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We know you love hockey videogames. Nothing is ever going to beat this intro.

All sports games have soundtracks, but EA NHL games have featured some wicked tunes over the years. Fellow LMBF pal Kevin Bartman and I decided to break down the best songs these games have had to offer.

11. Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane (2010)

An absolutely timeless rock song. I may be biased because this was always played at the UC, but this song was destined for an NHL game. Plus, Patrick Kane was on the cover, so you can’t not put it in there. -KB

10. Panic! at the Disco – Nine in the Afternoon (2009)

A goddamn shame that this song didn’t get much if any radio play. Not only a great hockey song but a great song overall. NHL 09 was probably the greatest soundtrack of them all and this song sits right near the top. -KB

9. Black Tide – Warriors Of Time (2009)

Much like Nine in the Afternoon, you just get the feeling this song was made for NHL. Don’t get me wrong, I am the farthest thing from a metal guy, but this song is fantastic. That’s when you know it’s good. -KB

8. Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief (2014)

It is impossible for someone to listen to this song and not know it precedes a big-time moment. That big-time moment was knowing it was time to get jacked to beat the snot out of some kid online or someone close to you. -MB

7.  Dropkick Murphys – The Boys are Back (2014)

The boys are back. That’s perfect when you’re ready to wreak havoc with your favorite custom team, favorite NHL team, or are together with your boys. Song would have been higher had the game not said the boys were “looking for glory.” Nah, they’re definitely looking for trouble. -MB

6. Jimmy Eat World – Sweetness (2003)

This is one of the best choruses the game has ever produced. It’s a heavy song with a chorus that everyone can’t pass up the chance to sing. Pair it up with the nostalgia of all the great alternate jerseys had in NHL and you’ve got an awesome combo. -MB

5. Brand New – The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows (2004)

The best part of this song is the guitar solo, and EA knew it. Long before the times of 21st century games beginning to incorporate all 30 authentic goal horns and songs into the game, this song would blare on most of the goals scored. It brings back great memories of making your friend look silly. -MB


4. Billy Talent – Red Flag (2006)

This was one of those songs that I don’t think anyone had heard of until it was featured in an NHL soundtrack. Another headbanger for sure, and probably one of the more iconic drum intros I have heard. Also, I would be lying if I said the name “Billy Talent” isn’t fantastic. -KB

3. Jet – Get What You Need (2004)

The 2004 soundtrack was fantastic, and this song was probably the best one off it. It’s one of those songs that would always come on the second you’d fire up the game and decide what game mode you and your buddies were going to play. It starts slow then gets into the uptempo, hard rock Jet is known for. -MB

2. Priestess – Talk to Her (2007)

What a jam. Priestess had another great song in the form of ‘Raccoon Eyes’ make one of the other games, but this song hooks you right from the start. Power cords are a staple of NHL games. Power cords and a great solo make this a great, nostalgic NHL tune. -MB

1. Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild (2009)

This is one of those rare songs that makes you want to run through a brick wall. Just an absolute headbanger you have right here. Airbourne has more than a few songs in NHL games, and for good reason. Probably a first ballot Chel soundtrack HOF band if there was such a thing. -KB