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Dudes, haggis lovers and a children's choir: Check out 10 of the most buzzed-about Song Quest submissions below!

You have until Nov. 20 to submit Canada's next great hockey song! Do it here!  It’s still anybody’s game!

For three weeks, you've been hitting us with your best shot. Hundreds of you have submitted your hockey songs. Some of them hit hard — like a stick to the face. Others are more relaxed, like a shot on an empty net.

We've collected some of the songs generating a lot of buzz online already. Some tell stories about former NHL players. Others are arena-sized sing-alongs. Which approach is best? It’ll be up to you! Official voting begins Nov. 23.

Make sure you hit play, and give a "thumbs-up" to your favourites, to help give them a head start.

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Meg Rose Smith
"Hockey Girl"


Eighteen-year-old Meg Rose Smith of Kirkland, Que., knows how to break the ice. She sings about dropping the gloves, breaking away and meeting that special someone in the stands. 


Remember that Tragically Hip song, “Fifty Mission Cap”? It tells the story of former Maple Leafs defenceman Bill Barilko. Now, Toronto band Enter the Haggis has written something of a sequel: a tune about the long drought since the Leafs last won the cup ("46 years, not that we’re counting").

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Jon Abrams
"For the Love of the Game"


Jon Abrams
is, in his own words, an average men’s league hockey player, a supportive hockey and figure-skating dad and an occasional songwriter. A few months ago he released his first EP, which included this hockey song, “For the Love of the Game.”

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Michael Wainwright
"Whoa Can We Do That Again?"


He was born in England, and he sings backup for the classic '80s band Tears for Fears (yes, they’re still around). But Michael Wainwright is a proud Ontario boy, and he’s no slouch when it comes to writing stadium stompers. Check this one out — it’s got plenty of "whoas" and "heys" to go around! 

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The Dudes
"Saturday Night"


Playoff beards, Gordie Howe and the Quebec Nordiques. Calgary’s the Dudes get nostalgic with this gem.

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Captain Tractor
"Goin' to a Hockey Game"


Part hockey anthem, part comedy sketch, Captain Tractor is an energetic blend of folk, pop, Celtic and punk. They’re also unafraid to dream of women in the NHL, or to cheer on a good hockey fight.

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Marika
"Unstoppable"


She’s had a number one song in Korea, and two singles in the Canadian top five. Langley, B.C.’s Marika Siewert — better known as Marika — proves she’s unstoppable with this rink-side rocker. 

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Classick
"This Heart"


Looking to feel inspired? Check out this track from Toronto’s Classick. A song about unwavering determination and belief in yourself! 

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ToneKats
"Busher Jackson"


At the age of 21, Harvey “Busher” Jackson led the NHL in scoring. He was the youngest scoring champion in NHL history, a title he held for 50 years until a kid named Wayne Gretzky came along. Jackson was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971. Now, Kingston band ToneKats immortalize him in song.

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Toronto Children's Concert Choir

In Canada We Like to Play the Game"


What’s a hockey song competition without some young blood? Here, the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir prove they've got game, with soaring vocals and tons of national pride. 

New hockey songs are being added every day, so keep checking back for more great tunes. And get ready to vote for your faves on Nov. 23!

Have you written Canada's next great hockey song? Know a musician who has? Submit it here for the chance to hear it on Hockey Night in Canada!

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nana5162
#1 posted by
nana5162
on Oct 25, 2013

I think "Goin' to a Hockey Game" by Captain Tractor  is my favourite and the more versatile of all these songs. Most of them are directed at the MapleLeafs (My favourite team by the way) It is lively and about hockey---period.

twining
#2 posted by
twining
on Oct 26, 2013

If feels a little unfair to the other entries in the competition to have other competitors on the front page. Shouldn't it be determined by amount of votes as appose to arbitrary highlighted entries?

Song Quest
#3 posted by
Song Quest
on Oct 28, 2013

Hey twining #2! We understand your concern and are all about fair! For this feature, we selected 10 of the entries among those getting the most action online. We wanted to highlight songs that are getting traction so far for our listeners to make the giant list of awesome submissions a little easier to navigate. We'll be featuring entries along the way based on a whole bunch of different categories, not just most popular. Some of them might surprise you! So stay tuned - there's lots more Song Quest front page love to go around!

G.Smitty
#4 posted by
G.Smitty
on Oct 29, 2013

There are other songs with more plays then some of these, so why aren't they posted here?

I don't think it's fair for any to be posted at all, since it's gonna give them more publicity then others which are as good, or even  better songs.

??????

G.Smitty
#5 posted by
G.Smitty
on Oct 29, 2013

Just wondering whats up with with all the country songs? I love country music, but  I thought the rules said "Rock, Pop, and Adult Alternative"? I think a lot of people submitted without reading over the rules.

Rick Harper
#6 posted by
Rick Harper
on Oct 30, 2013

Great songs but i dont think that they are all Real HOCKEY type songs however... i agree they sound great. probably professionally recorded but isn’t this contest about the next HOCKEY Anthem. what people feel about their team and about the game & the Ultimate goal of winning the Cup... just saying.

There are even some songs posted that are remakes of other bands... why should that get any play at all ?

 Check out my song "HOCKEY History" i recorded that off my cell phone sitting on my back deck.

grouchathome
#7 posted by
grouchathome
on Oct 31, 2013

Heard a song from some band I think from Windsor a few days back, that they'd entered in this contest.  The radio piece was hosted by Chantal Kreviazuk.  Ms. Kreviazuk commented that the sound was very reminisent of The Clash.  In fact the song was a very obvious parody of Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers - came out in 1976 - same year The Clash was formed - but sounds nothing like the Clash whatsoever.  Don't see that song on here though...and it is not the one by The Dudes.  ?

Triple Creek
#8 posted by
Triple Creek
on Oct 31, 2013

I agree that this is extra publicity for songs that don't have many plays or likes. But for some this publicity hasn't even boosted their number of plays that much. Our song It's Hockey Time already has 200 plays so if you're interested, check out my band Triple Creek right here on CBC Music.

CJKrecsy
#9 posted by
CJKrecsy
on Nov 01, 2013

a lot of good comments here re: the exposure advantages of being a.) an entrant from Ontario, b.) one of these 'featured' and therefore promoted within the contest by the contest entrants and,

also, there are lot of songs that don't really seem to fit the parameters of the search for rock, pop, alternative rock genre 'anthems'.......

I wrote my song with the idea that it could precede any game (no Team name favourite) and blend well with a montage of NHL highlights.  What do you think?

 http://music.cbc.ca/artists/Chris-Krecsy

jaymel77
#10 posted by
jaymel77
on Nov 04, 2013

Wow there is defineatly some amazing talent in Canada. Should be an interesting contest! I like the idea behind Hockey Girl :)

 

We tried to accomplish a few things with our submission...

1) Have some Sport/Hockey cross over references

2) Sound truely Canadian in sound

3) Be Catchy!  One of those tunes you find yourself singing hours after you hear it :)

Have a listen and let us know what you think?

http://music.cbc.ca/artists/Don-Leblanc-and-Jason-Melanson

jaymel77
#11 posted by
jaymel77
on Nov 04, 2013

Wow I can spell, really I can... lol

Definitely*

Truly*

^Chris Krecsy, good rockin' tune pal!

CJKrecsy
#12 posted by
CJKrecsy
on Nov 08, 2013

Thank you Jaymel77 !!  You guys have great tempo and dialed up a very good tune.  Blue Rodeo must have been an influence?  

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