Every Billboard Modern Rock Chart #1 through 2005, listed in order of preference.
May 7-27, 2005
Billie Joe's lyrical stance is too poetically obtuse to satisfy as firebrand, but the big accomplishment with American Idiot
was restoring his guitar to full volume, helping this track swing with more indignant authority than "London Calling" even if BJ's faux Brit connotations should be rejected on principle, and even if its appearance in a TV ad took a few months rather than a few decades. The swagger is just too superficially addictive.Hear the dogs howling out of key
To a hymn called "Faith and Misery"
And bleed, the company lost the war today
I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
This is the dawning of the rest of our lives