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Could The Offspring be the Most Underrated Band in the Business?


After having a conversation with a few friends last night, I decided to do some research on Wikepidia about The Offspring. I have always thought that they were a pretty fantastic band, although I never really got into their albums. What I found out through some research was pretty amazing.

Green Day was the band I looked at in order to draw some comparisons. Generally seen in today’s world as the largest rock act in the United States, Green Day has sold well over 20 Million records over their careers (within the US). Oddly enough, when I broke down the album sales by The Offspring, they weren’t that far off.

Taking a look at the five top selling albums by each band, Green Day has sold roughly 19.5 Million copies of American Idiot, Dookie, Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning combined. The Offspring on the other hand have sold just above 15 Million copies of Americana, Ignition, Smash, Ixnay on the Hombre and Conspiracy of One.

It seems odd to me that while one band is on top of the world, doing just about whatever they want to, the other is touring clubs with about 1/10 the capacity. It can be said that The Offspring hit their peak in the mid to late 90′s but even then they weren’t as big as Green Day is right now. Although only 4.5 million records stand between these two groups, one will always be remembered as the band that defined our generation, while the other will simply be remembered.

The Raw Numbers

Green Day’s Top 5 Albums
Dookie: 10 Million Copies (10x Platinum)
American Idiot: 5 Million Copies (5x Platinum)
Insomniac: 2 Million Copies (2x Platinum)
Nimrod: 2 Million Copies (2x Platinum)
Warning: .5 Million Copies (Gold)

The Offspring’s Top 5 Albums
Smash: 6 Million Copies (6x Platinum)
Americana: 5 Million Copies (5x Platinum)
Ixnay on the Hombre: 1.5 Million Copies (Platinum)
Conspiracy of One: 1.5 Million Copies (Platinum)
Ignition: 1 Million Copies (Platinum)

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4 Legacy Comments

  • Comment by Charlie posted April 18, 2009 at 06:42

    harris, i will respond fully to this article at a day and time when I am not running around, unlike today. just letting you know in advance. haha

  • Comment by Jon posted April 18, 2009 at 11:31

    green day is not the largest rock act in america… not even close

  • Comment by Harris posted April 20, 2009 at 12:29

    Green Day is the largest rock band in the current pop circuit. There are bands that no one will ever compare to such as AC/DC and Bruce but these acts (while still writing music) are riding the wave of their older fans. Green Day and other bands like them are still attracting new fans every day.

  • Comment by Sam S posted December 27, 2011 at 00:49

    First of all, Your numbers are way off, Green Day sold more than Offspring which is right, but Green Day is overrated due to the fact that they are over exposed in the media and they are like a Disneyland style, Young Teenagers who listn to pop radio stations all the time, All their fans change over years, most of 90′s Green Day Fans have moved on to better and more tallanted bands. While The Offspring sold over 30 Million Records by 2009, and unlike Green Day, The Offspring infact is Underrated, and they still have part of their if not most of their 90′s Fanbase, and What also is impressive is the fact that Offspring Smash sold more than all of Green Days Indie Records put together, and that is one big reason why Smash is a true gem, and being the Highest selling Indie Label LP of all time. And another being the fact that Epitaph wouldnt be known or as big as it is today if it wasnt for smash and most fans wouldnt have herd of Bands like Pennywise, NOFX, Rancid, etc…
    One true fact that is how it was The Offspring who invited Rancid to go on tour with them when they released Smash, but you wouldnt see Green Day invite a young band that has potential for success. Green Day doesnt even care about their fans, all they cared about is the old mighty $$$$ Like What supposed Pop Punk Band, who claim to be Punk releases a Musical from one of their most successful, (but Boring album to me) American Idiot.
    But the fact is that Green Day is Overrated and The Offspring is Underrated,