10 Songs to Soothe Your Hockey-Craving Soul
Ten Songs about Hockey
Do you wish there was a way to shut off all the drama of the lockout? Do you wish you could mute all those reporters on Twitter and television (especially during the intermissions of other games)? Do you wish, as I do, that certain people integral to the negotiations could be muted with your thoughts? Do you wish you could just think about hockey like it was and remember the good times?
There’s hope for you, my bedraggled friends. Take comfort in the power of music. It’s said that listening to classical music while in the womb increases a baby’s intelligence. There’s the old saying that music soothes the savage beast. Babies are swept off to sleep by the dulcet tones of lullabyes sung by their parents. What do we do when we’re upset or sad? We find the perfect song and listen to it on repeat. I could go on, but you get the idea.
Over the years, hockey fans have expressed themselves through song. There have been musical tributes to Wendell Clark and Wayne Gretzky, for example. Other songs pay tribute to the game itself. There are even song parodies specific to teams or players. And don’t forget the goal songs that we know and love.
These next ten songs should calm your restless spirit. Some are team specific, while others cover the general subject of hockey. All of them are sure to make you smile, and hopefully you can leave the yadda-yadda-yadda of today behind and remember the good times.
Keys To The City
Artist: Ministry & Co-Conspirators
If you’ve heard of the industrial metal group Ministry, you know that hockey would be the last thing they’d have as a subject of one of their songs. But they’re from Chicago, and they’re also loyal Chicago Blackhawks fans. So in late 2007, the group gave the song as a gift to the team, and the Blackhawks now consider it one of their theme songs. The best part is that all proceeds from its purchase on iTunes go to Blackhawks Charities.
Three Cheers For Ottawa
Artist: Peter Cugno
The Battle of Ontario is arguably the biggest intraprovince rivalry since the Battle of Alberta (well, there is the Battle of Pennsylvania, but we’re talking Canada here). Ottawa Senators fans chirp Toronto Maple Leafs fans all they want about their Cup drought, but Leafs fans give it right back. That’s the premise of this parody of Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song”, complete with Adam Sandler sound-alike.
I Want to Drive The Zamboni
Artist: The Zambonis
Seriously, that’s the name of this pop punk/indie group that only writes and sings songs about hockey. They’ve licensed their name with the Zamboni Corporation. Their lead singer says their influences are The Beatles and Wayne Gretzky. The NHL knows all about them, because they asked them to write songs for the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche. They’ve also toured with the Stanley Cup and played at the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh. As for the song, who wouldn’t want to drive a Zamboni?
The Luca Caputi Rap
Artist: 96.1 KISS Morning Freak Show
When Anaheim Ducks player Luca Caputi was in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization playing for their farm team in Wilkes-Barre, the guys at The Morning Freak Show couldn’t contain their love of his name and came up with this on the fly. It may not be the greatest name in hockey (try Wacey Rabbit or Tore Vikingstad), but just try not to sing along. I dare you not to dance to it.
Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)
Artist: Warren Zevon
The man who brought us “Warewolves Of London” and “Lawyers, Guns And Money” collaborated with author Mitch Albom to bring us the tale of a hockey player whose claim to fame is fighting on the ice. While the song is pretty obscure – it’s buried on Zevon’s penultimate album My Ride’s Here – there’s proof that the song is great: filmmaker Kevin Smith has written a hockey-themed project called Hit Somebody, with the story based on the song itself.
We'll Kick Your Arse
Artist: Scott Paulsen
Way back in the 1990’s, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups and boasted the likes of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh radio station WDVE decided to have a little fun with the team and their long-standing feud with the Philadelphia Flyers. Radio personality Scott Paulsen wrote and sang the song, which he’s since adapted as new incarnations of the two teams have met over the years.
You know that annoying song that nearly every team fires up when they’re on a power play? It has a name: "Sandstorm". Released in Europe in 1999, it became really popular before it quickly burned out, but not before it spawned a lot of remixes. Maybe it’s played to add insult to injury on the other team, like “That was bad and you should feel bad, so we’ll play this annoying song to show everyone how bad you were.” It’s hockey’s way of shaming offenders.
Time To Go
Artist: Dropkick Murphys
The Dropkick Murphys are such Boston Bruins fans that they’ve had Bobby Orr, Sean Thornton and Milan Lucic in their video “Going Out In Style,” and their song “Shipping Up To Boston” is played at Bruins home games. This song, all about prepping for a game at TD Garden, captures how it feels to be a Bruins fan in the moments before a home game and even mentions anthem singer Rene Rancourt by name. The song was released on a limited basis of 12,000 copies at a Bruins game in 2003.
Artist: The Fratellis
It’s the song that every Chicago Blackhawks fan loves to hear because it means the team just scored a goal. But to their opponents, especially the Vancouver Canucks, it’s the song that makes them clutch their heads in pain and gives Roberto Luongo horrible nightmares. While the song has nothing to do with hockey (and truthfully, what goal song actually does), it will always be associated with the Blackhawks’ winning ways, especially their epic 2009-10 Cup-winning season.
The Hockey Song
Artist: Stompin’ Tom Connors
It’s the most beloved hockey-themed song ever heard, and I’ll bet parents sing it to their children so it’s ingrained from infancy. Written in the 1970’s, it’s broken into three parts, just like a hockey game. Its lyrics are a mystery. Who’s the Bobby it mentions? Who is the home team that wins at the end? No one knows. What we do know is that we can thank former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Burns for breathing new life into it in the late 1990’s, thus giving hockey fans an anthem.