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"When I Come Around" is a song released by American punk rock band Green Day. It is the tenth track on their third studio album, Dookie, and was released as the fourth single from that album in 1995. It was played live as early as 29 August 1992. "When I Come Around" was Green Day's most popular radio single in their early career, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. This was their highest charting radio single until 2004's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" peaked at No. 2.

"When I Come Around"
Green Day - When I Come Around cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Dookie
ReleasedJanuary 31, 1995
Green Day singles chronology
"Basket Case"
"When I Come Around"

"When I Come Around" was one of the most successful alternative rock songs of 1995. It topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for seven weeks, and also hit number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. It was Green Day's third straight number-one from Dookie, after "Longview" and "Basket Case". As of August 2010, "When I Come Around" has sold 639,000 copies, making it the band's second best-selling single of the 1990s behind only their 1997 hit "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".[3]


Track listingEdit

Initial pressingEdit

  1. "When I Come Around" – 2:58
  2. "Coming Clean" (live) – 1:36
  3. "She" (live) – 2:14

AU singleEdit

  1. "When I Come Around" – 2:58
  2. "Longview" (live) – 3:30
  3. "Burnout" (live) – 2:11
  4. "2,000 Light Years Away" (live) – 2:48
  • (Live tracks recorded March 11, 1994, at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida; Tracks 2-3 are the same on the Live Tracks EP; Track 4 has an extended intro, but is the same performance)

7" picture discEdit

Side A

  • "When I Come Around" – 2:58

Side B

  • "She" (live) – 2:14

Music videoEdit

The music video shows the band walking to different places, like the Mission District and the Powell Street Station in San Francisco and Berkeley, California at night, along with various scenes of people doing common things all inter-related. One of the first scenes of the video eventually leads back to the scene at the end. The band's touring guitarist Jason White can be seen in the video with his girlfriend at the time. Mark Kohr directed this video.[4]

Before the video was filmed, MTV aired a live performance of the song by the band at the 1994 Woodstock Festival.

MTV's Ultimate Albums: Dookie special credited the simple horizontally-striped sweater worn by Armstrong in the video for starting a fashion trend of similar sweaters.

Use in mediaEdit

"When I Come Around" was featured in South Park episode "Hummels & Heroin". It was also featured in the Green Day themed Rock Band game Green Day: Rock Band.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[22] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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