Why an Old Green Day Song Is Climbing UK Charts

Social media campaign aims to make 'American Idiot' No. 1 single for Trump's arrival
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2018 10:45 AM CDT
Billie Joe Armstrong performs during a Green Day concert at the Barclays Center on April 7, 2013, in New York.   (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – A 14-year-old song by Green Day is climbing various music charts in the UK—and the reason has everything to do with President Trump's arrival there later this week. The song is "American Idiot," and a social media campaign launched by Trump critics aims to make it the No. 1 song in the UK just as Trump arrives. Protesters are streaming and downloading the song through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc., and the tune has begun cracking the top 10 lists of those sites, reports Vulture. Organizers hope to have it atop OfficialUKCharts.com when the chart is updated on Friday. (Read more Green Day stories.)

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