What is your favorite show? Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Maybe horror or action? Does it come on cable? Hulu? Netflix? Is it one of these long-running classics? Whatever it is, it's highly likely that it has a theme song. Theme songs are a staple of television. They've been around since I Love Lucy. Pretty much every famous show has a catchy tune that reminds you of every thing you like about it! Yes, the theme song is a tradition, and it serves an important purpose. The theme song becomes synonymous with the show.
When we hear the song and see scenes from past episodes, our brain prepares to watch the show! That's also why we love theme songs — they remind us of every good memory we have watching the show it goes with. That's why today I want to talk about the 10 best and catchiest theme songs of all time! Let's get started:
10. Mary Tyler Moore
This show is synonymous with the '70s. If you were a kid back then, you no doubt watched this show with your family all the time. The Mary Tyler Moore Show normalized single working women, and paved the way for shows like 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation. That's why the theme song "Love Is All Around" was so fitting.
9. The Beverly Hillbillies
If there was ever an earworm, it was this song. Just writing this has gotten it stuck in my head! Any time I hear someone say "let me tell you a story," I have to break into song — I just have to!
8. Gilligan's Island
Even if you haven't seen Gilligan's Island, you've probably heard the theme song. Interesting fact: John Williams wrote the original version of the song before garnering fame for scoring famous films like Star Wars, and Jurassic Park.
7. The Addams Family
You can't list the best theme songs, and not mention The Addams Family! This song perfectly matches the show. One might say, "its creepy and its kooky," and that's what makes it great!
6. All In The Family
The Bunkers are a major part of television history. All in the Family took on every topic from race to feminism. It inspired television creators to focus on the messages their shows send to the audience. Even the theme song has helped further the progression of television by influencing the theme songs of future shows.
5. Full House
The theme song to Full House is massively nostalgic for multiple generations. Kids have been watching Full House since the '80s and it has managed to stay popular today. In fact, Netflix recently brought back the show with a brand new version of the classic theme song!
4. The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
Will Smith may be a little too famous these days to do a TV show, but we'll never forget that TV is where he got his start. Yes, this song has lasted the test of time, all thanks to Nick-at-Nite! Thank you, Nickelodeon, for showing all of us kids the amazing '90s TV we've missed out on!
3. The Simpsons
The Simpsons is one of the longest-running shows in TV history. Its characters and theme song are famous all over the world. The Simpsons were also one of the first shows to regularly use the theme song as extra time for comedy thanks to their "couch gags."
I don't think there is a more lastingly popular show than Friends! It's been off the air for 10 years and people are still talking about it! The theme song's signature *clap clap clap clap* and fountain are famous all over the world! Not to mention, international superstar, Jennifer Aniston, got her start on the show.
When I was scouring the internet, researching other people's choices for top theme songs, one show was on the top of most lists. The theme song to Cheers isn't just nostalgic and an amazing opening to one of my favorite shows, it is a famous song in and of its self. During the '80s, radio stations actually played "Everybody Knows Your Name" as just another song. It reached number 28 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart of 1983. The Cheers theme reminds people of the show, and their family and friends. The all around good feelings it inspires are what put it at the top of my list! If you haven't seen Cheers, your life is incomplete! It brought us Woody Harrelson (Hunger Games, Now You See Me) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier, X-Men: The Last Stand)
The theme song is one of the best parts of the show. Just hearing the theme to your favorite show will make you smile! There are SO MANY great theme songs out there that I didn't get a chance to mention!