I was never a big Green Day fan. I didn't like them when one of my friends in college started spinning Dookie. I started to like their music a little more, but blamed them for the gluttony of awful pop/punk bands to which we've been subjected over the years (Blink 182, Good Charlotte). When American Idiot came out I liked what I heard, and heard I would like even more. I didn't get it until yesterday, two years later. I'm now mad at myself for not getting it earlier. This record is too good. I can't stop listening. Everyone should hear it. Men, women, children, dogs and cats should all hear it.