Trump Protest Sends Green Day's 'American Idiot' Up UK Charts

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

A social media campaign launched in late April encouraged Brits to download Green Day's 2004 single "American Idiot" in these days leading up to Trump's visit to push the song back onto the music charts. The campaign claims "American Idiot" hit No. 1 on Google Play.

The plan, so far, appears to be working.

The song was the No.1 single on Amazon's list of best-selling songs on 9 July, and it also crept into the iTunes Top 10 on the same day, according to the Huffington Post.

With the team's success, the 1996 soccer anthem "Three Lions," written for the 1996 Euro tournament squad, has moved from ironic cheer to a full-throated anthem and is now everywhere on United Kingdom music charts. In 2009, Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" outsold a single from the latest "X Factor" victor in an upset for Christmas No. 1 (Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha told the BBC at the time that it was the toppling of a "very sterile pop monopoly").

The titular track on the band's 2004 rock opera resonated with a generation of eyeliner-wearing, anti-establishment punks while at the same time playing ad nauseam on auto radios in American suburbia, spending six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100.

"And Kim Jong Un sends back a copy of Green Day's 'American Idiot, '" Kaine had tweeted.

"The man reason we made George W. Bush the "American Idiot" is because he started a war", Armstrong wrote. As of press time, the account has more than 1,600 followers.

At the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards, Green Day altered the song's lyrics from "subliminal mind-(expletive) America" to "subliminal mind-Trump America".