Total Sales + Streaming
Listed below are the worldwide sales + streaming (album equivalent units) figures for Green Day’s albums along with the pure album sales (for releases prior to 2015) and any RIAA certifications they have been awarded for US sales. The sales + streaming overall total and the individual studio albums totals are updated on the first and 15th of every month.
Last updated: Sept 1/23
Despite generally favourable album reviews from critics, Father Of All had fans divided with the bands new direction which resulted in the worst first week sales total of their career on a major label. The album debuted on the Billboard charts at #4 selling 48,000 copies in the US which was almost half the first week sales of their previous album, Revolution Radio, which came out of the gate with 95,000. The album is by far the lowest selling of the bands career.
Considered a return to form for the band after the poorly received trilogy of albums that preceded it, Revolution Radio would top the Billboard 200 in its first week of release. On the strength of lead single ‘Bang Bang’, the album sold 95,000 copies in the US that first week before eventually topping out at around 230,000 sold.
With a postponed tour and the trilogy era turning into a bit of a mess, the band opted to move up the scheduled release date of the final album,ﾠﾡTre!,ﾠa month early as a reward to fans. Album sales remained lackluster without any serious promotion and the record would achieve a new low for Green Day with just 58,000 first week sales. With album sales topping out at just 170,000 in the US it was the lowest selling album of Green Day’s career at that point.
¡Dos! was the second release in Green Day’s trilogy of 2012 albums and it would mark the first time since 1994’s Dookie that the band didn’t hit 100,000 sales in its first week, selling 69,000 copies. With only one single being released to promote the album (‘Stray Heart’), ¡Dos! would go on to sell just 190,000 copies in the US.
¡Uno! was the first out of the gate in a trilogy of albums the band released in 2012. It had strong sales to begin with, selling 139,000 copies in its first week, but a lack of promotion brought on by singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s trip to rehab killed any momentum. ¡Uno! was the first Green Day studio album to not achieve Gold certification, a trend that continues through all their releases after. Album sales in the US topped out around 330,000.
The five year gap between the bands smash hit American Idiot‘s release and its ambitious follow up may have contributed to the lower than expected album sales but it do go on to sell over a million copies in the US, the last Green Day record to date to do so. The album was certified Gold on June 25, 2009 and Platinum on February 17, 2011. It has sold over 1.2 million copies in the US.
Ten years after hitting it big with Dookie,ﾠGreen Day released their second most successful album,ﾠAmerican Idiot. On the strength of the hit title track first single, the album would achieve Gold and Platinum status in under two months, awarded on November 10, 2004. The record would go on to sell 5 million copies over the course of two years before topping out at 6x Platinum on January 24, 2013. Current US sales for the album sit at over 6.6 million.
Warning sold well out of the gate, earning Gold status on December 1, 2000* but the album was released when file sharing services such as Napster began to cannibalize record sales. It didn’t help that the albums singles didn’t garner a whole lot of attention from rock radio aside from ‘Minority’ which performed well.
* Sales figures tracked down from Soundscan indicate the record has now sold over 1,400,000 copies in the US which should make it easily eligible for Platinum certification.
With Green Day’s mainstream popularity starting to slip, Nimrod took six months to achieve Gold and Platinum certifications which were awarded on April 6, 1998. Sales sprung to life with the continued success of the ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ single which drove in another million sales and a double Platinum certification on March 16, 2000. Nimrod has gone on to sales of over 2.6 million in the US.
Insomniac was released in the wake of Dookie‘s massive success and it’s initial album sales reflected that despite the album being less radio friendly than their previous release. The album would pick up Gold and Platinum certifications on January 8, 1996 and was certified double Platinum on February 27, 1996. Insomniac has sold over 2.9 million copies in the US.
Initial sales of Green Day major label debut were strong but didn’t pick up mainstream traction for until few months after release. Dookie would receive it’s first RIAA certification of Gold on June 14, 1994 and Platinum on August 17, 1994. By the end of 1996, the album had gone Platinum 9 times. On February 8, 1999, Dookie received the coveted Diamond certification for sales of 10,000,000 copies. It has gone on to sell over 11.9 million copies in the US.
While initial sales were very strong for an independent label release, selling 10,000 it’s first day of release and over 50,000 in the two years to follow, this album was pushed to Gold and Platinum status after the band rocketed to stardom with their major label debut Dookie. Kerplunk was certified Gold on June 28, 1995 and Platinum on August 8, 2003 with US sales currently at over 1.15 million.
Combined sales between the original out of print release of 39/Smooth and the additional sales + streaming from the songs being on the compilation 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1,135,000) have Green Day’s debut LP tracking towards 1.5 million worldwide sales. The physical album sold 75,000 copies in the US.
Apr 3, 1989
|July 25, 1996||N/A||100,000|
Apr 25, 1997
Oct 9, 2001
|Nov 13, 2001||2,000,000||5,650,000|
|July 2, 2002||225,000||850,000|
|Nov 15, 2005||525,000||2,450,000|
Apr 22, 2008
|Nov 11, 2009||30,000||50,000|
Apr 20, 2010
|Mar 21, 2011||100,000||350,000|
Aug 28, 2012
|Dec 11, 2012||15,000|
|Apr 19, 2014||15,000||50,000|
|Nov 17, 2017|
|Apr 13, 2017|
Feb 21, 2020
July 19, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Dec 10, 2021