Apparently most music critics do not share the same opinions as music fans (big surprise, huh?). While Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Usher are topping list after list chronicling the last ten years, Rolling Stone conducted a Reader’s Poll of the Best of the Decade, and the message is loud and clear: their readers like Green Day. A lot.
The Oakland-born pop-punk band nabbed Best Album of the Decade for political rock opera (turned stage musical) American Idiot, Best Single of the Decade for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” (“American Idiot” also came in at #13) and Best Artist of the Decade, beating out the likes of Radiohead (#2), Jay-Z (#10) and Beyoncé (#20). If you believe there’s much overlap between Rolling Stone’s readership and Recording Academy membership (hey, it’s possible), then you may take this opportunity to chew over whether Billie Joe & Co. have a solid shot winning all three Grammys they’re nominated for. (Besides, you can imagine how hungry Rolling Stone is to get people to chew over things.)
Check out the rest of the lists at Rolling Stone. And celebrate GD’s triumph of the Noughties by watching the RS Reader’s Choice Single of the Decade, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” for ole time’s sake.