BEST TV THEME SONGS
Unranked; all different genres; stream of consciousness; no limits.
- •The Jetsonshttps://youtu.be/NnHwIuYReB8 Everything you could possibly want in a theme song: fabulous arrangement, catchy lyrics, perfect animation sequence.
- •The NBA on NBChttps://youtu.be/5d79tWtloBw If you were a sports fan in the '90s, especially as a kid, this was the soundtrack to your Sunday afternoons...and most of May and June. Written by John Tesh!!
- •The Price is Righthttps://youtu.be/lZTegUNt8Rk Of course.
- •Perfect Strangershttps://youtu.be/aPyc7dH28KE The first of many TGIF themes written by the team of Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay (Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step). Fantastic closing theme also included here.
- •L.A. Lawhttps://youtu.be/DouX9Ubw-Xw The first appearance on this list by Mike Post, who is so prolific at writing TV theme songs that The Who wrote a song about him, appropriately titled "Mike Post Theme." Also, this is still the song playing in my head anytime I walk into a law office.
- •Dragnethttps://youtu.be/nx5GwULPU90 I mean, when the first four notes have pretty much become synonymous with a run-in with the law...
- •Hawaii Five-Ohttps://youtu.be/Wr9WEFZ29FY Played this once in middle school jazz band and TOTALLY did not do it justice.
- •The Odd Couplehttps://youtu.be/mYeAu71rHdE "On November 13th..."
- •The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carsonhttps://youtu.be/AH2yRa2jZek Heeeeeeere's...one of the most recognizable TV tunes of all time.
- •Coachhttps://youtu.be/LomCpLcIyTw Man, I loved this show -- and this theme -- as a kid. Looking back, I do not remember the show surviving until, apparently, 1997. And I was disappointed when the rumored NBC reboot fell through.
- •Valerie/The Hogan Familyhttps://youtu.be/Ca0R6qOwS7Y I never watched this but damn, this is the epitome of '80s TV themes. And if the singer sounds familiar, she should: it's the legendary Roberta Flack.
- •Other theme songs I love but feel it would be redundant to include here: Cheers, Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie, Mary Tyler Moore (first season), Family Feud.
- •Oh, and this one...