Pop-punk, while existing as a genre for a very long time in bands like Ramones, Descendents, Buzzcocks, and more, wasn’t always the mainstream success it has been for the last 25 years or so. It took a wave of bands like Bad Religion, The Offspring, Jawbreaker, and Green Day in the early 90’s to really bring the genre to the forefront of music. It was arguably Green Day’s major-label debut Dookie, released on this day 25 years ago, that really spearheaded the genre to huge record sales and sold-out tours.
Even a quarter of a century later, this is a record that manages to still be infectious, and might even be considered the quinessential pop-punk album. For some, that might be a stretch, but it’s still gold. Songs like “Welcome To Paradise” (originally released on the also very good Kerplunk! in 1991) and the slacker anthem “Longview” were big reasons why Green Day were in the middle of a huge bidding war before Dookie was actually released. Eventually, the record was produced by Rob Cavallo, who’s produced records by everyone from Jawbreaker to Goo Goo Dolls, among many others.
While their later records (especially 1995 follow-up Insomniac) were just as quality, Dookie is Green Day’s crowning achievement. Full of punchy pop-punk songs that managed to also be instantly relatable (and still are) to the ordinary person growing up, Dookie still retains its lasting anthemic qualities 25 years later.