When I Come Around

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"When I Come Around"
Green Day - When I Come Around cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Dookie
Released January 31, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre Punk rock,[1] alternative rock[2]
Length 2:58
Label Reprise, WEA International
Writer(s) Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Basket Case"
"When I Come Around"

"When I Come Around" is a song released by American punk rock band Green Day. It is the tenth track on their third studio album, Dookie, which was released as the fourth single from that album in 1995. "When I Come Around" was Green Day's most popular radio single in their early career, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. This was their highest charting radio single until 2004's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" peaked at number 2. It was one of the most successful alternative rock songs of 1995. It topped the Modern Rock Tracks for seven weeks, and also hit number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. "When I Come Around" has sold 639,000 copies as of August, 2010,[3] which makes it the band's second best-selling single of the 1990s, only behind the 1997 hit "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".

Track listing[edit]

Initial pressing[edit]

  1. "When I Come Around" – 2:58
  2. "Coming Clean" (live) – 1:36
  3. "She" (live) – 2:14

AU single[edit]

  1. "When I Come Around" – 2:58
  2. "Longview" (live) – 3:30
  3. "Burnout" (live) – 2:11
  4. "2,000 Light Years Away" (live) – 2:48
  • (Live tracks recorded March 11, 1994, at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida; Tracks 2-3 are the same on the Live Tracks EP; Track 4 has an extended intro, but is the same performance)

7" picture disc[edit]

Side A

  • "When I Come Around" – 2:58

Side B

  • "She" (live) – 2:14

Music video[edit]

The music video shows the band walking to different places, like the Mission District and the Powell Street Station in San Francisco and Berkeley, California at night, along with various scenes of people doing common things all inter-related. One of the first scenes of the video eventually leads back to the scene at the end. The band's friend and now secondary guitarist Jason White can be seen in the video with his girlfriend at the time. Mark Kohr directed this video.[4]

Before the video was filmed, MTV aired a live performance of the song by the band at the 1994 Woodstock Festival.

MTV's Ultimate Albums: Dookie special credited the simple horizontally-striped sweater worn by Armstrong in the video for starting a fashion trend of similar sweaters.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 45
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 33
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 27
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[12] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 2
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 2
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 1
Chart (2011) Peak
U.S. Billboard Rock Digital Songs[16] 31
Preceded by
"Bang and Blame" by R.E.M.
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
January 7 – February 18, 1995
Succeeded by
"Lightning Crashes" by Live


  1. ^ "Green Day - Fantasy Studios" (PDF). Fantasy Studios. Issued in February 1994, Dookie would spawn five hit singles — ‘Longview’, ‘Welcome To Paradise’ (a re‐recording of a track on Kerplunk), ‘Basket Case’, ‘When I Come Around’ and ‘She’ — and, with worldwide sales of over 16 million units, would prove to be the group’s most popular work, while establishing them at the forefront of the neo-punk scene. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Alt-Rock Videos From 1995". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Week Ending Aug. 8, 2008: Taylor Swift Returns - Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "GDA | Video Information". Greendayauthority.com. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Green Day – When I Come Around". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 8002." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – Green Day Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Green Day – When I Come Around" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Green Day – When I Come Around". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Green Day – When I Come Around". Singles Top 100.
  11. ^ "Green Day: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Green Day Rock Digital". 

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