The 20 Best Ramones Songs Of The 1970s
By Sarah Norman | September 4, 2023
Hey! Ho! Let's Go!
"1,2,3,4!" With that quick, often off time count, the Ramones began one of their hundreds of two minute long blasts of pop punk bliss. Ramones fans are like no other audience in the world. They're freaks, geeks, nerds, and teenage lobotomies, each of them with their favorite song by the greatest band that ever blessed the airwaves. We've put together a short and sweet list of the best Ramones songs of the 1970s (and 1980, there's no way we could leave "Danny Says" behind), but if your favorite song didn't make the cut feel free to put it on and dance around your bedroom like its 1am in CBGB's.
Hey! Ho! Let's go! The battle cry of the Ramones is no longer just a part of a punk rock anthem that shook CBGB's in the late '70s. It's a part of American culture that everybody knows whether they're aware that they're shouting along to one of the first punk rock hits or not.
Released in 1976, "Blitzkrieg Bop" is two minutes of blissful chaos that dares you not to sing along. According to Tommy Ramone, the song was modeled after the least punk rock band of the '70s:
There was a big hit by the Bay City Rollers at the time called Saturday Night, which was a chant-type song. So I thought it would be fun to do for the Ramones too. And somehow I came up with ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s go!’ I just liked the term because it made fun of Mick Jagger singing the Stones’ version of Walking The Dog, where he goes ‘High low, tippy toe’. We all used to goof on that and sing ‘hey ho!’ instead.
Listen: Blitzkrieg Bop