Ranking the 2018 NHL Playoff goal horns and songs

The NHL Playoffs start TONIGHT, and with that will be plenty of goals and loud noises that follow those goals.

You’ll be hearing some goal horns and songs quite a bit this postseason, especially from the teams that go on a deep run.

But what goal horns and songs should you want to hear the most often? Let’s rank the 16 NHL Playoff goal horns.

We did this last year, and it was a ton of fun, and the good news is we have a TON of new blood in the playoffs this year, so there are plenty of new horns and songs to listen to.


16. Anaheim Ducks

Awful. A long fog horn blast, terrible music, and it seems to drone on forever. This was last in last year’s rankings, and again takes the bottom spot this year. Ducks, please get a new horn and song.

15. Washington Capitals

There’s just too much going on for too long. Good horn, the sirens aren’t bad on their own, but add it all up and it’s just overwhelming. Pick one or the other. The song is just…loud. Not great.

14. Los Angeles Kings

Nope. The horn isn’t great, the song isn’t either. The only thing that saves this from being a total dud is the little “I Love LA” bit we get in there.

13. Winnipeg Jets

Probably the worst non-Anaheim horn of the bunch. Oh and look, more sirens. The song is…generic rock celebration song No. 3, so that’s…fine. You may hear this one a bunch, sadly.


12. Toronto Maple Leafs

The horn is good, the song is meh. It’s not bad. It’s not great. It’s just sort of there.

11. Colorado Avalanche


10. Tampa Bay Lightning

The horn is OK enough, and has a cool side effect of the lightning sizzle noise, but that song is not my favorite, by a long shot.

9. San Jose Sharks

A better version of Anaheim’s, but it gets bonus points for using the old NHL 97 menu music.

8. New Jersey Devils

Again, I like the horn, but the song just doesn’t do anything for me. It’s OK, it’s up-tempo, and they add sirens as well. I guess this is what would happen if the Capitals separated all their elements?

7. Vegas Golden Knights


Good horn, meh song, but the song is better than all of them to this point, so this puts them solidly in the middle of the pack. I was hoping for something more…Vegas-y, I don’t even know what that means, but I want it.

6. Boston Bruins

Solid. Good enough goal horn, and Zombie Nation may be old, but still works well as a song fans can chant along with when it comes on.

5. Columbus Blue Jackets

Heck yes, one of the best songs, maybe the best song to chant along with of this bunch. The cannons add to it as well. I like this.

4. Philadelphia Flyers

CONFESSION: This long, drawn-out goal horn might be my favorite of the bunch, but the techno remix of Seven Nation Army, a Kevin Hart bit, and the Mario 64 jumping noise are…weird. If this was just horn, this might be your winner.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins

PARTY HARD! What more do you need to know after your team scores a goal in the playoffs than to party hard? Goal horn isn’t my favorite, but this gets points for the song.

2. Minnesota Wild

A solid goal horn, but this moves WAY up the rankings with the use of Prince’s “Go Crazy” as the song throughout. A touching tribute, sadly they probably won’t get to hear it too many times this playoff season.

1. Nashville Predators

Decent enough horn, but the Predators may have the best music in the league following a goal. The Tim McGraw-Black Keys combo is outstanding. I love local tie-ins like the Wild and Preds have.

Bonus Horns Just Because


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