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The Top Five Green Day Songs that Had an Impact on My Life

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I thought Whatsername was guaranteed to be in it. :sherlock:

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:thumbsup: like :thumbsup:

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really good choise of songs! :thumbsup:

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Great work! :) I think I wouldn't be able to pick only 5 songs... there are so many that are important to me for so many different reasons.

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Very well Written, No.1 Was my favorite.

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As many of you know, I joined the team a couple of weeks ago not only as a mod but also as a writer for GDA. As my introduction into what I hope will be a series of editorials, I thought I'd write about the substance of why I love Green Day (their songs. a'doh.) Feel free to read this here (or on the main site when it goes up tomorrow) and share some of your most personal Green Day songs and feelings. Here she is:

Stunning, just stunning. Thank you.

I'll post a list of my own top picks when I get some time.

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Stunning, just stunning. Thank you.

I'll post a list of my own top picks when I get some time.

Thanks for the compliments, but I especially appreciate that last bit - the thread is for you guys to discuss your own special Green Day songs, not just to give me praise I don't need. :P

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That was a really, genuinely fantastic read. I love hearing how songs make people tick. Thanks for sharing. :)

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This song has time and again proven itself to be incredibly meaningful to me, as its layered meanings continue to reveal themselves with the things I’ve experienced as I’ve gone through Jr. High and High School and into college and my foray into being an actual adult.

This. This summarises why JOS is one of the all-time greatest songs ever written. It grows with you, it's fluid and multi-faceted and more layered than the biggest muthafuckin' onion in the world.

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this is amazing. really great analysis of both some key lyrics of the songs you named, but also how the lyrics named and the whole song itself relate to you or the world you (and also i) live in. just really awesome, and there were even some points in your analysis that i was even agreeing with you. :happy:

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Great list! although my list is complete different ;) except JOS^^

1. Minority

2. JOS

3. Restless Heart Syndrome

4. F.O.D.

5. Panic Song

but you cant really say that there are "the only 5 green day songs"

there are tonnes of songs and each one describes a bit of my life

and this is why i love green day because its a part of me.

You cant say that your left arm is better than your right arm so :happy:

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That was a great read :happy:. I like writing about Green Day songs but I'm bad at writing about how they've affected me personally haha (although I love it when other people do), maybe one day I'll give it a go.

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I like reading posts like this. It reminds you that Green Day influences, period. Even if you don't have the same top 5, or if the same songs influenced you differently, you were still affected in some way. Like Billie Joe said, "And for our fans, they're just crazy people anyway. I always look at people in a Green Day shirt, and I think, 'What's wrong with that person? What kind of hang-ups does that person have?' Obviously, it's not just the catchy songs, it goes deeper than that."Even if your "hang-ups" aren't the same, the fact that Green Day causes something inside you to stir, is.

-Alex :)

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oh gosh i can do a top 5 of green day lol, i find difficult to resume my green day obssesion into a top 5 haha, cus every single song had an impact on me, every single song, i feel identified with every single one.

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That was a great read, well done! :)

*takes a deep breath* here goes:

1. Boulevard of Broken Dreams-

Sure it was massively overexposed, but this song had a monumental impact on me. Before American Idiot came out I knew all of the band's singles from Dookie and Nimrod, many of which were highly present during both the wonderful and not so wonderful memories of my youth. The first time I heard BOBD on the radio, it stopped my world. I immediately fell in love with a track that I felt spoke directly to me. It had been a very long time since I had something to relate to so deeply. It made me feel like I wasn't the only one out there who felt lost and that it was ok. After hearing this song, I knew I had to acquire the album from which it came immediately. Everything that I felt about BOBD was magnified exponentially when I heard the album, and thus I became a Green Day fan. I became obsessed with hearing any material the band had to offer.

2. Jesus of Suburbia-

This is overall my favorite Green Day song. JOS perfectly encapsulates a wide range of emotions that no youth is immune to in my opinion. Without delving into my personal past, I'll just say that every level of this song (particularly Dearly Beloved) holds a special meaning for me.

3. 21st Century Breakdown-

I love how this song ties together older generations with today's youth. It shines a light on how messed up our society is today and how far we've strayed from the "path". Every action and decision made by the people we are supposed to trust in has got us here. Here is where our values have gone to hell and we'd rather coddle our technologically soaked youth than adequately prepare them for the future. Not only is it a great introduction to the album's story, but it also rings truth, whether people want to acknowledge it or not.

4. Hold On-

I love listening to this song when I'm feeling down because it's uplifting and instills hope for me. As someone who's been let down time and time again, I'm a highly independent person who may have trust issues here or there. Unfortunate, but it is something that I try to work on continuously. When you get violated by people and feel like the world is against you or nothing is going your way, naturally you want to build walls up to protect yourself. This is an example of a song that may not be "anything special" but it makes all the difference when I hear it at the right time. It always makes me feel stronger and not want to give up.

5. Last Night On Earth-

The musical interpretation of this song enlightened me to how wonderful it actually is. As a part of 21st Century Breakdown, it felt more like a sappy ballad (which being slightly jaded, I'm not the biggest fan of) that kind of worked within the story. However, after seeing the musical I was able to appreciate the fact that you don't have to just give your whole heart to your lover. I was reminded that love comes in many forms and that it is a crucial part of life. Hearing this song now warms my heart and gives me hope that one day I'll be able to totally love and trust someone that much.

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As many people have said before in this thread, it's so difficult to choose just five songs that you love so much. I think you (Amanda?) did an amazing job!

If I had to choose my top five would probably be;

5. 2000 Light Years Away - This one is really simple as to why it resonates with me. Thus far in my life, everyone I have liked, has moved hundreds of miles away; either to return home or due to work commitments. And it sucks.

4. East Jesus Nowhere - Being an atheist, I often come under attack for what I reason the world around me to be like and how I percieve it. I've been called everything from 'heartless' to full on 'evil' (something which I'm sure most religious people would agree was a little strong!). It was nice to see my favourite making a statement, not necessarily about who's views were true or not, but about the corruption which is undeniably at the centre of various church sects and organisations.

3. Macy's Day Parade - This one again is quite simple. Seeing as it's about mindless consumerism and questioning whether there is anything more out there. I'd like to hope that there was and I try to see the things in life that don't cost any money, as much more beautiful than the things that can be bought.

2. 21st Century Breakdown - This is attachted to the memory of the Wembley Stadium show last year. Just hearing the opening chords of this song brings back a flood of memories and I can't help feeling elated as I holler out the lyrics and remember what it was like to do the same at the show. It is just an incredible feeling.

1. Are We The Waiting - This song is more an emotional thing. I'm not even really sure why I like it so much, it's just that every time I hear the opening verse about "Starry Nights, City Lights, coming down over me" it sends shivers down my spine. I think it's an awesome song and that verse is the only lyrics that I have ever really seriously considered getting tattooed just because they resonate so deeply.

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My turn, quickly, in no particular order.

1. (Tie) 21st Century Breakdown, The Static Age, and American Eulogy. Billie Joe Armstrong is a fucking prophet. He doesn't try to predict the future or tell you what you want to hear -- note that he doesn't even try to suggest that "everything is somehow going to be OK". He tells you what you *need* to hear. He dares you to take a good, hard look at the life you have, the world you live in, the institutions that are supposed to be serving you -- and then forces you to see how fucked up it all is. 'Nuff said.

2. American Idiot. At a time that the media was giving Dub-ya a blank check to destroy the Middle East in the name of the (gag!) "war on terror", and at a time that anyone who challenged his administration's worldview was ostracized (see: Dixie Chicks), leave it to Green Day to tell it like it is. This song -- indeed, this album -- defines more than just the Gen-Y generation that was coming of age at the time of the second Iraq invasion. It defines all of us.

3. Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Like Nmd, this was the song that first drew my attention to just how good Green Day had become. Just the right song, at just the right time, and it made me a fan. Years later I got to hear it live at Verizon Center, with Jason White on acoustic and Billie Joe leading the whole arena in singing it along with him. In the middle of one of the verses he stopped, looked around, and said something like "Look at this, a whole roomful of you fuckers singing this along with us. This is how it's supposed to be" before continuing. [melt][/melt] Overplayed on the radio, yes, but it will always, always have a special place in my heart!

4. Welcome To Paradise. To me this song means taking risks and transforming yourself in the process, and eventually becoming comfortable and content in whatever shithole you happen to find yourself in. I've been wearing it like an anthem lately.

5. Church on Sunday. This song about the hard times in Billie and Adie's marriage teaches volumes about faith and commitment to your significant other, and the difficult give-and-take exchanges that have to occur along the way if a threatened relationship is going to survive. Whenever my wife and I are working out a disagreement, this song is like a rock for us. Oh yes, before I forget -- Mike's killer bassline is all SQUEE!

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As many of you know, I joined the team a couple of weeks ago not only as a mod but also as a writer for GDA. As my introduction into what I hope will be a series of editorials, I thought I'd write about the substance of why I love Green Day (their songs. a'doh.) Feel free to read this here (or on the main site when it goes up tomorrow) and share some of your most personal Green Day songs and feelings. Here she is:

Congratulations on becoming a MOD and a Writer GDA :) i will post my five on hear in the next couple of days when i get enough time to think about it fully and write it :)

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3. Macy's Day Parade - This one again is quite simple. Seeing as it's about mindless consumerism and questioning whether there is anything more out there. I'd like to hope that there was and I try to see the things in life that don't cost any money, as much more beautiful than the things that can be bought.

Beautifully said. I need to listen again, and think harder. I hate money, I hate what (the lack of it) has done to my family, and I hate that I think about it so much (not in a 'GREEDGREEGREED' but in a "Holy shit, how am I gonna pay bills?"). All I want to do is feel free of it, even if I never have it.

5. Church on Sunday. This song about the hard times in Billie and Adie's marriage teaches volumes about faith and commitment to your significant other, and the difficult give-and-take exchanges that have to occur along the way if a threatened relationship is going to survive. Whenever my wife and I are working out a disagreement, this song is like a rock for us. Oh yes, before I forget -- Mike's killer bassline is all SQUEE!

Aww that's sweet!

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Best first post ever, melissawebster!

Sorry for just complimenting everyone else... I'm trying to get a sense of my own POVs by seeing what everyone else is saying and what makes me think.

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Wow, this thread is awesome! The op is amazing and I'm really enjoying all of your posts :happy:

I'll make sure I post my top 5 as well :)

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Best first post ever, melissawebster!

Sorry for just complimenting everyone else... I'm trying to get a sense of my own POVs by seeing what everyone else is saying and what makes me think.

Thanks!

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