The Awesomeness and Infuriation of the Goal Song.
Anyone who’s played hockey before knows that scoring a goal is awesome. It’s a huge feeling of self-accomplishment, followed by an immediate and obligatory get together to thank
the guy(s) who set you up to score, then group hug everyone on the ice with you, and then skate-by high-fives for everyone on your team’s bench from everyone on the ice. As you can surely put together, putting that little black puck in the net brings a lot of satisfaction on a lot of different levels.
Besides your home crowd going bananas (assuming you scored while playing at home), the other add-on that can upgrade you and your team’s current state of awesomeness is having what’s known as a “goal-song”. Pretty self-explanatory; a goal song is the song that gets played EVERY SINGLE TIME after your team scores. A good goal-song gets your team right pumped up after scoring, and simultaneously drives the other team absolutely nuts and makes them want to destroy the arena’s audio system with their sticks because they’re so tired of hearing it.
I’d like to submit to you, my top 3 favourite goal songs; 2 of them currently being used by both the Blackhawks and Flyers.
The current reigning champion has to be the Chicago Blackhawks’ song; “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis. It makes the Madhouse on Madison go, well, mad. :
On the flipside, here’s how much Chicago’s mortal enemies, the Vancouver Canucks hate hearing the tune:
Makes home team happy, enrages the visiting team. Check and mate. Fratellis FTW.
Next is a song called “Bro Hymn Tribute” by Pennywise. I have some personal attachment to this song because when I played minor hockey with the Westside Grizzlies, the team from Merritt would always play it when they scored. When we beat them out for the league championship, we blasted it on our own stereo and piped it through the ventilation system so they could hear it from a few dressing rooms away. We stole it for our own, and then rode it out to the Provincial Championship we won right after. Currently, the Philadelphia Flyers are using it. Great tune.
Which one of the 2 do you think we’ll be hearing more of in game 6(/7) of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals??
Finally, Kernkraft 400 ‘s “Zombie Nation” may be the staple of all hockey goal songs, across all teams and leagues.
Honorable mention to U2’s “Vertigo” currently being used by the Montreal Canadiens, and The Vengaboys’ “We Like to Party” , which the NAIT Ooks used to play when they scored on us, and it used to drive us (and every other team) absolutely nuts, and Joe Satriani’s – “Crowd Chant”.
What did you think of my list? Agree? Disagree? Did I leave something out? How about some suggestions on good celebration songs from other sports?