Basket Case (song)

1994 single by Green Day

"Basket Case" is a song by the band, Green Day from its third album Dookie. The song ended up being a huge hit, spending five weeks at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart after it was released. The song was written by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong about his struggle with anxiety; before he was diagnosed with a panic disorder, and he thought he was going crazy.[1]

"Basket Case"
Single by Green Day
from the album Dookie
GenrePunk rock
Songwriter(s)Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong
Producer(s)Green Day, Jerry Finn
Green Day singles chronology
"Welcome to Paradise"
"Basket Case"

Track listingEdit

Initial PressingEdit

  1. "Basket Case" - 3:01
  2. "On The Wagon" (Non-LP Track) - 2:48
  3. "Tired Of Waiting For You" (Non-LP Track) - 2:30
  4. "409 In Your Coffeemaker" (Unmixed) - 2:49

Alternate PressingEdit

  1. "Basket Case" - 3:01
  2. "Longview" (live) - 3:30
  3. "Burnout" (live) - 2:11
  4. "2,000 Light Years Away" (Live) - 2:49
  • (Live tracks recorded March 11, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida)

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
1994 Modern Rock Tracks (US) No. 1
1994 Mainstream Rock Tracks (US) No. 9
1995 Billboard Hot 100 Airplay No. 26
1994 Top 40 Mainstream (US) No. 16
1995 Official Norwegian Singles Chart No. 2
1994 Official Sweden Singles Chart No. 3
1994 Official UK Singles Chart No. 6
1995 Official Irish Singles Chart No. 11
1995 Official German Singles Chart No. 18

It should be noted that, while the song was extremely popular in the United States, even reaching hit number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, the lack of a commercial single stopped the song from charting on the Billboard Hot 100.


  1. "Billie Joe Armstrong Interview on VH1". VH1. Retrieved 2007-12-05.

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