By Scott Raber
The five-time Grammy award winning band Green Day has released a compilation of their greatest hits in their new album Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band. The twenty-two song soundtrack consists of songs from their earliest albums Kerplunk, Dookie and Nimrod, but also includes songs from their newest album Revolution Radio.
The album is a collection of their greatest hits including “Basket Case”, “When I Come Around”, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”, “American Idiot”, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “21 Guns”. The album does have six explicit songs.
This is a great listen to anyone who enjoys the pop-punk sound of Green Day. The over one hour long album takes a trip from their earliest hits like “Longview” and “Welcome to Paradise” to their hits off of their newest album like “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing”.
This album also includes two new songs. This first one is “Ordinary World”, while this is a song on their Revolution Radio album, this version is featuring country singer Miranda Lambert. Lambert adds vocals throughout the song which goes very well with Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s voice.
The slow acoustic song is a very good break from all of the rock that is in the album. Also the slower tempo of “Ordinary World” is followed by the up-tempo “Back in the USA”, a new song from Green Day.
The new and final song of the album is a fast paced song narrates the life of US soldiers fighting and returning home back home to the USA. It has a great sound and just screams Green Day from the first guitar riff to the last.
Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band is not Green Day’s first greatest hits album. In 2001 the band released International Superhits. International Superhits came before the release of the American Idiot album, which is one of, if not the biggest album released by Green Day.
International Superhits consists of 21 songs from early albums like Dookie, Nimrod, Insomniac and Warning. International Superhits is a great listen for fans of early Green Day, however Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band contains nine songs International Superhits so it is a good mixture of early Green Day and newer Green Day.
Both greatest hits albums are great compilation of Green Day songs, but with more of their bigger hits on Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band, it seems that this new album stand out more to fans than International Superhits.
With this new greatest hits album covering Green Day’s complete career as a band some songs that were expected to be on this album were left out. “Jaded”, a song that was paired with “Brain Stew” on Green Day’s Insomniac album, is not paired with “Brain Stew” on the greatest hits album and “Brain Stew” is on the album by itself. Another fan favorite left off the album is “Jesus of Suburbia”. The over nine minute song is one of the band’s musical masterpieces, but is not seen on this greatest hits album.
Whether someone is a die hard Green Day fan or just a casual listener of the band, Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band puts all of the band’s hits on the table in the best way possible. It is great to be able to listen to some of the first Green Day hits quickly followed by a new song by the band. So sit back, relax and enjoy all the great sounds of Green Day in one great collection of music.