Green Day is the Best Punk Rock Band of All Time ... Yes, Green Day.
That's according to the readers of Rolling Stone.
With this, Rolling Stone has now given us a list that rivals the 2000 beauty in which the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way" was named the No. 10 "Greatest Pop Song of All Time"
In this case, RS asked its readers to vote in an online poll, and that was the result. It runs right next to a poll that names Madonna's as the Greatest Super Bowl Performance.
If I were an editor at RS, I seriously would have considered ditching the whole idea once those results came in. Even Green Day should be embarrassed to be sitting atop of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones and Stooges, the bands that created the template for that sound and image.
Beyond that, any band that has one of its albums adapted into a Broadway musical should be automatically disqualified from being on any list of the Best Punk Bands of All Time.
On my first read, I skipped the intro which notes, What we didn't count on were fan site Green Day Authority and the band's official site at GreenDay.com both posting the link and asking fans to vote for Green Day – which gave the group a significant boost in the final tally.
Does that mean we can just skip Green Day and start at No. 2. That makes The Clash the Greatest Punk Band of All Time, a choice that not many people are going fuss over.