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Readers’ Poll: Green Day’s Best Songs

Picks include ‘Longview,’ ‘Basket Case’ and ‘Welcome to Paradise’

Green Day's Best Songs

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Billie Joe Armstrong's recent onstage freak-out and subsequent trip to rehab are only going to be minor bumps in the road. His band still has three albums coming out over the next few months, and they still have a world tour in the works. We figured this was a good time to find out your favorite Green Day songs.  The response was huge. Here are the results. 

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1. ‘Jesus of Suburbia’

"Jesus of Suburbia" is a nine-minute, five-movement mini rock opera within the broader song cycle of American Idiot. It was Green Day's attempt to craft their own "Bohemian Rhapsody," and one of the boldest moves of their career.  Midway during the making of the album, word leaked out that they were making a rock opera. "I looked on the message board," Armstrong told Rolling Stone in 2005. "And some kids thought we were crazy. It's like, 'Fuck it, take the message board down.' We decided we were going to be the biggest, best band in the world or fall flat on our faces." "Jesus of Suburbia" is the linchpin of the album, and it's become the clear fan favorite from the disc. Today, many of those fans who complained they were making a rock opera probably cite this song as their favorite from Green Day's entire catalog. 

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