It’s been four years since the Maple Leafs began using Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True” as their goal song and it’s finally time to send it to the stratosphere.
That means, it’s change Toronto’s goal song o’clock.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy “You Make My Dreams Come True” just as much as everyone else, but sometimes change can be good. Sometimes, change can make different outcomes possible — maybe even the opposite of a first round exit.
There is criteria, though, for a brand new song. It has to be fast, loud, and able to get the fans going when the Maple Leafs put the puck into the back of the net. It would also be a plus if the artist was Canadian, however it’s not required.
It doesn’t need to be perfect, nor should it be a song any NHL team has used in the past — it needs to be one of their own. One that fits the Maple Leafs’ brand.
So, here are my three picks:
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) – Fall Out Boy
We begin with this song because, well, listening to it can get you incredibly hyped up first of all
Secondly, if you move the play cursor to the 50 second mark, you can hear them sing the “Light Em Up” portion, which is where the goal song would begin when the Maple Leafs score. “Light Em Up” also specifies that Toronto is scoring against the opposition, and that seems like the perfect fit.
Of all the songs on the list, this one might just be the perfect fit for the Maple Leafs.
Years In The Making – Arkells
Most of us by now know Arkells as one of Canada’s most recognized bands. They’ve played at festivals all across the country, are from the Greater Toronto Area, and their lead singer, Max Kerman, has a great friendship with Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas.
They make some great music that’s worth checking out. The band even performed one of their songs in Scotiabank Arena prior to the Maple Leafs’ home opener last season.
But the song I’ve picked — “Years In The Making” — seems like the perfect fit for Toronto. If you place the play cursor at the 40 second mark, you can hear the lyrics “Years In The Making” followed by some guitar and drums.
Years in the making — it sounds very familiar to the Maple Leafs’ situation right now. In all seriousness though, aside from the lyrics, I believe this song would be a contender for Toronto’s next goal song.
It has the perfect flow and the band is Canadian – a lovely combo.
Hold On – Justin Bieber
I don’t really have to say much about this song.
In a love letter to the Maple Leafs, Justin Bieber professes his affection for the team he grew up watching as a child. Along with that, the singer songwriter has a partnership with the Maple Leafs and his clothing company “drewhouse”.
Aside from the clothing they’ve come up with, the Flipside jersey, and the friendships Bieber has made with a few of Toronto’s players, this song fits perfectly as a goal song.
It has a perfect pace, a very good sound, and it just fits Toronto’s vibes overall. If there is in fact a goal song change, I’d put money on this one being the new one.
Everything about it speaks Maple Leafs.
But now that I’ve done it, what goal song would you like Toronto to have next?