Green Day is a band that has been admired since the early 1990’s. Known for their snotty, sarcastic lyrics, hard hitting riffs, and machine gun drum fills, the post-punk trio have appealed to a large variety of listeners during their career. However, a common complaint among fans is that the band has been unable to live up to its magnum opus, “Dookie,” since its release in 1994.
The debate over vintage and modern Green Day still rages on, but however you look at it, the band has never come close to overshadowing their impressive past until now; “Uno, Dos, and Tre” the band’s recent trilogy of new albums, provide some of their best work in quite a while.
Here are what I believe to be the ten best tracks from the trilogy:
1. “Let Yourself Go”– Fast-paced, edgy, and at times, pretty humorous, “Let Yourself Go” is one of Green Day’s best singles in a long time. The song deserves to be considered alongside the classics from “Dookie” and “Insomniac.”
2. “X-Kid”– “X-Kid” is a perfect radio single and one of the best moments of the trilogy. The song includes the catchiest hooks of the entire “Tre” album.
3. “Fuck Time”– Green Day play with pleasing, classic rock-style energy throughout “Fuck Time,” a song that swings on like a flaming pendulum. “See You Tonight” may be “Dos’s” opening track, but “Fuck Time” is the real attention-grabber.
4. “Nuclear Family”– The initial indicator that vintage Green Day had made a partial comeback, Nuclear Family kicks the trilogy off in the best way possible: with a memorable lead guitar riff and a furious drum performance from Tre Cool.
5. “Oh Love”– One of the most recognizable of Green Day’s newer songs, “Oh Love” swings the door shut on “Uno” with its choppy scratches and captivating guitar solo.
6. “Kill the DJ”- “Kill the DJ” may be a little unconventional for a post-punk band like Green Day, but they nail it anyway, jamming in a style akin to the Strokes or Arctic Monkeys.
7. “The Forgotten”– Yes, it is easy to question “The Forgotten’s” substance due to its inclusion in the “Breaking Dawn Pt. 2” soundtrack, but, this notion aside, the song is a well-written, emotionally-charged ballad that finds Green Day channeling their inner Elton John.
8. Carpe Diem– “Carpe Diem’s” opening chords sound all too familiar in Green Day’s catalog, but the song still manages to ring with an original tone. The song continues to stoke the fire started by its predecessor tracks, “Nuclear Family” and “Stay the Night.”
9. “Troublemaker”– Green Day chip away at “Troublemaker” in a controlled groove. The song’s purposely ridiculous lyrics and well-placed “hey!” hooks make it a staple of “Uno.”
10. “Stray Heart”– Despite opening with the exact same bass line as Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” “Stray Heart” quickly becomes its own song. A distressed Billie Joe Armstrong sings of love and longing during the song’s chorus.