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The 10 Best Classic TV Theme Songs

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 19th 2011 2:00PM
The Mary Tyler Moore ShowThe TV theme song is sort of a dying art: Some shows still have them -- and they're making a comeback of late -- but most choose a quick diddy and they're done. Having anything TV-related stuck in your head for days in this line of work is a very good sign of something special, so we prefer the shows that go all out.

Our pals over at AOL Radio are re-launching with a new and improved listening experience today, powered by Slacker, and one of the stations we're most looking forward to is TV Tunes. Obviously. They're playing theme songs from popular shows, past and present, 24 hours a day, now with 50% fewer commercial interruptions ... if only real TV was like that.

It got us thinking about our own favorite TV theme songs (including new ones like 'New Girl' on Fox. "Who's that girl? It's Jess!" ... and we adore her), which got us going a ways back in the old AOL TV archives for these gems: Our reader picks for the Best TV Theme Songs. Ever.

Take a look and tell us if you agree with this classic-filled top 10 ...




What our your favorite TV theme songs, past or present? Sound off in the comments.

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GIAJOGIL

Hands Down...the Theme to "GOOD TIMES!!"

February 22 2012 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Dreis

HAPPY DAYS!! beats them all!!!

October 24 2011 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GERALDT

...oh,yes,who could forget,i love lucy...true blue iconic stuff!!!!

October 24 2011 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GERALDT

ther are a lot of shows that should have been listed.my wife got me the top 100 theme songs. other honorable meantions: i married joan(way old school),dr who,star trek,space 1999,irvin allen favorites time tunnel,lost in space,and voyage to the bottom of the sea,knight kider,airwolf,underdog.and others.to the good old days when tv was fun

October 24 2011 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

The theme songs to Welcome Back Kotter and Friends were so popular they made the Billboard charts. Therefore, both of those songs should have been included in this list. Cheers was one of my favorite theme songs! Maybe they excluded songs from shows like The Golden Girls because their song was taken from a song that already existed. But who doesn't know all the words to The Brady Bunch song? Why didn't that make the list? Or how about some of the daytime soaps. General Hospital's theme song of the '90s (Faces of the Heart) was another chart topper while The Young & The Restless made Nadia's Theme a hit too.

October 24 2011 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chubbygayguy

I agree with nick, how on earth could they forget "Cheers".

October 24 2011 at 4:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tank

"Believe it or Not " from The Greatest American Hero

October 23 2011 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick

"cheers" definitely should be on this list.

October 23 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Daniel

What about "Nothin's gonna stop me now", the theme song from the classic 1980's sitcom, Perfect Strangers?

October 22 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
delfiteblu

Forgot to mention Magnum PI - and Rockford Files - and The Greatest American Hero....... Magnum was a killer song and it SO does NOT belong on mascara commercials!!

October 22 2011 at 1:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Richard Dreis

Thank you delfiteblu!!! I forgot about Magnum PI and Rockford Files!! Loved those shows!!! Great to see BLUE BLOOD!!

October 24 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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