Ten Memorable TV Theme Songs – Part Two

I started this post a few weeks ago, and no sooner had I hit publish, more TV Theme Songs immediately came to mind.  So, I’ve decided to continue the post…

Writing and creativity are two very important aspects of a successful television show.  As is the cast.  But storylines and characters are not the only facets that excite someone like me.

A TV series’ theme song is a lot like hype music.  Simply hearing the opening tunes of certain television shows sends shivers down my spine, in a good way, whether I am remembering an older series that I enjoyed as a child, or getting ready to watch programs I follow nowadays.  And sometimes, theme songs are just catchy.

So today, I’m sharing ten theme songs that bring back fond memories or intensify my excitement to watch a new episode.  Heck, some of these are listed because I just can’t help myself from singing along or dancing every time I hear them.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I don’t know about anyone else, but Buffy’s opening always made me wish I had her mad slayer skills… or at least jump around.

Charmed

Not only did “How Soon is Now?” play during the opening credits of my favorite TV show about three (and eventually four) sisters/witches, but also during a few ‘90s movies I have seen numerous times—The Craft and The Crow.  I love when I hear the tune on the radio… it takes me back.

Psych

Every once in a while, Psych likes to change the opening credits to honor whichever movie, TV show, or pop culture reference they are paying homage to in the current week’s episode.  I always like to watch the opening theme song just to see how the creative writers have tweaked the song.  The changes may be subtle, but they are always appreciated (just a little fun-Psych-”I Know You Know”-fact).

Magnum P.I.

The music, the show, and the man himself are all just awesome.  Plain and simple.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

I didn’t know Will Smith prior to The Fresh Prince, but because of this TV show and the theme song, I quickly learned.  He hasn’t stopped making music, but this song still remains as one of my favorites of his.

X-Files

I don’t want to call the X-Files instrumental creepy, but let’s be honest… it kind of is.  Is it just me, or does it make anyone else think aliens are coming?

Dukes of Hazard

Good Ol’, Waylon… enough said.  Be honest, has anyone ever slid into their car via the window?  I have.  LOL.

Facts of Life

“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.”  Truer words have never been spoken…

Happy Days

Who can listen to the Happy Days theme song and not want to Jitterbug?  Or wear a Poodle Skirt and/or leather jacket?  C’mon… we all do.  Right?

Charlie’s Angels

Personally, I was glad to see the Charlie’s Angels movie use the TV series opening theme.  It just wouldn’t have been the same otherwise.

Your turn.  What are some of your favorite TV theme songs?  I’d love to hear from you!

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25 Replies to “Ten Memorable TV Theme Songs – Part Two”

  1. I loved the X Files when it was on the air. And I loved the theme.

    But you know what? I LOVE The Dukes of Hazzard Theme. I wasn’t a huge fan of the show, but I loved Waylon Jennings. He was a hell of a singer.

    You may not remember The Fall Guy with Lee Majors. But I still remember every single word of that theme song. Sometimes, when hubby makes me mad, I sing it.

    I might fall from a tall building. I might roll a brand new car. Cuz I’m the unknown stuntman that made Redford such a star.

    1. I remember The Fall Guy, Catie. Maybe not the details, but I do remember watching the show as a little girl. But I’ll have to go check out the theme song. Maybe you should sing it for me when we meet in person? 🙂

      I sing to annoy my guy sometimes, too. What is marriage? Finding that one person to annoy the rest of your life? LOL. At least he laughs at me when I do it… which is the reaction I’m going for. But I like to sing, “Runaway,” the theme music from Crime Story.

  2. There was the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ them – by, of all people, Oliver Nelson. One of the best jazz composers of all time and, perhaps, musically a counterpoint to a show that I loved a teenager but which hasn’t quite stood up to the test of time since…

    1. I enjoyed reruns of the Six Million Dollar Man (Bionic Woman as well)… but I’m having a hard time remembering the theme song. I’ll have to go check it out.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Matthew!

  3. One note, watching and listening to the Magnum P.I. theme reminded me of a time when male TV heroes could be ethical heroes and chauvinists at the same time. Charlie’s Angels reminded me of the two ton crush I had on Kate Jackson.

  4. I love so many of these. When I was a kid watching The X-Files with my big sister and my Dad I got goosebumps when the theme song played, every time. And The Facts of Life – childhood *sob*.

  5. Don’t forget, the Charmed song also had a cameo appearance in The Wedding Singer!

    I think the X-Files theme is soooo creepy. Truth: I’ve never seen the show. I know. How weird is that? I will get the dvds from the library soon, but must do some editing first!

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