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Posted by Chris Forsberg, Boston.com Staff  May 28, 2008 11:24 PM

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For you Celtics fans looking to create a Garden-approved playlist to put on your iPod for the remainder of the Celtics' postseason run, we kept a list of key songs tonight (and gave a video suggestion when appropriate). Enjoy!

The Essentials

    1. "In the Air Tonight" -- Phil Collins: This 80s hit has become the pregame staple. The track plays as season highlights are shown on the Jumbotron, interspliced with clips of the Celtics gathering outside their locker room (where Kevin Garnett is usually about to boil over with intensity as he paces the hallway). The crowd explodes for the drum roll late in the song. Video suggestion: Find the YouTube video with this song playing during Miami Vice. Also goosebump inspiring.

    2. "Alive" -- P.O.D.: Forsberg says: The image of Ray Allen hitting the game-winning 3-pointer against the Charlotte Bobcats and this song are intertwined for Celtics fans as that clip and this song are paired on the Jumbotron as part of a pregame video montage.

    3. "Ayo Technology" -- 50 Cent: Who needs the lyrics? This beat gets the Garden hopping during player introductions. If you're looking for a good wedding introduction song, you'll do no better than this one. Video suggestion: Check out our video from the introductions before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

    4. "Crazy Train" -- Ozzy Osbourne: As the players start to take the floor for the opening tip, this one lights the game's fuse. It serves as the soundtrack for Kevin Garnett's headbutting of one of the hoop supports before...

    5. "Welcome to the Jungle" -- Guns 'N Roses: This one builds and builds during the intro and, if you're lucky, the opening tip will occur just as the intro reaches its crescendo. You can put this one anywhere on your playlist as it might be the most played song in the Celtics' arsenal. Video suggestion: Anything with man hugs, like the one James Posey gives Kevin Garnett as he takes the floor before the opening tip.

    6. "Rock 'N Roll Part II" -- Gary Glitter: The Patriots do not play it any more due to Mr. Glitter's checkered record, but this one is an arena essential. Maybe instead of waving these green towels the Celtics are fans of giving out, we can just toss them in the air (a la snow at Pats games). This one blared during Game 5 after Kevin Garnett posterized Theo Ratliff with a fastbreak dunk with 7:56 to play in the second quarter.

    7. "Heroes" -- The Wallflowers: This song plays when the Celtics present their "Heroes Among Us" award during the second quarter of home games. We'll leave it up to you if you want to grab this cover version or the original by David Bowie. You can't go wrong with either.

    8. "Juke Box Hero" -- Foreigner: Our personal favorite soundtrack for the Celtics dancers. This song was made for the big arena, as evidenced by the lyrics. In fact, do yourselves a favor and just download Foreigner's Greatest Hits.

    9. "Jump Around" -- House of Pain: This one oozes Boston, right? Isn't Everlast wearing a Celtics jersey in this video, too? Anyhow, this one is perfect to get the crowd bouncing around.

    10. "Cha Cha Slide" -- Mr. C: C'mon, you know you've heard this one at a wedding or party function. You just follow along to what the DJ says, "Slide to the left, slide to the right, reverse, reverse." Well, mostly it's just to get people to clap their hands in rhythm.

    11. "Bang On The Drum" -- Todd Rundgren: Another one that's popular during an opposing team's timeout. You can't help but stomp your feet or clap your hands. It's pure bliss all around. Unless you listen to this track at work.

    12. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" -- Soulja Boy Tell 'Em: Not many nights went by without hearing this one during the regular season (though it's been shelved a bit more recently). Usually this one pops up when clips from the Celtics "Dance Hall of Fame" are shown on the Jumbotron, and that almost always includes scenes of the dancing kids.

    13. "I'm Shipping up to Boston" -- Dropkick Murphys: Sorry, Jonathan Papelbon and Red Sox Nation, this one's becoming a staple for all Boston squads and it's not uncommon to hear it blare during a late fourth-quarter timeout. Fortunately, Big Baby Davis hasn't busted out any sort of Riverdance quite yet to supplement the song.

    14. "You Should be Dancing" -- The Bee Gees: KC & the Sunshine Band's "Shake Your Booty" used to be the track of choice for Gino and the American Bandstand dancers, but now this is the celebration song du jour. Video suggestion: Check out our video featuring fans trying to dance like Gino. And, while you're at it, send us your videos trying to dance like Gino.

And if you're looking for some more tracks to fill up the playlist, here are some other non-essential selections:

The Complete Set

    1."Twist and Shout" -- The Beatles: Makes appearances during timeouts called by the opposition when the Celtics are on a run.

    2. "Higher Ground" -- Red Hot Chili Peppers: Okay, it's not their track, but it's the version the Celtics dancers like to rock out to during some of their appearances.

    3. "Oh Yeah" -- Yello: Think Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Yeah, that song. It's the song of choice when the Celtics use the funhouse mirror camera view to stretch out people's heads on the Jumbotron during timeouts.

    4. "Shoot to Thrill" -- AC/DC: Brian Johnson wasn't singing about jump shots, but this track remains a solid basketball anthem. Plus it was used in the promotion of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

    5. "Dancing with Myself" -- Billy Idol: Not exactly a Garden staple, but much like the others in this section, it's a good pick to get the crowd moving.

    6. "Rock 'N Roll All Nite" -- KISS: This track is pretty popular for the T-shirt toss. Plus, everyone knows the lyrics (well, besides Lois Griffin at KISS-stock).

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