It’s a question that’s plagued me since I became a fan back in 2004.
People ask me all the time and my answer fluctuates as I continue to grow. As I begin to pack for a weekend filled with fellow Idiots, I decided to attempt to tackle this question and finally pinpoint my answer.
For starters, my jump into fandom was a canon ball from the high dive. There was no dipping of my foot to check the water temperature. I plunged into this. For my 15th birthday, my parents bought me their entire catalogue so it makes it difficult to differentiate which songs were with me at a pivotal time in my life because I got them all at once! Side note, my parents will be punk rockers Monday in Detroit as they attend their first Green Day concert and I can’t wait to see and hear what they think.
Enough babbling, let’s try and answer this question.
Welcome To Paradise was the song that sold me on them.
Jesus of Suburbia was the song that really grasped my attention.
Holiday was the song I loved to blare from my Mustang convertible speakers on the drive to school.
Minority was the song that made it fun to yell, “Fuck them all” while also flipping off the sky.
When I Come Around was the song I drunkenly stumbled over to the jukebox and played on my 21st birthday, so subconsciously this song clearly means something to me.
Bang Bang was the song that blew me away and Still Breathing was the song that brought me to my knees.
But still these gems don’t take the cake as my favorite song.
Tired of waiting to hear my answer?
Waiting. Waiting is the song that I think goes down as my favorite Green Day song. There’s something really special about that song and Warning as a whole in general to me.
I know, I know you probably think it’s a weak, or surprising choice.
I don’t care if it’s an updated version of Petula Clark’s “Downtown” this song gets me every time. There’s something about it I can’t describe. When I hear it I’m immediately filled with some crazy amount of joy and nostalgia. I love that song for what it represents. It’s kind of the last song of the “old Green Day era” which I was never really a part of. Sort of like the Old Testament if you will.
Waiting live is one of my favorite things to experience. It’s a crowd sing-along that you can’t help but get all the feels for. I remember my brother telling me after The Newport show that the look of joy on my face when they started playing Waiting was priceless. I can’t wait to hopefully hear it twice in 72 hours as it seems to be back on the setlist which is a beautiful thing.
It’s a song that gives me hope. Hope about my future career and relationship choices. “I’m destined for anything at all”
So, I think I’ve finally answered this question...for now.
Waiting is nothing but a lovely 3:14 of punk-pop joy for me. It’s infectious and catchy as hell.
It came on the radio the other day and it hit me then that this song is the one I hold close to the heart.
Rage and Love, Idiots
I've been waiting a long time For this moment to come I'm destined For anything...at all Downtown lights will be shining On me like a new diamond Ring out under the midnight hour No one can touch me now And I can't turn my back It's too late ready or not at all
Well, I'm so much closer than I have ever known... Wake up
Dawning of a new era Calling...don't let it catch you falling Ready or not at all So close enough to taste it Almost...I can embrace this Feeling....on the tip of my tongue
Well, I'm so much closer than I have ever known... Wake up Better thank your lucky stars.... (Shey hey hey)
I've been waiting for a life time For this moment to come I'm destined for anything at all
Dumbstruck Colour me stupid Good luck You're gonna need it Where I'm going if I get there... At all....
Wake up Better thank your lucky stars....