Best TV theme songs #1

April 18, 2015 12:45 am Published by 1 Comment

For this, I’m going to try to put my opinions about a show (positive and negative) aside and just talk about some of the best theme songs ever to hit the airwaves.

I’m sure this will be SEO gold.

In no particular order:


Peter Gunn

I’ve never seen a single episode of this show. I don’t even know what it’s about, except that it’s some sort of crime drama. In fact, it’s much more of a Blues Brothers song to me than a TV theme.

Every part of it is great – the bassline, the horns, the groove as a whole.


Superman: The Animated Series

This song is just as good as the classic John Williams theme for Superman: The Movie (which I’m also embedding just for the hell of it), but it’s actually even more upbeat and hopeful, which are two things that the “Man of Steel” movie got completely wrong. It melodically describes Superman’s character perfectly.


Friends

I was never a fan of this show. It was pretty funny when I did watch it, but it wasn’t really my “thing”. Also, I was too cool to like something so popular.

But this theme song is a lot of fun. One of the few that I actually listen to on its own as part of my music collection. It definitely sounds like the decade of music it came out of.


X-Men

Another superhero cartoon theme song that perfectly sets the mood of the show. It’s really too bad that they didn’t try to revive this for the movies.

It’s surprisingly dark and disturbing, just like the show.


Hawaii 5-0

This is another show that I know only as a theme song. Many people are familiar with this song by now, but who cares? Just listen to those drums at the beginning.

The recent remake of the series brought with it a new version of the song, and shockingly enough, it sounds just as good! They didn’t add any electronic stuff or thumping bass, like you’d expect them to (which happened with another theme on this list). It still has the same drums and guitar and horns, and wouldn’t sound out of place if it was attached to the original series. In fact, it seems really out of place in the new show.


Monkees

This one’s a bit of a cop-out. Of course a band specifically created to be a multimedia sensation would produce a great theme song. That’s like [insert metaphor here].


The Golden Girls

I haven’t watched an episode of this show in…I don’t know…20 years? But there’s just something compelling about this song…maybe it’s its warmth and optimism. Who the hell knows?


Happy Days

When I was a kid watching this show in reruns, I had no idea that it was set in a time period (1955-1965) before the one it was filmed in (1974-1984). Likewise, I had no idea that the theme song was written to mimic songs of that period. But it fits in perfectly, and to a part of my brain, it’s just as much a part of 50s and 60s music as Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry.


Highlander: The Series

Anybody who thinks that Bohemian Rhapsody is Queen’s best song has never heard this one. God damn, it’s awesome. It’s bursting with 80s metal bombast. It makes you want to grab a guitar shaped like a sword and shred.


Power Rangers

And speaking of metal bombast, here’s the spiritual successor to the previous song.

When the Power Rangers first appeared on TV, I was just a little too old for the show’s demographic. I thought it was a ripoff of the Ninja Turtles (which I loved as a kid) and I was too cool for some lame-o ripoff. Not that I didn’t watch it once or twice anyway.

The theme song is just like the show: big and dumb and strangely awesome.


Mission: Impossible

I don’t think I need to say anything about this, do I?


Pink Panther

This one is definitely a cop-out. The theme was written for the Pink Panther movies, but shows up in the cartoons as well.

Hey, did you know that there have been 11 Pink Panther movies, 4 cartoons, a bunch of animated shorts, 4 animated features, and 2 video games? Wow…

Oh right, the music. It’s awesome, iconic, and to me, it defines Jazz.


Roseanne

This is a really cool blues tune, with some great harmonica and sax playing.

Blues Traveler (my favorite band) recorded the song for the final season of the show, and even wrote and sang lyrics.


That’s all for now. There are many that I left off the list, so I may write more parts to this – hence the “#1” in the title of this article. At this rate, expect it in about 20 years.

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