Wake Me Up When September Ends (4:45)

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From American Idiot and 14 other releases

“Wake Me Up When September Ends” is a song by American rock band Green Day. It was released in June 2005 as the fourth single from their seventh album, American Idiot.

The song deals with the death of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s father, who died when Armstrong was a child.

The single peaked at number six in the United States, becoming Green Day’s second Top 10 single. It also peaked at #8 in Canada and the UK, while making #13 in Australia. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” had sold 1,652,000 copies as of May 2010, and was the second highest selling single in the U. S. from American Idiot, behind only the multi-platinum “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. The song ended the streak of Green Day’s three consecutive #1 hits on the Modern Rock Tracks chart (“American Idiot”, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Holiday”), but it hit #2 on the chart, kept from #1 by Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc.”. The song also hit #2 on the Adult Top 40 and #4 on the Mainstream Top 40. This was the band’s most successful song to the adult contemporary market, hitting #13 on its own chart and their only song to chart other than “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. The song is certified Silver in the United Kingdom for sales of 200,000

Music video

Like the majority of the videos from the album American Idiot, it was directed by Samuel Bayer. The video features Green Day’s support guitarist, Jason White. This is the second time Jason White has appeared in a Green Day video, first appearing in “When I Come Around”, ten years earlier but not as a band member.


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