Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

As Trump heads to Britain, ‘American Idiot’ is topping some music charts

The "American Idiot" campaign has had a much longer gestation period than similar attempts in the past, having launched in January 2017 ahead of a state visit by the president, which he cancelled over what he saw as a "bad deal" on the establishment of a new USA embassy in London. (And we all know man-child POTUS loves his tantrums.) As of July 6th, the song reportedly had already topped the British charts over on Amazon.

The American Idiot song, by the American rock group Green Day, is now leading the music charts in the United Kingdom, ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump.

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A plan by another group of protesters also received a boost on Tuesday as Britain's air-traffic controller said it saw no reason to withhold approval of a request to fly a 6-metre inflatable, orange baby styled as Trump near the British parliament.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong wrote American Idiot in the throes of the Iraq War and the angst of post-9/11 America, which the song described as "an alien nation where everything isn't meant to be okay". It's also been popping in and out of the Top 10 and 20 on iTunes' singles chart for the past few days.

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"American Idiot" was the title track of Green Day's punk rock opera album, which was a No. 1 smash in both the United States and the 2004.

At the top of the midweek chart update is "Three Lions", which was written for the 1996 European Championship, which was held in England. If the #MakeAmericanIdiotGreatAgain campaigners are successful, Trump will have more to be embarrassed about than just protests on the street. The campaign claims "American Idiot" hit No. 1 on Google Play.

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Though it's not exactly subtle, attempting to push the George W. Bush-era song to number one in the United Kingdom is still a tad more low-key than the other protest that's garnered headlines surrounding this trip: the giant Trump blimp that will float along the London skyline.

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