Leading Them On


Do you love it, or hate it? Does it get you feeling excited and pumped up or do you simply ignore it?

I’m talking about the Canucks Entrance Song, Where the Streets Have No Name. It’s the song that’s played as they take to the ice for warm-up before each game. And there seems to be some debate, albeit all in fun, about the effectiveness of the classic U2 track as a warm-up song.

For as much as I like (nay LOVE) that song, it’s time as a pump-up track has come to end.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Where the Streets Have No Name. And when I watch Canucks games on TV, I get goosebumps from time to time when the starting chords warm up and come to life. It’s great. However, isn’t it kind of irrelevant what the fans think of the song?

Isn’t the entrance song supposed to evoke a little fear, uncertainty and doubt into their opponents while riling up their own players? While it might give the Canucks players a little rise, I don’t think it does anything to instill panic into the hearts of the other team.

While I hate to give props to anything related to the Chicago Blackhawks, their entrance song (Ted Nugent’s Stranglehold) is friggin’ awesome. It’s ballsy, loud and menacing. Perfect.

So I came up with a list of 10 songs that would be a better choice than their current entrance song.

Cochise – Audioslave. Nice and loud and gets the blood pumping.

Money City Maniacs. It starts with a blistering siren and some great guitar chords. I’ve always liked this track to get me started.

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns n Roses. Sure it’s a bit cliche, but dammit it rulez. 

The Shock of the Lightning – Oasis. Loud and fast-paced and relentless. Just the way the Canucks are gonna play all year.

Use It – The New Pornographers. Also, loud, fast-paced and relentless. Not quite as hard-hitting as some of the others, but The Pornos are local kids. Ya gotta give some love for that.

Guerilla Radio or Bulls On Parade – Rage Against the Machine. Their songs are anthems for class struggles and defending rights and freedoms. They also double as kick-ass entrance songs. Bulls on Parade would be especially fitting as the Canucks fight their way through to the Stanley Cup.

Running With The Devil – Van Halen. Like Welcome to the Jungle, it’s a bit cliche and out of date. But it’s a powerhouse song.

Joker & The Thief – Wolfmother. It’s just a fantastic amp-up song. Plus it makes me think of The Hangover when Alan is taking down the casino for 80 large. The Canucks will steal wins and hopefully sneak away with the Cup this year.


Do you have any other suggestions? Hit me with them!


  • This isn’t pro wrestling. An entrance song doesn’t need to scare your opponent. The Chicago Bulls of the 90s pulled out the Alan Parsons Project when they were introducing their lineups.

    I like Streets because it gives me goosebumps. It’s familiar. It’s identity.

    • True – it isn’t wrestling. Good point.

      But I’m thinking it’s time for a change. Let’s think of something new for their 40th anniversary. Something a little more ballsy.

      That’s all.

      Believe me, when I’m in the crowd and Streets comes on, I LOVE it.

      But does it work for the players? Does it do anything for the other team? Or do opposing players just laugh it off when they here Streets?

      I have no inside knowledge of course. But I suspect that it’s run its course.

  • Yankee Canuck

    Keep Streets – the Canucks need to keep something a tradition.

    But Holiday as goal song was a low-rent try at a Chelsea Dagger thing.

    And don’t even think about Song 2 – that’s played out.

    I would think some old school Van Halen might work for a goal song – would lead into those Diamond Dave “Woo”‘s nicely….the end runs in Beautiful Girls might work.

  • Boy there is lots of love for Streets.

    Don’t miscontrue my article. I LOVE the song and it still gives me chills, especially in the playoffs.
    But I’m thinking the Canucks need something a little more menacing.