I may well be accused of being a biased judge here, since it was the era I grew up in, but I'll say it nonetheless: the 1990s was the golden age of cartoon TV shows, ushering in a plethora of unforgettable characters who graced our screen for 10 glorious years.
And with great cartoons, come great cartoon theme tunes, many of which were ingrained into my memory over countless hours spent hunched in front of the TV, whistling along to the intros. Scroll down for the 20 greatest '90s theme songs, ranked in order of their toe-tapability. But be warned, once you start listening, you'll be humming your favorites all day long...
Note: Some of the shows included began airing in the '80s, but reached the peak of their prominence during the following decade.
Lyrical highlight: Ba da de ba be ba ba
In a word: Contagious
Lyrical highlight: Spider-Man, Spider-Man, radioactive Spider-Man
In a word: Rippin'
18. Pinky and the Brain
Lyrical highlight: To prove their mousy worth, they'll overthrow the earth
In a word: Diabolical
17. Dragon Ball Z
Lyrical highlight: Rock the dragon!
In a word: Face-melting
16. Ed, Edd and Eddy
Lyrical highlight: Ed, Edd and Eddy!
In a word: Beserk
15. Cow and Chicken
Lyrical highlight: Mama had a chicken, mama had a cow. Dad was proud, he didn't care how
In a word: Trippy
14. Dexter's Laboratory
Highlight: Electrifying crescendo
In a word: Burton-esque
13. Earthworm Jim
Lyrical highlight: Jim can be a winner if we only sing along!
In a word: Groovy
12. The Powerpuff Girls
Lyrical highlight: Sugar, spice, and everything nice
In a word: Sugar-Raving
11. Hey Arnold!
Lyrical highlight: Move it football head
In a word: Jazzy
Highlight: That dope riff
In a word: Synthalicious
Lyrical highlight: That trumpet speaks for itself
In a word: Rousing
8. Batman: The Animated Series
Highlight: The climactic thunder-strike
In a word: Triumphant
Lyrical highlight: It's a simple message and it comes from the heart: believe in yourself 'cause that's the place to start
In a word: Inspirational
Lyrical highlight: They lock us in the tower whenever we get caught, but we break loose and then vamoose, and now you know the plot!
In a word: Loony
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Lyrical highlight: Heroes in a half shell, turtle power!
In a word: Unforgettable
Highlight: The unmistakable drumroll
In a word: Delightful
Lyrical highlight: We mean you!
In a word: Taztastic
Lyrical highlight: You teach me and I'll teach you, POO-KEEE-MOOON
In a word: Epic
1. The Simpsons
Lyrical highlight: The Siiiimpsooons
In a word: Timeless