Top Ten TV Theme Tunes
- The 88-At Least It Was Here (Community)
Not only is this simply a kick-assingly catchy tune, but those lyrics-“we could be roped up, tied up, dead in a year”-seem to perfectly reflect the prospects of the ridiculously high-concept meta show in it’s first season. Long live Harmon.
- Harvey Danger-Flagpole Sitta (Peep Show)
This crazy piece of balls-to-the-wall guitar pop should never have worked for the elegant, British awkwardness of Peep Show, but something about David Mitchell and Robert Webb uncomfortably gurning at each other over the camp punk anthem brings a smile to my face.
- Danny Elfman- The Simpsons
How could I not put this here? Probably one of the most singularly iconic television themes ever, it’s got the almost inimitable skill of lodging itself squarely at the back of your mind for weeks at a time. One of the many reasons I love and hate Danny Elfman in equal measure.
- The X-Files- Mark Frost
Yeah, so, the opening titles look like a poorly conceived moodboard for the first series, but that wibbly-wobbly sythesized music, which is somehow simultaneously timeless and specifically representative of the nineties, is perfect for the blisteringly silly programme it heralded.
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-Will Smith
Anyone who didn’t know at least one person who could rap this the whole way through when they were a kid simply hasn’t lived. It’s inane, slightly sinister, and full of day-glo nineties landmarks (including, obviously Will Smith himself).
- The Bareknaked Ladies- The Big Bang Theory
Everybody sing along now! I would put a fair amount of this Chuck-Lorre sitcom’s success down to the ridiculously catchy theme tune which-and this is a fact-it is clinically impossible not to sing along to. …WITH A BIG BANG (BANG!).
- The Muppets-The Muppet Show
Okay, so this might be a personal childhood thing for me, but I defy anyone with even a hint of a soul not to finish seeing that opening theme without winding up with a big, fact, dopey, Kermit-induced smile on their face. Or else.
- The Rembrandts – I’ll be there for you (Friends)
This is another song (and, in fact, band) that has ended up absolutely irrefutably intertwined with a TV show-and one so massively iconic at that. Though I imagine The Rembrandts are too busy counting vast mountains of cash to mind too much about that.
- Gary Portnoy-Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers)
It’s so sickeningly famous it’s been parodied by The Simpsons, for the love of God-and this warm-hearted, wonderfully considered slice of televisual history has been eternally tied to one of the best sitcoms ever. Lucky for some.
- Doctor Who-Ron Grainer
Although it’s been re-tweaked for the 2005 reboot, this song still stands as an enduring landmark on British history. It’s the audio equivalent of a space octopus waggling it’s tentacles in your face while playing a violin and I will defend it to the grave. Well, at least till the later series.