They are the songs that go along with the celebration. When a goal is scored, no longer are the ivories of the in-arena organist tickled. The organ is a dying breed, and in its place the goal song took over.
We've gone from "Rock and Roll Part 2" and "Brass Bonanza" (miss you!) to various pop and techno tunes that have become engrained with a team's identity. Two of those teams, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, have goal songs that we've all heard many times before. Many, many times if you happen to be Roberto Luongo.
But seeing as how this is a Stanley Cup Final preview, we have to determined which is the better one.
Almost three years ago, we ranked the 30 goal songs for each NHL team and broke them down by conference. The Bruins' choice of Kernkraft 400's "Zombie Nation" didn't fare so well, ranking last in the Eastern Conference:
Two guttural booms of a fog horn that sound like something off the "Inception" soundtrack, and then a pedestrian appropriation of "KernKraft 400" by Zombie Nation. We're as surprised as you are that we're left wishing the Dropkick Murphys were featured here. Missed opportunity.
We would have gone with DKM and had each Bruins player have their own distinguished song. Like "Jonny, I Hardly Knew Ya" for Johnny Boychuk; "You're a Rebel" for Brad Marchand; or "Kiss Me I'm S---faced" for Tyler Seguin.
The Blackhawks weren't the first sports team to play "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis as a song of celebration, but they certainly helped give it a much bigger profile during their run to the Stanley Cup in 2010. (Luongo probably still tenses up every time he hears it.) The tune was good enough to be second in the Western Conference on our list:
Oh, now what was that song the Blackhawks play after their goals? So tough to remember, being that there's nothing da-da-da ... uh, catchy about the da-da-da ... uh, song. Seriously, what was the name of da-da-da/da-da-da/da-da/da da da da.
It's a goal being scored. You're letting your emotions go and celebrating with your fellow fan. This sometimes means you do silly stuff, like chest-bump a stranger, do the No. 1 finger point drunkenly into a television camera or just shouting da-da-da/da-da-da/da-da/da da da da toward the United Center roof.
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