Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
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|"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"|
|Single by Green Day|
|from the album Nimrod|
|Released||October 17, 1997|
|Genre||Acoustic rock, soft rock, alternative rock|
|Length||2:34 (album version)
2:28 (music video)
|Writer(s)||Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day|
|Producer(s)||Rob Cavallo, Green Day|
|Green Day singles chronology|
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. Although written by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong before the release of the band's third album Dookie (1994), the song was not released until Green Day's fifth album, Nimrod (1997), and was the second single released from that album. An alternative version (in a different key, with a faster tempo and sparer arrangement) did appear as a B-side to the 1995 German import single for "Brain Stew/Jaded". Although it was not issued as a physical single at the time of its original release in the United States, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" later went on to sell over 2.6 million copies as a digital download in the country. The song is also certified silver in the United Kingdom for sales of 200,000.
Writing and composition
Billie Joe Armstrong wrote "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" in 1990 and did not show the song to his bandmates until the Dookie recording sessions in 1993. During the sessions, the song was determined to be too different from the rest of the songs on Dookie, and producer Rob Cavallo was unsure of how to structure the recording. When the time came to record Nimrod, Armstrong decided to use the song, and Cavallo suggested they add strings to the track. He sent the band to play foosball in another room while he recorded the strings, which took "like fifteen, twenty minutes, maybe a half an hour at the most." Cavallo reflected on his decision to add the strings "I knew we had done the right thing. it was a hit the second I heard it."
In comparison to previous Green Day material, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" features more mellow, contemplative lyrics with acoustic music. Band member Mike Dirnt went on to state that the release of this song was probably the "most punk" thing they could have done. The song is more commonly promoted on the radio as "Time of Your Life", and it became a Billboard Country Rock chart-topper and an international hit, and was the only song from Nimrod that was a crossover success when released in single form. The song peaked #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for a long 13 consecutive weeks falling behind Marcy Playground's Sex and Candy at the #1 spot for its then-record breaking 15 week run.
The music video was directed by Mark Kohr, and features Billie Joe Armstrong singing and playing an acoustic guitar in a bedroom, intercut with "pull-in" shots of various people involved in mundane activities. All of the subjects are shown seemingly staring into space absent-mindedly. Band members Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool make cameo appearances in the video as a person pumping gas (Dirnt), and an injured bike rider being attended by paramedics (Cool). When the video came out, the name of the song was inverted, hence the video's title is "Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)". This title was also used on the single cover.
In 1998 Green Day won their first MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video for "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and they were also nominated for Viewer's Choice.
The video can be found on their music video compilation DVD, International Supervideos!.
The song has also become popular at funerals and graduations.
In a Seinfeld clip show that came toward the end of the show's duration, the song was played over a series of clips, outtakes and backstage moments.
In "Gut Reaction," the 18th episode of the fourth season of ER, PA Jeanie Boulet, played by actress Gloria Reuben, sang this song as a farewell to a young boy (Scott Anspaugh, son of Dr. Donald Anspaugh) who had died in her care.
The song has also been used by many radio stations as their last song under an old format before flipping to a new format, most recently on March 23, 2011, when KGEX (now KZPT) in Kansas City, MO, used it as their last song before flipping from '90s hits as "Gen X Radio 99.7" to adult contemporary as "99.7 The Point".
|1.||"Good Riddance" (album version)||2:34|
|2.||"Suffocate" (non-LP track)||2:47|
|3.||"You Lied" (non-LP track)||2:25|
|4.||"Good Riddance" (clean remix)||2:28|
|5.||"Desensitized" (non-LP track)||2:47|
|6.||"Rotting" (non-LP track)||2:50|
|1.||"Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)" (clean album remix)||2:28|
|2.||"Desensitized" (non-LP track)||2:47|
|3.||"Rotting" (non-LP track)||2:50|
|2.||"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (album version)||2:34|
|4.||"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (video)||2:29|
A 30 second sample of "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".
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|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||5|
|Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)||7|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||40|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay||11|
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||13|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks||11|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||7|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||2|
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