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The Toronto Maple Leafs are having trouble finding a goal song for 2023-24

Rewind a few years. I’m the music director for the Toronto Maple Leafs, meaning that I was the person who chose, categorized, and organized all the music heard before, during, and after Leaf games at the Air Canada Centre. It was a two-season run that had me up in the gondola many nights, analyzing the crowd reaction to songs picked specifically for everything from penalty calls (good and band) to fights and shoot-outs.

One of the most important pieces of music was the goal song, the track played everything time the Leafs scored. After much consultation with the team and MLSE, we used this.

Since then (and since I left the position), the Leafs have tried out a number of goal songs, including “You Make My Dreams” from Hall and Oates, which was a staple for the last five years.

For 2023-24, the Game Operations people decided to change things up. The Steve Aoki remix of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” was introduced during the Leafs home opener with the Habs last Wednesday.

Fans heard it six times. That was enough. If you go through the lyrics of the song, there are themes of drugs and drunk driving.

When the Leafs played the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, an “alternative goal song” was used.

But that won’t be it, either.

The next Leaf game is tonight when Chicago is in town and a new song will be tried out. Any guesses what it might be?

Alan Cross

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7 thoughts on “The Toronto Maple Leafs are having trouble finding a goal song for 2023-24

  • Why not Genghis Khan by Iron Maiden? Surprised no team has used that yet. It’s an instrumental, so there should be no issues about lyrics

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  • As a person who has been to many games (My Family has season tickets). Might I say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! The only song that works is You Make My Dreams Come True. At this point five years on … that’s like changing the Bill’s SHOUT song. Just don’t do it, leave it alone. However, let’s just say for legal reasons it must be changed. I would nominate Money City Maniacs by Sloan! I mean the siren opening?! Then it hits! The crowd goes wild! Just saying! Also, I nominate myself to do that song-picking Leafs job if you don’t want it, sounds like a sweet gig!

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  • Never Come Down
    Brave Shores
    Brave Shores (2014)

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  • Swucca Chust
    Gramatik
    Coffee Shop Selection (2015)

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  • The Little Things
    Big Gigantic (ft. Angela McCluskey)
    Brighter Future (2017)

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