NHL: One Song Each Team Should Use for Its Goal Celebration Music
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Every NHL team needs a song after a big goal to get the crowd pumped up and ready for more.
Everyone's heard "Song 2" by Blur or Zombie Nation and "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation (Woah oh oh oh oh!).
I for one, hope dubstep doesn't find its way into NHL arenas after every Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin or Claude Giroux goal, so I took a little local flare, maybe a play on words or another song that just seemed to fit for every NHL team's goal song.
Anaheim Ducks: "Fly Away" (Lenny Kravitz)
What do Ducks do? They fly. They fly together. Ducks fly together. I'm sure some of the Anaheim Ducks felt like flying away at times last season. *CoughCamFowlerCoughCough.*
A catchy riff from Lenny powers this potential goal song for the team formerly known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Am I the only one who misses those purple, teal and silver jerseys?
Boston Bruins: "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (Dropkick Murphys)
Very creative, I know.
"I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys includes a heavy riff, a little Celtic flare and homage to Beantown. I'm 98 percent sure this is already Boston's goal song. In which case, if it ain't broke, why fix it?
Buffalo Sabres: "There's a Class for This" (Cute Is What We Aim For)
Now, I know what you're thinking. Who in the hell in is Cute Is What We Aim For?
Think back my friends. Back before the Washington Capitals switched to red, white and blue unis. Think back to 2007.
Still not ringing any bells? This song was featured on EA Sports' NHL '07 with 2006 Calder Memorial Trophy winner and Russian phenom Alexander Ovechkin on the cover!
Still not remembering? I guess your therapy is working.
Anyway, Cute Is What We Aim For formed in Buffalo and promptly got out, becoming famous with hundreds of brace-faced teenage girls for about a week-and-a-half with this "hit."
Thank you, Buffalo!
Calgary Flames: "Fire" (Scooter)
What says "Calgary" better than German hardcore techno music?
Can you imagine the thundering "FIIIIIRE!" booming through the Saddledome after every Flames goal? It's a match made in heaven. Burt and Ernie, Scooby and Shaggy, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humph...
Birdman and Lil' Wayne's "Fire Flame (Remix)" finished as a close second, but fell short for being a tad too racy. Even for Albertan standards.
Carolina Hurricanes: "Rock You Like a Hurricane" (The Scorpions)
Another completely obvious one here. Carolina's going classic rock.
What song better fits a team's nickname than the Scorpions' "Rock You Like A Hurricane" and the Carolina Hurricanes? I defy you to find one.
Anyway, yeah. Not much else to say here, I mean, every time Carolina scores it's like they're rocking the arena...like a hurricane. Which, is their mascot. It's a real feng shui thing.
Chicago Blackhawks: "Chelsea Dagger" (The Fratellis)
The only acceptable goal song in Chicago, at least for the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era has to be "Chelsea Dagger" by the Fratellis.
The song became synonymous with the Blackhawks during the team's 2010 Stanley Cup run and shall remain the B-Hawks' goal celebration song for all eternity. Or until the Mayan calendar runs out. Whatever comes first.
Colorado Avalanche: "Kids" (MGMT)
Without a doubt, the top goal song choice for the Colorado Avalanche was "Avalanche" by the Butthole Surfers. However, survey says Avalanche management probably wouldn't be too keen on promoting a band called the "Butthole Surfers."
So, MGMT's "Kids" gets the nod because of the youth taking over in Colorado. With young guns like Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog up front, Erik Johnson and Matt Hunwick on defense and Semyon Varlamov in net, things look good in the Mile High city for the next few seasons.
Close behind, Mac Miller's "K.I.D.S." However, management may not like "We just some motherf*ckin' kids" blaring through the Pepsi Center's PA system.
Columbus Blue Jackets: "For Those About to Rock" (AC/DC)
I originally thought "Jitterbug." A blue jacket is a kind of bug I think. It's not like it would play that often in Columbus.
However, the Blue J's fire a cannon after every home goal. What better song to go with a cannon shot than a song with an actual cannon shot?
AC/DC's "For Those About to Rock" features a few cannon shots, offering a salutation to those about to rock.
Dallas Stars: "Cowboys from Hell" (Pantera)
Dallas loves their Cowboys. Pantera formed in Dallas. Therefore, the heavy-hitting "Cowboys from Hell" by Pantera should be the Stars' goal song.
Plus, the song title features the city's beloved football team's mascot. Can you say win-win?
Detroit Red Wings: "Detroit Rock City" (KISS)
Detroit rocks, and so does KISS.
Coming close is practically any song by Kid Rock. Ever.
Edmonton Oilers: "Figured You Out" (Nickelback)
The province that gave the world Nickelback probably deserves to live with that for at least a few decades.
Nickelback gets a pretty bad rep from the media, but they still manage to sell tickets and music. "Figured You Out" is a pretty heavy song with dirty, sex-laden lyrics. Perfect for hockey.
And it kind of pokes fun at the opposing goalie because the team figured him out. Like literally.
But they would probably prefer his pants not be around his knees.
Florida Panthers: "Warriors of Time" (Black Tide)
Who likes to party? Miami likes to party. Miami likes to live la vida loca, which loosely translates to the life of crazy.
Just kidding, it's not Ricky Martin's "La Vida Loca." But it should be.
You may (or may not) remember Miami's own Black Tide and their song "Warriors of Time" from NHL 09. Good enough for EA Sports, good enough for me.
Los Angeles Kings: "California Love" (Tupac)
Believe it or not, it was really tough to find a song written about Los Angeles.
How about Tupac's "California Love?"
Nothing like a little early early 90s hip hop to get the blood flowing. With hardcore lines inspired by violence and gang life, Pac manages to keep it cool over a catchy beat, much like how the Kings were able to keep it cool in the playoffs last season.
Minnesota Wild: "Backwoods" (Justin Moore)
I don't know a lot about Minnesota, but if there's a decent amount of country music fans, Justin Moore's "Backwoods" may work for the Wild.
What's in the backwoods? Wild.
Or a crazy old man with a shotgun. Also sort of wild. Yeehaw!
Montréal Canadiens: "The Waiting" (Tom Petty)
Let's face it. It's going to be a few seasons before the Canadiens regroup. At least until Scottie Gomez's contract runs out.
Sorry Montreal fans, but as Tom Petty says, "the waiting is the hardest part."
But number 25 is gonna be worth the wait.
Nashville Predators: "Crazy Town" (Jason Aldean)
Nashville is known as the "Music City." Countless tunes have been written about the Tennessee town, but few songs pay homage to the city like Jason Aldean's "Crazy Town."
The song has a good "post-goal" tempo and just enough twang to satisfy the appetites of the honky tonkers in Nashville.
New Jersey Devils: "Highway to Hell" (AC/DC)
What song fits better for a franchise?
Who lives in Hell? The devil. Prudential Center is home to the Devils. Therefore, the Prudential Center is Hell? Logic.
So when Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils go on a scoring tear, it's like the other team is on a highway to Hell. Boom.
New York Islanders: "Mama Said Knock You Out" (LL Cool J)
Growing up only about 20 miles away from Nassau Coliseum, LL Cool J probably attended as many Islanders games as a hockey fan from the lost city of Atlantis.
Regardless, his song "Mama Said Knock You Out" fits perfectly for hockey games. Maybe not necessarily the Islanders, but hockey. Yay hockey!
New York Rangers: "Empire State of Mind" (Jay-Z)
So, Jay-Z might try to buy the Islanders and move them to Brooklyn, immediately making him whatever the opposite of a fan is of the Rangers.
But for now, Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" gives an upgrade to my first choice "New York, New York" by Frankie Sinatra. Start spreading the news.
Ottawa Senators: "We're Not Gonna Take It" (Twisted Sister)
The reformed Ottawa Senators have won as many Stanley Cups as Huckleberry Finn.
The Senators simply aren't gonna take it anymore, and they're proving it with their new goal song from Twisted Sister.
Philadelphia Flyers: "Eye of the Tiger" (Survivor)
"Adrian!" Survivor wrote this little ditty for Philadelphia's most famous fictional character in Rocky Balboa.
Perfect for every Flyers goal.
Phoenix Coyotes: "Sweetness" (Jimmy Eat World)
Jimmy Eat World formed in or around Phoenix and contributed this track to NHL 2003.
I defy you to find a a hockey fan who doesn't remember the tune from the game.
Goals are sweet, so Phoenix should use "Sweetness" after scoring some of their own.
Pittsburgh Penguins: "Knock Knock" (Mac Miller)
To add some more tension to the interstate rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, I think the Pens should make hometown rapper Mac Miller's "Knock Knock" their goal song.
The Flyers played the song after victories on last season's HBO's 24/7 Rangers/Flyers: The Road to the Winter Classic, but Mac is a Pittsburgh boy. Stand up for your city, Pens.
San José: "Theme from 'Jaws'" (John Williams)
I mean, it fits right? Jaws was a shark. And the infamous theme from the movie still strikes fear into most people planning on taking a swim in the ocean.
Bum bum. Bum bum. Bum bum bum BUHHH!
St. Louis: "Hot in Herre" (Nelly)
Think about it. Every Blues goal. The crowd rises...bum BUM, bum BUM. Hot in. So hot in hur!
Nelly calls St. Louis home and wears a Blues jersey in one of his videos, I think (maybe it was Chingy).
Break it down, St. Louis!
Tampa Bay Lightning: "Yeah!" (Usher)
The Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004 when one song reigned supreme over all the others. Usher's "Yeah!" flew up the charts and pulsed through dance clubs across the world.
Hopefully a little blast from the past can catapult the Lightning to another Stanley Cup victory.
Toronto Maple Leafs: "One Week" (Barenaked Ladies)
This song came out when I was in like second grade, and the name "Barenaked Ladies" made me giggle like no other.
Anyway, the band formed in Toronto, and the catchy song could be a decent goal song for the Leafs.
Maybe they could even change up the lyrics a bit..."It's been one week since we won a game. No Cup since '67, it's a real shame."
Vancouver Canucks: "Deny" (Default)
Okay, you didn't remember Cute Is What We Aim For from NHL 2007, and probably not Black Tide's "Warriors of Time" from NHL 2009, but you have to remember Default's "Deny" from NHL 2003.
Default formed in Vancouver after the grunge movement in nearby Seattle, Washington, and charted two songs, and that's about it.
This dark song is heavy enough to electrify a crowd after a big goal in the 'Couv.
Washington Capitals: "Ambition" (Wale)
A pretty good song by a pretty good up-and-coming rapper from D.C., the Caps have an "Ambition" to finally win it all.
Play this with some goal horns and maybe some sirens in the background, and I think we've got a winner. I think.
Winnipeg Jets: "Get What You Need" (JET)
This would be so much easier if the Jets acquired Jamie Benn, and he managed to score every single goal at home for Winnipeg. Bennie and the Jets?
Anyway, this band is named Jet and had this song featured in NHL 2004, the same year the game featured an Atlanta Thrasher (Dany Heatley) on the cover before the team relocated to Winnipeg to become the Jets.
Too many coincidences to count. You're gonna get what you need.