Basket Case (song)

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"Basket Case"
Single by Green Day
from the album Dookie
Released 1994
Format CD
Recorded 1993
Genre Punk rock
Length 3:01
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong
Producer Green Day, Jerry Finn
Green Day singles chronology
"Welcome to Paradise"
(1994)
"Basket Case"
(1994/1995)
"She"
(1995)

"Basket Case" is a song by the band, Green Day from its third album Dookie. The song ended up being a huge hit, spending five weeks at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart after it was released. The song was written by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong about his struggle with anxiety; before he was diagnosed with a panic disorder, and he thought he was going crazy.[1]

Track listing[change | change source]

Initial Pressing[change | change source]

  1. "Basket Case" - 3:01
  2. "On The Wagon" (Non-LP Track) - 2:48
  3. "Tired Of Waiting For You" (Non-LP Track) - 2:30
  4. "409 In Your Coffeemaker" (Unmixed) - 2:49

Alternate Pressing[change | change source]

  1. "Basket Case" - 3:01
  2. "Longview" (live) - 3:30
  3. "Burnout" (live) - 2:11
  4. "2,000 Light Years Away" (Live) - 2:49
  • (Live tracks recorded March 11, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida)

Chart positions[change | change source]

Year Chart Position
1994 Modern Rock Tracks (US) No. 1
1994 Mainstream Rock Tracks (US) No. 9
1995 Billboard Hot 100 Airplay No. 26
1994 Top 40 Mainstream (US) No. 16
1995 Official Norwegian Singles Chart No. 2
1994 Official Sweden Singles Chart No. 3
1994 Official UK Singles Chart No. 6
1995 Official Irish Singles Chart No. 11
1995 Official German Singles Chart No. 18

It should be noted that, while the song was extremely popular in the United States, even reaching hit number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay|Billboard Hot 100 Airplay]], the lack of a commercial single stopped the song from charting on the Billboard Hot 100|Billboard Hot 100]].

Footnotes[change | change source]

  1. "Billie Joe Armstrong Interview on VH1". VH1. http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/ultimate_albums/58025/episode_interviews_int.jhtml?start=1. Retrieved 2007-12-05.

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