Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Ramones SongsPicks include 'Beat on the Brat,' 'Rockaway Beach' and 'I Wanna Be Sedated'
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9. 'Pet Sematary'
Things got rough for the Ramones in the Eighties. The decade began with the commercially disappointing Phil Spector-produced End of the Century and ended with Dee Dee Ramone leaving the band. Shortly before he left, longtime Ramones fans Stephen King asked if they'd write a new song for the film adaptation of his bestselling horror novel Pet Sematary. It's poppier and less abrasive than many of their songs, and the hook is very strong. It rose high on the Modern Rock chart, but failed to cross over to pop radio and didn't crack the Hot 100. Still, it was their most successful single in years.