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Vanyel October 12 2012 08:37 AM

Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
What are your five favorite TV theme songs. Rules:
1. Please try to name the five in order from most favorite to least.
2. Also the theme most have lyrics that are song during the shows run (If a show changes themes say which theme is your favorite.) for example, Dallas and Star Trek would not qualify because they have no lyrics and M*A*S*H would not qualify because, the lyrics to Suicide Is Painless is not sung.
3. No voice over themes like the Incredible Hulk.

My Favorites are:
  1. This Is It (One Day At A Time)
  2. There's A New Girl In Town (Alice)
  3. Without Us (Family Ties there's an early version same song just different opening montage Says it's from season 1 but I don't remember it.)
  4. Scooby Doo! Where Are You? (Scooby Doo! Where Are You? 1st series)
  5. I'll Be There For You (Friends)
I'll be there for you just beat out the theme to WKRP In Cincinnati, I couldn't find the one that begins with the story about a Senator who couldn't explain why he had no pants; and the End song was a joke.
Quote:

The closing theme, "WKRP In Cincinnati End Credits", was a hard rock number composed and performed by Jim Ellis, an Atlanta musician who recorded some of the incidental music for the show. According to people who attended the recording sessions, Ellis didn't yet have lyrics for the closing theme, so he sang nonsense words to give an idea of how it would sound. Wilson decided to use the words anyway, since he felt that it would be funny to use lyrics that were deliberate gibberish, as a satire on the incomprehensibility of many rock songs. Also, because CBS always had an announcer talking over the closing credits, Wilson knew that no one would actually hear the closing theme lyrics anyway.
So what are yours?

Andrew_Kearley October 12 2012 09:12 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
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Vanyel wrote: (Post 7092538)
for example, Dallas and Star Trek would not qualify because they have no lyrics

Aren't the lyrics to Star Trek "Aah aah ah ah ah ah aaah"?

Kirkman1987 October 12 2012 09:30 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
This is going to be tough, as pretty much all my favorite themes don't have lyrics. I'll throw some good ones out there though.

1. Greatest American Hero
2. Secret Agent Man (Danger Man in the U.K.)
3. Cheers
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000.
5. Batman (60's)

Vanyel October 12 2012 09:36 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
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The Invisible Kirkman wrote: (Post 7092634)
This is going to be tough, as pretty much all my favorite themes don't have lyrics. I'll throw some good ones out there though.

1. Greatest American Hero
2. Secret Agent Man (Danger Man in the U.K.)
3. Cheers
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000.
5. Batman (60's)

I like your choices, especially TGAH, Cheers and MST3K. Just which MST3K though? Didn't it change when Mike took over from Joel?

Flying Spaghetti Monster October 12 2012 09:38 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
I can't believe that we are on a Star Trek board and someone is saying that the original Star Trek television show had no lyrics. Well, that's demonstrably wrong.

Kirkman1987 October 12 2012 09:53 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
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Vanyel wrote: (Post 7092649)
Quote:

The Invisible Kirkman wrote: (Post 7092634)
This is going to be tough, as pretty much all my favorite themes don't have lyrics. I'll throw some good ones out there though.

1. Greatest American Hero
2. Secret Agent Man (Danger Man in the U.K.)
3. Cheers
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000.
5. Batman (60's)

I like your choices, especially TGAH, Cheers and MST3K. Just which MST3K though? Didn't it change when Mike took over from Joel?

I willfully decided not to deal with that issue. I think there were at least two versions for Mike (One for Forrester and one for Pearl.). I guess I'd go for the early Mike theme that had references to Dr. Forrester and Deep 13. All of them are nice though.

Vanyel October 12 2012 09:55 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
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Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote: (Post 7092655)
I can't believe that we are on a Star Trek board and someone is saying that the original Star Trek television show had no lyrics. Well, that's demonstrably wrong.

It has lyrics that were:
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...not intended to be used in the show itself and had not been recorded or released.
The lyrics were a money grab. And even if they were written to be the theme song, they were never sung. Thus they fail requirement #2. I also feel very badly for Courage. That was an awful thing for Roddenberry to do.

Lonemagpie October 12 2012 10:49 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
Psych
Red Dwarf
Enterprise
Danger Man
Have Gun Will Travel

trekkiebaggio October 12 2012 11:12 AM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
Red Dwarf
Dad's Army
Cheers
Only Fools and Horses
The old Spider-Man cartoon.

Honourable mentions to the Marina song from Stingray and the Captain Scarlet song.

Oh actually then there's Charlie Chalk, Dangermouse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

I'm probably one of the few who doesn't dislike 'Faith of the Heart'.

Icemizer October 12 2012 12:35 PM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
WKRP
Dukes of hazzard
Secret Agent Man
The Muppet show
Welcome Back Kotter

Ian Keldon October 12 2012 12:41 PM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
I'll throw one in no one else has mentioned (though I love "Faith of the Heart" as well), and that's "I'm Always Here" (the Baywatch theme). Fit's the show nicely, and if you ever hear the full-length version you'll think "what a great song for a hero movie"... :)

Andrew_Kearley October 12 2012 01:06 PM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
1. Fireball (Fireball XL5 closing theme)
2. Star Fleet (Star Fleet)
3. It Won't Be Easy (Star Cops)
4. Dance ti thy Daddy (When the Boat Comes In)
5. Record Breakers (Record Breakers)

Vasquez Rocks October 12 2012 01:25 PM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
1. Movin' On Up - The Jeffersons
2. Welcome Back Kotter
3. Three's Company (Season 6)
4. Happy Days (Early/Mid Seasons)
5. Chico and the Man

MacLeod October 12 2012 01:29 PM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
Hard to pick a top 5, so a few I liked

Danger Mouse
Red Dwarf

more to follow

J.T.B. October 12 2012 01:46 PM

Re: Top 5 TV theme songs, read the rules before posting.
 
Most of my favorite themes are not sung, but:

1. Rawhide
2. All in the Family
3. Cheers
4. Green Acres
5. WKRP

Justin


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