"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was the second single from Green Day's seventh studio album, American Idiot. Released in 2005, the single peaked at number two in the United States, becoming Green Day's first and only top-five single, and their most successful single to date. This song was named Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 2006. The song's broad appeal was demonstrated by its performance on several less-publicized Billboard singles charts. It became one of only two songs to ever reach #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, Modern Rock Tracks, and Adult Top 40 charts.
The song was written by Green Day (lyrics by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong), and was co-produced by Green Day and Rob Cavallo. In this moderate midtempo song characterized by moody and depressing lyrics, Green Day speaks from the point of view of the character Jesus of Suburbia from their American Idiot "rock opera". The song preceding this track on the album, Holiday, is supposed to be the character's "high" of being in The City and Boulevard of Broken Dreams is his loneliness after the fun stops. As described in the MTV's Green Day Makes a Video, Holiday is the party, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams is the hangover.