Listed below are all known US sales totals for Green Day’s albums and any RIAA certifications they have been awarded. Figures represented below are accurate to the best of our knowledge but are taken from last known figures so in all cases the numbers below will be slightly lower than their current sales total.
RIAA certification dates do not reflect the day the albums hit those sales totals, it is the date the certification was awarded. Certifications are given for albums hitting Gold (500,000 units), Platinum (1,000,000 units) and Diamond (10,000,000 units).
Combined sales between the original out of print release of 39/Smooth (80,000) and the compilation 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (875,000) put this one at nearly one million sold. The compilation was awarded a Gold certification from the RIAA on June 28, 1995.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although Warning sold well out of the gate, earning Gold status on December 1, 2000, it would go on to be the first major label Green Day album to not achieve Platinum status*. The album was released when file sharing services such as Napster began to cannibalize record sales but Warning‘s sales were mostly hurt by singles that didn’t garner a whole lot of attention from rock radio aside from ‘Minority’ which performed moderately well.
* Sales figures tracked down from Soundscan indicate the record has now sold 1,400,000 copies which should make it easily eligible for Platinum certification.
Ten years after hitting it big with Dookie Green Day released their second most successful album American 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.
The five year gap between the bands smash hit American Idiot‘s release and it’s ambitious follow up may have contributed to lower than expected album sales but it do go on to sell over a million copies, 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.
¡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.
¡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 just 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.
With a postponed tour and the trilogy era turning into a bit of a mess, the band opted to move up the release date of the final album ¡Tre! a 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 overall sales at around 155,000 it is the lowest selling album of Green Day’s 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 that first week before eventually topping out at around 230,000 sold.
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 which was almost half the first week sales of their previous album, Revolution Radio, which came out of the gate with 95,000.
Compilations & Live Albums
|Album||Release Date||US Sales|
|International Superhits||Nov 13, 2001||2,000,000|
|Shenanigans||July 2, 2002||225,000|
|Bullet In A Bible||Nov 15, 2005||525,000|
|Last Night On Earth||Nov 11, 2009||30,000|
|Awesome As Fuck||Mar 21, 2011||100,000|
|Uno..Dos...Tre!||Dec 11, 2012||15,000|
|Demolicious||Apr 19, 2014||15,000|
|God's Favorite Band||Nov 17, 2017||???|
|Woodstock 1994||Apr 13, 2017||6,800|