Readers' Poll: Green Day's Best Songs

Picks include 'Longview,' 'Basket Case' and 'Welcome to Paradise'

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9. 'Brain Stew/Jaded'

Green Day's fourth LP, Insomniac, didn't have quite the same impact as Dookie, but that album was so massive it took them a full 10 years to craft something as memorable. "Brain Stew/Jaded" was one of the clear highlights from Insomniac, even though it's technically two separate songs. Brain Stew was originally the band's nickname for their friend James Washburn. "He used to have a big Mohawk; now he's a total ratchethead [California slang for a car buff]," Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone in 1995. "He'll say something like 'Oh, man, that guy fuckin' slipped a gear,' when someone snaps. He's a big lyrical influence on me.

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