No matter how young or old you are now, you’ll have to agree that these theme songs can get your foot tapping while you mouth the words. You never intended to know these introductory television theme songs, but somehow the composers and lyricists created tunes that aren’t easily left behind.
You might even go to bed with one of them going round in your head, fall asleep and when you wake up you realize you are still hearing it while you are brushing your teeth.
Today’s selection includes hit theme songs from televisions series in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. They are all excellent audio representations of the tv series to which they belonged. See which ones you remember and like the most.
15. Sex and the City
This television series was a worldwide sensation from 1998 to 2004 and when its six-year run ended, fans were not happy. The lives of four quirky women, based on a book by Candace Bushnell, managed to include what was then considered to be taboo topics, profanities and off-color sexual remarks. HBO took a gamble and won. The terrific theme song was written by Douglas J. Cuomo and was used in the two feature films that followed the series.
Composer and lyricist Randy Newman is responsible for this catchy tv theme song, “It’s a Jungle Out There” for USA’s Monk. The hit show was created by Andy Breckman and stars Tony Shalhoub as the quirky detective.
13. Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under was another one of HBO’s enormously successful tv series. The theme song was written by well-known composer Thomas Newman, cousin of also successful composer, Randy Newman. The series ran from June 3, 2001 until August 21, 2005 giving its fans 63 episodes about the Fisher family, who run a family funeral home in the Los Angeles area. This series received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including nine Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globes and a Peabody.
12. Hill Street Blues
The Hill Street Blues theme song was the work of Mike Post, one of the all-time great TV composers. His other credits include L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The A-Team, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., Law and Order, and the The Rockford Files. Well-known jazz guitarist Larry Carlton performed the series’ theme, which is still a favorite. The series ran from 1981 to 1987 and was a hit police drama.
11. Full House
Composer Jesse Frederick wrote this theme song for the series created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show lasted eight years and ran from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995. “Everywhere You Look” is recognized by fans everywhere.
10. The Facts of Life
This cute series about a girl’s school was another long-running show. It began on August 24, 1979 until May 7, 1988 and was initially a spin-off of Diff’rent Strokes. Facts of Life was created by Dick Clair, Norman Lear and Jenna McMahon and ran on NBC. The theme song was written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton.
Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, was a sitcom fantasy about a witch who is married to a mortal. The popular series ran on ABC from 1964 to 1972. The unique theme song written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller was also used in the successful Bewitched movie with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.
“I’ll Be There For You!” is the highly recognizable theme song from Friends – the popular series that ran for ten years – September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. Starring an ensemble cast including Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt Le Blanc, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow, the series had a simple premise about friends living in Manhattan and had a big following and fan base. The show was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman; the theme song was by the Rembrandts.
7. The Simpsons
The Simpsons premiered in 1989 and is still going strong. It has been on the air for over 25 seasons and is the longest-running animated series ever. Fans have been following the lives of Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and their pets, Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball for over 21 years and it’s garnered several awards. Creater Matt Groening and James L. Brooks have been the executive producers for the entire run. Danny Elfman created this popular theme song.
6. Saved By The Bell
Saved By the Bell was aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993 and was about a group of high school friends and their wacky principal at Bayside High. It was named one of the best school shows of all time by AOL TV. Created by Sam Bobrick and developed by Peter Engel, the series had a spin-off that took the cast into their college years. The listed composer is Scott Gale.
5. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Megastar Will Smith starred in this much-loved sitcom that aired for six years; 1990 to 1996. The theme song was performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and told the story about a street-wise teenager who is sent to move in with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel Air Mansion. Smith was a popular rapper in the late 80’s who blew through his money and wound up in financial trouble in every direction. Luckily NBC signed him for this series and the rest is history.
4. 7th Heaven
7th Heaven was a popular show that ran mid-90’s to the mid-2000’s and was about an American family’s trials and tribulations. It was created and produced by Brenda Hampton and aired on the WB network. Dan Foliart composed this catchy tune and Steve Plunkett is the performer’s voice we hear.
3. The Jefferson’s
“Movin’ On Up” was the tune that stuck in viewer’s heads when it was broadcast on CBS from 1975 to 1985 (11 years). The story was focused around George and Louise Jefferson, a well-to-do couple living in Manhattan. Originally, the Jeffersons were neighbors of Archie Bunker (All in the Family) and this sitcom became a very successful spin-off. Another success by TV mogul, Norman Lear, The Jeffersons‘ theme song was written by Janet Dubois and Jeff Barry.
2. The Flintstones
Yabba dabba doo! The Flintstones theme song is recognizable anywhere and hard to stop humming or singing; it’s just one of those songs. Hoyt Curtin composed the tune and was also responsible for creating some of the other favorites from the 60’s, like the Jetsons, Top Cat and Johnny Quest. The show ran for six years, 1960 to 1966, and was produced by Hanna-Barbera.
1. The Addams Family
They’re creepy and they’re kooky – mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky – The Addams Family. This quirky and eccentric family thrilled viewers with their way-out perspective on typical life situations. The theme song was written by one of Hollywood’s favorite composers at the time, Vic Mizzy. You wind up accidentally memorizing the words, it’s so catchy.