Green Day have well and truly earned their title as one of the founders of the pop-punk genre. Since their formation back in 1986, when Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt were just fourteen years old, they’ve gone on to become both arena and stadium veterans and have released twelve studio albums along the way.
So, with ‘God’s Favorite Band’, the trio deliver a collection of 18 songs from their lengthy back-catalogue, spanning all the way from 1992’s ‘Kerplunk’ up to 2016’s ‘Revolution Radio’, and covering almost everything in between.
‘God’s Favorite Band’ also includes a re-worked version of ‘Ordinary World’ (the original taken from ‘Revolution Radio’), featuring guest vocals from Miranda Lambert, and an unreleased track, ‘Back In The USA’. With a bouncy chorus and typical fast-paced versus, it’s a solid song and, although it’s been released towards the end of Autumn, it’s sure to hold up as a summer anthem when June rolls around next year.
It terms of the compilation’s track listing, it’s a great demonstration of how Green Day have developed over the years. Their early punk roots flourish in ‘She’ and ‘Welcome To Paradise’, the rock opera of ‘American Idiot’ is lightly brushed over with the emotional duo of ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’, and finally the band’s more recent pop-rock sing alongs are displayed across ‘Know Your Enemy’ and ‘Bang Bang’.
While ‘God’s Favorite Band’ isn’t an album that a lot of people will necessarily run out and buy (considering greatest hit records often don’t have too much brand new to offer), it’s still a very well-thought out compilation that would act as a perfect introduction to the pop-punk legends for younger music enthusiasts. Die-hard Green Day fans will also surely love listening to and adding this album to their record collection.
Written by Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstable)