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Top Songs Played At The Bell Centre During 2014-15
- Updated: July 22, 2015
The Bell Centre is known for holding games for one of the best hockey teams in the entire world, but the sports complex located at 1909 Avenue is also known for having a very different variety of music (including the beautiful sounds organist Diane Bibaud creates). While we impatiently wait for October to roll around, let’s take a look at the top songs played at the Bell Centre during the Habs 2014-15 regular season.
1) “Fix You” by Coldplay
This one is a no-brainer. While this 2005 hit by the London lads was so overplayed that it practically made your ears bleed, you can’t deny the chills and emotion you felt from hearing the build up before the Habs hit the ice and after the breakdown hit when the ice became filled with CH sweaters. When it comes to Coldplay, I salute them on this one.
2) “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N Roses
This song is usually played at most hockey arenas but for the Habs, it’s all about that moment during the break in play. Out of any classic rock song from the 1980’s, Slash’s guitar build up to the first verse of the song and Axl Rose’s high pitched vocals screeching about the dark side of the city of Los Angeles seems like the right one to choose before a good face-off. While the song was written mostly about L.A. (particularly about the time the band lived in a place on Sunset Boulevard that they called the “Hell House” which was filled with drugs, alcohol, and groupies), the energy from the Bell Centre crowd during this song is enough to (hopefully) throw opponents off for a while. Not bad.
3) “Stand Up” by Steel Dragon
This one is a little…odd. “Stand Up” (written by former Van Halen and current Chickenfoot vocalist Sammy Hagar) is performed by a fictitious heavy metal band called Steel Dragon from the movie “Rockstar.” While the band did feature real musicians (ex-Dokken and current Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, Black Label Society founder & guitarist Zakk Wylde, actor Dominic West, and ex-Foreigner and ex-Black Country Communion drummer Jason Bonham – the son of the late John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin), the disappointing part was the fact that Mark Wahlberg’s vocals were actually the vocals of Steelheart frontman Miljenko Matijevic (I think we all kind of hoped Marky Mark had hidden talent that would blow “Good Vibrations” out of the water). Overall, this song does get Habs fans standing up and singing along while keeping the energy high at the Bell Centre, but is it a good choice during breaks between play? I’d like to think there are better options.
4) “Miracle Man” by Ozzy Osbourne
Thanks to Ryan Burke (aka – @BurkeCaper on Twitter) for helping me out on this one. Whoever chose this song to play right before the opposing team’s power play starts, I salute you and also frown upon you. While this is a great tune from the “Prince of Darkness,” I truly believe that it should be played during the Habs power play. Why? Well, have you experienced their power play? They NEED a miracle man out there to save the day. Also, why is it that every time this song plays during the power play, I see David Desharnais chilling in the box almost every time? Maybe it’s just me…
Either way, cheers to Ozzy! Great tune overall for a night at the Bell Centre while you’re screaming at the Habs to kill off the PP. Oh, how I miss hockey right now.
5) “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica
Ah yes, this hit from “Ride The Lightning” that always plays before second period. You can never have enough Metallica songs at a hockey game, right?
6) “Make It Clap” by Busta Rhymes
This is another song that is heard over and over and “never” gets old. It’s the song that gets the people to clap before another face-off, which I guess isn’t so bad if you want to keep the fans active and happy but I’d really like to talk to the person in charge of choosing the soundtrack for each Habs season, and maybe even ask them the question “Why?…just why?”
7) “Put Your Hands Up In The Air” by Daft Punk
Daft Punk are an electronic treasure but again I must ask the question, “Why?”
8) “Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix
Okay, I take back what I said about changing the Habs power play song to “Miracle Man.” This song made the Rolling Stone list of ‘500 Greatest Songs Of All Time,’ probably because this 1968 classic is a perfect example of how Hendrix took the Delta blues form and gave it that psychedelic edge it needed. Not only that, but all of the guitar and vocals were improvised on the spot by Hendrix while recording the song for the album “Electric Ladyland.” Overall, this song is golden and with lyrics like “Well I stand up next to a mountain and I chop it down with the edge of my hand. Well I pick up all the pieces and make an island, might even raise just a little sand. ‘Cause I’m a voodoo child,” it’s no wonder why this song was chosen when the Habs go and try to raise some hell on the ice. Let’s just hope we see a little more hell raising during the 2015-16 season.
9) “Ça Plane Pour Moi” by Plastic Bertrand
If you’re looking for a song similar to “Song 2” by Blur that will get the crowd wooing, this is the song. It’s played a few minutes before the end of a Habs game, usually if the game is ending with the Habs winning, of course. The funny part is that despite the lyrics not actually making any sense (“Let’s go! Never mind, you inquite. Hands off my plant. It’s not today. What the sky will fall on my head and that alcohol will miss. Hou ! Hou ! Hou ! Hou ! That plane for me“), it’s a pretty catchy and enjoyable song to “hou” to right before a great finish from the Canadiens. *Fun fact – this song has the same backing track as “Jet Boy, Jet Girl” by Elton Motello*
Before we get to number ten on this list, it’s only fair to mention the songs that didn’t make the cut. The following are a good batch of songs that are usually heard at hockey games (not including new top 40 hits):
“Thunder Struck” and “TNT” by AC/DC, “The Hockey Song” by Stompin Tom Connors, “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen, “Hot For Teacher, “Panama,” “Runnin With The Devil,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” and “Jump” by Van Halen, “The Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor, “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones, “Separate Ways” and “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, “Song 2” by Blur, “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard, “The Final Countdown” by Europe, “Rock & Roll All Night” by Kiss, “Crazy Train” and “Bark At The Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne, “Wild Side” by Motley Crue, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister, “Cum On (Feel The Noise)” by Quiet Riot (originally by Sweet), “The Hockey Theme” (aka – Hockey Night In Canada theme song) by Dolores Claman and Jerry Toth, “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against The Machine, “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” by U2, “Headstrong” by Trapt, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphy’s (originally by Woody Guthrie), “Start Me Up” by Rolling Stones, “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys, “Paradise City” by Guns N Roses, and “Rock and Roll Pt. II” by Gary Glitter
Phew! Glad we got those few out of the way. Now, we can move on to our final top song played at the Bell Centre:
10) “Le But” by Loco Locass
You didn’t think this song would be forgotten now, did you? The Habs goal song is THE song of the Montreal Canadiens. Why? The entire song is literally about the Habs! From “we lace up our ice skates and put on our helmet just like Maurice did, we slide into the arena with the hatred of defeat” to “Twenty victorious hearts, for worse and for better. The Montreal Canadiens: our national team,” Loco Locass really hit the spot when it comes to describing the Habs in the best way possible. Even if you’re lost when it comes to the French lyrics, chances are you’ve listened to the 30 second clip long enough that you now scream it out loud when the lamp lights up. All in all, this is the one song that gets extreme approval when it comes to any hockey playlist.
***BONUS SONG THAT SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE THE LIST***
11) “Rock The Sweater” by Annakin Slayd (feat. Briannah Donolo)
This song was not on the top list of songs played at the Bell Centre during the 2014-15 regular season. Why? BECAUSE APPARENTLY THIS GLORIOUS SONG ABOUT THE BLEU, BLANC, ET ROUGE ISN’T “COOL” ENOUGH TO BE PLAYED! If you’ve never taken the time to listen to Annakin’s anthem about the Habs, stop reading this and go listen to it. If there is one rap song and one anthem besides “Le But” that should be played on a regular basis, it should be this one. In fact, this song should replace “Fix You.” Couldn’t you see the Habs rushing out on the ice to “We rock the sweater. We rock it proud. Rock like Carrier, we rock it loud. Throw on that CH, go and let the whole world know. Go (oh) Habs Go“? Yeah, we thought so too. Here’s to hoping Geoff Molson randomly stumbles upon this article and decides to leave Coldplay in the dust and stick with this song instead.
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