Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs United Kingdom charts ahead of Trump visit

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

Besides a huge, angry-looking Trump baby blimp, President Donald Trump will be greeted by the British with a unique protest of an American song by Green Day which topped the charts in 2004 and is now trending in the United Kingdom over a decade later - 'American Idiot'.

A Twitter account created to increase the song's popularity ahead of Trump's visit indicated over the weekend that the track was a top-10 seller on iTunes, as well. So far, it seems to be working. On Amazon in the U.K., American Idiot is now the best-selling song. While American Idiot has crept up to number one on the UK Amazon sales chart and cracked the iTunes Top 10, the 1996 England anthem is now expected to hold it from the official top spot.

A Facebook group promoting the social media campaign has more than 20,000 followers and has been calling on said followers to download "American Idiot" between July 6 and July 12. In response to reports that Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a copy of the Elton John song "Rocket Man", the senator joked that Kim should return the favor by giving Trump "American Idiot".

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While the politically-charged song wasn't written for Trump, Green Day have made their feelings crystal clear on the US President, telling his fans not to listen to their music and even releasing an anti-Trump song in Troubled Times.

The campaign was originally launched back in April, when Trump's visit was officially confirmed to be going ahead.

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