Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop

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381 – The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop (1976)
Written by Tommy Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone
Produced by Craig Leon
Label – Sire/ABC

Few debut singles catch the raw spirit of a band in a 2+ minute snapshot like “Blitzkrieg Bop”. 3 simple chords, basic production and a standard 4/4 rhythm have never sounded so energised, so thrilling. The primal “Hey, ho, let’s go” chant stirs every American ball park spectator almost 40 years later, and that’s why we can never devalue the power of a great rock song. In the World Series of songs, this one is a walk off, out of the park winner.

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