Choosing a Goal Song for the Winnipeg Jets

Posted by Michael Remis in Columns,Illegal Curve News,Jets Columns,Winnipeg Jets on July 15, 2011 — 24 Comments

A few weeks ago we looked at the qualities of an intro song and its importance in setting the tone for the home team and the fans. This post is going to take a look at possibilities of songs to consider accompanying the goal horn.

Picture your favourite Jet skating in on a breakaway pulling the Gordon Bombay triple deke and scoring. The goal horn sounds, everybody cheers, claps and a song begins to play.

What song would be the best to accompany a goal horn? A goal horn works best when the song includes cheering, or clapping. No lyrics necessary, it has to be something uptempo that will induce the crowd to cheer and clap along.

One of the most famous goal songs, which was used by teams and appeared in many sports movies in the 90s was Gary Glitters – “Rock n’ Roll Part II”, which you may know better as the “hey” song. The build up and climax of saying “hey” invited everyone to cheer along and brought excitement to the crowd.  Surprisingly, even with Gary Glitters recent legal troubles, teams continue to use some variation of the song as a goal song. (It has been proven to be that good of a goal song)

Read more about goal songs after the jump

While visiting St. Paul, Minnesota a few years ago, I witnessed their goal horn of Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant”. A simple goal horn, with only a guitar, accompanied by a crowd chant (simple title, I know). There is something about the combination of the generic cheering, and clapping that gets everyone to join along.

Another classic goal horn is Blur’s song 2, again, better known to some as “woo hoo”. That tune has been rocking arenas since 1997. The Thrashers’ used this as their tune last year, as we have seen True North drop many of the Thrashers’ staff, we can expect them to drop the goal song as well.

While doing some research for this article, I stumbled upon Puck Daddy’s list of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference goal horns.

NHL Teams Using Common Goal Horns

Gary Glitter: Avalanche, Stars, Sharks, Predators,Devils, Lightning (6)

Joe Satriani: Wild, Coyotes (2)

Blur: Penguins, Thrashers (2)

Other songs not mentioned:

Pennywise – Bro Hymn: Ducks, Flyers (2)

Zombie Nation – KernKraft 400: Bruins, Panthers, Capitals (3)

There are two ways teams can go when choosing a goal horn. They can pick a generic goal song such as one listed above (the tried and true method). Or go a different direction with a new song to associate with your team scoring. Some teams even have songs written for them as a goal song.

It is also worth noting that some teams have specific goal songs for certain players, a particular favourite listed was Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55” for Niklas Kronwall. (He is number 55)

Picking a goal song isn’t easy, which is why the teams above have gone to the tried and true method.

I would have no issue with the songs above being selected as a goal song, a few other choices I have considered are:

  • The Lonely Island – I’m On A Boat
  • Kool & The Gang – Celebration
  • 2Unlimited – Get Ready For This

I’m going to leave it to the commenters of Illegal Curve to give any suggestions they may have for Winnipeg Jets goal songs, or any player specific goal songs.

Additional reading:

Songs to Accompany an Air Horn (New York Times) (hat tip to Puck Daddy)

  • “Howlin’ for You” by the Black Keys.  Sweet chorus.

  • Uncle Neil (Young, of course) has paid homageto TNSE by rocking that Moose hat during the playoffs down in California.  Why not return the favour AND keep it local by using “Keep on Rocking in the Free World”?

  • My suggestion: Go with a “Jets” theme and play the chrous of “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins

  • I’ll be totally fine with whatever they pick just as long as it isn’t anything from BTO or the Guess Who. If they want to go local there are a lot of other options.

  • colin wright

    I’m praying that it’s “Bro Hymn” by Pennywise.  I remember hearing it when the Ducks went to the West Conference final in 2006, and thinking “what is that awesome goal song?”

  • colin wright

    I agree that’s one of the most relevant tunes for the jets, but you don’t think it’s a bit dated?

  • colin wright

    or Nickelback….

  • colin wright

    (last post in resonse to Chris….lol)

  • Nothing wrong with being dated, that is a great song.

  • Anonymous

    Tubthumping by ChumbaWamba

  • Anonymous

    Also, I love Chicago’s use of The Fratellis’ Chelsea Dagger which began in 2009 I believe.

  • Good selection, but I think this would be better suited for when the opposition scores. “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never going to keep me down”

    (Away team goals is another topic I have given some thought to)

  • I was a big fan of when the Moose used Sunshine Highway by the Dropkick Murphys a couple of years ago.

  • Anonymous

    How about “Get Out the Way” by Econoline Crush.

    1. The Oilers stop using this song
    2. Got great hard-rock, rollicking “hey” chant
    3. The band’s from Winnipeg.

    Just a suggestion.

  • The Jets intro music should be Sloan – Underwhelmed.  Listen to it here

    Throw suggestions on twitter #JetsThemeSong 

  • colin wright

    good one!

  • colin wright

    ..or maybe when the opponents are leading, and the Jets come back and tie it up 🙂

  • “Get It Up” – Chickenfoot, or “Rope” – Foo Fighters

  • Rope might be better as an intro song.

  • bennie and the jets by elton john right when hes yelling BENNIE BENNIE, that would be sick

  • Anonymous

    That’s a good song, but it’s pretty ironic. That’s the Coyotes goal song.

  • Manitoba product – Tom Cochrane – Big Leagues.

  • How about “The Boys Are Back In Town” – by BTO

  • what about Jet by Paul Mcartney and the wings!!!!!!! JET Whoo hoo hoohoooooo JET