The theme song is unfortunately a dying art these days, with only a select few shows dedicating their extra time to a musical intro.
In days gone by, the theme song used to be the bread and butter of TV, telling the audience what the tone of your show was, and giving them an extra 30 seconds to race to the TV so they didn't miss anything. Today, you're lucky if you even get a 'previously on' reel. We were feeling nostalgic this week at TV Fanatic, so we dragged out a few of the 'oldie but a goodie' theme songs from the past.
Take a look at some of our favorites that take us back!
This theme song became the anthem to so many high school students, and to this day you probably can't hear it without thinking "Brooke and Lucas SO should have ended up together." There was also that great season where every episode had a new cover when the theme played. Awesome.
Even if you've never seen a single episode of Friends, you bet your ass that when that *clap*clap*clap*clap* part comes up, you are at the ready. Friends was a cultural monster, and their theme song played a huge part of that.
Where everybody knows your name. That says it all, doesn't it? The theme song for Cheers was so memorable, it became the tagline for the bar that served as the setting for one of the most popular and successful comedies of all time. Hard to top that!
This one is from the not so distant past, but the True Blood opening was a creepy homage to both southern tradition and blood and guts. For such a sensual show, the theme certainly played around with some strange elements, but it was no less effective for it. True Blood wins a spot in the lineup for straight up ick factor.
Admit it, you know every word. If anyone even starts to hum this song at a party, at least fifteen drunken idiots start shouting it from the rooftops. That's when you know you've reached the top. Will Smith truly created a masterpiece with this one.
There's nothing too flashy about the Veronica Mars theme song at first look, but after you've spent three days straight marthoning the first two seasons? It starts to take on a surreal deeper meaning. Don't even get me started on how they altered the song for the college years. I just can't.
California, here we come. For fans of the mid-2000s Fox teen drama, enough said.
The kickass beat of this theme was made ten times more awesome by the addition of every costume Sydney Bristow had ever worn. From the blue rubber dress to the geisha getup, Sydney really knew how to comit to a cover.
Oh, Lizzie. Half the fun of watching this show was wondering what bizarre hairstyles would appear next. They really loved their crimping irons in the early 2000s, didn't they? Like any good teen sitcom, Lizzie McGuire's theme song was silly, sappy, and had a cartoon cameo from Lizzie's pushy alter ego. Good times.
For staying on the air 9 full seasons, it's amazing that the intro for How I Met Your Mother barely ever changed. There were only three deviations from the original version: The rock band version, the Barney version, and the very strange Russian doppelganger version.
I still get chills even thinking about this theme song. The creepy music, the rocking boat, and way too many giggling clowns for my tatse. It was the perfect way to psyche yourself up for a super scary tale every week.
Hands down, the girliest, cheesiest, catchiest theme song of them all. Sometimes you can't stand it, and sometimes you have to belt it out with a brownie-batter-smeared spatula in your hand, like a true Gilmore Girl.
What theme song collection would be complete without the ever popular Full House? Now that they've got a revival show coming up, we wonder if they'll mix it up, or keep the original theme song... Either way, this one makes the history books!
Night Court was a pleasant, albeit pointless comedy of the '80s and early '90s that lasted nearly a decade despite being overshadowed by The Cosby Show, Cheers and Seinfeld, but fans will remember its funky intro like it was yesterday ...
We understand if you got sick of Law & Order after about the 17th season ... but admit it, the theme song is a pretty sick synthesized beat, and was long a calling card for one of TV's most successful franchises and its (too) many spinoffs.