Take a look at the below list of Ramones Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. In the American Punk Rock world, the Ramones were the most influential and enduring band that ever existed. Despite ‘The Sex Pistols’ from England writing a book on ‘Snarling rage punk,’ the Ramones were playful, inculcating a lot of playfulness and humor into their driving guitar blasts. Their dynamic stage shows act as a benchmark to measure almost all punk acts. Unfortunately, all the four founding members of the band have passed away, but their legacy will live forever on the incredible tracks they left for the fans. Below are ten of the band’s finest tracks, in memory and tribute to the Ramones.
List of Top 10 songs by Ramones of all time
10. ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg.’
The Ramones is a band that was well known for being fun loving, and their attack on Ronald Regan in 1985 through the track ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg’ is a significant departure for the band. The song’s title is inspired by ‘Bedtime for Bonzo,’ one of Regan’s most popular movies. The track turns out to be a major success for the Ramones, eventually transforming into a typical college radio track. However, the song’s original version was never released as a single in the United States of America.
9. ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment.’
The Ramones write a long minute ode towards mental illness, and it turns out to be one of their most impressive tracks. ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment’ is a reference to the extreme and controversial activity of electroconvulsive therapy. However, the band does the same in an up-tempo and positive way that it gets funny. Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone are the writers of the track which is now a fan favorite and a sweet lovely art.
8. ‘We’re a Happy Family.’
‘We’re a Happy Family’ is a track from the ‘Rocket to Russia’ album. The song is about a top Ramones caricature composed of a middle-class family in the 50s, living in a suburban neighborhood. The family has close ties with both the pope and the president, but as ironical as it may sound, the family has lots of dysfunctions. The father is a marijuana trader and a homosexual, while the mom is a drug addict, as the entire family set up degenerates into a yelling match. The track is used as a title of tribute albums.
7. ‘I Don’t Want to Grow Up.’
The Ramones did not record various cover tracks in their career. However, one track turns out to be a signature track, and it is none other than ‘I Don’t Want to Grow Up.’ The record is contained in the band’s last studio album named ‘Adios Amigos,’ recorded in 1995. The record is a rare radio hit for the Ramones, and it peaked at position 30 on the ‘Billboard Modern Rock Chart.’
6. ‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker.’
‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker’ is the most significant track in the entire catalog of the Ramones. The uniqueness of the track is brought by the fact that it is the first song by an artist to reference the word ‘punk rock’ explicitly, which gives an official name to both the subculture and the genre. The song is one of the most relaxing tracks ever that you can always listen to, again and again. All of us agree that ‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker.’
The two hallmarks of punk rock are feeling as if someone is an outsider and alienation. The Ramones feel connected to Tod Browning’s ‘Freeks,’ a horror cult classic featuring circus sideshow performers. As it is a habit with a majority of songs with Ramones, the entire story is vague by intention. The track concerns an idiot who loves a nurse and describes his status as ‘pinhead.’ The track turns out to be a rallying cry for the fans of Ramones.
4. ‘Psycho Therapy.’
The ‘Subterranean Jungle’ is a turn towards some hard rock for the Ramones, released in 1983.Many nods were already gone to bubblegum and surf, and their place taken by Ramone Johnny’s turn towards aggressive and faster guitar rockers. ‘Psycho Therapy’ is the most famous track on the entire album that goes for two minutes and is an edger acknowledgment to ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment.’ This is one of the Ramones Top 10 Songs of All Time.
3. ‘Rock N Roll High School.’
‘Rock N Roll High School’ is the title song for a soundtrack of Roger Corman’s musical comedy that shows how much the rock surfs of the 60s had an influence on the Ramones. The attractive ‘fun rock and roll high school’ is recordable by the Beach Boys with only minimal editing. The band maintains its irreverent style, with the music video featuring Marky Ramone, the drummer as a classroom teacher.
2. ‘Blitzkrieg Bop.’
‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ is one of the most recognized tracks by the Ramones, and it also doubles up as a signature track that marks Ramone’s fans. ‘Hey, ho, let’s go’ is the band’s chant that remains international to date, because the group wanted a personal chant, just like the ‘Bad City Rollers.’ The song makes fans lose their minds during concerts. The record was originally a non-commercial hit, although it now stands as an important track in the entire punk rock history.
1. ‘I Wanna Be Sedated.’
‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ is the most loved and recognized track of all time by Ramones. The track is enjoyed by even those who are not fans of the band, thanks to the track’s unique nature. The track is used in television shows and movies including ‘Detroit Rock City,’ Gilmore Girls and ‘South Park.’ The song is inspired by a Christmas tour in England. The track is a global anthem sung by people who love the band all over the world.
The Ramones will live to be the best band that punk rock will ever have. The band thrilled people across the whole world regardless of race, color or ethnicity. Their well composed and enjoyable songs continue to entertain a majority of the fans. May God rest their souls in eternal peace, we will always love the Ramones.