Rocket to Russia is the third album by The Ramones. It was released in 1977 and was ranked at number 106 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums in 2012. The album was recorded during the summer of 1977, which is often referred to as the peak of punk rock. In addition, this was the last album that featured drummer Tommy Ramone, who departed from the band in 1978. Overall, the album was not commercially successful, but it was successful for critics, who considered it to be the band's best album. It is widely believed that the album was not as successful due to the newly released album by the punk group the Sex Pistols, who were turning people away from the genre.
The Ramones are a punk rock band who gained popularity throughout the 1970s. They are known as one of the first bands who truly defined the punk rock genre. Today they are considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.