Hockey and Music

Hello everyone.

As you may know- or not, it doesn’t matter- for the past few months I’ve been running a music Web Site on top of my World Issues Page where I’ve reviewed 13 albums, keep up a Top 20 of the best songs currently on the radio and have now added a new feature where you, the readers, get to pick your favourite songs, with a reader’s poll running alongside my chart (a link to this feature appears in the “Notes” section). Anyway, I’m getting ready to post a list of the Top 100 songs of the past five years (1997-2002) based on quality, and I’m doing a series of other pieces to compliment this. Since I’m a member of, I thought I’d ask you guys, my fellow hockey fans, about any correlations music has with hockey. Once I collect the results, I’ll post the findings as another article when the Top 100 gets posted.Why the past five years? Well, that’s how long I’ve had an interest in the music industry- may sound corny, but, oh well, that’s the reason and I’m sticking to it. You may or may not be looking forward to it and I understand that, but it’s still a project I’m undertaking. Now, to keep this simple, here are a few rules I’d like everyone to follow in posting their responses:

1. Please take this seriously. If you don’t want to, you don’t care about or like this poll, please keep the comments to yourself and do NOT post. I’m trying to do serious research here and I’d like to make sure the only posts regard the poll.

2. Please do not bash other people for their responses. You may not agree with their response but people are allowed to like whatever they like. I don’t go around telling you “you’re stupid for liking such-and-such”, so please afford everyone else the same respect.

Now that the rules are out of the way, here is the poll questions I’d like you to answer, as best you can:

1. What are your favourite artists/bands?

2. How is music used to market hockey (speculate why you think the certain style is chosen for the ad)?

3. What do you feel about the music played during games (during breaks in play)?

Also, please take the time to vote on the article’s attached poll (what style of music do you feel best fits hockey?). If you have any questions, please send me a message (though no complaints, please. I get enough of those).



31 Responses to Hockey and Music

  1. edmontonrules says:

    I was going to say classic rock, but you know there really hasn’t been any classic rock for a while.

    1. Nickelback, Strokes, and U2.

    2. If a specific song has a good beat the advertisers can make it so that the players make a big hit while a drummer hits a set of cymbals.

    3. I really enjoy most of the songs played during the breaks in play. I think one of the most popular is the Star Wars Symphony. U2 does a pretty good job too.

  2. Bigman says:

    dude sorry i cant vote on the poll i like the pop u have the rap the rock well ok anyway

    1=avril lavigne, nickleback, eminem, nelly, and i love perodys and stuff like dr.evil, snl stuff and weird al (i love snl’s celebrity jepordy but thats not music) comercials always have like a inspirational song(orgestra) rock or rap depends on what the slogan what what there selling is like the dream bauer stuff last year! hockey game music is good but not always what id listen to in my own time i wouldnt go to a game for musicbut they play some new good songs and some real hockey theme songs, in my eyes



    ps= my fave songs are DILEMMA by nelly and kelly BY THE WAY by the red hots SHE HATES ME buddle of mudd NEVER AGAIN by nickle back

    hey and after reading my comment it barely made sense and probably didnt help u one bit

  3. edmontonrules says:

    Never again is such a sweet song. True Canadian boys at work.

  4. Nothingman says:


    1. Better Man – PEARL JAM

    2. Hey Jude – THE BEATLES

    3. Imagine – JOHN LENNON

    4. Stairway To Heaven – LED ZEPPELIN

    5. Atlanta – STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

    6. My Sharona – THE KNACK

    7. Mr Jones – COUNTING CROWS

    8. Go Your Own Way – FLEETWOOD MAC

    9. Wish You Were Here – PINK FLOYD

    10. Paranoid Android – RADIOHEAD


    1. Better Man – PEARL JAM

    2. Atlanta – STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

    3. Mr Jones – COUNTING CROWS

    4. Paranoid Android – RADIOHEAD

    5. Lightning Crashes – LIVE

    6. Santa Monica – EVERCLEAR

    7. Thunderstruck – AC/DC

    8. Smells Like Teen Spirit – NIRVANA

    9. The Day You Come – POWDERFINGER (Oz)

    10. Stand Inside Your Love – SMASHING PUMPKINS

    Ross Byrnes (Nothingman)

    Vice Admin of Wowhockey

  5. Nothingman says:

    Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley

    Would be about number 6 on list one, and number 3 on list two.

  6. JClark87 says:

    Metal is the best kind of music for hockey. It has power, aggression, and grace. It also is technically harder than the other genres, much like hockey. Bands like Down, System of A Down, Korn, Pantera, Metallica, Godsmack, and Sevendust all are great bands to get pumped to, especially in a fast paced sport like hockey.

    My top songs of the past 5 years:


    9-Swan Dive-Hed PE

    8-Supernova Goes Pop-Powerman 5000

    7-Beat It Upright- KoRn


    5-Sugar-System Of A Down

    4-Push It-Static-X

    3-Edgecrusher-Fear Factory

    2-Solitaire Unraveling-Mushroomhead

    1-The Seed-Down

  7. bones says:

    Pantera-Dallas Stars

    It won them the cup.

  8. Kariya-09 says:

    Metal/Rock music is by Far the best type of music to get hyped up too

    Favorate Bands:Metallica,Megadeth,Creed

    Best Hockey Songs:

    Metallica -Enter sandman

    Guns N Roses -Welcome to the Jungle

    U2 -Where the Streets have no name

  9. big_booty says:

    What exactly does this have to do with trade rumors?

    Not a damn thing, if you ask me.

  10. Robert says:

    1. My favourit music/artists is Rock and Alternative, Incubus, Smashing Pumpkins, RadioHead.

    2/3. For hockey every time i hear Brand New Low, TReble charger gets me in thee mood to watch it or play it, cause that is one of the songs on nhl 2002.

  11. DG says:

    Just out of curiosity: is that an actual song? I know Megadeath (I think) did a song about Dallas Drake.


  12. mikster says:

    You need a sense of humor and a clown for you next birthday.

  13. mikster says:

    I enjoy classic rock, punk, ska, and a bit of raggae.

    Classic rock for hockey:

    Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith

    Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin

    Black Dog – Led Zeppelin

    Crazy Train – Black Sabbath

    Paranoid – Black Sabbath

    But, i must say that what best fits hockey right now is punk rock. Punk has that fast beat, guitars, and just crazy and fun. Obviously i can think of The Offpsring as the best to use for hockey games. Songs like: Pretty Fly, Oiriganl Prankster, Want You Bad, Come Out and Play…but so many more could be used, like Mota (this song runs in my head everytime i play any sport), Way Down The Line…

    As for others…

    Greenday: Hitchin’ a Ride, BrainStew/Jaded




    Rap has nothing to do with hockey, so dump it, and i also hate it. I also hate Eminem….i think he is a commercialized disfunctional loser with pathetic lyrics. Once you go black, you never come back.

    New rock is ok. Nickleback is good. Puddle of Mudd has a good song. As long as the music is good, and loud….and i am eating my hot dog, i am fine.

  14. Habs4ever says:

    Push it, what a great song to get pumper up to. Nice selection of music by the way.

  15. Habs4ever says:

    I’m into rock and a lot of metal, but my favorite band ever is Rage Against The Machine, so any song by them would definitely be in my top 100 of music except their 2 best cd’s were before 1997. Oh well. I guess then it would look something like this:

    1.War Within A Breath – RATM

    2.Guerrilla Radio – RATM

    3. Testify – RATM

    4. Pardon Me – Incubus

    5. Stupify – Disturbed.

    Hope that helps, no one had mentioned rage against the machine so far, so….

  16. canucklehead says:


  17. canucklehead says:

    Crazy Train is an Ozzy song, The rest of Sabbath had nothing to do with it, Just The Oz man & Randy Rhodes (God rest his soul). Rock on!

  18. tgray says:

    TooL embodies hockey, it ranges from subdued to caustic, (*from a Flyers fan’s p.o.v.).

    Like Tool hockey is also inaccessible. (many people are turned off to the game right away due to the speed and stereotypes)

  19. rrudd says:

    yeah, its an actual song. pantera (dallas natives) were hanging out with craig ludwig while they were working on a new album, and luds demanded that they make a song for the team.

  20. Bigman says:

    true albertan boys at work, eh

  21. drizzunk says:

    There’s a local punk/hardcore band out on Long Island that call themselves Two-Man Advantage….the songs are all about…Hockey and Beer! It’s got quite the pace some great songs to check out would be …

    Hockey Fight (clark gilles)

    Old Tyme Hockey

    Saturday Night

    Hall of fame

    Hockey Junkie (We can all relate!)

    Zamboni Driving Maniac

    Penalty Box

    It’s wild stuff…i certainly dig, most isles fans should!!!

  22. pensalltheway says:

    Top five songs

    1. Prayer – Disturbed

    2. Live Again – Sevendust

    3. I Will Be Heard – Hatebreed

    4. Shout – Disturbed

    5. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

  23. mikster says:

    Your right, that was my mistake. But, Black Sabbath was better in my opinion.

  24. NYR88Express says:









    basically, every metallica song


    “Party Hard” andrew wk

    “how u remind me” nickelback

    “too bad” nickelback

    “my sacrifice” creed

    “one last breath” creed

    “higher” creed

  25. Game67 says:

    When I getting ready to play hockey these are some of the select songs and bands that get me pumped for some reason.

    Rush(Spirit of Radio)-Best band of all time

    Blood for Blood – Really get me going

    Ea Sports NHL 98 & 99 menu music(Yeah I’m weird)

    Sevendust -(Black, B****) First album was awesome.

    Stone Temple Pilots – They’re earlier stuff rocked.

    Incubus(A certain shade of green) -Science is one of the best cd’s ever.

    Tha Liks -(Anything off X.O expirience) -best rap group of all time.

    That’s about if off the top of my head right now. I’ve also been listening to Jimmy Eat World and Hoobastank lately before games to for some reason.

  26. JClark87 says:

    Heh heh, it’s ok. They don’t play much of that on the radio. All they play on the radio is cheap disposable crap. So this stuff is always good.

  27. JClark87 says:

    Great picks. All awesome music, new Disturbed album is great.

  28. tgray says:

    er–Shitty Metallica, i would suggest anything before the songs you listed

  29. Kariya-09 says:

    Nothing else matters is a great song, but not for Hockey. Enter sandman on the other hand is one of the best songs to get motivated too.

  30. Kariya-09 says:

    Hell Fuckin Yeah!!! METALLICA IS AWESOME!!!

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