Album of the Day
Bay Area trio Green Day had a pair of independent albums under their belts when they signed to Reprise and released DOOKIE in 1994. Arriving on the heels of grunge rock, this extraordinarily catchy set of pop-punk songs was an instant hit, racking up more than 20 million sales worldwide (as well as a Best Alternative Music Album Grammy). Snotty, fun and clearly from the heart, Billie Joe Armstrong's lyrics struck a chord with listeners, and “When I Come Around,” “Welcome To Paradise” and “Basket Case” (an ode to Billie Joe's chronic anxiety that topped the Billboard Modern Rock chart for 5 weeks) became enduring fan favorites. As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, DOOKIE remains one of alternative rock's landmark albums.