The 1976 501 jeans found itself at the centre of many transformative events. It was the year punk broke out, with the release of the debut album by the Ramones and the first single by Sex Pistols, " Anarchy in the UK" - a song title that suggested revolution was in the air. It also marked the U.S bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Patriotic celebrations took place across the country, providing respite from the bleak Vietnam War years that had recently ended. As the ultimate icon America garment, the 501 jeans fit in perfectly
A Pair of 501 jeans 1976 had a slightly slimmer leg and lower rise than their earlier counterparts. Like 501 jeans from years before, they still had a signature button fly and orange contrast stitching.