Ever since their first appearance, the Ramones have been called revolutionary, wild and an authentic sui generis band. Many of the new kids on the scene strive to these qualities, but the Ramones have somehow managed to stay one of a kind and remain a hot topic for over a decade after they disbanded.

The title of being the first punk rock band definitely belongs to the Ramones. Although bands like the Stooges and the New York Dolls came before them and introduced the new punk aesthetic and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, unveiled the latent violence of the music and made it more explicit, contribution of the Ramones was somewhat different. They managed to crystallize the musical ideals of the genre by dissolving rock & roll down to its bare essentials - four chords, catchy melody endorsed by seductively fatuous lyrics. While relying on the sound rooted deeply in the early 60s that belonged to pre-Beatles mixture of rock & roll and pop, the Ramones considerably speeded up the tempo and thus created a revolutionary sound.