Green Day's 'American Idiot' Tops U.K. Charts Ahead Of Trump's Visit

Green Day's 2004 hit single "American Idiot" is climbing to the top of the U.K. music charts, ahead of President Donald Trump's visit this week.

On Monday, the rock track emerged in the No. 1 spot on Amazon's best-sellers list (via HuffPost). The song has also been popping up on the iTunes singles chart, and Chart Data confirmed that it re-entered the U.K. Top 20 earlier this week.

The re-emergence of the decade-old song was driven by a social media campaign first launched in May that aimed to make the song No. 1 on the charts during Trump's visit to the U.K. The Twitter group "American Idiot for UK No.1 When Trump Visits" regularly urges Trump critics to purchase, download and listen to the song in order to boost its ratings.

"Want to annoy Donald Trump and Nigel Farage this week?" they tweeted on Sunday. "Simple. Buy a download of 'American Idiot' by Green Day then keep streaming it, get watching the official video on YouTube too. Keep doing that until midnight on Thursday."

Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland, the organizers of the group, told Newsweek that they first started the campaign in January 2017.

"[When] Theresa May offered Trump a full state visit, 1.8 million people signed a government petition to protest this," they said. "We thought we'd protest in a different way. We thought this would be amusing."

"American Idiot" was originally inspired by American political events that occurred around the time it was released, such as George W. Bush's presidency and the Iraq war.

Last week, Senator Tim Kaine referenced the "American Idiot" campaign in a Trump-mocking tweet. After reports emerged indicating that Trump had gifted Kim Jong Un with a copy of Elton John's song "Rocket Man," Kaine joked that the North Korean leader sent back a copy of "American Idiot."

Trump is set to make his first visit as president to the U.K., where he will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II.

The president is scheduled to visit the U.K. from Thursday to Sunday this week. He will stay in London on the night of his arrival but will spend the rest of his trip outside of the capital. The move was speculated to have been decided in order to avoid planned protests in the area.

This story was updated to include comments from Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland​.

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Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day (center) and the cast of “American Idiot” sing “21 Guns” at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, on January 31, 2010. Green Day’s 2004 hit song “American Idiot” climbed to the top of the charts in the U.K. ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit. Reuters