Power Ranking Each NHL Team's Goal-Scoring Music
There is no greater moment for an NHL fan watching the action at home, or being at the arena than when their team scores a huge goal and they hear the goal horn and song that follows after it.
The 2009-10 playoffs got Chelsea Dagger stuck in everyone's head, especially when Chicago played Vancouver, but what team has the best goal scoring music? Everyone is partial to their own form of music, and while some teams have solid goal horns they have generic goal songs.
This is a power ranking of each team's NHL goal scoring music, so don't take this opinion too personally if your team's song is ranked unfavorably.
No. 30: Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche have a very generic horn, and a very generic goal song. Many teams use Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Part 2 as part of their goal song, but some teams actually incorporate some remixing and originality into the beat.
The Avs should change things up so their celebratory tune can stand out.
No. 29: Minnesota Wild
The Minnesota Wild use Joe Satriani's Crowd Chant as the backing track for their goal horn, and although it is a very generic hockey tune, it works well with the team's goal horn.
Nonetheless, it is a very generic combination that lacks creativity.
No. 28: Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators play to their audience by using a country themed tune, but given the ferocity of their team name, it would be cool if they could incorporate a growl or fierceness like the Florida Panthers have.
No. 27: Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes have a very generic goal horn, but they make up for it with the goal song that is played behind it.
The Coyotes play off their name by using The Black Keys' Howlin for You as a backing track.
The only thing that could make this better would be a great coyote howl throughout the goal.
No. 26: Carolina Hurricanes
While the Carolina Hurricanes use a ton of sound bites with their goal horn, they don't really have a goal song.
While it is always cool to use the Nature Boy Ric Flair, the Hurricanes could at least use a slamming layer track underneath these soundbites.
No. 25: Edmonton Oilers
I like the Edmonton Oilers' goal horn, but I am not a fan of the backing track they have chosen. It is a melodic and repeating tune that may appeal to the young roster of players, but it isn't particularly my cup of brandy.
No. 24: New York Islanders
The New York Islanders have another generic backing track for their goal scoring music, but their unique and iconic horn puts them closer to the top than the bottom.
With the Islanders slated to move to Brooklyn in a few seasons, there is a good chance they will get a musical update to reflect the acoustics of the Barclays Center.
No. 23: Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators are another team that has an amazing goal horn, but they could choose a better backing track. I don't understand why so many teams pick tracks that feature an easy melodic track instead of something that can pump the fans up.
No. 22: Winnipeg Jets
The Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres use the same goal song after their horns, but the Sabres' have the better of the two horns. If the Winnipeg Jets had a less generic horn, they would have much more favorable ranking.
No. 21: Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres have another common goal song that is also used by the Winnipeg Jets, but their blaring goal horn is one of the best in hockey.
Buffalo's Thomas Vanek has had a great year to date, and he has allowed the fans to cheer multiple times while listening to this tune.
No. 20: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins' goal horn redeems them from using the ever popular Blur 2 backing track, but for a team that lights the lamp so often, you would think they would have a killer song that could crush their opponents will.
A hard-rock tune would go great with the Pens' horn, so hopefully they consider a change after the season.
No. 19: Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers are a perfect example of how you can have amazing goal celebration music even when you use a very generic and common song.
The Panthers incorporate their song almost in sync with their horn, they features soundbites like a panther's growl and the result is a pretty solid tune.
No. 18: Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks have a very distinct goal horn that is either great or horrendous depending on who you talk to, but their goal scoring tune really fits the vibe of their team.
The Ducks have been a high octane scoring team in 2013, and this is a high octane tune that is pretty awesome.
No. 17: Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are another team with one of the league's most generic horns, but they do make up for it with their song choice.
The use of The Whip as a backing track is something that fans like to celebrate to, and given the team's play thus far, they are celebrating loud, proud and often.
No. 16: Los Angeles Kings:
The Los Angeles Kings' train whistle themed goal horn is one of the best in the NHL, and it is a high-pitched anthem that can get stuck in your head.
Their goal song, however, is good for the team, but is middle of the pack when compared to the other teams in the league. While I Love L.A. is a solid choice, the Kings should use a more pumping song to go with the crowd.
No. 15: New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils moved into the Prudential Center in 2007, and the building has an awesome stereo sound system.
During the Eastern Conference Final the building was rocking, and their horn was very intense.
When you add in a remixed Rock and Roll Part 2 that features "hey you suck" as a refrain, it is a solid way to celebrate a goal and demoralize an opponent.
No. 14: Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens have an iconic goal horn that is one of the most distinguishable in the NHL, but their new goal song is average.
Personally I liked how they used U2's Vertigo in conjunction with their horn, but their current anthem isn't too bad.
No. 13: Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars are a team that has always been known for their amazing goal horn, and they have had some solid snipers light the lamp for them in the past.
The accompanying tune of Rock and Roll Part 2 is altered with some sound effects to match the pace of the horn, and it really is one of the better horns in the NHL today.
No. 12: Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks have always had a great goal horn and some memorable tunes behind it, but their current version features a track by the name of Electric Worry.
It is an upbeat tune that really can get the fans pumped up when the Canucks hit the back of the net.
No. 11: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning added tesla coils to their arena that shoot lightning bolts whenever the team scores, and when you add that with their horn and goal song, the St.Pete Times Forum is very "electric" when the team scores.
No. 10 Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames' goal song could rival the Chicago Blackhawks in a few years if the team can gain some momentum and start playing good hockey.
The combination of the goal horn with Duck Sauce's Barbara Streisand is an amazing duo, but with the team's poor play thus far, not many fans outside the local area are able to appreciate it.
No. 9: New York Rangers
The New York Rangers have one of the league's most iconic goal celebrations throughout the league, and it really gets the fans at Madison Square Garden pumped whenever the team lights the lamp.
The combination of a thumping beat and a melodic chorus makes this a solid tune.
No. 8: Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals have a very thumping goal horn and song, but unfortunately they haven't been able to use it a lot this season.
The Capitals' goal siren have become a staple of the Verizon Center, and when you add it to an already pumped up arena during the playoffs, the atmosphere becomes very intense.
No. 7: St. Louis Blues
I appreciate how the St. Louis Blues compliment their history by using a classic tune mixed in with a "Let's go Blues" chant. It is a traditional song, and it is one of the more crisp celebration tracks in the NHL.
No. 6: San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks use the very popular Rock and Roll Part 2 jam by Gary Glitter in addition to their very popular horn, but the way the team synthesized the song makes it very catchy.
It is another great example how with a little editing a generic song can be used for an amazing goal celebration.
No. 5 Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins' goal horn is one that is very pronounced and one of the best in hockey today. The team's use of Kerncraft 400 is great because it really gets the crowd into the action as they chant the refrain.
Whenever the Bruins score this tune gives them momentum, just look at their three-goal comeback against the New York Rangers from earlier this season.
No. 4: Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers have a nice combination of an electric goal horn and a pumping beat to celebrate when the home team scores.
The melodic and thumping beat that echoes in the Wells Fargo Center makes sense, and it was a popular tune throughout the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
No. 3: Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings have a very original goal song that follows their already legendary goal horn.
The creativity, the instrumentation and chants in this goal song make it one of the best in the league by a considerable margin.
No. 2: Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets may not have a talented roster, but they have one of the best goal horn and song combos in the league.
When you take the combination of a booming battle cannon, and an AC/DC tune, you get an epic win.
No.1: Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks undoubtedly have the best goal music and horn in the league. The Hawks have had an amazing season to date, and their goal music has been blaring almost non-stop.
Chelsea Dagger is a pretty catchy tune, and it is something that drove Roberto Luongo crazy during the playoffs a few years ago.