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Green Day have been around for almost 25 years, and whether you've been there since the beginning, got fed up around ¡Uno!, or just never got into them, there's no denying the impact they've had on punk rock and music as a whole. 

So it's easy to see why, on their first year being nominated, the legendary trio (sorry, quartet) are heading straight into the prestigious Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Here's a (21st Century) breakdown of their path to the top:

1. 39/Smooth ("Green Day")

39/Smooth was the band's first full release, three years after teenagers Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt officially formed the band in 1987. While it wasn't quite a huge breakthrough record, it was already clear that Green Day had already found the signature sound that they would maintain throughout the 90s. 

Also it's rare to see a band use their name as the title of a track. So enjoy.

2. Dookie ("Basket Case")

Dookie, released with Reprise Records, went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone, and catapulted Green Day to the forefront of the punk rock revival, along with bands such as the Offspring and Bad Religion. 

The signature track "Basket Case", with its trippy video set in a mental institution, is one of the band's most iconic tunes that still grabs a firm place in new fans' hearts twenty years later.

3. Nimrod "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)"

The 1997 follow-up to Insomniac reached double platinum within two years. "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" was a deviation away from Green Day's now infamous sound; but this made it one of their most popular tunes. "Good Riddance" went on to appear in the finale of Seinfeld, highlights from Big Brother, and countless graduation playlists.

4. American Idiot ("Wake Me Up When September Ends")

Green Day took a grown-up turn and brought punk back to its anti-establishment roots with punk rock-opera American Idiot in 2004. This album signalled a more pointed and powerful change in the direction of the band's writing style and subject and was used as protest art against the US government following George W. Bush's re-election.

5. American Idiot: The Musical

2009's release of 21st Century Breakdown, while featuring poignant tracks like "21 Guns" was more of the same from American Idiot. But for more or less the first time, punk rock was about to take Broadway, as the band worked with the production team of Spring Awakening to adapt American Idiot into a full narrative musical. 

The result? Two Tony Awards and a nomination for Best Musical, as well as adaptations of their songs with a full chorus ensemble. And it's powerful stuff.

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