If you're a music fan and haven't gone to a Blackhawks game this year, you're in for a treat because the United Center DJs keep the crowd pumped with 100 or so songs played throughout each game. And for the most pivotal moments, fans will hear these seven bangers every time.
Special thanks to A.J. Dolan, the Blackhawks' senior manager of game operations and entertainment, for providing the list of songs to RedEye.
Marilyn Manson, "Beautiful People"
Marilyn Manson was such a controversial figure in the '90s that it's kind of amazing to see how just a few years have made the goth rocker a pretty easy choice when it comes to crowd-pleasing stadium jams. His 1996 alt-metal anthem is the first thing the players hear as they hit the ice.
Ted Nugent, "Strangehold"
His right-wing politics aside, Ted Nugent's a bizarre choice for the Blackhawks' starting lineups playlist because he's an avid Detroit Red Wings fan. Now I know the Hawks and Wings aren't in the same conference anymore, but with no Chicago artists in the team's main playlist, this stings.
I remember I saw TOOL play a show in Grand Rapids, Mich., about 10 years ago and making a Guitar Center clerk very jealous about that fact. To be honest, I haven't thought about that band since that point, but the riff here is definitely solid enough for the intensity of a puck drop.
Start of second period
Foo Fighters, "The Pretender"
Even if you don't seek out the Dave Grohl-led Foo Fighters, it's tough to argue that the rockers aren't a solid band. Songs like "Everlong" and "Learn To Fly" still bang and "The Pretender," which opens every second period at the United Center, is one of the better mainstream rock songs of the past decade.
Start of third period
REO Speedwagon, "Riding the Storm Out (Live)"
I'm not sure how many words I had to write, delete, rewrite and repeat to finally realize that I have no opinion on REO Speedwagon. I'm sorry. I can't do it. They're fine, I guess! If I'm listening to classic rock radio I don't think I'd change the channel, but then again I don't listen to classic rock radio. Sorry, folks! Just imagine how hyped it'd be if the United Center went with something like "The Boys Are Back In Town."
Start of Hawks power plays
Tiesto vs. Diplo, "C'Mon"
I like songs with titles that basically serve as the thesis statement for the entire thing. Tiesto and Diplo, two of electronic music's biggest names, are imploring you to "C'Mon." This is the platonic ideal of a rave-up.
After every Blackhawks goal
The Fratellis, "Chelsea Dagger"
Congrats, now this song is stuck in your heads. If you'd like to read more in-depth thoughts about the infectious goal song, read this.
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