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Revolution Radio is the twelfth studio album by American punk rock band Green Day, released on October 7, 2016 through Reprise Records. It is the first album since 21st Century Breakdown (2009) to be both recorded as a trio after Jason White returned to being a touring member in 2016, and also to not be produced by Rob Cavallo. It is also the first album since Warning to not carry a parental advisory label, despite "Youngblood" containing profanity.

Background

Work began on the album in 2014 after the 99 Revolutions Tour in 2013. Prior to the recording sessions, Jason White chose not to participate, possibly due to being diagnosed with tonsil cancer in 2014, demoting himself back to a touring member in 2016. Their first single, "Bang Bang" was released on August 11, 2016 prior to the album's release. Lyric videos of the title track, "Revolution Radio" and "Still Breathing" were released on September 9 and September 23 respectively.

The back cover of Revolution Radio.

On the album's release date, a lyric video for Youngblood appeared on the band's website, with lyric videos for "Ordinary World" and "Say Goodbye" following after. A music video for Still Breathing was released on November 9, becoming the second single three days after. On January 16, a lyric video was released for "Troubled Times", with the title track released as the final single on May 16, 2017. "Too Dumb to Die" would get its own lyric video, released on September 8th. Ordinary World was then featured in a film of the same name, starring Billie Joe. Finally, a Youngblood music video was released at the end of 2018. The album cover depicts a burning radio with fire coming from places like the speakers and attends, with spoking come out from the left side of the radio. The back cover depicts the trio with their faces as masks over them, sitting behind the burning radio that's now in black and white. The track list in written in black graffiti style above the band with two sides covering six songs.

Critical Reception

Upon release, the album would sell 95,000 album equivalent units in its first week in the US at number 1, hitting 118,000 three weeks in before topping out at 230,000 album equivalents sold. It sold over 30,000 in its first week in the U.K. while also debuting at number one in Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand. It is the first album since ¡Uno! to achieve over a million sales total from both album sales and streaming. From the critics, it was generally favored well, citing that the return to the classics from the trilogy worked in their favor.

Track Listing

All lyrics written by Billie Joe Armstrong, all music composed by Green Day, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Somewhere Now" 4:08
2. "Bang Bang" 3:25
3. "Revolution Radio" 3:00
4. "Say Goodbye" 3:39
5. "Outlaws" (music also by Jon Fratelli) 5:02
6. "Bouncing Off the Wall" 2:40
7. "Still Breathing" (music also by Richard Parkhouse, Adam Slack, Luke Spiller, George Tizzard and Joshua Wilkinson) 3:44
8. "Youngblood" 2:32
9. "Too Dumb to Die" 3:23
10. "Troubled Times" 3:04
11. "Forever Now"
  • I. "I'm Freaking Out"
  • II. "A Better Way to Die"
  • III. "Somewhere Now [Reprise]"
6:52
  • 1:57
  • 1:47
  • 3:08
12. "Ordinary World" (music by Billie Joe Armstrong) 3:00
Total Runtime: 44:29
Japanese Version
No. Title Length
13. "Letterbomb" (live) 4:34
Total Runtime: 49:03

The live version of Letterbomb was recorded at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on September 2, 2010.

Singles

Bang Bang

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Green Day - Bang Bang (Official Music Video)

Bang Bang was the first single and song from the album to be released on August 11, 2016. The lyric video was released over a month prior before the official music video, but the lyric video stands as the more known version of the song. It was directed by an artist named BlinkMyBrain.

Still Breathing

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Green Day - Still Breathing (Official Music Video)

A few weeks before the album, Still Breathing was the second single to be revealed with the lyric video being released on September 23, 2016. The official music video was released on November 7, 2016 and both versions are considered to be just as known as Bang Bang. Compared to other singles, the song is considered to be the most uplifting and inspiring.

Revolution Radio

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Green Day - Revolution Radio (Official Music Video)

The title track for the album was released as a single on May 16, 2017, despite the lyric video being uploaded 2 weeks earlier than Still Breathing. The final single serves as a song of willing to fight for what's right and other various ideals. The song was released around an uneasy time in America, which may be the reason why it was released around this time.

Charts

Weekly Charts

Chart (2016) Peakposition
Australian Albums (ARIA) 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 6
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 1
Croatian International Albums (HDU) 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) 31
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) 5
French Albums (SNEP) 13
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 2
Greek Albums (IFPI Greece) 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) 6
Irish Albums (IRMA) 1
Italian Albums (FIMI) 1
Italian Albums (Musica e Dischi) 2
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) 8
Polish Albums (ZPAV) 20
Portuguese Albums (AFP) 8
Scottish Albums (OCC) 1
South Korean International Albums (Gaon) 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 6
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
UK Albums (OCC) 1
US Billboard 200 1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) 1

Year-end Charts

Chart (2016) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA) 89
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 69
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 89
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 144
Italian Albums (FIMI) 71
South Korean International Albums (Gaon) 85
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 71
UK Albums (OCC) 94
US Billboard 200 195
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) 20
Chart (2017) Position
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) 71

Personnel

Green Day

Additional musicians

  • Ronnie Blake - trumpet ("Bouncing Off the Wall")

Production

  • Chris Dugan – engineer
  • Andrew Scheps – mixer
  • Eric Boulanger – mastering
  • Justin Hergett – mixing assistant
  • Bill Schneider - guitar techs
  • Andrew Hans Buscher – guitar techs
  • Pat Magnarella – management
  • Nick Spanos – cover photo
  • Frank Maddocks – creative direction, photography, design

See Also

veGreen Day discography
Albums Studio

39/SmoothKerplunk!DookieInsomniacNimrodWarning:American Idiot21st Century Breakdown¡Uno!¡Dos!¡Tré!Revolution RadioFather of All Motherfuckers1972

Compilation

1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy HoursInternational Superhits!ShenanigansDemoliciousGreatest Hits: God's Favorite Band

Soundtracks

The Original Broadway Cast Recording (Selections)

Live

Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking ParkingFoot in MouthTune In, Tokyo...Bullet in a BibleLast Night on Earth (Live in Tokyo)Awesome as FuckOn the RadioWoodstock 1994Scratch the SurfaceBBC Sessions

Extended Plays Studio

1,000 HoursSlappySweet Children

Compilation

Oh LoveOtis Big Guitar Mix

Live

Live TracksLive in Japan21 GunsLive at the WhiskyThe BBC Sessions Part 1 (Part 2)

Singles

LongviewWelcome to ParadiseBasket CaseWhen I Come AroundGeek Stink BreathStuck with MeBrain Stew/JadedHitchin' a RideTime of Your Life (Good Riddance)RedundantNice Guys Finish LastMinorityWarningWaitingPoprocks & CokeI Fought the LawShoplifterAmerican IdiotBoulevard of Broken DreamsHolidayWake Me Up When September EndsJesus of SuburbiaThe Saints Are ComingWorking Class HeroThe Simpsons ThemeKnow Your Enemy21 GunsGoing to Pasalacqua2000 Light Years AwayChristie RoadJ.A.R.DesensitizedEast Jesus Nowhere21st Century Breakdown21 Guns (Cast Version)Last of the American GirlsWhen It's TimeDon't Want to Know If You Are LonelyOh LoveKill the DJLet Yourself GoStray HeartX-KidBang BangLetterbomb (Live)Still BreathingRevolution RadioFell for You (Otis Mix)Father of All...Xmas Time of the YearOh Yeah!DreamingHere Comes the ShockPollyannaRock and Roll All Nite (Live from Hella Mega)Holy Toledo!

Box Sets

Green Day BoxDookie/InsomniacSingles BoxFoot in Mouth/Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking ParkingDookie/NimrodUltimate Collectors BoxThe Green Day Collection21st Century Breakdown/American IdiotThe Studio Albums 1990–2009Uno... Dos... Tré!The Ultimate American IdiotBoombox and Cassette

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