Back to song list

Green Day - American Idiot - Lyrics Meaning

The band 'Green Day' is an American band that performs the 'punk' genre. Since 1987, the band has been producing record hits and turning great tours. The band has four members: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Try Cool and Jason White.

'American Idiot' is based off the album American Idiot. The arc of the music has to do with the story behind the album. Jesus of Suburbia is the character of meaning behind the album. 'American Idiot' describes itself as a nation of many. The song is stating that: you shouldn't have to be an American idiot and basically follow everything that's out there.

Billie Joe Armstrong and fellow band members believe in that people shouldn't follow dumb trends. So you don't remiss, here's a few lines of lyrics: "Don't wanna be an American idiot. Don't want a nation under the new media. And can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind f*** America." Not many artists at the time made songs anti-trending. Most bands that are against something, it's usually the government or special interest groups. Regardless if you like society the way it is or not, people will always be trending, especially because of the Internet.

Visit Music Banter - The Internet's Top Music Community

Add your own interpretation and discuss lyrics of this song: