Qualifying Songs: Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), Misery, Basket Case
Tough just picking three songs because pretty much any Green Day song gets me leaping for the volume button.
Green Day came along in the dog years of the grunge movement and from 'Basketcase' onwards i was a big fan although the UK wasn't very quick to take to their brand of pop-punk until the politically charged American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown Albums and then everyone seemed to be a fan.
Famously 'borrowing' tunes from other bands, they don't diverge much from their sound with lot's of fast paced three minute pop-punk songs but when they slow it down as in 21 Guns, Good Riddance, When September Ends and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, they produce some belters.
One of my favourite tunes is 'Misery' which is a very unGreen Day type song with accordion and spanish guitar which seems to tell the story of a series of characters meeting a grisly end.
The lyrics for the excellent 'Basket Case' were written when the lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, thought he was going mad after a bout of anxiety and the video is a homage to One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest.
'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' features more mellow, contemplative lyrics with acoustic music and is many peoples favourite Green Day song but as i said previously, any Green Day song (nod towards American Idiot, Peacemaker, King For A Day, When September Ends, Restless Heart Syndrome) will get the volume up treatment.
They seemed to have reached their high-tide mark and have happily shifted into the background again but those 15 or so Green Day Albums in my CD holder will always get a regular playing as long as my hearing holds out.