Up until this year, I had no idea that each team competing at the World Junior Hockey Championships got to choose the song that played when they scored a goal. The reason? It’s never really been a topic that garnered much attention.
That all changed when Team Canada scored their first goal of the tournament, which started on December 26 in Buffalo, New York, and we got to hear Canada’s song choice for the first time. We all know there are a lot of lyrically-controversial songs but this isn’t the reason people are talking. So what song did they choose? A remix of Bruce Channel’s 1961 hit ‘Hey Baby’ by DJ Otzi.
Why did the team choose ‘Hey Baby?’ They wanted a fun, upbeat song that the crowd could sing-along to. At first, fans were wondering why they chose it and the players were questioning if they made a mistake and thought about changing it when the crowd didn’t initially warm up to it. That’s all changed now! The funniest part? Nobody on the team wants to take credit for it!
What started off potentially as a joke has turned out to become a huge topic of conversation of the tournament. Most fans are loving it- although that could just be a side effect being happy over Canada scoring so much in the tournament so far!
🎶 Heyyyyyyy, hey baby, ooh ahh
I wanna knooooow If you’ll be my girl 🎶
I love Canada’s goal song 😄😄🇨🇦🇨🇦 #WorldJuniors
— Arkin (@Arkin_Roy) January 2, 2018
Whoever chose the Hey Baby song for Canada's goal song, I love em lol 😂😜
— kayla (@Kayla_KTBSPAxo) January 5, 2018
Team Canada families doing Hey Baby karaoke really is the most important thing to me
— Alyssa (@alyssastweeting) January 5, 2018
The fact that Team Canada's goal song is "Hey Baby" just…. really warms the heart. It just makes me so happy
— ♡amanda linn♡ (@amandolinn_) January 2, 2018
Not everyone is a fan of the song choice though.
Petition for Canada's World Juniors to be able to change their goal song mid-tournament, because I cannot listen to DJ Otzi's Hey Baby (2001) any more.
— Sara (@archivalistic) January 2, 2018
— Alicia Sergeant (@AliciaSergeant) December 31, 2017
But even when fans hate it, they still love hearing it.
Like I want Canada to keep scoring but I also don't want to hear that Hey Baby song ever again
— soph (@sophiejbaron) January 2, 2018
Enjoying this nice lead by team Canada…I’ve had about enough of the “hey baby” song though.
I may enjoy it again during the gold medal game though!
— Croz (@crossleyc) January 5, 2018