"Rockaway Beach" by The Ramones (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Rockaway Beach" by The Ramones, No. 20 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
20. The Ramones, "Rockaway Beach" (1977)
Penned by Dee Dee Ramone (reportedly the only beachgoing member of this pasty Queens punk band), "Rockaway Beach" not only celebrates the South Shore strand known as the "Irish Riviera," but makes the destination sound more appealing than it actually is. The highest-charting single of the Ramones' career, this bubblegum masterpiece peaked at No. 66 on Billboard's Hot 100. For locals during a hot summer, it's No. 1 with a bullet.