of Pop trampled the rock band as Madonna scored higher against Green Day in this “Holiday” song battle.

NSYNC vs Avril Lavigne
“Girlfriend”

Released as the last official single from NSYNC’s last full length album, “Girlfriend” had its remixed version with successful rapper Nelly. Both versions were good, though the remixed helped the song’s success. It went to top ten almost all of the countries it entered. The song talks about telling the girl to be his girlfriend who was in a relationship with an unloving boyfriend.

Avril Lavigne reached a new peak of her career through her own “Girlfriend” song. The pop rock song went to number in majority of the countries it entered and was her most successful single. The song talks about this girl who wants to be the guy’s girlfriend. In its remix version, it featured Lil Mama

Verdict:
NSYNC- Girlfriend (ft. Nelly for the remix)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 3.75= 7.5

Avril Lavigne- Girlfriend (ft. Lil Mama for the remix)
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success-4.25= 8.0

Winner: Both were big hit songs but Avril Lavigne defeated NSYNC in this “Girlfriend” battle.

Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard
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10 Songs With “Life”

“Life” is such a wonderful gift that we have from God. It is also used in songs and has a lot of meaning. Here’s the list I created which are the songs with “life”

The Fray- How to Save a Life
Wanting to save a “life”, this song might explain. It became The Fray’s biggest and first hit anywhere else. It was also used in “Grey’s Anatomy” TV show.

Evanescence- Bring Me to Life
When it feels you are dead and wanting someone to resurrect you to “life”. This song was very popular worldwide due to its hard rocking sound and haunting voice of Amy Lee.

Third Eye Blind- Semi-Charmed Life
It’s about a “life” you initially thought to be good but will bring you down. This song was a big hit accross America and Asia, as well.

Backstreet Boys- Larger than Life
What the guys’ fans did and gave for the success of the group made them larger than “life”. It went to top 10 in many countries but failed a top 20 position in the US.

Green Day- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
It’s like having this good “life” and enjoying it. This song became a hit in the second half of 1990’s.

Bon Jovi- It’s My Life
Wanting to be independent and doesn’t need other people’s opinions and just do what you want in your “life”. This song became a big comeback for the band in 2000.

The Beatles- In My Life
Reminiscing about your “life” back, this is a good song to listen to. I became one of the most known songs of the legendary band.

Ronan Keating- Life is a Rollercoaster
We may face some anxieties that makes “life” is like a rollercoaster. This song became a hit in Europe and Asia.

Elton John- Circle of Life
This song is about “life” and how it revolves. It was used as one of the main songs of the hit film and sountrack, “The Lion King”. It was a top 10 and 20 hit internationally.

Des’ree- Life
Apparently, it’s about “life”. Though, the lyrics was often criticized for some lines then. The song still became a hit in 1998.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Memorable Lines in Songs: Green Day

Green Day achieved success in mid-1990s. Their songs had tackled issues about life, society and a lot more. There are a number of love songs too.

When I Come Around
” No time to search the world around
Cause you know where I’ll be found”
The guy is assuring someone that whenever she needs him, he will just be around and know where she can find him.

Basket Case
” Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me”
It seems the guy is disturbed mentally and going through the rough times.

Walking Contradiction
” Standards set and broken all the time
Control the chaos behind a gun”
It was like rules are made but they were often broken and lawmakers were the first ones who breaks the law.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
” Tattoos and memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while”
We may go through some tough moments in the past but there are still great moments worth remembering.

Minority
” Cause I want to be the minority
I don’t need your authority”
We sometimes chose to be in the minority and push for what’s right as they were often looked down.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
” My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating”
The opening lines of the chorus of the song, we sometimes were alone and nobody’s with us. It’s like feeling very low and you want to get out of. This song led among the group’s songs.

Wake Me Up When September Ends
“Like my father’s come to pass
Seven years has gone so fast”
This is such a sad song, like when your father was gone even in years, you want to skip the same day or month of your father’s demise.

Know Your Enemy
” Silence is the enemy
Against your urgency”
We have some enemies that we don’t know and they were just like silent, but we should know them.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com
Credits to songwriter.