5. "Jesus of Suburbia"
"American Idiot" set the radical tone as the opening track and first single for the album of the same name, but it was second track, "Jesus of Suburbia," that kickstarted the epic tale of a son of rage and love and his journey through and out of a crushing existence in a broken suburban home. The nine-minute epic was the album's ambitious centerpiece, told in five parts that introduced plot points and characters that would be returned to throughout American Idiot without veering too far into musical theater tropes. Due to its length, the song itself didn't quite catch on as a radio hit in the same way previous AI singles did, but its video set a seedy tone explored in the Broadway musical based off of Green Day's heralded rock opera.