The Offspring's "Americana" turns 20 years old

Americana is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band the The Offspring, released on November 17, 1998, so today turns 19 years old. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, "Ixnay on the Hombre" (1997), the Offspring commenced work on a new album.

"Americana" was a major success, debuting at number six on the Billboard 200 with around 175,000 copies sold in its first week and peaking at number two for two nonconsecutive weeks, spending 22 nonconsecutive weeks in the top 10, becoming the Offspring's highest ever chart position. It is the band's second best selling album to their 1994 breakout Smash. Americana has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, with over 9 million copies certified, while achieving 5x platinum status alone in the United States for 5 million copies shipped.