The Top 15 TV Theme Songs

By Stefanie Lee

Oct 22, 2009

See, we told you we'd write a theme songs list. The shows may have boring title cards -- you know, random scenes from the show, awkward shots of the stars looking "relaxed," unrelated nature backgrounds -- but their tunes are as memorable as it gets. From claps to snaps, violins to guitars, and whistles to lyrics, these songs have become pop culture staples -- and they've definitely been stuck in our heads on more than one occasion. Here are the top 15 theme songs of all time.

15. It's Garry Shandling's Show
Ah, sweet meta-reference!

14. The Beverly Hillbillies
I'm not sure what a heapin' helpin' of hospitality is. But it sounds nice!

13. Dukes of Hazzard
There's something about a western-themed theme song, isn't there?

12. Gilligan's Island
If only Lost or Survivor had a theme song this jolly ...

11. The Greatest American Hero
The best part about this song isn't even the song. It's what the song inspired.

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10. The Flintstones
Admit it. You say "Yabba-dabba-doo!" more often than you should.

9. Happy Days
Every day was happy, so long as this song was playing. But what about Sunday?

8. Dallas
Have you ever met someone who couldn't hum this theme song?

7. Batman
You cannot deny the awesome power of one word, three notes, and a bunch of na-na-na-na's.

6. Rawhide
Seriously, what is up with these Westerns? They all seem to have great theme songs.

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5. Cheers
I don't know about you, but I'd like to go where everybody knows my name.

4. The Dick Van Dyke Show
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery -- but nothing compares to the original.

3. Friends
You know when to clap, you know when to harmonize, and you know when to riff on your air guitar. But you probably don't know the second verse. It's cool. No one does.

2. The Addams Family
What does ooky mean, anyway?

1. Mission Impossible
You could be running from a serial killer, searching for a rare book in the library, or even snooping around a rich guy's property for a stolen dolphin. It doesn't matter -- this theme is impossibly good.

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  • qwerty1021 Jan 22, 2014

    the song that should be first place isn't even on the list, what about the mash theme song?

  • gasbrown_eyedqt Jul 17, 2013

    where is Three's Company, The Brady Bunch, The Fresh Prince of Bell-Air, and The Golden Girls?

  • butlerbeast Apr 03, 2013

    where is The Brady Bunch

  • markdoublea84 Jan 30, 2010

    I am not surprised The Flintstones would be one of the top 15 themes.

  • btwin92 Jan 24, 2010

    I'm suprised that The X-Files and The Golden Girls aren't on this list.

  • Miss_Cooper Dec 17, 2009

    No Twin Peaks ? :(

  • Voltergeist Nov 28, 2009

    Meh, and that's overlooking the eerie instrumentals of the X-Files theme. Hell, instead of doing a stupidly arbitrary 15 picks the poster (or "staff writer", as pretentiously calls them) should've done a full 25 or 50.

  • Voltergeist Nov 28, 2009

    wtf? No Twilight Zone? No Sanford & Son? Not even the Fresh Prince? Plus despite the author having an incredible hard-on for westerns she didn't even list the greatest western theme of them all, Paladin! Have gun will travel reads the card of a man...

  • RetroClassics07 Oct 24, 2009

    These are good, but I feel that there indeed some greats missing here? I mean really, "Greatest American Hero" and "The Gary Show"!? Those were two wasted ones!

  • krinks Oct 24, 2009

    I agree with most of the songs on here. Some that were left off the list.

    EVERYONE knows these songs:

    The Muppet Show

    The Simpsons

    Star Trek


    Sesame Street

    Some others I think were great:


    Ally McBeal

    Hill Street Blues

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