For rules, recap, and #20-11, go here.
And for today…
THE BERKELEY PLACE TOP 10 SONGS THAT WERE ALSO T.V. THEMES!
10. BELIEVE IT OR NOT by Joey Scarbury (1981)
The Greatest American Hero was one of those shows that, for its time, was fabulous and rare but, for our time, feels dated and dumb. William Katt starred as a bit of a schlub with a girlfriend way out of his league who finds an alien suit that gives him super powers—but he can only use one power at a time. It was written by Mike Post, who has written a ton of great TV instrumentals like Rockford Files and Hill Street Blues, with lyrics by Stephen Geyer and sung by an unknown singer who, basically, continued to be unknown. This was his one hit. But it’s one he can be proud of. Sadly, it wasn’t a #1 hit—Lionel Richie and Diana Ross kept him at #2 with their treacly duet, “Endless Love.”
Cover versions: I’m starting with a really odd one off Soundcloud, and then the most irritating one you’ll ever hear…
9. THEME FROM THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (GOOD OL’ BOYS) by Waylon Jennings (1979)
Waylon Jennings also served as the narrator for this show about a bunch of rednecks in a fast car, and he’s got one of the best voices in country music history. The song hit #21 on Billboard’s hot 100.