Lately, television shows are opting out of creating their own catchy theme songs. I don’t know about you, but half of the reason I love most of my favourite TV shows is due to their iconic theme songs. No matter where you are, the minute you hear those first couple of notes you know exactly what’s about to go down.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest theme songs ever from television classics. You can’t help but sing along or even dance to these epic ballads:
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR
This was, and still is, a jam. “Yo Home To Bel Air” was written by Quincy Jones, Will Smith, and DJ Jazzy Jeff in 1992 and took television by storm. Smith already had a following for being a popular rapper from Philly, so writing this song was nothing he couldn’t handle. You can put this song on anywhere and just about everyone will lose their minds.
This theme song will give you all the feels. Jesse Frederick’s warm voice and nostalgic lyrics reminds us of the simpler times in the 90’s. Although the song was updated by Carly Rae Jepsen in the reboot of Fuller House, I think it’s safe to say this version triumphs.
Name a more iconic theme song than this… I’ll wait. “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo has a deeper meaning than I think we all realized. Doesn’t everyone want to be in the kind of community where we’re all known, seen, and loved? Yeah… we’re not crying, you are.
A true classic. “I’ll Be There for You” by the Remembrandts was memorable for its harmonies, guitar intro, and, of course, the inevitable clapping. Even if you don’t remember the words, it’s hard to mess up those 4 claps.
This throwback is nothing short of fantastic. The theme song had several variations developed and was sung by different celebs such as Billy Rae Cyrus, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and B-52 for hour-long movies like Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase. You can’t help but sing-a-long to this banger.
SAVED BY THE BELL
Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski were my couple goals before I even knew what that meant. Originally, developer Peter Engel didn’t want the theme song to be included in the TV show’s title. However, songwriter Scott Gayle knew his song was going to be a winner. Even though it wasn’t what he originally wanted, Engel listened to Gayle’s creation and knew it was perfect for the show.
Who didn’t pop a couple of blood vessels while screaming “Aye, Aye Captain!?” As if creator Steven Hillenberg wasn’t talented enough, he also wrote the theme song with creative director Derek Drymon, as well as producers Mark Harrison and Blaise Smith. This is one of the only themes that hasn’t changed much except for a clearer animation quality – and we’re so thankful for it.
Back when Monday’s used to be considered a happy day. Surprisingly, this was not the original theme song when the show was released. It was actually “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets, and the days of the week diddy was placed in the credits. It was later moved to the opening when it came time for season 3. Now you know!
The best duo to date! As if this family-forward series wasn’t enough to get you emotional, “Where You Lead” by Carole King was re-done for the show to include King’s daughter in the vocal track. How cute!
This is an instrumental masterpiece. People fell in love with this intro so much that the audience nearly flipped when they changed it to a remastered version. The producers quickly changed it back before things got too crazy.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Who knew there were so many words that rhymed with spooky? The theme song was written and arranged by longtime Hollywood film and TV composer, Vic Mizzy. It’s eerie and catchy tune is something we all still remember 50 plus years later!
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