So I’ve been running my “Greatest Of All Tunes” feature now for almost half a year, and I hope you like it. I have so few readers these days, as blogs die, that I wonder if I’m wailing to an empty world. But then again, I’m having fun so who cares? It distracts me from the pain.
Which is exactly what TV is supposed to do, hence this post.
I was working on a regular G.O.A.T. post on the theme from M*A*S*H (the movie version, with lyrics), when I thought about whether there were other TV themes that were also great tunes. Of course, there are popular ones. The Rembrants’, “I’ll Be There For You,” for example, but (a) that song existed before the show and (b) the song sucks. Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” was the first theme to Happy Days, but it was a hit before that show came along, so it doesn’t count. I also thought of “Thank You For Being a Friend,” the Golden Girls theme that was an AM radio staple. I don’t hate the song but greatest of all tunes? Ranking up there with 99 Problems, Ain’t No Sunshine, or American Girl? Nope.
To be a great stand-alone song, it can’t just be a great way to introduce a show. So nix Gilligan’s Island, The Addams Family, and The Brady Bunch. Great, catchy themes—but not without their shows. Law & Order’s theme is instantly recognizable, but it’s too simple to be a great song. It’s got to do more than make you nostalgic for something; nostalgia, in and of itself, doesn’t make a great song. Actually, I could be wrong about that…See: We Didn’t Start the Fire, It’s the End of the World As We Know It, I Wish, etc. I guess what I mean is, if it just sparks nostalgia for that show—not warm thoughts in general—it’s not a great song.
And as I started going through them all, I found a lot of really good ones. Enough for not just a top 10, but a top 20! Today, part one: #20-11, and some honorable mentions.
Ones I loved, but not top ten loved: Night Court, The A-Team, Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers), and The X-Files Theme.
Hit next to start the countdown!