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Best Green Day Era – Readers Poll

Green Day
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Green Day has spent much of 2013 making up for the touring lost during the release of their three studio albums in late 2012. But frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says that the group will truly get a break from the road in 2014. Armstrong told the BBC in an interview that after their Australian tour in early 2014, they’ll take a break.

Now that some time off is on the schedule, it’s a good time to look back on Green Day’s history to date. In this Readers Poll, we’re asking you which Green Day era was the best — their ’90s beginnings or their post 2000 output.

On one hand, you have the ’90s. That was the era when Green Day released an amazing five albums in ten years. It gave us the breakout effort ‘Dookie’ as well as the successful ‘Insomniac’ and ‘Nimrod’ albums. In addition, such radio staples as ‘Longview,’ ‘Welcome to Paradise,’ ‘Basket Case,’ ‘When I Come Around,’ ‘Geek Stink Breath,’ ‘Brain Stew/Jaded,’ ‘Hitchin’ a Ride,’ and ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’ dominated the airwaves.

But there’s a lot to be said for the 2000s, where Green Day have issued six studio albums, including arguably their most successful release — 2004’s ‘American Idiot.’ There’s also ‘Warning,’ ’21st Century Breakdown’ and the trilogy of ‘Uno!,’ ‘Dos!’ and ‘Tre!’ As for their songs from the last decade-plus, ‘Minority,’ ‘Warning,’ ‘American Idiot,’ ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams,’ ‘Holiday,’ ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends,’ ‘Jesus of Suburbia,’ ‘Know Your Enemy,’ ’21 Guns,’ ‘Oh Love’ and ‘Let Yourself Go’ were just a few of the tracks that helped catapult the band to superstardom.

It’s a pretty evenly matched divide between the ’90s and 2000s, and we want to know which Green Day era you feel is the best. Vote in the Readers Poll below:

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