"Hitchin' A Ride" was the lead single from Green Day's fifth album, Nimrod
. Their third album, Dookie
, was released in 1994 and exceeded all expectations, selling over 10 million copies. The touring and promotional obligations wore out the band, whose batteries were running low when they issued Insomniac
in 1995. With Nimrod
, they had more time to craft the songs and got better results.
The band didn't make singles available for sale in America, but promoted them to radio stations and MTV. "Hitchin' A Ride" was big in October 1997 as the band was starting their tour. The next single, "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
," was an uncharacteristically reflective song that earned them many new fans. It garnered most of its airplay in February 1998.