Ramones were often called “Da Brudders”, but while they all adopted the same surname, they weren’t actually related, and they frequently disliked each other. However, vocalist Joey, guitarist Johnny, bassist Dee Dee (latterly replaced by CJ) and drummers Tommy, Marky and Ritchie collectively realised the sum was always greater than the parts when it came to their art. Their self-titled debut album is often earmarked as the template for punk rock, and it kickstarted a 20-year recording career during which these hard-boiled New Yorkers assembled a truly seismic catalogue. But enough with the backstory already. Hey ho! Let’s go and listen to the 20 best Ramones songs…
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20: Pet Sematary (from ‘Brain Drain’, 1989)
Though generally regarded as one of Ramones’ lesser achievements, 1989’s Brain Drain did include Pet Sematary: a high-profile collaboration with legendary horror author Stephen King. A long-term Ramones fan, King gave bassist Dee Dee Ramone a copy of his novel of the same name when he invited the band for dinner at his New England home. Just hours later, Dee Dee completed the lyrics for the song which would accompany the film adaptation of King’s book. Though slower and notably world-wearier than many of the best Ramones songs, the compelling Pet Sematary nonetheless became a huge radio hit, and it remained a staple of the band’s latter-day setlist.