Wake Me Up When September Ends

It seemed only right to play this song on the last day of September. Released in 2005 as the fifth single from Green Day’s album American IdiotWake Me Up When September Ends became a hit single, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 8 on the UK charts. The song became closely associated with Hurricane Katrina which struck the Gulf Coast on 31 August of that year and a video featuring footage of the aftermath of the disaster accompanied by the song went viral. Green Day subsequently performed the song at a relief concert organised by MTV.

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