Music Review: “Basket Case” -Green Day

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The pop punk band Green Day has been dominating the charts since their Grammy Award winning album, “Dookie,” released on February 1st, 1994. The record is often regarded as a symbol of pop punk and seems to never age. The band’s second single, “Basket Case,” is arguably the most popular song off the album. The song spent five weeks at the top of Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and was played by the band during their induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2015. What made this song so iconic? What made it the signature pop punk sound? Maybe reviewing the song will give us the answer.

   The intro is very subtle with lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, opening the song up with lyrics, and loud, overdriven guitar.  The opening lyrics, “Do you have the time to listen to me whine?” creates a relatable feeling between Billie Joe and the young, rebellious, teenage audience that is listening word for word. As the intro goes on, bass player, Mike Dirnt, adds his harmonies to the already explosive intro, making the sound catchy and pop like. 

   The chorus is as simple as they go, only consisting of 3 power chords on the guitar and a simple drum beat. However, the simplicity drives this part of the song to be memorable and an anthem to mischievous teenagers everywhere. Many of the lyrics from verse one are sung again for the choruses, causing repetition. 

   In conclusion, the main elements that make up the hit is catchyness. Harmonizations and relatable lyrics make the song appeal to a much younger audience. Repetitive lyrics takes away the explosive element in some parts, but makes the song an easy sing-along at karaoke bars everywhere. 

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