Hockey and Music and The Top 100 From 1997-2002

Well, the votes have been tabulated and the votes are in with regards to hockey and music, as well as my critical picks for the best 100 songs from 1997-2002. Here are the results:

(NOTE: Comments may contain spoilers)Rock, Rock, ROCK

In a result that should shock no one, good ol’ rock & roll was established as the genre that best fit the game of hockey, taking 23 of 25 votes cast. Pop and rap managed to get votes, but really: how can you fit hockey into anything else? The breakneck speed almost beckons for drum beats and ranging guitars- anything to get the adrenaline going- and rock’s intricacies reflect greatly how diverse and complex hockey is. Probably what best described the relation between hockey and rock was rrudd’s comment in my poll:

“it is ridiculous when they try to pair ANYTHING other than rock with hockey.

i heard “grandma’s feather bed” in nashville.

john denver? i don’t care that it’s nashville. rock. heavy, loud, nasty rock.

crazy train. machine head. even a heavy beatles callback can work (the rockin’ version of revolution?) but not freakin’ country. save that for the local tractor pull or pit-bull dog fight.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Favourite Bands

Barney the Dinosaur ran away…just kidding. Predictably, rock outfits dominated this side of the poll too, though there really wasn’t much of a consensus. Nickelback, Incubus and Metallica led with two votes each, but, with so many different selections, there really is no definitive “favourite band” for all of hockey.

Hockey Marketing

Well, rock dominated here too, but for various reasons. One was it best complimented hockey’s speed through the use of punk rock- like Sum 41 for instance- because punk rockers tend to produce very fast rock. Cymbal-heavy beats for big hits was also mentioned, and hey, if you ask me, they certainly fit. Metal was also chosen for its agression, much like how hockey runs, and some just plain voted that rock was used in general. Others said the genre that fits depends on how hockey is being presented in the commercial, and another said rap also fits.

Music Between Periods

Consensus: it is good, though one person complained it should be harder, and others just don’t care. As mikster himself put it, “as long as the music is good and loud…and I’m eating my hot dog, I am fine.” Concurred.

Other tidbits

Hockey has also turned up in music as well: Pantera wrote a song called “Dallas Stars” apparently upon Craig Ludwig’s request, and the Stars wound up winning the Stanley Cup. “Dallas Drake” also became a song as well as a hockey player (it’s a pretty catchy number I might add), and a Long Island punk group decided to dedicate themselves completely to hockey (they’re called “Two Man Advantage”, by the way). Also, John Ondrasik, when picking a stage name, came up with “Five For Fighting” because he’s a hockey fan (he’s the one who sung the great “Superman” song that hit it big in late 2001-early 2002).

Well, those are the results. As for the Top 100, you may or may not agree with it, but hey, I can’t please everyone. I still stand well behind all of my picks, done after some exhaustive research. Next year, I’ll update the list, so this won’t be the last you’ll of this list. If you feel like commenting on the Top 100, you can place the comments here.

-DG


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