After the Who, John Lennon and the Stooges came close, this LP officially started punk music. That was basically the last widespread cultural revolution pop music had. It became a trend, killing off the popularity of more pretentious, longwinded genres like prog rock and blues rock, establishing those bands as irrelevant, and beginning a new back-to-basics ideology. Of course, it was also brilliantly simple, with a sound that was so primal and fresh, it qualified as art. Somehow, these four guys from Queens made a new direction for rock music that was sophisticated, yet grounded and brutal. Not bad for barely thirty minutes of songs. Gabba gabba hey!
Key track: “Blitzkrieg Bop”
See also: Leave Home – Ramones (1976), Road To Ruin – Ramones (1978)