green day was just popular, but everybody wanted to be like blink, thousands of ppl started a band cause of blink. everyone wanted a strat or play like travis or make a sweet and easy bass lines like mark does and just have a great time. besides, mark, tom and travis were and still are a hugely likeable persons with strong charisma, they are absolutely were like a pop punk heros to everyone. nobody says "i wanna be cool just like tre or mike". ppl were more close to blink cause it's always felt like they are your bestfriends. green day became a stale boring piece of crap, sometimes with great songs, but most of them doesn't hit like blink always did with melodies, riffs, hooks everytime. billie joe can shred however he wants and play all these notes and be better skilled guitarist but tom delonge will outdo him with a simple 3 note progression so you forget about green day exists. green day always felt like a one man band. while blink were entertaining af even with a non talking travis. green day felt nothing more like just a good band, blink felt like it's our family.