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Feb. 1, 1994


4.273 (average of 17 ratings)


rock > punk


“A stellar piece of modern punk that many tried to emulate but nobody bettered.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Burnout
  2. Having a Blast
  3. Chump
  4. Longview
  5. Welcome to Paradise
  6. Pulling Teeth
  7. Basket Case
  8. She
  9. Sassafras Roots
  10. When I Come Around
  11. Coming Clean
  12. Emenius Sleepus
  13. In the End
  14. F.O.D./All by Myself

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 10.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.6
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 1.0
sales worldwide - estimated 20.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 13

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Welcome to Paradise (1992) #56a US, #20 UK, #7 MR
  • Longview (3/19/94) #36a US, #30 UK, #13 AR, #1 MR
  • Basket Case (7/16/94) #26a US, #7 UK, #9 AR, #1 MR
  • When I Come Around (12/3/94) #6a US, #27 UK, #2 AR, #1 MR
  • She (4/15/95) #41a US, #18 AR, #5 MR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums Spin Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums


Green Day


“Green Day couldn’t have had a blockbuster without Nirvana, but Dookie wound up being nearly as revolutionary as Nevermind, sending a wave of imitators up the charts and setting the tone for the mainstream rock of the mid-‘90s. Like Nevermind, this was accidental success, the sound of a promising underground group suddenly hitting its stride just as they got their first professional, big-budget, big-label production. Really, that’s where the similarities end, since if Nirvana were indebted to the weirdness of indie rock, Green Day were straight-ahead punk revivalists through and through. They were products of the underground pop scene kept alive by such protagonists as All, yet what they really loved was the original punk, particularly such British punkers as the Jam and Buzzcocks.” STE

“On their first couple records, they showed promise, but with Dookie, they delivered a record that found Billie Joe Armstrong bursting into full flower as a songwriter, spitting out melodic ravers that could have comfortable sat alongside Singles Going Steady, but infused with an ironic self-loathing popularized by Nirvana, whose clean sound on Nevermind is also emulated here. Where Nirvana had weight, Green Day are deliberately adolescent here, treating nearly everything as joke and having as much fun as snotty punkers should. They demonstrate a bit of depth with When I Come Around, but that just varies the pace slightly, since the key to this is their flippant, infectious attitude – something they maintain throughout the record, making Dookie a stellar piece of modern punk that many tried to emulate but nobody bettered.” STE

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Last updated March 28, 2011.