The UML hockey season begins October 7th with the River Hawks vs the Minnesota Duluth (Image provided by Umass Lowell).
When it comes to hockey intro songs used to pump up a crowd, today’s most recent hits are not usually on the playlist. In an attempt to avoid the clichés, here is a list of the top five songs from 2015 and 2016 that would easily rally up a crowd of hockey fans and get them pumped for the game:
5.) Fitz and the Tantrums: “Handclap”
This alternative pop song is not only incredibly catchy but also has the power to make listeners want to get out of their seats and dance. It combines call and response applause and upbeat synthetic sounds making it impossible not to clap along. The passion and emotion behind the song lyrics transcends directly into the crowd as well. “Handclap” was released as the lead single off the groups’ third studio album, “Fitz and the Tantrums” on March 25, 2015 by Elektra Records.
4.) Dj Khaled ft. Jay Z, Future: “I Got the Keys”
Major key alert: if anyone knows how to get a crowd pumped up it is DJ Khaled and, if he is not enough, Jay Z and Future join in for good measure. “I Got the Keys” is an anthem for success and an admiration for the aftermath of hard work. This song is DJ Khaled’s second single released on July 4, 2016 from his ninth studio album “Major Key” by We the Best Music Group and Epic Records.
3.) Katy Perry: “Rise”
In “Rise” Katy Perry sings of thriving through adversity. This powerful song was closely tied to the 2016 Summer Olympics as it was used in an NBC promotional video for the games. With powerful lyrics about attaining victory through seemingly hopeless circumstances and its mid-tempo electronic feel, “Rise” speaks to every listener and has the ability to empower a crowd with optimism and anticipation. Capitol Records released this song on July 14, 2016 as a standalone single.
2.) Four Year Strong: “We all Float Down Here”
“We all Float Down Here” is the ultimate fight song. It is intimidating but empowering at the same time. The lyrics describe the morale and inner strength it takes to prove oneself to the cynics and come out on top in the end. The song was released by Pure Noise Records on their 2015 self-titled album.
1.) Fall out Boy: “Centuries”
This song has made number one on the list because it represents a yearning desire to leave a legacy of immense importance driven by dreams and endurance. It is clear that ESPN used it as their official theme song for sports coverage because of its high level of intensity. “Centuries” sounds powerful and predatory, reminding fans of how important the passion behind the game is. The song was released as the lead single off Fall out Boy’s sixth studio album “American Beauty/American Psycho” in 2015 by Island Records.