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Every Green Day Music Video, Ranked

We went through all of the reigning punk kings’ classic videos, from the antagonistic early days to their current resurgence with “Bang Bang.”

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"The Forgotten" (2012)

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Apologies in advance if you're a fan of the Twilight series, but an interplay of Billie Joe Armstrong playing piano with shots of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 just doesn't really jibe.

37 / 38

"Troublemaker" (2012)

Nothing really too exciting here, just shots of the band playing this catchy track from ¡Uno! live and in the studio.

36 / 38

"Nuclear Family" (2012)

Another standard video of the boys playing live in some sort of studio space. It's a shame this is the official video, because the animated video that won the band's contest is a lot more dynamic and fun. 

35 / 38

"Last Ride In" (1999)

This video is cool if you're into seeing some old footage of Green Day—it's almost like watching a home movie. Between clips of the band fooling around, crowdsurfing and water skiing, there isn't much else going on. 

34 / 38

"East Jesus Nowhere" (2009)

Are you sensing a trend here? Green Day loves making videos of themselves playing live. This one has a funny little twist at the end, and they obviously love putting on a good show.

33 / 38

"Stay The Night" (2012)

More footage of Green Day playing in a room! It gets better, I promise (although they could play inside a cardboard box and it would be still be entertaining). A sweet song gets a pink-hued video, and bonus points for the sparkly guitar.

32 / 38

"Redundant" (1998)

There's something so charming about seeing early Green Day play a simple video in front of a green screen. While the band jams in a house, various characters repeat the same actions over and over again, hammering home the obvious metaphor of the song's title. (Wait for a LOL at the end.)

31 / 38

"Welcome To Paradise (Live)" (1994)

Live footage! Again! The baby-faced punk-rockers play in front of an audience that's absolutely jazzed to be there.

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"Waiting" (2001)

It's a good-old-fashioned house party, where Green Day plays live and everything halts to slow motion just when you need it to. This is the first time Green Day worked with director Marc Webb, who went on to also direct "21 Guns" and "Last of the American Girls." 

29 / 38

"Poprocks and Coke" (2001)

If you're looking for goofy, old-school footage of Green Day just bein' Green Day, you've found the right video. It's like popping in a VHS tape.

28 / 38

"Working Class Hero" (2007)

Recorded and filmed as part of Amnesty International's Campaign to Save Darfur, this honest video features citizens of the region sharing their experiences in an attempt to spread awareness.

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"Oh Love" (2012)

Green Day gets sexy. Between peeks of side-boob, blurred-out nip slips and playful shots of ass-cheeks, Billie Joe and co. play with the same dynamic braggadocio that's we've come to know and love.

26 / 38

"Know Your Enemy" (2009)

Explosions. Barbed wire. Shredding guitar chords. Search lights. Green Day–shaped fire. Not sure there's much more you could really want.

25 / 38

"21st Century Breakdown" (2009)

You may recognize the two title characters of this graffiti adventure from the cover of 2009's 21st Century Breakdown album. The animation in this graphic video shows various aspects of a relationship alongside pop culture, and finally gives way to Billie Joe Armstrong standing triumphant in front of the setting sun. 

24 / 38

"Brain Stew/Jaded" (1995)

In this two-for-one special, we get the lolling, sepia-tinged haze of the band hanging in a junk yard for "Brain Stew," which rolls effortlessly into the hectic, hyper-bright colors and spiraling visuals of "Jaded." It's almost the visual representation of me before and after my first cup of coffee. 

23 / 38

"Stray Heart" (2012)

This might be another instance of a Green Day video taking the metaphor quite literally and beating us over the head with it. Case in point: the main character of this video walks around with a gaping hole in his body where his "stray heart" should be. 

22 / 38

"Kill The DJ" (2012)

"Kill the DJ" seems like a typical rock star video, with flashing lights, a rave, and minimal clothing—until everyone ends up covered in blood because they literally kill the DJ.

21 / 38

"Hitchin' a Ride" (1997)

Green Day breaks out of the box a bit with this Nimrod cut, decked out in suit jackets, bow ties, and clean haircuts. But rest assured, there's a high-powered twist at the end—it wouldn't be a Green Day music video without one. 

20 / 38

"The Saints Are Coming"(2006)

This powerful collaboration with U2 presents the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, along with footage of the bands playing live at Louisiana's Superdome. The back half of the video shows an alternate scenario of how hurricane relief could have played out, with fictional clips of military forces bringing aid to the victims of Katrina. 

19 / 38

"Macy's Day Parade" (2001)

Where'd your hair go, Billie Joe?! This one-take video, shot in black and white, is a melancholy contrast of an abandoned junk yard and Billie Joe's suited-up self, searching for a bigger meaning. 

18 / 38

"Stuck With Me" (1995)

This super-punky video is a barrage of cut-and-pasted moving collages mixed with high-contrast black-and-white footage transports you straight back to the early '90s.

17 / 38

"Geek Stink Breath" (1995)

This one is hard to watch without cringing, especially if you hate the dentist. (Particularly if you hate looking at bloody gums.) But you can't deny that the warped camera angle and the saturated colors look really, really cool. 

16 / 38

"21 Guns" (2009)

After robbing a bank, our two protagonists from "21st Century Breakdown" (remember them?) seek refuge, only to be shot at through the walls (but managing to stay unharmed!) by the police. Billie Joe Armstrong's floating falsetto is the best part of the song, but the video unfortunately falls more flat. 

15 / 38

"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (1997)

Also known as the song you hear at every graduation EVER! A pensive song receives an equally thoughtful video treatment, with various characters looking out into the distance and reflecting on the lives that lay before them. It's an awesome song, and a "meh" enough video to go along with it. 

14 / 38

"Basket Case" (1994)

It may not be the most politically correct, but it's still hella entertaining. Billie Joe Armstrong's electric green eyes are mesmerizing, to say the least.  

13 / 38

"Last of the American Girls" (2010)

Recognize our leading lady? Yep, that's the same actress from "21 Guns." Somehow, I think these two videos are connected, but I can't quite figure out how. Regardless, I'm all for women frolicking freely in the desert (and blowing up cars with nothing but their minds). 

12 / 38

"Minority" (2000)

This might be the most "Green Day" video ever, replete with fish-eye warped camera angles, and argyle sweater, and floating balloon replicas of the band.  

11 / 38

"Walking Contradiction" (1996)

I never thought causing death and destruction so easily and obliviously could be so funny, but hey, here we are. 

10 / 38

"When I Come Around" (1994)

Arguably one of the best Green Day songs, and arguably one of their most reflective videos. The concept is simple but effective: each character is shown chiefly by how others see them, and how they see others.

9 / 38

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (2004)

This iconic clip scored the group a Video of the Year VMA in 2005. Director Samuel Bayer actually used physical damage, such as coffee spills, razor cuts, and cigarette burns, to produce its aged, vintage look.

8 / 38

"American Idiot" (2004)

For a lot of us, the first mention of Green Day instantly brings this classic video to mind. (Am I showing my age here?) It has all of the band's best visual elements—Billie Joe Armstrong's black shirt with a red tie, moments of sped-up overdrive guitar shredding, and a finale finish that ends with everyone covered in green slime, of course. 

7 / 38

"Holiday" (2004)

A prelude to "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," this video is the story of what happens before the sad walk through the desert. Replete with velvet suit jackets, shots on shots on shots, and dancing in the desert, it's a wild ride that eventually ends in a stalled car and a terrible hangover. 

6 / 38

"Jesus of Suburbia" (2005)

One of Green Day's longest videos, it tells the story of Jimmy, a down-and-out kid who kinda hates his house, his mom, his cheating girlfriend, and his life. Jimmy eventually leaves home and sets outs on his own, like everyone wishes they could do at 17. Who could forget the scenes where Jimmy graffitis the convenience story bathroom, leaving his bloody handprint on the wall?

5 / 38

"Bang Bang" (2016)

Green Day's more recent offering gives us everything we love about their best videos, including a high-states bank robbery, a fun ending and a house party. Couldn't ask for much more. Also, do these guys age? Like, ever?

4 / 38

"Longview" (1994)

The one that started it all, "Longview" is the epitome of being so bored, in the days before smartphones and the internet existed, that the only thing you could do was...well, you can probably figure it out by the lyrics. And Billie Joe's green-tinged hair is pretty much everything. Notice how this isn't the only Green Day video to end in a shower of feathers? 

3 / 38

"Warning" (2000)

"Warning" is revolting, cringe-worthy and hard to watch at times. It gets its point across, and in the most punk way possible. 

2 / 38

"Nice Guys Finish Last" (1998)

This one is such a gem—a mini-movie that pokes fun at sports fans in the glory days of early '90s punk. It's hilarious to compare the spectacle of a football game to that of a rock show. Honestly, they're really not that different. Plus: FROSTED TIPS. 

1 / 38

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" (2005)

Are you surprised? When you spend a month casting for a music video and rehearsing it before filming, that means it's gonna be pretty damn good. Regardless of how you feel about the song, you can't deny that Evan Rachel Wood's cries of "tell me you didn't do" are utterly soul-wrenching. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is the perfect example of pairing visuals alongside music for the most powerful, emotional effect. Director Samuel Bayer considers it one of the best things he's ever done, and we'd have to agree.

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