The other day while watching Baywatch reruns, I caught myself singing the theme song from season 2 and onward. This got me thinking…what other theme songs are so good that they’ve taken a life of their own? As I started digging, I found that there’s quite a few. Of course, I needed to make a playlist of full length TV theme songs.
I knew I needed a criteria for “life of their own.” Would the theme from say, The Flinstones or Gilligan’s Island qualify? After all, they certainly have a life of their own – we sing those outside of viewings of those shows. Why, just the other day they kicked off the bus after my screech of “Willllllma!” Ok, ok, that didn’t happen – but you get my point.
Anyways, I had to draw a line in the sand. So, I made a list of general qualifiers. Firstly, if the song was not written for the show itself, it qualifies. Example, Superhero by Jane’s addiction (Entourage), or Joe Cocker’s Little Help From My Friends (Wonder Years). Secondly, if the song had additional verses, such as the themes for The Big Bang Theory, Cheers, and Friends, the songs qualify. The third and final qualifier – if the song was ever distributed as a single or EP. Welcome Back by John Sebastian or The Theme from the Pink Panther.
Simply put, the song has to be something we would listen to, not just hum or sing, outside the show. So, without further adieu, here are 30 full length TV theme songs. Enjoy!
Speaking of Full Length TV Theme Songs…
Awhile back, I wrote an article on 1970s and 1980s kids TV theme songs. If you’re itching for more TV Themes, well, that’s a great place to start! Also, check out my playlist that serves as an ode to my now former industry.
There’s a couple other songs I would have included on this list, but Spotify no longer has them. Sad face. Anyways, check out “Boss of Me” by They Might Be Giants, and “Meet The Flintstones” by the
What’s coming this week? A cover vs original of the classic A-ha song, “Take On Me.” I review ten different versions of the song, so come back on Friday for that!