As a matter of fact, yes, this is one of the most underrated Green Day songs of all time. Some people are probably just too ADD to get through the intro to find out.

Speaking of the intro, this is all you basically need to know: you can just bang the shit out of a B5 chord and you’ll be good, but if you want to go the extra mile, You should really be playing B, Bsus4*, Bsus5. Just bar your first finger across the D, G, and B strings on the 4th fret. Play those three, and we’ll call that your B. Now, keeping them barred, place your 2nd finger on the 5th fret of the second (B) string. You are now effectively getting your Bsus4 on. For the Bsus5, forget about that 2nd finger and use your 3rd finger (or pinky if you prefer) to cover the 7th fret of the 2nd (B) string. If we have to tell you when to do all this, well, you better just stick to bangin the shit out of the B5 chord cause we don’t have all day.

The reason we used G#5 instead of G# or G#min is because, for one, he is technically playing a 5 chord anyway. Usually we can use the melody to determine what the full chord would be, but in this case, due to Billie Joe’s potentially inadvertent brilliance, he sings both the regular 3rd and flatted 3rd notes over that chord and manages to make it sound badass. This song is a good example of BJ showing us why we’re nimrods for thinking we are helping anything by not using 5 chords everywhere.

panic song by green day, chords and lyrics

*The fingering of the B4 in the background of the 1st verse is different than the Bsus4 in the intro. For the straight up B4, barring your first finger across the 2nd fret of the 4th and 5th strings should do the job.