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"American Idiot" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day, and is the first single from their seventh album, American Idiot.

Released in 2004, the single peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Green Day's first Billboard Hot 100 chart entry (excluding singles that charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart), helping revive the band's career. However, the appearance of "American Idiot" on the US singles charts occurred just prior to Billboard Magazine's inclusion of internet download purchases into their Billboard Hot 100 chart data, which would have made a significant difference in the song's peak had it benefited from the new chart tabulation system. This most recent form of sales assessment has resulted in the far greater successes of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Holiday" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends".

"American Idiot" became Green Day's first Top 5 single in the United Kingdommarker, reaching #3, and peaked at #7 in Australia. It debuted at #1 in Canadamarker, holding onto the zenith position for five weeks.

In Australia, the song was ranked #22 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

Green Day performed this song at the 2005 Grammy Awards. The album won for Best Rock Album.

The song was featured in the trailer for the 2005 film Wedding Crashers. An edited version of the song is featured on the soundtrack of the American football video game Madden NFL 2005. It was featured as the closing theme song for the first season of the "Andy Milonakis" show. "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song on his album Straight Outta Lynwood as "Canadian Idiot" - a satirical commentary on American nationalism and the stereotypical American view of Canadians. In The Simpsons Movie,the song was played by an organist at the band's funeral. Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this song into a lounge style on their 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction, and Avril Lavigne did as well in 2006. The guitar riffs of the song were sampled for the theme for Johnny Test and multiple episodes of the show.

Charts

Chart (2005) Peak Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 1
Australia Top 50 Singles 1
Austria Top 75 Singles 1
Canadian BDS Airplay Chart 1
Denmark Top 20 Singles 1
France Top 100 Singles 1
Germany Top 100 Singles 3
Ireland Top 50 Singles 2
Netherlands Top 40 Singles 1
Mexican Top 100 1
New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 Singles 1
Norway Top 20 Singles 1
Sweden Top 40 Singles 2
Switzerland Top 100 Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 3
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1


Track list

Promo:
  1. "American Idiot" (Radio edit) - 2:54


CD 1:
  1. "American Idiot" (Radio edit) - 2:54
  2. "Too Much Too Soon" - 3:30


CD 2:
  1. "American Idiot" (Radio edit) - 2:54
  2. "Shoplifter" - 1:51
  3. "Governator" - 2:31


7" Picture Disc:


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