The Top 15 TV Theme Songs

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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Jan 22, 2014
the song that should be first place isn't even on the list, what about the mash theme song? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiBywcHKqHA
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Jul 17, 2013
where is Three's Company, The Brady Bunch, The Fresh Prince of Bell-Air, and The Golden Girls?
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Apr 03, 2013
where is The Brady Bunch
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Jan 30, 2010
I am not surprised The Flintstones would be one of the top 15 themes.
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Jan 24, 2010
I'm suprised that The X-Files and The Golden Girls aren't on this list.
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Dec 17, 2009
No Twin Peaks ? :(
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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 tv.com pretentiously calls them) should've done a full 25 or 50.
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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...
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Nov 01, 2009
not to mention no powerpuff girls. seriously, the only cartoon is batman.
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Nov 01, 2009
some of these are good, but their definitely missing some. SVU? scooby-doo where are you? come on, stop favoriting all those westerns
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Oct 27, 2009
Terrible! Where's MacGyver, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Alf, The A-Team, Family Guy or even (as much as I dislike that show, everybody knows the theme song) 7th Heaven ?
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Oct 26, 2009
Simply HORRIBLE and unaceptable! Where's KOJAK, The Original Twilight Zone , M.A.S.H., Seinfeld, Battlestar Galactica ('70), Crime Story, the music by Mike POST...
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Oct 26, 2009
Those are good. M*A*S*H?
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Oct 26, 2009
Where the hell is Barney Miller?????
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Oct 26, 2009
Oh, this is soooo wrong - Where are the theme songs to "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons." Get Real. This whole list is BOGUS!
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Oct 26, 2009
And i'm missing johnny test opening and yugioh opening.
Gosh,there's so many great theme songs that aren't here.
Friends is overrated all the way.
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Oct 26, 2009
And where's smallville?
What's new scooby doo?
I can't belive chalk zone is not here.
Did you forgot chala la head chala by dragon ball Z?
Why didn't i see the johnny bravo opening there?
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Oct 26, 2009
Some very mediocre thems in there. And a lot of very good ones missing (e.g. Star Trek TOS, Hawaii 5-0 and Baretta). Very bias selection.
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Oct 26, 2009
Where*s Buffy?
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Oct 26, 2009
macguyvers good, simpsons psych monk are all good. raymond didnt have a theme song really but their theme music was good.
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Oct 26, 2009
Smallville....? And Yeah where's growing pains!?
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Oct 26, 2009
Where was growing pains?
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Oct 26, 2009
Get Smart and Police Squad.
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Oct 26, 2009
Not a bad list of good theme songs(with a few exceptions), but without going into arrangement, there are quite a few omissions for it to be a top 15 list. Most notably, where are the "Black" shows?
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Oct 26, 2009
Sucks.
Where the hell is pokemon opening theme?
I'm not kidding,its the most badass opening to a tv show ever.
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Oct 25, 2009
Dexter Theme Song!
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Oct 25, 2009
what about SWAT, Combat!, and the Rifleman? i remember breakin out my GI helmet and my wooden gun and doing all the poses as the SWAT theme song played.
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Oct 25, 2009
I think everybody's list would be a little different. Mine would include: The Fall Guy, Golden Girls, and the A Team.
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Oct 25, 2009
Oh come ON! Where's "The Jeffersons"? I'm movin' on up, to the big time. To a dee-lux apartment in the sky-ay-ay...
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Oct 25, 2009
Alfred Hitchcock Presents....
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Oct 25, 2009
I like Psych and the Simpsons
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Oct 25, 2009
I like some of those heme songs but I missed others such as "The Golden Girls", "Remington Steele" or "MacGyver".
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Oct 25, 2009
i honetsly love the theme song for Flintstones!!!
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Oct 25, 2009
I agree with the list for the most part. When I start thinking about it, I realize a lot of shows have good theme songs. I would have put Firefly, Angel, and Buffy on the list as well.
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Oct 25, 2009
I always thought that the theme from "One Day at a Time" was a great one. Not a wasted second.
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Oct 25, 2009
Decent list. The M.A.S.H theme was the first one that leapt to mind as an omission. Also could have used the themes to Knight Rider and Air Wolf.



Also agree with those who said The Jeffersons and WKRP in Cincinatti.



Also The Sopranos had a good theme. And gotta give love to the Fresh Prince.
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Oct 25, 2009
boring
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Oct 25, 2009
good list- i didn't notice anything "missing" until I read the comments.
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Oct 25, 2009
What about the big bang theory and 30 rock ?
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Oct 24, 2009
Indeed, "MASH", "Hill Street Blues" and "Moonlighting" for those in which I show MY age. Slightly more modern, "Buffy" should not be dismissed and for current affairs "True Blood" is the best.
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Oct 24, 2009
I agree with all the shows, but I would love 5 or 10 more. My vote for one which shouldn't be absent: The Pink Panther. This theme was incredible good. Then I would like The Simpsons, Star Trek (at least the original series), Mc Gyver and the A-Team
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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!
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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

Transformers

Sesame Street



Some others I think were great:

Firefly

Ally McBeal

Hill Street Blues
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Oct 24, 2009
x-men the animated series


one of the best themes ever !
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Oct 24, 2009
where's frsh prince of bel-air, the big bang theroy and 2 1/2 men?
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Oct 24, 2009
Where's Roseanne, Doctor Who, M*A*S*H, Fraggle Rock and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
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Jan 22, 2014
it needs mash in no*1
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Oct 24, 2009
What , no LOST?
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Oct 24, 2009
What about ER and Doctor Who?
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Oct 24, 2009
The Benny Hill Show, Night Court, Hogan's Heroes, All In The Family and my all time favorite, Northern Exposure (great theme and great intro both)
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Oct 24, 2009
Where's "Magnum, p.i.?" Also, I hated M*A*S*H, but we all know that show has a hell of a theme song.

Man, screw "Greatest American Hero."
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