The 101 Greatest TV Theme Songs of All Time

  • Jun 8, 2011
  • Buddy TV

Sometimes a theme song can last longer than a show itself and have more popularity. Looking through the history of television, here are our 101 favorite TV theme songs.


#101 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“Theme from Buffy the Vampire Slayer” by Nerf Herder
Listen to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme Song


#100 Hannah Montana

“You get the best of both worlds.
Chillin’ out, take it slow,
Then you rock out the show.”
Listen to the Hannah Montana Theme Song


#99 Ally McBeal

“I’ve been searching my soul tonight,
I know there’s so much more to life.
Now I know I can shine a light
To find my way back home.”
Listen to the Ally McBeal Theme Song


#98 The Partridge Family

“Hello, world, here the song that we’re singin’,
C’mon get happy!
A whole lot of lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’,
We’ll make you happy!”
Listen to the The Partridge Family Theme Song


#97 Friday Night Lights

“Theme from Friday Night Lights” by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Listen to the Friday Night Lights Theme Song


#96 What’s Happening!!

“Theme from What’s Happening!!” by Henry Mancini
Listen to the What’s Happening!! Theme Song


#95 Veronica Mars

“A long time ago, we used to be friends
But I haven’t thought of you lately at all.
If ever again, a greeting I send to you,
Short and sweet to the soul is all I intend.
Come on now, honey,
Bring it on, bring it on, yeah.
Just remember me when you’re good to go.
Come on now, sugar,
Bring it on, bring it on, yeah.
Just remember me when.”
Listen to the Veronica Mars Theme Song


#94 SpongeBob SquarePants

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Spongebob Squarepants!
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he.
Spongebob Squarepants!”
Listen to the SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song


#93 Dexter

“Theme from Dexter” by Rolfe Kent
Listen to the Dexter Theme Song


#92 Gilmore Girls

“If you’re out on the road
Feelin’ lonely and so cold
All you have to do is call my name
And I’ll be there
On the next train.
Where you lead
I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, if you need me to be with you
I will follow
Where you lead.”
Listen to the Gilmore Girls Theme Song


#91 The Office (U.S.)

“Theme from The Office” by Jay Ferguson
Listen to the The Office (U.S.) Theme Song


#90 Treme

“Down in the Treme
Just me and my baby
We’re all going crazy
Buck jumping and having fun.”
Listen to the Treme Theme Song


#89 The West Wing

“Theme from The West Wing” by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Listen to the The West Wing Theme Song


#88 Phineas and Ferb

“There’s 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it.
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it.
Like maybe…
Building a rocket orr fighting a mummy
Or climbing up the Eiffel Tower.
Discovering something that doesn’t exist
Or giving a monkey a shower.”
Listen to the Phineas and Ferb Theme Song


#87 Psych

“I know, you know, that I’m not telling the truth.
I know, you know, they just don’t have any proof.
Embrace the deception, learn how to bend.
You’re worst inhibitions tend to psych you out in the end.”
Listen to the Psych Theme Song


#86 The Amazing Race

“Theme from The Amazing Race” by John M. Keane
Listen to the The Amazing Race Theme Song


#85 Family Ties

“I bet we been together for a million years,
And I bet we’ll be together for a million more.
It’s like I started breathing on the night we kissed,
And I can’t remember what I ever did before.
What would we do baby, without us?”
Listen to the Family Ties Theme Song


#84 Get Smart

“Theme from Get Smart” by Irving Szathmary
Listen to the Get Smart Theme Song


#83 Perfect Strangers

“Sometimes the world looks perfect,
Nothing to rearrange.
Sometimes you get a feeling
Like you need some kind of change.”
Listen to the Perfect Strangers Theme Song


#82 The Twilight Zone

“Etrange 3″ and “Milieu 2″ by Marius Constant
Listen to the The Twilight Zone Theme Song


#81 The Big Bang Theory

“Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…”
Listen to the The Big Bang Theory Theme Song


#80 Dragnet

“Dragnet” by Walter Schumann
Listen to the Dragnet Theme Song


#79 Growing Pains

“Show me that smile again.
Don’t waste another minute on your cryin’.
We’re nowhere near the end,
The best is ready to begin.”
Listen to the Growing Pains Theme Song

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#78 I Dream of Jeannie

“Jeannie” by Hugo Montenegro
Listen to the I Dream of Jeannie Theme Song


#77 Fame

“Fame!
I’m gonna live forever.
I’m gonna learn how to fly,
High!”
Listen to the Fame Theme Song


#76 Mad Men

“A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2
Listen to the Mad Men Theme Song


#75 DuckTales

“Duck Tales, ooo-ooo,
Every day there I’ve been making DuckTales, ooo-ooo.
Tales of derring-do, bad and good luck tales, ooo-ooo.”
Listen to the DuckTales Theme Song


#74 Adventures of the Gummi Bears

“Gummi Bears!
“Bouncing here and there and everywhere.
High adventure that’s beyond compare.
They are the Gummi Bears.”
Listen to the Adventures of the Gummi Bears Theme Song


#73 Full House

“Everywhere you look , everywhere you go.
There’s a heart, a hand to hold onto.”
Listen to the Full House Theme Song

Full House


#72 Fraggle Rock

“Dance your cares away,
Worries for another day.
Let the music play,
Down in Fraggle Rock.”
Listen to the Fraggle Rock Theme Song


#71 Hill Street Blues

“Theme from Hill Street Blues” by Mike Post
Listen to the Hill Street Blues Theme Song


#70 I Love Lucy

“Theme from I Love Lucy” by Eliot Daniel and Harold Adamson
Listen to the I Love Lucy Theme Song


#69 The Mary Tyler Moore Show

“Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it
Love is all around, no need to waste it,
You can have a town, why don’t you take it,
You’re gonna make it after all.”
Listen to the The Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme Song

The Mary Tyler Moore Show


#68 The Dukes of Hazzard

“Just the good ol’ boys,
Never meanin’ no harm,
Beats all you never saw,
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born.”
Listen to the The Dukes of Hazzard Theme Song


#67 South Park

“I’m goin’ down to South Park,
Gonna have myself a time.
Friendly faces everywhere,
Humble folks without temptation.”
Listen to the South Park Theme Song


#66 The Dick Van Dyke Show

“Theme from The Dick Van Dyke Show” by Earle Hagen
Listen to the The Dick Van Dyke Show Theme Song


#65 One Tree Hill

“I don’t want to be
Anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately,
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind.
I’m tired of looking ’round rooms
Wondering what I’ve got to do
Or who I’m supposed to be.
I don’t want to be anything other than me.”
Listen to the One Tree Hill Theme Song

One Tree Hill


#64 The Benny Hill Show

“Yakety Sax” by James Q. “Spider” Rich
Listen to the The Benny Hill Show Theme Song


#63 The Monkees

“Hey, hey we’re the Monkees,
And people say we monkey around.
But we’re too busy singing
To put anybody down.”
Listen to the The Monkees Theme Song


#62 Weeds

“Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky.
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.”
Listen to the Weeds Theme Song


#61 Roseanne

“If what doesn’t kill us is making us stronger
We’re gonna last longer
Than that Greatest Wall of China
Or that rabbit with the drum.”
Listen to the Roseanne Theme Song


#60 Firefly

“Take my love, take my land,
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don’t care, I’m still free,
You can’t take the sky from me.”
Listen to the Firefly Theme Song


#59 The CSI Franchise

CSI: “Who Are You” by The Who
CSI: Miami: “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who
CSI: NY: “Baba O’Riley” by The Who
Listen to the CSI Theme Song


#58 Night Court

“Theme from Night Court” by Jack Elliott
Listen to the Night Court Theme Song


#57 Maude

“Lady Godiva was a freedom rider,
She didn’t care if the whole world looked.
Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her,
She was a sister who really cooked.
Isadora was the first bra burner
And you’re glad she showed up.
And when the country was falling apart
Betsy Ross got it all sewed up.
And then there’s Maude.”
Listen to the Maude Theme Song


#56 Laverne & Shirley

“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Sclemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.
We’re gonna do it!
Give us any chance, we’ll take it.
Give us any rule, we’ll break it.
We’re gonna make our dreams come true.
Doin’ it our way.”
Listen to the Laverne & Shirley Theme Song

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#55 Knight Rider

“Theme from Knight Rider” by Stu Phillips
Listen to the Knight Rider Theme Song


#54 Welcome Back, Kotter

“Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.
Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about.”
Listen to the Welcome Back, Kotter Theme Song


#53 Law & Order

“Theme from Law & Order” by Morton Stevens
Listen to the Law & Order Theme Song


#52 Mister Ed

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course,
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.”
Listen to the Mister Ed Theme Song


#51 Rawhide

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Keep movin’, movin’, movin’,
Though they’re disapprovin’,
Keep them doggies movin’ Rawhide!”
Listen to the Rawhide Theme Song


#50 Taxi

“Angela” by Bob James
Listen to the Taxi Theme Song


#49 Magnum, P.I.

“Theme from Magnum, P.I.” by Mike Post
Listen to the Magnum, P.I. Theme Song


#48 The Drew Carey Show

“All this energy callin’ me
Back where it comes from.
It’s such a crude attitude,
It’s back where it belongs.
All the little kids growing up on the skids
Go “Cleveland rocks!”, “Cleveland rocks!””
Listen to the The Drew Carey Show Theme Song


#47 Baywatch

“I’ll be ready
Never you fear
I’ll be ready
Forever and always
I’m always here.”
Listen to the Baywatch Theme Song


#46 The Love Boat

“Love, exciting and new
Come aboard. We’re expecting you.”
Listen to the The Love Boat Theme Song


#45 The A-Team

“Theme from The A-Team” by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
Listen to the The A-Team Theme Song


#44 Married… with Children

“Love and marriage, love and marriage,
Go together like a horse and carriage,
This I tell ya brother, you can’t have one without the other.”
Listen to the Married… with Children Theme Song


#43 Beverly Hills, 90210

“Theme from Beverly Hills, 90210″ by John E. Davis
Listen to the Beverly Hills, 9021 Theme Song


#42 The Greatest American Hero

“Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-ee-ee.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not, it’s just me.”
Listen to the The Greatest American Hero Theme Song


#41 The O.C.

“California, here we come,
Right back where we started from,
Californiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
Listen to the The O.C. Theme Song


#40 The Nanny

“She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens,
‘Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes.
What was she to do, where was she to go,
She was out on her fanny.”
Listen to the The Nanny Theme Song


#39 Three’s Company

“Come and knock on our door,
We’ve been waiting for you
Where the kisses are hers and hers and his,
Three’s company too.”
Listen to the Three’s Company Theme Song


#38 Peter Gunn

“The Peter Gunn Theme” by Henry Mancini
Listen to the Peter Gunn Theme Song


#37 Bewitched

“Theme from Bewitched” by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller
Listen to the Bewitched Theme Song


#36 The Addams Family

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re altogether ooky,
The Addams Family”
Listen to the The Addams Family Theme Song


#35 Star Trek

“Theme from Star Trek” by Alexander Courage and “Theme from Star Trek: The Next Generation” by Alexander Courage and Jerry Goldsmith
Listen to the Star Trek Theme Song


#34 Charlie’s Angels

“Theme from Charlie’s Angels” by Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson
Listen to the Charlie’s Angels Theme Song


#33 Dawson’s Creek

“I don’t want to wait for our lives to be over,
I want to know right now what will it be.”
Listen to the Dawson’s Creek Theme Song


#32 The X-Files

“Theme from The X-Files” by Mark Snow
Listen to the The X-Files Theme Song


#31 The Odd Couple

“Theme from The Odd Couple” by Neal Hefti
Listen to the The Odd Couple Theme Song


#30 Alfred Hitchcock Presents

“Funeral March for a Marionette” by Charles Gounod
Listen to the Alfred Hitchcock Presents Theme Song


#29 Charles in Charge

“Charles in charge
Of our days and our nights
Charles in charge
Of our wrongs and our rights
And I sing, I want,
I want Charge in charge of me.”
Listen to the Charles in Charge Theme Song


#28 Batman

“Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Batman! Batman!”
Listen to the Batman Theme Song


#27 Diff’rent Strokes

“Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.”
Listen to the Diff’rent Strokes Theme Song

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#26 Doogie Howser, M.D.

“Theme from Doogie Howser M.D.” by Mike Post
Listen to the Doogie Howser, M.D. Theme Song


#25 Bonanza

“Bonanza” by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Listen to the Bonanza Theme Song


#24 Cops

“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”
Listen to the Cops Theme Song


#23 Hawaii Five-0

“Theme from Hawaii Five-0″ by Morton Stevens
Listen to the The Simpsons Theme Song


#22 The Simpsons

“The Simpsons Theme” by Danny Elfman
Listen to the The Simpsons Theme Song


#21 Green Acres

“Green acres is the place to be.
Farm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
Take Manhattan and give me that countryside.”
Listen to the Green Acres Theme Song


#20 The 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.”
Listen to the The Facts of Life Theme Song


#19 The Jeffersons

“Well we’re movin on up
To the east side,
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.”
Listen to the The Jeffersons Theme Song


#18 Sanford and Son

“The Streetbeater” by Quincy Jones
Listen to the Sanford and Son Theme Song


#17 The Sopranos

“You woke up this morning,
Got yourself a gun.”
Listen to the The Sopranos Theme Song

The Sopranos


#16 The Andy Griffith Show

“The Fishin’ Hole” by Earle Hagen
Listen to the The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song


#15 The Flintstones

“Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.
They’re the modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They’re a page right out of history.”
Listen to the The Flintstones Theme Song


#14 Mission: Impossible

“Theme from Mission: Impossible” by Lalo Schifrin
Listen to the Mission: Impossible Theme Song


#13 The Muppet Show

“It’s time to play the music,
It’s time to light the lights,
It’s time to meet the Muppets on The Muppet Show tonight.”
Listen to the The Muppet Show Theme Song


#12 Jeopardy!

“Think!” by Merv Griffin
Listen to the Jeopardy! Theme Song


#11 Happy Days

“Sunday, Monday, Happy Days,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days,
Thursday, Friday, Happy Days,
The weekend comes, my cycle hums,
Ready to race to you.”
Listen to the Happy Days Theme Song


#10 M*A*S*H

“Suicide is Painless” by Johnn Mandel
Listen to the M*A*S*H Theme Song


#9 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

“Now this is a story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down,
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air.”
Listen to the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song


#8 Friends

“So no one told you life was going to be this way
[Clap clap clap clap]”
Listen to the Friends Theme Song


#7 The Golden Girls

“Thank you for being a friend,
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.”
Listen to the The Golden Girls Theme Song


#6 The Beverly Hillbillies

“Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed,
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin’ at some food
And up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude.
Oil that is. Black gold, Texas tea.”
Listen to the The Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song


#5 Cheers

“Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see
Our troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.”
Listen to the Cheers Theme Song


#4 The Brady Bunch

“Here’s the story of a lovely lady
Who was bringing up three very lovely girls.
All of them had hair of gold, like their mother,
The youngest one in curls.”
Listen to the The Brady Bunch Theme Song


#3 Sesame Street

“Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away.
On my way to where the air is sweet.
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?”
Listen to the Sesame Street Theme Song


#2 All in the Family

“Boy the way Glen Miller played,
Songs that made the hit parade,
Guys like us we had it made,
Those were the days.”
Listen to the All in the Family Theme Song


#1 Gilligan’s Island

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip.”
Listen to the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song

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