Exciting Vancouver Canucks Goal Song [Horn 2024]

By Dipak BK / 9 November 2023 11:13 AM

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Vancouver Canucks goal song is "Don't you forget about Me" since its debut in December 2021. The song was first introduced in their 80s night.

The new song was chosen to signal the new era of Canucks Hockey after the changes to the management and coaching staff in 2021. The song by Simple Minds replaced their previous "Aint Talkin' about Love" by Van Halen, which had been their goal song since the 2019-20 season.

The tradition of the goal horn dates back to 1973 when the Chicago Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz decided to install the one in the Blackhawks' home arena(Chicago Stadium). He had heard the horn first on his yacht and loved the sound of it. 

The horn soon became a part of the Blackhawks' routine and followed them in their move to the United Center. Other teams like the Buffalo Sabres picked up on the goal celebration ritual and the rest as they say is history.

Vancouver Canucks New Goal Song 2023-24

Vancouver Canucks New Goal Song for the 2023-24 season is the 80s classic Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds. The song was released as a single in 1985.

The song was first heard as part of their theme nights called "80s night" in the 2020/21 season.

They were playing the Winnipeg Jets, and the song was played only once at the time, which would be later revealed as the Nucks were using the night to test out their future goal song. 

The team made it official in December 2021 to signal a new era for the Canucks after making recognizable changes to their management and coaching staff. 

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The decision to use the Simple Minds 80s classic recorded for the Soundtrack of another 80's classic, "The Breakfast Club," was the result of the Canucks in-Arena Entertainment Crew's desire to play an 80's hit for their 80's night. 

The parts of the song used after they score are the lead singer Jim Kerr shouting, "Hey hey hey hey!", the one where he goes, "Oooooooh-whoa!" and the part where they sings the "La la la la" in the outro. The song much like how it was a big hit at the time of its original release in 1985, was a big hit with the Canucks Fans.

There have been talks among the Nucks fanbase about changing the goal song into something more inspiring as the song is older than some of the players on the Nucks bench.

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One common criticism among the fans about the sing is that the lyrics go "Don't you, forget about me | Don't, don't, don't, don't | Don't you, forget about me" which begs the question if the management is asking them to remember the oldest NHL team to have never won the Stanley Cup

The song was written by producer Keith Forsey and guitarist Steve Schiff while they were scoring the 1985 John Hughes film "The Breakfast Club."

They were inspired by the movie's dialogue, "Don't forget, when we're back in the classroom, you're not just a bad guy and we've got other things in common." 

Forsey and Schiff had offered the song to several acts to record before the Scottish rock band Simple Minds agreed to do it. The band's biggest American hit was the 1985 No.1 song on Canadian and American charts.

Past Canucks Goal Horns

Past Canucks Goal Horns are Electric Worry by Clutch, Holiday by Greenday, Aint Talkin' about Love by Van Halen, who let the dogs out by Baha Men, and more.

Before the Canucks decided on their current goal song by the Simple Minds, there was "Aint Talkin' about Love" by Van Halen. It had been their goal song since the 2019-20 season.

After its debut, the song was met with mixed reviews, with the most common complaint being not about the song, but whether or not it fits with the atmosphere after the goal. 

One of the most beloved songs among Canucks fans is the song they played during their run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, "Holiday" by Greenday. 

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Greenday's Holiday song was first introduced as the Nucks' goal song in 2009, and it was used as their official goal song until 2011. It had a brief reappearance in 2013/14 as a 5th goal song tradition.

After Holiday the song to be used as the official goal song of the Canucks was "Electric Worry" by Clutch from 2011/12 to 2012/13. For the 2013/14 season, they went with DJ Dave's edit of "Gold on the Ceiling" by the Black Keys as their official goal horn. 

Starting with the 2017/18 season, the Nucks used "The Whip" by Locksley as their goal horn, which they used for a season before bringing back the fan favourite Holiday for the 2018/19 season.

Personalized Goal Songs 

The Canucks decided to go with personalized goal songs for the players in 2015/16, taking inspiration from the walkup song in Baseball. 

During the period when all the Nucks players had personalized songs, the song Holiday was used by Henrik Sedin, which meant the fan favorite "Holiday" could still be heard at Rogers Arena.

Here is the list of songs used by the Canucks Players before the Nucks decision to go back to selecting a goal song in the 2017/18 season:

  • Baertschi - I Luv it by Young Jeezy
  • Biega - Who let the dogs out by Baha Men
  • D. Sedin - Electric Worry by Clutch
  • Dorsett - I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas
  • Edler - Ride the Lightning by Metallica
  • Eriksson - Louie, Louie by the Kingsmen 
  • Gaunce - Puor Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
  • Granlund - Tarkenee by JVG
  • Gudbranson - Juke Box Hero by Foreigner
  • H. Sedin - Holiday by Greenday
  • Horvat- Put On by Young Jeezy
  • Hutton - Get Up by 50 Cent
  • Megna - Do Something Crazy by Outasight
  • Rodin - Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  • Stecher - The Man by Aloe Blacc
  • Stutter - Callin'Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks
  • Tanev - Party Up (Up in Here) by DMX
  • Virtanen - Let's go crazy by Prince 
  • Del Zotto - No Diggity by Favolous
  • Burmistrov - The Right Song by Tiesto & Oliver Heldens
  • Chaput - El Chapo by Skrillex and The Game

Best Goal Songs In The NHL

Best Goal Songs In The NHL are Fratellis' Chelsea Dagger used by the Chicago Blackhawks, Nirvana's Lithium used by the Seattle Kraken, and more.

It may have started with the Blackhawks in the 70s but sounding the horn when your team scores a goal on home turf has been the tradition of all teams in the NHL. Some of the best experiences fans have had in the Arena are associated with a song that their team used. 

The only teams to not use a goal song and opt to use personalized songs for players are the Sabres, Capitals, and the Panthers.

A good goal song gets the crowd pumped up, celebrating the goal their team scored. A good song selection can not only get the crowd excited but get the players pumped up as well.

Factors like personal preference, chant-ability, and whether it fits the team's vibe, and many others that go into determining a good goal song.

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Here are the 4 best goal songs used by the teams in the NHL 2023-24 season:

  1. Seattle Kraken: ‘Lithium’ by Nirvana
  2. Chicago Blackhawks: Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis
  3. Ottawa Senators: Song 2 by the Blur
  4. New York Rangers: ‘Slapshot’ by Ray Castoldi

Other Goal Songs Used By NHL Teams

Given here is the list of all the songs used by the rest of the NHL teams for the 2023/24 season.

  • Seattle Kraken: Lithium by Nirvana
  • New York Rangers: Slapshot by Ray Castoldi
  • Carolina Hurricanes: Raise Up by Petey Pablo
  • Arizona Coyotes: Howlin' For You by The Black Keys
  • Dallas Stars: Puck Off by Pantera
  • New Jersey Devils: Howl by The Gaslight Anthem
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Party Hard by Andrew W.K
  • Minnesota Wild: Shout by the Isley Brothers
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis
  • Calgary Flames: TNT by AC/DC
  • Anaheim Ducks: Bro Hymn by Pennywise
  • Philadelphia Flyers: Celtic Invasion by CFO$
  • Edmonton Oilers: Fluxland by XL
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: Goons by Mona
  • New York Islanders: Crowd Chant by Joe Satriani
  • Boston Bruins: Kernkraft 400 by Zombie Nation
  • Ottawa Senators: Song 2 by Blur
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: For Those About to Rock by AC/DC
  • St. Louis Blues: Let's Go Blues by The Urge
  • Detroit Red Wings: Let's Go Red Wings by Fred Coury
  • Los Angeles Kings: Power Ride by Fred Coury
  • Colorado Avalanche: Chase the Sun by Planet Funk
  • Vegas Golden Knights: Vegas Lights by Panic! At the Disco
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki Remix)
  • Nashville Predators: I Like It, I Love It by Tim McGraw; Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys
  • Winnipeg Jets: Gonna Celebrate by The Phantoms
  • Montreal Canadiens: Canadiens Goal Song by Antoine Beck
  • Vancouver Canucks: Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
  • San Jose Sharks: Get Ready for This by 2 Unlimited

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