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American Idiot – Green Day

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“American Idiot” is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the first single from their album of the same name. The song heavily criticizes the state of the United States circa 2004 (during the presidential campaign in which George W. Bush was re-elected), with lines referencing the danger of the “new, biased media.” This marks the introduction to the rock opera concept of the album of the same name.

Billie Joe Armstrong was inspired to write this after hearing the Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song “That’s How I Like It” on the way to the studio. He told Q magazine May 2009:

It was like, I’m proud to be a redneck and I was like, Oh my God, why would you be proud of something like that? This is exactly what I’m against. I looked at the guys like, Do you mind that I’m saying this? And they were like, No, we agree with you. And it started the ball rolling.

The song received mostly positive reviews by critics and was nominated for four Grammy Awards; Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Best Rock Song, Best Short Form Music Video, and Record of the Year.

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