Isn't a shame that nearly every TV theme song sucks now? Think about it. Gone are the days where you could get an instantly memorable theme like "Mission Impossible", The Twilight Zone", or "The Love Boat", as imminently forgettable tunes from "Seinfield", "Friends", "ER", and their ilk have littered the landscape.
Remember when a TV theme song told you everything about the show? How could you not know what "The Brady Bunch", "Beverly Hillbilles", or even "Diff'rent Strokes" were about? The lyrics said it all.
I'll give Drew Carrey's show credit for at least trying, but beyond that what else is there? Even most of the kids shows have stupid songs now. Just screwed up techno music that sounds like video game castaway music.
I will have no more of it! It's time we recognized some of the greatest TV SHOW THEME SONGS of all time with the honor and class they deserve with the first ever TV THEME SONG HALL OF FAME! It's not an annual thing, necessarily. Hell, there's so many great ones out there, we might even do this each month, but let's just take a moment to recognize some of the best right off the bat. The very first inductees!
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW ("The Fishing Hole")
Come on, who hasn't whistled this while walking barefoot and chucking rocks while holding a string of fish? A lot of folks don't know that the song acutally has a title. Without lyrics, this whistlin' upbeat song brought Mayberry to life to the millions of fans that have enjoyed the show through the years.
When the show debuted in 1966, it really turned TV on its ear. With crazy surf guitar and horns, the simple "Batman", "Batman", "Batman" over and over again really did the trick. Arguable the most effective TV theme song ever to make you think about the show and remember it until the day you die. My 3 year old daughter even sings it when she plays with a Batman doll, and she's never even seen the show before, only heard me sing it (which is quite a treat let me tell ya).
And if you're really daring DOWNLOAD THE BATMAN CARTOON THEME SONG from 1968 (117K RA)
One only has to listen to theme modern 1996/97 version of the cartoon, to appreciate what an outstanding song this is. It's hip, and has a great fast rhythm to it that was unlike any other song at the time. Sure the animation was crappy, but the stories were fun, and the theme song held it all together. With wacky lyrics like:
"Is he strong? Listen, bud...he's got radioactive blood!"
How could you not like it?
The Ramones sure did, and did an incredible cover of it that you can DOWNLOAD HERE (2MB MP3).
By the way, if you're a diehard fan of the show, do yourself a favor and checkout Kevin McCorry's Spider-Man Page for a real treat (Lyrics, a complete episode guide for each season, and tons of pictures).
Just as this mindlessly fun cat and mouse show strips cartoon violence to it's bare elemental glory, the theme song one ups the show itself with the wonderful lyric:
"They fight, and fight,
It doesn't get much better than that. In one clever episode of The Simpsons, Marge tries to clean up violent TV and rewrites the song to make it more safe for the kids to enjoy.
"They love, and share
There's something just so awe inspiring about this song that makes you want to fly in a space submarine with a bunch of men and save the universe! Well, maybe not, but it's damn cool nonetheless. A sense of purpose in this song clearly defines the entire mission of the cartoon. Another example of a song that just sticks with you long after you can't even remember much about the show itself.
(PS: Much agonizing was done to include the GIGANTOR THEME instead of this, but I knew I'd get too many angry emails, but CLICK HERE to decide for yourself.
Okay, what the hell is this song doing here? Damn you Zaius! STAY OUT OF MY HTML! Eeek, this one was of the absoulute WORST TV Theme songs of all time. Don't believe me? Well listen to this!
Without a doubt, one of the funkiest, most rousing TV theme songs of all time.
"NAH NAH NAH GONNA HAVE A GOOD TIME!"
With just a simple outburst of "HEY HEY HEY!" you know exactly who they're talking about! Sure, a bunch of kids growing up in a junkyard wasn't the best set of rolemodels a black kid in the 70s could have, but it sure beat Hong Kong Phooey.
Bill Cosby himself provides the voice of Fat Albert, to boot!
If you don't like this song, you just aren't human. Nuff Said.
The Presidents of the United States of America butchered it for the film version, and will burn in hell for an eternity because of their sin. You can help them atone by listening to the real version at the link below.
The 1975 show is pretty forgettable to most people, and if it weren't for the incredible theme song, nobody would hardly rememer it. It was a successful hit single back in the day, and plenty of kids (myself included) would sing the theme song out loud while pretending to shoot each other and do other kinds of S.W.A.T. activities. Give it a listen. Chances are, you'll do the same in no time.
Well, I'm sure you're gonna email me with a million "How could you forget THIS ONE!?" messages, and to be honest, I'm looking foward to getting them. Let's have it so we can get the second ceremony up soon.
Congratulations to all the winners!