Blitzkrieg Bop

Composed by Ramones

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As the first song on their self-titled 1976 debut, "Blitzkrieg Bop" introduced the Ramones to the record-buying public at large, and quickly became a punk rock anthem; around 15 years later, it had also became a sports-arena anthem thanks to its "hey, ho, let's go" chant. The title "Blitzkrieg Bop" was actually a nice encapsulation of the group's aesthetic: simple, bouncy, pre-British Invasion rock & roll played at top volume and twice the speed. Blaring the same three chords for most of its duration, the song was rock at its most basic, and most rock artists who choose to keep their music this basic do so in order to invest it with tremendous energy. That's exactly what happens here, and the updated '50s-dance-party lyrics are even about that youthful rock & roll energy -- "the kids are losing their minds" over it, "all revved up and ready to go." "Blitzkrieg Bop" is undeniably silly, and even more undeniably exciting. Of course, it's intentionally silly -- not in an ironic or satirical way, but more like smart people honestly enjoying mindless fun. That's the essence of the Ramones' appeal, and "Blitzkrieg Bop" is its statement of purpose.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Ramones 1976 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:14
No Image 1976
Leave Home 1977 Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. 2:13
It's Alive 1979 European Import
No Image 1979 Dragonfly Records
No Image 1981
Ramones Mania 1988 Warner Bros. 2:11
All the Stuff (And More), Vol. 1 1990 Sire 2:12
Loco Live 1991 ATG / Atlantic 1:45
D.I.Y.: Blank Generation: The New York Scene (1975-78) 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:14
Sounds of the Seventies: Punk and New Wave 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:14
Jock Rock, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:10
No Image 1995 Sound Velocity
Greatest Hits Live 1996 Radioactive Records / Barclay / Radioactive 1:37
We're Outta Here! 1997 Music Club International Records
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Chicago Bulls Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 [Atlantic] 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:10
New York Rangers Greatest Hits 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 2:09
No Image 1998 Rhino
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology 1999 Rhino 2:14
Utah Jazz: Feed the Fever 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:10
You Don't Come Close 2001 Get Back Records
Best of the Chrysalis Years 2002 EMI Music Distribution 1:37
The  Chrysalis Years 2002 EMI Music Distribution
Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits 2002 WEA 2:11
ESPN Presents Stadium Anthems: Music for the Fans 2003
Various Artists
Hollywood 2:16
NYC 1978 2003 King Biscuit Entertainment 2:05
Guitar Rock: Hard Rockin' 70s 2003
Various Artists
Flashback Records 2:12
No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:12
Classic Rock for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 2:11
Blitzkrieg Bop/Sheena is a Punk Rocker 2004 Rhino
Live January 7, 1978 at the Palladium, NYC 2004 Sanctuary
The Best of the Ramones [Disky] 2004 Disky 1:38
World Cup Of Hockey 2004 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 2:09
Gary Crowley's Punk Rock Juke Box 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:53
New York Rocks: Original Punk Classics of the 70's 2005
Various Artists
Koch 2:13
Weird Tales of the Ramones (1976-1996) 2005 Rhino 2:12
Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 2:13
All That Punk 2006
Various Artists
WEA International
Jumpers 4 Goalposts: World Cup Edition 2006 2006
Various Artists
WEA/Warner Special Marketing 2:06
No Image 2006
Various Artists
From the Velvets to the Voidoids 2007
Various Artists
WEA International 2:13
Spirit of 77: Spirit of Punk 2007
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV 1:39
My Dad Rocks!!! 2008
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Ramones/Rocket to Russia 2008 Warner Music
Guitar Monster 2009
Various Artists
Madacy 2:14
101 Punk & New Wave Anthems 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:14
Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Canada's Hockey Anthems 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:06
No Image 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 2:12
Gods of Guitar [Universal] 2011
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music Canada 2:14
Live In Europe: Head Bangers Bring Down the House 2012 Hudson Street
No Image 2012 Starbucks
The Sire Years 1976-1981 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:16
Driving Songs: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 2:13
WBUF FM Broadcast, Buffalo, NY, February 8, 1979 2014 Keyhole Records
Hey, Ho! Let's Go! Legendary Live Broadcast 2015 Blue Line Music / Blueline 1:35
Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? 2015 Roxvox 1:45
Live Montevideo November 1994 2016 Echoes 1:49
My Father's Place, NYC, July 20, 1982 2016 Roxvox 2:03
The Broadcast Archives 2017 Broadcast Archive
100 Hits: Football Anthems
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 2:13
Awesome Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:11
Back to School Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 2:05
Car-aoke: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:11
Eaten Alive Chrome Dreams / Smokin' 2:02
No Image
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 2:14
Live on German Television: The Musikladen Recordings 1978 Fuego 1:59
Punk N Rock N Roll Blueline / IMV / XXL Media
Punk Rock: Live in Concert, 1978 Laser Media
No Image Access All Areas
The  Program
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 2:14
The Cretin Hop Chrome Dreams / Smokin' 2:07
The Spirit of Sireena, Vol. 9
Various Artists
Sireena 2:00
Transmission Impossible Eat to the Beat
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