Rock

UPDATED: 20 '90s Pop-Punk Albums Better Than Green Day's Dookie

UPDATE (Thursday, 11:15 a.m.): Corrects the pogo-worthy track on NOFX's Punk In Drublic to "Reeko." "Bob" is on 1992's White Trash, 2 Heebs and a Bean. Our bad.

Brace yourselves, kids. Green Day's Dookie turned 20 last month, and that means we've all got a case of the olds. Grab your walkers and follow us down memory lane.

Green Day's first major-label release, Dookie was a monster of an album that launched the band into the center of '90s pop culture and into the lives of kids in every corner of suburbia. More than 16 million copies have been sold to date, and it charted in seven different countries. Thanks to Dookie's success, most middle-school kids in the '90s were singing along about the harrows of meth and masturbation. Their fanbase's devotion to that album -- and to singer Billie Joe Armstrong's pseudo-punk stylings -- helped to solidify Green Day as one of the major players in the mainstreaming of punk rock, certainly great news for Armstrong and his bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.

But it wasn't so great to our ears. Sure, Dookie was astoundingly successful, commercially, but its popularity never really made much sense to us. In fact, we don't like Dookie, not even sort of.

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Angelica Leicht
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