Top 10 Hockey Songs
As a life long hockey fan there are many songs that fit that bill for me. Of course, there is Stompin’ Tom Connors’ Hockey Song, but it isn’t the songs about the game that are the most powerful me. There are scores of songs where the word hockey is not contained in the lyrics, yet they have become ingrained in the hockey culture.
The Branding Power of Song
Any Canadian, hockey fan or not, will recognize what has become known as the Country’s second national anthem – CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada original theme song. Although CBC relinquished the rights to the song in 2008, it will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of hockey fans across the country.
Although the song has no lyrics, hockey fans from eight to eighty could be heard each Saturday night since 1968 chanting along with the musical scores as the program got underway. Though few songs have the power to unify a country and cement a brand, the original Hockey Night In Canada theme did just that.
Other than the two above mentions “hockey super-songs”, fans often reference songs that bring back memories of games attended at the local rink or even their favorite NHL arena. These are the proverbial sports anthems that, when played loudly in the arena, make fans rise to their feet and sing along, bob their heads, or clap their hands.
When asked to name the best hockey songs of all time, NHL Digest readers responded with the following 10 songs:
1.) We Will Rock You – Queen
2.) Crazy train – Ozzy Osbourne
3.) Raise A Little Hell – Trooper
4.) Kernkraft 400 – Zombie Nation
5.) Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited
6.) Welcome To The Jungle – Guns ‘N Roses
7.) Enter Sandman – Metallica
8.) Fifty Mission Cap – The Tragically Hip
9.) I want to Drive The Zamboni – The Zambonis
10.) For The Love of The Game – Pillar
You can preview and download any of the above hockey songs from Amazon.com using the playlist provided here:
Why Hockey Songs Are Important
Of course everyone has their favorite hockey song, maybe one that is associated with the favorite team, player or hockey memory. Some songs like “Celebration” are played when your home team scores a goal, which is why John Bernier referenced it as one of his favorite hockey songs.
Other songs, like EMF’s “Unbelievable”, are memorable to fans who hear it played after a goaltender makes a miraculous save. As you can see there are many reasons why a fan might be partial to a particular song as being their favorite “hockey song”.
If your favorite hockey song isn’t named here, please add it in the comments and let us know why it is your favorite!