Time of Their Lives: Green Day's 22 Biggest Days

As the punk rockers prepare to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back at the memorable moments that helped get them there

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They're Number One

A hour-long punk-rock opera put together by a band that, in 2004, seemed to be well past their popularity sell-by date, hardly seems like a recipe for a mainstream smash. And yet, American Idiot, which came a full decade after the breakthrough Dookie, was just that. Following colorfully-named characters like Jesus of Suburbia, St. Jimmy and Whatsername through an America in decline, the politically-charged concept album became Green Day's first chart-topping album upon its release on September 20th, 2004, debuting at Number One on the Billboard 200, and ultimately selling more than 6 million copies in the U.S. alone.

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