How did punk rock become such a well known musical phenomenon? To answer that question, you have to understand the fact that some elements of the "punk" musical style were around in a certain degree long before the genre itself existed. This is a list of songs that spawned the art of anarchy.
1. The Kingsmen - "Louie Louie"
Okay, at first glance, this song may not seem like it has anything to do with punk rock, but it's the earliest famous example of a three-chord rock song.
2. The Kinks - "All Day and All of the Night"
Honestly, I thought this was a Clash song and then I looked it up and found out that it was from 1964. Which blew my mind.
3. The Beatles - "Helter Skelter"
The Fab Four intended one thing when they recorded this track: as much noise as possible. The result is something that sounds quite like a punk rock song.
4. New York Dolls - "Personality Crisis"
This band only had one big hit and it may just be the oldest actual punk rock song, despite the fact that the Dolls are usually classified as glam rock.
5. Ramones - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
The Ramones predated the Sex Pistols by about a year and their debut album is the first thing accepted as "punk rock" by the mainstream.
I hope everybody enjoyed this odd history lesson. See you all at CBGB's!