"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is a song by the American rock band Green Day. Although written by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong just after the release of the band's third album Dookie (1994), the song was not released until Green Day's fifth album, Nimrod (1997). It was released as the album's second single. An alternate version (with harder chords and stronger vocals) did appear as a b-side to the 1995 German import single for "Brain Stew/Jaded". As of November 2010, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" has sold 1,812,000 copies.
In comparison to previous Green Day material, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" features more mellow, contemplative lyrics with acoustic music. Band member Mike Dirnt went on to state that the release of this song was probably the "most punk" thing they could have done. The song is more commonly promoted on the radio as "Time of Your Life", and it became a Billboard Rock chart-topper and an international hit, and was the only song from Nimrod that was a crossover success when released in single form.
The song began entirely different as a b-side to the Insomniac album. This alternate version featured strummed, as opposed to the arpeggiated,...