I’ve always been a big fan of ‘greatest hits’ albums; it’s a quick, easy way to listen to all my favourite hits without having to hunt through different CD’s or playlists. This album is definitely no exception. God’s Favourite Band fails to disappoint, with a huge collection of new and old favourites, taking the listener, young or old, on a fantastic trip down memory lane.
Bursting onto my speakers with one of the first Green Day songs I ever heard, 2000 Light Years Away (Kerplunk, 1991) I knew straight away I was going to love this album. Following up with Longview, Basket Case and When I Come Around (Dookie, 1994), I was definitely not going to be disappointed.
Next up the pace was slowed down slightly with 1997 hit (and one of my most favourite songs, ever) Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) (Nimrod), we’re then fast forwarded into the noughties with 2004’s concept album ‘Punk Rock Opera’ hits American Idiot, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and Wake Me Up When September Ends, a heart wrenching tribute to the death of front man Billie Joe Armstrong’s father.
Rounding out the collection is 2009’s anthem-like 21 Guns (21st Century Breakdown), Bang Bang, Still Breathing, Ordinary World (Revolution Radio, 2016) and the previously unreleased Back In The USA.
Green Day was my first exposure to punk rock music, and they’ll always hold a special place in my heart. This album was a great reminder of just why I love this Green Day, and why I’ll always love Green Day.
Review by Maree Holmes