Perhaps no band is as synonymous with the punk rock movement of the 1970s as the Ramones, but it wasn’t until years later that Joey and the gang began gaining true mainstream success. The closest that they ever came to a US number one was with Rockaway Beach, which only reached number 66 in the charts. Of course, considering they played the underground scene at clubs like CBGB they probably wore their lack of record sales as a badge of honor.

The band never received the massive commercial success they probably deserved, but as time goes on their contribution to punk and music in general has gained major recognition, as indicated by their Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. And that’s not even counting all of those teenagers walking around wearing Ramones t-shirts because they think it makes them look edgy, despite the fact they’ve probably never even listened to I Wanna Be Sedated.

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10 Legendary Artists That Never Had a Number One Hit
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