Green Day's 'American Idiot' Is In The Charts Ahead Of Donald Trump's UK Visit

The British charts aren't really as relevant as they used to be, right? They're just another slice of our childhoods that are nominally still important, but which we all kind of realise don't matter that much anymore.

If anything, the only time we hear about the charts nowadays is when there's some alternative reason for a song to be there, aside from pure musical value. And as if on cue, veteran punk band Green Day are currently back in the UK charts ahead of Donald Trump's visit to these shores over the weekend.

It made it as high as number three when it was first released but, with the backing of a Twitter campaign - which I'm pretty sure is how anything gets to number one these days - it is currently riding high in the midweek charts.

Donald Trump is due to arrive in the UK on Thursday evening and, assuming we still have a government by then (which given the goings-on of the last two days, is debatable) will meet with the Prime Minister for a dinner at Blenheim Palace.

On Friday, he is due to visit a military site with Theresa May and then hold bilateral talks at her country residence, Chequers. The President will then meet with the Queen before heading to Scotland for the weekend, leaving on Sunday evening.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

As for 'American Idiot' - it is currently sitting in 18th place in the charts but may yet rise in time for the Donald's arrival on Thursday.

Given other events this week, it might well take some work to overhaul the current number one.

Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds' enduring football classic 'Three Lions' is topping the charts as we speak, and should England win tomorrow, it'd be silly to back against it staying there (it's coming home, remember).

'American Idiot' was the title track from Green Day's seventh album in 2004, a 'punk opera' inspired by a widespread disillusionment with events such as the Iraq war. The album marked a new period of success for the band, achieving platinum status in 17 countries and selling over 16 million copies.

Comprising the trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, Green Day first formed in California's East Bay area in 1986, before going on to achieve their first taste of chart success during the grunge era of the 1990s with singles such as 'Basket Case' and 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)'.

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Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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