Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ at 25: All the Songs Ranked Worst to Best


On Feb. 1, 2019, Green Day’s third album and main label debut, 1994’s Dookie, turns 25 years outdated. Soak that up for a second. The album that introduced us hits and MTV staples like “Basket Case” and “Longview” – the album that kick-started the band’s lengthy, profitable profession – is a quarter-century outdated. 

There are 14 tracks on the LP, mixing pop songcraft with punk fury and angst in various levels. So, we got down to rank them. Here’s our take.

14. "Chump"

Sure, it’s the worst music on Dookie. But which means it’d be among the finest songs on 99.9 p.c of the albums launched since. It slides into the band’s system however does nothing to actually distinguish itself past that. Still, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is pissed off, per regular: “I don't know you however I feel I hate you / You're the rationale for my distress / Strange, the way you've develop into my greatest enemy / And I've by no means even seen your face.” Harsh, bro.

13. "Having a Blast"

Another charging slap of bass, drums, distorted guitar and Armstrong’s knack for melody, particularly on the entrance finish of the refrain: “Well, nobody is getting out alive,” he sings, elevating his voice so as to add a sugary candy coating to an in any other case morose message. “This time I've actually misplaced my thoughts and I don't care / So shut your eyes and kiss your self goodbye / And take into consideration the occasions you spent and what they've meant / To me it's nothing.” Having a blast, certainly.

12. "Burnout"

The album opener actually units the aggressive, but melodic, tone right here with blasting energy chords and Tre Cool’s warp-speed drum fills. Lyrically, it’s a mission assertion for a lot of the album’s themes of youthful angst towards the dead-eyed plenty: “I'm not rising up / I'm simply burning out / And I stepped in line / To stroll amongst the lifeless.”

11. "Emenius Sleepus"

At this level, the punk sound begins to mix collectively, the place as the most effective songs on Dookie stand out. Here, Armstrong logs his disgust with an outdated acquaintance: “How have I been how have you ever been /It's been so lengthy / What have you ever performed with all of your time / And what went flawed / I knew you again when / And you, you knew me / And now I feel you're sick / I need to go house.” Burn!

10. "Sassafras Roots"

It’s a pedal-to-the-medal punk jam with Armstrong eager for one other wastrel, identical to him: “Well, I'm a waste such as you / With nothing else to do / May I waste your time, too?” The vocal melody is one other unforgettable Armstrong snarl.

9. "Pulling Teeth"

Another shining instance of Green Day’s knack of earworm vocal melodies and songcraft. Again, Armstrong – who was on once more and off once more along with his then lady (and now spouse) – sings a couple of dysfunctional relationship: “I'm all busted up / Broken bones and nasty cuts / Accidents will occur / But this time I can't stand up / She involves verify on me / Making positive I'm on my knees / After all she's the one / Who put me on this state.”

eight. "Welcome to Paradise" 

This gritty and bombastic jam was initially featured on the band’s second studio album, Kerplunk. But producer Rob Cavallo noticed its potential and had the band re-record it. It’s Armstrong’s letter to his mother about his insecurity about transferring out on his personal, then discovering paradise within the punk scene in Oakland, the place he lived with different misfits, artists and bums in an deserted warehouse.“Wellllcommmmmmeeeeee to Paradise!!!”

7. "In the End"

Cool’s clacking drum stick depend off sends this one rushing out the beginning gate. It’s melodic punk rock performed quick, and in only one minute and 46 seconds, Armstrong froths and spits about his mom’s relationship along with his step dad. And he received’t be there ready when their relationship goes south. “All brawn and no brains / And all these good issues / And you lastly acquired what you need / Someone to look good with / And gentle your cigarette.” Then he sees the sunshine: “I discovered what you're all about / And I don't assume I like what I see / So I hope I received't be there ultimately / If you come round.”

6. "Basket Case"

It’s Armstrong’s ode to his bothered psychological situation. “Sometimes I give myself the creeps,” he sings over a cascading energy chord riff. “Sometimes my thoughts performs methods on me / It all retains including up / I feel I'm cracking up / Am I simply paranoid? / Or am I simply stoned?” It resonated with tens of millions of children, who battled with the identical points, and it’s wrapped in a careening punk fury.

5. "Longview"

Like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” earlier than it, the debut single from Dookie captured the hearts and minds of ‘90s disaffected youth with its lyrics of boredom – the tune is mainly a couple of day spent at house smoking weed and masturbating, watching the telephone “however nobody is looking.” The music was the band's first single to prime the Mainstream Rock Songs chart within the U.S., and its music video – with a raging Armstrong ripping aside his lounge — acquired fixed rotation on MTV and helped break the trio into the mainstream. “Bite my lip and shut my eyes / Take me away to paradise I'm so rattling bored, I'm going blind” – it’s a lyric numerous music followers will keep in mind line for line, eternally.

four. "F.O.D."

Again, the loud-soft dynamics prevail. A lo-fi acoustic ditty about nuking bridges erupts in a fuzz-toned fury: “I've had this burning in my intestine now for therefore lengthy / My stomach's aching now to say / Stuck down in a rut…” Then BOOM. “You're simply / A fuck / I can't clarify it 'trigger I feel you suck / I'm taking delight / In telling you to fuck off and die.” You inform ‘em, Billie.

three. "She"

The loud-soft dynamic is used to dramatic impact right here. Armstrong opens the monitor to a rollicking bass riff, earlier than exploding with shrapnel guitars. And the sing-songy lyrics tackle a younger lady sticking it to the person: “Are you locked up in a world that's been deliberate out for you?” Armstrong snarls. “Are you feeling like a social software with no use?”

2. "When I Come Around"

It’s Green Day going traditional rock with a riff that’s hyper distinct and explodes on arrival. It’s an absolute earworm. And keep in mind that Woodstock performance? As the mud flies and followers mosh and crowd surf, Armstrong, drummer Tre Cool, and bassist Mike Dirnt dished up this unforgettable punk anthem to the plenty, in one of the vital memorable rock moments from the mid ‘90s. Released because the fourth Dookie single, it turned the band’s hottest radio single so far, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was omnipresent, additionally topping Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for a file seven weeks and reaching No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. 

1. "Coming Clean"

We know what you’re pondering: How the hell isn’t one in every of this album’s hit singles within the No. 1 spot? But “Coming Clean” greatest represents the sound and spirit of the album. It’s poppy and easy, a la Beatles-esque songcraft from the early ‘60s, however bombastic and in your face and simply alive. It’s gritty and snarling, and hits the theme on nostril: “Seventeen and strung out on confusion,” Armstrong wails. “Trapped inside a roll of disillusion / I came upon what it takes to be a person / Now mother and pop won’t ever perceive.” It would show to be a blueprint for a lot of Green Day’s future releases.