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The Ramones – Their 100 Greatest Songs

100 Greatest hits in under two hours

100 Greatest hits in under two hours

If music fans wanted to discuss the greatest English rock bands, there would most likely be some consensus about who belongs in the conversation (Beatles, Stones, Who, Clash, Kinks, Sex Pistols, Led Zep, etc.). For American rock bands, it’s a much trickier subject.

Many top U.K. bands were part of two different waves – The British invasion of the ‘60s and punk rock scene of the 1970s. There has been no similar “movement” for American rock bands. Discussions of the best American bands might revolve around metal/hard rock (Metallica, Van Halen, Aerosmith), bands that started on the indie scene (R.E.M., the Replacements, Nirvana), or frontmen with talented backing units (Tom Petty/Heartbreakers or Bruce Springsteen/E. Street). Me, I have no idea who the best American band is. If CCR had a longer career, they might have had both the commercial impact and enough classic material to make a case. Devotees of the Beach Boys or the Byrds or the Allman Brothers could all make an argument. Or, you could select a band that never even had a Top 40 hit like the Velvet Underground or the Stooges or the “brothers” from Forest Hills known as the Ramones.

The Ramones boiled down everything they loved about rock ‘n’ roll to its essence – this is a band that had major fights about whether they could put a guitar solo on a song. The basic punk rock chord structures are now ubiquitous in modern rock, but when the first Ramones album came out, this was music that was deemed both offensive and dangerous. The Ramones knocked down the musical barriers; Billie Joe Armstrong shimmied through the openings to pick up the royalty checks.

So, hey ho, let’s go… gabba gabba …one, two, three, four…one hundred!

1. My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)

2. Blitzkrieg Bop

3. Rockaway Beach

4. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue

5. I Wanna Be Sedated

6. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

7. Teenage Lobotomy

8. I Just Want to Have Something to Do

9. Something to Believe In

10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

11. What a Wonderful World (Joey Ramone solo)

12. Ramona

13. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

14. Beat on the Brat

15. We Want the Airwaves

16. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

17. We’re a Happy Family

18. She’s the One

19. Gimmie Gimmie Shock Treatment

20. I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement

21. I Believe in Miracles

22. Chinese Rock

23. Cretin Hop

24. I’m Not Afraid of Life

25. 53rd and 3rd

26. Carbona Not Glue

27. California Sun

28. Judy is a Punk

29. It’s Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World)

30. Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

31. Howling at the Moon (Sha La La)

32. The KKK Took My Baby Away

33. Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?

34. My My Kind of Girl

35. Danny Says

36. I Remember You

37. I Don’t Want to Grow Up

38. Commando

39. Questioningly

40. Pinhead

41. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.

42. Havana Affair

43. Sheena is a Punk Rocker

44. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

45. Psycho Therapy

46. Mama’s Boy

47. Bad Brain

48. Glad to See You Go

49. Touring

50. Dangers of Love

51. It’s a Long Way Back

52. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl

53. 7-11

54. I’m Affected

55. I Wanted Everything

56. Durango 95

57. Suzy is a Headbanger

58. Surf City

59. Pet Sematary

60. The Crusher

61. The Job That Ate My Brain

62. Somebody Put Something in My Drink

63. Palisades Park

64. Chasing the Night

65. In the Park

66. Chain Saw

67. Time Has Come Today

68. Wart Hog

69. Too Tough to Die

70. Don’t Come Close

71. She’s a Sensation

72. Everytime I Eat Vegetables (It Makes Me Think of You)

73. Go Mental

74. The Return of Jackie and Judy

75. Animal Boy

76. Poison Heart

77. Danger Zone

78. Tomorrow She Goes Away

79. Outsider

80. Needles and Pins

81. Do You Wanna Dance

82. 7 and 7 Is

83. I Don’t Want to Live This Life (Anymore)

84. Spider-Man

85. I Wanna Live

86. Little Bit O’ Soul

87. Baby, I Love You

88. Time Bomb

89. Surfin’ Bird

90. Slug

91. Love Kills

92. You Should Never Have Opened That Door

93. Loudmouth

94. My Back Pages

95. Strength to Endure

96. Any Way You Want It

97. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You

98. I Won’t Let It Happen

99. Substitute

100. She Talks to Rainbows

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