I miss the times when TV show theme songs were big. Back when the opening credits was about laying the groundwork, giving you some context or just telling you the background story. We spent the first 1.5 minutes of each show just jamming, singing along and getting ready for our favorite characters.
TV show jingle writers really were geniuses in giving us the synopsis in such small bites and the opening of shows were part of the experience. Now, shows just start. No prep or nothing.
But yes, let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Below are my top 20 favorite TV show theme songs of ALL TIME. This list was SO HARD but here they are in no particular order (because seriously. Who can rank these? NOT ME).
Because we cannot forget how the Jeffersons moved on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. On the East side, of course. Plus, George and Weezy were Shady Royalty.
The Brady Bunch
The story of a lovely lady with 3 girls who met a dude with 3 boys and their meshed family. Oh, and Alice.
Even though they didn’t have any good times until the end. We still rooted for them.
Where everybody knows your name. Especially if it’s Norm.
He got in one little fight and got a life upgrade, basically.
Some people haven’t heard the full version of the Fresh Prince theme song. Getchu a piece. Learn that too.
Thank you for being a friend. And for Sofia Petrillo the Side-Eye Sorceress. And Dorothy’s shoulder pads. And Blanche’s floozy-ness. And Rose.
Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days. And the Fonz’s bad ass leather jacket.
Facts of Life
“You take the good you take the bad and there you have the Facts of Life.” Come on, life manual!
All in the Family
Those were the days!
Turn all the lights of Heaven on and let the song take you to CHU’CH. I can’t help but do a church scoot when I hear this. And clap heavily.
In a 90s kinda world, I wish I was friends with all of them. I’ve actually met 3 of them!
Whatchu talking ’bout, Willis? Everybody’s got a special kind of story!
The Professor, Mary Ann, The Skipper and Gilligan: Survivor Before Survivor.
We’ve been waiting for you at the DOE (*head to the side*). Because being a third wheel can be hilarious.
There’s no place like home! Especially when you got Miss Pearl on the lookout.
She’s the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan.
HEYYY Uncle Jesse!
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, get the Rachel haircut.
We’re still wondering why Judy went upstairs and never came down.
A Different World
The reason many people went to HBCUs. I wanted to go to Hillman so bad. I still wanna go.
So there you have it! These are my top 20 and I have spent the last hour singing at the top of my lungs. I STILL know every word to every one of these. One day, this super power will come in handy.
What show’s songs am I missing that you’d like to see here? IT WAS SO HARD TO PICK JUST 20!!!
Edit: There’s a separate list coming for animated show theme songs. Animaniacs is HIGH on that list.