The song's lyrics were written by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong , and the music was composed by the band. Production was handled by Rob Cavallo and Green Day. The song speaks from the point of view of American Idiot ' s main character, " Jesus of Suburbia ", and is a moderate midtempo song characterized by somber and bleak lyrics.
This is in contrast to the previous track on the album, " Holiday ", which illustrates Jesus of Suburbia's high of being in The City. The song was ranked the number one on Rolling Stone ' s Reader's Choice: Singles of the Decade list in and number 65 on the Best Songs of the Decade list in the same year.
It has sold over 2 million copies in the United States as of The song was the ninth-highest-selling single of the — decade with worldwide sales exceeding 5 million copies. Hoping to clear his head and develop new ideas for songs, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong traveled to New York City alone for a few weeks, renting a small loft in the East Village of Manhattan.
Armstrong wrote the song about his time in New York City, about "feeling alone" and trying to take power from that fact.
The song's distinct tremolo effect on the opening guitar was achieved by digitally manipulating the recording in ProTools. It was difficult to produce, as it needed to remain in sync with the song's tempo. The bass and drums enter after the first two lines. The pre chorus features a memorable lead guitar melody before seguing into the distorted chorus. Noel Gallagher of Oasis criticized Green Day in late , saying, "They should have the decency to wait until I am dead [before stealing my songs].
I, at least, pay the people I steal from that courtesy,"  referencing the fact that "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" uses the same chord progression as Oasis's hit single " Wonderwall ". Gallagher's reaction may have partly been due to the emergence of " Boulevard of Broken Songs ", a popular mash-up mixed by San Francisco DJ and producer Party Ben in late The song's broad appeal was demonstrated by its performance on several Billboard singles charts: it spent 14 weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart staying there for 38 weeks, 16 weeks at number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart staying for 32 weeks, 11 weeks at number one on the Adult Top 40 chart staying at 44 weeks, and four weeks at number one on the Mainstream Top 40 staying there for 26 weeks.
This was the first song to top the four charts altogether making this song a multi-chart success. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot , staying there for five weeks behind 50 Cent 's " Candy Shop ".
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This was also the first Green Day song to reach the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at number 30 and though " Good Riddance Time of Your Life " didn't chart on the Adult Contemporary, it did chart on its recurrent chart. Outside the United States, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" charted strongly on many international charts. The song debuted and peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart on the chart dated December 5, , giving the band their third top 10 single in that country.
It stayed in the UK top for 29 weeks, becoming their longest-charting single at the time, but " Wake Me Up When September Ends " would log 32 weeks in the UK top nearly a year later; it still remains their second-longest stay on the UK chart.
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The single was very successful in Ireland, reaching number two in January on two separate occasions and totaling 23 weeks in the top Elsewhere in Europe, the song reached number one in the Czech Republic and Poland, number two in Sweden, and the top 10 in Austria, Denmark, and Norway. In Australasia , the song reached number five in both Australia and New Zealand. Despite this, the song was overall more popular in Australia, finishing as the 31st best-selling single and earning a Platinum certification from the ARIA for sales exceeding 70, copies.
The music videos for " Holiday " and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" were filmed with a single, continuous storyline—the video for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" picks up where "Holiday" has left off, with the last few seconds of "Holiday" audible at the start of the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" video. Both videos were also shot back-to-back. The video depicts the band members after their car has stalled in the desert, and they begin a melancholy walk down a dusty road.
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Scenes are interspersed with film footage, taken from around Los Angeles , of homeless people and other miserable sights. The video also features performance footage of the band playing the song in an abandoned warehouse. The video features a green Mercury Monterey convertible that was modified for filming in the "Holiday" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" videos.
The car features a hood ornament in the shape of the hand and heart grenade image from the American Idiot album cover, which was also used in the video for "Holiday". But the "iron fist" was actually used in the video for " Walking Contradiction ", when the band members meet at a car towards the end of the video. The band's name is also on the front of the hood in silver letters. As shown in an MTV Making the Video special, Bayer used unorthodox techniques to achieve the aged film look of the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" video, including using rear projection as opposed to green screen and physically damaging the negative: scratching the film with razor blades, pouring coffee on it, and smudging cigarettes on it.
This song was covered by Japanese-American singer Hikaru Utada acoustically with a guitar during an internet broadcast in December ; a video of it can be found. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Reprise Warner Bros. Rob Cavallo Green Day.
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