Warning (Green Day song)

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Green Day - Warning single cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Warning
B-side "Suffocate" (7")
Released December 11, 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Folk punk[1]
Length 3:41
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s) Green Day
Green Day singles chronology

"Warning" is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the second single and title track from their sixth album, Warning.

Billie Joe Armstrong has said that the original concept was to create a song whose lyrics were made up of all signs and labels, and the idea grew from there.[citation needed]

The song was a number three modern rock hit in the US. The song also made it into the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart in the UK. It has been noted that the song's main guitar riff bears strong resemblance to The Kinks song "Picture Book".[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Warning" premiered on MTV in January 2001. It was directed by Francis Lawrence and shows the life of a teenager who does dangerous, socially unacceptable and trivial things during his day. His punch-in card reveals his name to be John Earle.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Warning" (album version)
  2. "Scumbag
  3. "I Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely" (originally performed by Hüsker Dü)

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Warning" (album version)
  2. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)
  3. "Suffocate"

Limited edition card sleeve version[edit]

  1. "Warning" (album version)
  2. "Scumbag"

Warning/Minority AU single[edit]

  1. "Warning"
  2. "Minority"
  3. "Scumbag"
  4. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)

7" Adeline[edit]

Side A

  1. "Warning"

Side B

  1. "Scumbag"
  2. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)

7" Reprise[edit]

Side A

  1. "Warning"

Side B

  1. "Suffocate"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2000 - 01) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 19
Brazil (ABPD)[4] 63
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 37
Italy (FIMI)[6] 49
Poland (Polish Airplay Charts)[7] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 27
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 24
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 3


  1. ^ Sal Cinquemani (11 November 2001). "Green Day International Superhits! - Album Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fowles, Paul; Wade, Graham (2012-02-23). Concise History of Rock Music. Mel Bay Publications. ISBN 9781619110168. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Green Day – Warning". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Green Day – Warning". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Green Day – Warning". Top Digital Download. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Poland: Airplay Chart - Lista Krajowa 04/2001" Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Green Day: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 13, 2016.

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