By the time this came out on Dookie
, Green Day had already released two albums on an independent label. They had a small but ardent following that led to a bidding war for the band, which was won by Reprise Records. "Basket Case" was the third single from the album, following "Longview
" and "Welcome To Paradise
," and it was their breakout hit, getting airplay on Rock, Top 40, and Alternative radio stations.
The singles from Dookie
were not available for sale (an effort to spur sales of the album), but were released to radio, making them ineligible for the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Basket Case" peaked at #26 on the Airplay chart of October 8, 1994, which was around the time of peak frenzy during Green Day concerts. The song also got a nice push from MTV, which put the Mark Kohr-directed video in hot rotation.