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From Gary Glitter to The Black Keys, a goal song evolution

For 15 seasons, hockey fans have heard a special version of Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It” every time the Nashville Predators score a goal. Also for 15 seasons, “I Like It, I Love It” has been followed by Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll, Part 2.” From this sequence, the 303 chants known around the hockey world were born.

During the Development Camp scrimmage on Saturday, however, the Preds seemed to have previewed a different take on the goal song.

In an appropriate change given the team’s color scheme, Nashville’s Game Ops crew has replaced “Rock and Roll, Part 2” with “Gold on the Ceiling” by The Black Keys.

Despite being mostly positive, there was a mixed reaction by the fan base. A sampling is below.

Regardless of your opinion on the (probable) new goal song, the fact is that some Preds fans have asked for “Rock and Roll, Part 2” to be removed for years. Even before “Gold on the Ceiling” became a monster hit in 2012.

Gary Glitter is a convicted sex offender. He served four months in prison in 1999 after being found guilty of having child pornography on his computer in 1997. He was then deported from his residence in Cambodia to Vietnam after serving some more jail time for suspicion of child sexual abuse. Then, in 2006, he was arrested yet again, this time for molesting two Vietnamese girls, ages 10 and 11. And if all that wasn’t enough, as recently as last month, Glitter was charged with eight counts of sexual offenses between the years of 1977-1980. The victims were between the ages of 12 and 14.

Nashville isn’t the only sports franchise who has tried to move on from the song popularly known as “The Hey Song.” In 2006, the National Football League asked all of their clubs to nix “Rock and Roll, Part 2.”

As far as 303 goes, if the Predators do institute “Gold on the Ceiling,” the arena-wide chanting of “You Suck!” will go away during the post-goal celebration. Unfortunately, it just wouldn’t fit. However, one fan brought up a great alternative.

Instead of taunting the opponent, what if, after the goal song concludes, the 17,000+ inside Bridgestone Arena praised the goal scorer? Instead of “Hey… YOU SUCK!” it would change to a call-and-response “I… I believe… I believe in… I believe in Seth Jones! I believe in Seth Jones! I believe in Seth Jones!”

This would kill two birds with one stone. It would allow for the new goal song while still providing a fun post-goal chant and it would finally give that small sect of people who complain about the word “sucks” something to get behind and support.

Sometimes, in life, you have to work with what you’re given. Whether you like the new goal song or not, it will change at some point. The idea is to make the best of out of the situation. We believe that instituting the new chant above does just that. That said, we’d love to hear your opinions and suggestions.

VIDEO CREDIT: Justin Bradford // Penalty Box Radio

PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)


  1. DFash

    July 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t have a problem with the word ‘suck’ at all. I love the goalie ‘you suck’ chant, but the goal song ‘you suck’ chant was overkill. I’m glad it’s gone. I’d love to find another chant, but I think the one you just linked to is going to be difficult to get the arena to do without phasing. Too many rhythmically challenged people in that building.

  2. S

    July 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I don’t completely understand the assumption that the “you suck” chant would go away with the goal song. I think it’s still pretty easy to fit it in with the new song. And for actual evidence, Devils fans kept doing it when they got rid of Gary Glitter too (

  3. Austin

    July 13, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I personally think there are a ton of other better post-goal options that Gold On The Ceiling.

    • Alan Cannon

      July 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      The reason is that the Black Keys live in Nashville and Gold is an important color to the Preds.

  4. Gumpyyy

    July 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I love the new goal chant idea. I like the idea of using it for the starting goaltender as well, but using the chant in any way will get me pumped and ready for more.

    • Misty

      July 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Well if we are going to include people who don’t score goals in a post-goal song, might as well include the refs, the coaches, the peanut guy, and what about the ice girls, too?

      • Gumpyyy

        July 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        it could happen after the first puck drop for the goaltender, then after scored goals.

        Heaven forbid we celebrate our team, right?

      • Tuxfile

        July 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        The ice girls do good work, I don’t see why not..

  5. Misty

    July 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I think the suggested “I believe…” chant….well, it sucks. As well as the new post goal music. It is not a good transition and I don’t believe it will be one that gets the crowd pumped. Just my opinion.

  6. Predsboro

    July 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I’m glad they’re making the change … Glitter needs to go and, although I have no problem telling the goalie he sucks after the Preds score, it’s WAY overkill the way it has morphed at Bridgestone Arena during R&R part II. Gold on the Ceiling can work but needs a much better mix with ILIILI than what we heard at the Dev. Camp Scrimmage.

    As far as the “I believe” chant … eh, way to soccer-ish for my liking (and I follow EPL so not coming from a soccer hater).

    I imagine the “You Suck” will likely get inserted easily in the new song … it’s easy if you listen to it again. Hope not though.

    Funny story about Dev. Camp Scrimmage … first goal … horn blows … ILIILI plays … then our first experience of GOTC. Lady behind me says, “hey, where’s my ‘YOU SUCK?'”

  7. Jimmy

    July 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    What if the new chant went some like “I…I believe…I believe you….I believe you suck!”

    • J Boogie

      July 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

      haha exactly

  8. @SteveThomas51

    July 14, 2014 at 4:06 am

    That “I Believe” chant is the worst. I’m all for ousting Glitter, but if we’re changing chants can we please stay away from that annoying “I Believe” chant.

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  10. MattyIce

    July 14, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I hate the I believe chant. I don’t care if we don’t have the Gary glitter song but the you suck chant was the best. Hate this move.

  11. Jack

    July 14, 2014 at 7:11 am

    The “I Believe” is awful. No. Just no. Not a fan of Gold on the Ceiling. It was boring at the scrimmage but what can you do. I would like something more upbeat and familiar myself.

  12. Austin

    July 14, 2014 at 8:05 am


  13. Austin

    July 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I am not a huge fan of the “I believe” chant. Just let soccer have it. As far as the old song goes, it was fun, but it did focus way more on ripping the other team than praising the Preds. It also got outta hand at times like in 2012 after Lidstrom’s last game when we knocked the Wings out, we chanted “you suck” for nearly five minutes straight. I like the new song. It fits well with our new look and we could just chant along with the song like in Chicago. I think it would sound cool and piss off Blackhawks fans, so it’d be a win-win. But it’s just a suggestion.

  14. Robby

    July 14, 2014 at 8:58 am

    It’s about time. The juvenile “you suck. we’re gonna beat the hell out of you.” runs counter to the classy environment the Preds have worked to create. Plus, it’s the kind of bush-league stuff you hear in the minors and this is an NHL franchise. We’re better than all that and I welcome the change.

  15. Brent

    July 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I too am not a fan of the ‘I Believe’ chant. This team plays in Music City, where creativity is written every day, we can come up with something better than that

  16. Justin Bradford (@justinbbradford)

    July 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    People do realize that every chant for pretty much every team is taken from another team, right?

  17. predfan

    July 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

    What Glitter did to kids has no correlation to what we chant. I never knew the idiot did anything like what was posted. However, it’s a song. Just a song!!! I enjoy our chants afterwards. I’m not thinking about him when the song is played. People are just WAY to sensitive about everything. Why not yell Redskins Redskins Redskins rah rah rah after we score so we can offend anyone who has 1% Indian in them also.

  18. David Saunders

    July 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Could do this with “Gold On The Ceiling”

    1. incorporate “you suck” between stanzas
    2. could change the words up to be more Preds related… something like

    “Gold, on the ceiling (YOU SUCK)
    The Predators score and we get that feeling (YOU SUCK)
    Gold, on the ceiling (YOU SUCK)”

    etc etc.

    • Predsboro

      July 14, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      or, we can just stop with the “you suck” after the “goalie name, goalie name, goalie name … YOU SUCK.” The other is just overkill in my opinion …

    • J Boogie

      July 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

      that’s what i was thinking as well. i’m sure they’ll find a way to fit it in. (that’s what she said)

  19. Chris Oliver

    July 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Here is my vote for the new goal song:

    The Ghost Inside – Blue and Gold

    The song is all about being not being the same as everyone else and being a black sheep. Nashville has always been the black sheep since we are in the south and not a “traditional” hockey market. The chorus also has our colors, seems like a winner to me.

  20. Matt

    July 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    The idea behind getting rid of “rock and Roll pt. 2” is so that gary glitter doesnt get royalties off the songs usage every year. The Sharks tried to get rid of using the song a couple years ago, but playing “holiday” by green day i think, but it didnt stick. so they use an all-organ version of the hey song that is changed jsut enough to avoid giving glitter his money. no need to support a piece of human trash.

  21. Jeff

    July 14, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I like the idea of singing along with the lyrics. We still get the “You Suck” after “He shoots, he scores”.

  22. markstrickler

    July 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Dude is a pederast – glad they changed it. Besides we need new chants that don’t end in “you suck.” Makes us sound like a bunch of redneck hillbillies – that is not what Nashville is about nowadays.

    • BULL

      July 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

      I for one love saying YOU SUCK after we score .There’s plenty of other words far worse that SUCK.

  23. BULL

    July 15, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Why change ,to me it’s part of the Preds history. Also there’s plenty of other clubs that use the Glitter song also.

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  25. Stewart Faulkner-Rhyne

    July 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

    So i had a Weird dream, ended up writing new lyrics for the new goal song! want to make a demo? Road tested it on my co workers and they approve.

  26. Stewart Faulkner-Rhyne

    July 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Oh it still has a reference to the you suck part. Kinda mixed the old with some new to the music.

  27. solsoxx

    July 19, 2014 at 7:11 am

    For those that like the YOU SUCK, we could incorporate the “Medal” song that was used as Kurt Angle’s WWE entrance music. I think it would make a smooth transition and fulfill the You Suck objective.

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