50 TV Theme Songs I’ll Never Forget
TV shows come and go (well, maybe with the exception of COPS and The Simpsons), but television theme songs will always stay with us, be it nostalgic or just plain annoying. On more than one occasion, I’ve caught myself humming most of the TV show theme songs listed below, the way I hum popular movie themes.
This one’s my all-time favorite TV theme. Brilliant theme music for a brilliant TV show.
I’ve lost count of the number of times some douchebag in college hummed the Jeopardy theme music whenever I took some time answering a professor’s question.
I hated it, my kids love it. They win.
This is the theme to the show that introduced Pierce Brosnan to the world.
A classic I used to wake up and look forward to as a child.
Various arrangements of this British TV theme music have come out in the past four decades, all of them just as haunting and ethereal as the original.
Not really a fan of the show, but its theme music just gets me every time.
One of the most recognizable TV themes of all time.
For ten seasons, Chandler, Joey, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe were there for us.
The various Batman animated series had cool themes, but nothing beats the “"Dadadadadadadadadadadadada...Batman!" of the 1960s Adam West series.
11. Simpsons theme
It’s just unbelievable that we’ve been listening to this TV theme song for almost 18 years now.
Even though Steve Martin and Beyonce’s movie sucked, the theme remains unforgettable.
13. The Office theme
Save for the grungy guitars, this theme reminds me of a number of 80s television theme songs.
14. Cops theme song
“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do…?”
15. Family Guy theme
It’s just fascinating how a theme song to a very funny animated show that respects nothing and no one could be so preachy.
16. Futurama theme
I liked The Simpsons theme better, but this theme sounded fun just the same.
17. Miami Vice theme
Another classic from the 80s.
18. South Park theme
No other TV show can put lyrics like “I like girls with big fat titties, I like girls with big vaginas” in its theme song and get away with it.
This is the TV theme song that makes me want to become a purple dinosaur murderer.
I just love how the Jackass punks chose a song with a polka beat as its TV theme song.
I like most WWE theme songs, but I love Batista’s “I Walk Alone” song the best. And the fact that he is my favorite wrestler there has everything to do with it.
This is one TV theme that was perfect for the series: creepy, ethereal and just plain awesome.
One of the most recognizable television theme songs today.
One word: Sexy
25. CSI theme
The song that introduced a whole new generation to The Who.
26. Smallville theme
“Somebody saaaaaaaaaave meeeeeee…..” I’ve been listening to this song for seven seasons and it hasn’t gotten any less annoying.
I couldn’t get Images of Chris Pontius’ bouncing butt out of my head every time I hear this song.
28. Firefly theme
Too bad they've canceled this one just when it was starting to pick up.
This TV theme song never fails to wake my little kid up in the morning.
One of the most dynamic and recognizable TV show theme songs ever.
I really am going to miss humming “got yourself a gun….”
32. Scooby-Doo theme
I loved this song as a kid, and nothing can ever change that.
33. The A-Team theme
As testosterone-laden as any TV theme music could ever get.
For a show that sucked, it sure had one kickass theme song, if only for the nifty guitar licks.
35. Theme from Shaft
Isaac Hayes, way before he got caught up in all that Scientology vs. South Park crap.
36. Survivor theme
The show is in its 15th season, and I still couldn’t hum the notes of the opening theme right.
Countless little girls around the world have picked up hairbrushes and sang along to this hip RnB television theme song.
That ethereal female voice chanting at the beginning of this TV theme never fails to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
39. 24 theme
Its opening countdown sequence makes it absolutely one of the most distinct TV themes ever.
I almost fell off my seat when I heard one Bollywood-type dance song sample the unmistakable bass line of this TV theme.
41. Scrubs theme
A funny show about life working in a hospital, minus the drama of your typical medical drama show, makes Scrubs a gem in itself, and the theme captures the light nature of the show perfectly.
42. Dallas theme
My big sister watched this show regularly, and the theme just kinda stuck.
The theme song of my childhood.
44. Charmed theme
Just thinking of this TV theme song makes me miss Alyssa Milano on TV even more.
Just caught some episodes of this show on reruns, but I found the harmony of the opening theme to be pretty cool.
My parents watched this show, and I could still remember the theme.
Hopefully, this perky ditty makes it to the upcoming movie as well.
Who could ever forget Lynda Carter jumping high, running fast and deflecting bullets in that sexy primary colored-costume, with a chorus of women singing “Wonder Womaaaaaaan!!!” in the background?
49. MacGyver theme
Somehow, I find myself humming this television theme song every time I’m fixing something in the garage.
That Chinese woman’s version of this TV theme song in “Spiderman 2” really cracked me up.
Phew... wow that was fun.
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