Nice Guys Finish Last

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"Nice Guys Finish Last"
Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Nimrod and Varsity Blues soundtrack
ReleasedMarch 23, 1999
FormatCD single
GenrePunk rock, pop punk
Songwriter(s)Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Nice Guys Finish Last"
Music video
"Nice Guys Finish Last" on YouTube

"Nice Guys Finish Last" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. It is the opening track and the fourth and final single released from their fifth studio album, Nimrod (1997). The use of the song in the movie Varsity Blues helped propel it to hit status and earned it a nomination for an MTV Movie Award for best song from a movie in 1999.[1][2]

Track list[edit]

AU single/Japanese EP:

  1. "Nice Guys Finish Last"
  2. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (live)
  3. "The Grouch" (live)
  4. "She" (live)

Tracks 2-4 were recorded live at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


PopMatters listed "Nice Guys Finish Last" as the tenth best Green Day song, commenting "Blessed with a driving insistency and an acerbic, infectious chorus, "Nice Guys Finish Last" should've been way bigger than it actually was."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video features the band as a mock football team (parodying the Green Bay Packers with Green Day). The stage set up for them is portrayed as analogous to a football playing field, and in the video, a number of concert scenes are shown in ways that simulate football game action; lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is tackled by a fan, Mike Dirnt sprains his ankle when jumping, and a coach motivates them in a locker room midway during the song. The video itself, directed by Evan Bernard, humorously extends the analogy with a voice-over emulating that of legendary NFL Films narrator John Facenda.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 80
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 31


  1. ^ "MTV Movie + TV Awards (1999)". IMDb. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last". Desitara. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  3. ^ AJ Ramirez. "Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.

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