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Criteria: - These songs were chosen and ranked based on a number of factors. (See Below)

Edited By: Bruce
Last Updated: 08-26-2013

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100 Greatest TV Theme Songs
  1. Hawaii Five-O - Morton Stevens & The CBS Orchestra (Hawaii Five-O)
  2. Mission Impossible - Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible)
  3. Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini (Peter Gunn)
  4. The Fishin' Hole - Earle Hagen (The Andy Griffith Show)
  5. Song From M.A.S.H. (Suicide Is Painless) - The Mash  (M.A.S.H.)
  6. Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Gary Portnoy (Cheers)
  7. TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB featuring the Three Degrees (Soul Train)
  8. Batman Theme - Neal Hefti (Batman)
  9. Theme From The Monkees - Monkees (The Monkees)
10. Love Is All Around - Sonny Curtis (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
11. Johnny's Theme - Tonight Show Orchestra (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson)
12. Movin' On Up - Ja'net Dubois (The Jeffersons)
13. Ballad Of Jed Clampett- Flatt & Scruggs (The Beverly Hillbillies)
14. The Addams Family Main Theme - Vic Mizzy (The Addams Family)
15. Dragnet Main Title - Walter Schumann (Dragnet)
16. Those Were The Days - Archie & Edith (Carroll O'Connor & Jean Stapleton) (All In The Family)
17. Welcome Back - John Sebastian (Welcome Back, Kotter)
18. Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers (Secret Agent)
19. Bonanza - David Rose (Bonanza)
20. Thank You For Being A Friend - Cynthia Fee (The Golden Girls)
21. I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts (Friends)
22. The Streetbeater - Quincy Jones (Sanford And Son)
23. The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle - Wellingtons / Eligibles (Gilligan's Island)
24. Meet The Flintstones - Hoyt Curtin (The Flintstones)
25. Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street -  Jean "Toots" Thielemans (Sesame Street)
26. William Tell Overture - Gioachino Rossini (The Lone Ranger)
27. Theme of Law & Order - Mike Post (Law & Order)
28. Route 66 Theme - Nelson Riddle (Route 66)
29. Theme From Star Trek - Alexander Courage (Star Trek)
30. Bandstand Boogie - Les Elgart / Barry Manilow (American Bandstand)
31. Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme Song - Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
32. The Simpsons Main Title Theme - Danny Elfman (The Simpsons)
33. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer (Miami Vice)
34. The Rockford Files - Mike Post (The Rockford Files)
35. Mr. Ed - Jay Livingston (Mister Ed)
36. This Is It - Polly Cutter (One Day At A Time)
37. Dramatic Twilight - Marius Constant (The Twilight Zone)
38. The Theme From Hill Street Blues - Mike Post (Hill Street Blues)
39. Woke Up This Morning - A3 (The Sopranos)
40. Believe It Or Not - Joey Scarbury (The Greatest American Hero)
41. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett - Fess Parker (Disneyland - Davy Crockett Indian Fighter)
42. A Different World - Phoebe Snow / Aretha Franklin / Boyz II Men (A Different World)
43. Love And Marriage - Frank Sinatra (Married With Children)
44. Park Avenue Beat - Fred Steiner (Perry Mason)
45. The Brady Bunch - Frank De Vol (The Brady Bunch)
46. Who Are You - The Who (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
47. The Mickey Mouse March - Jimmie Dodd & The Mouseketeers (The Mickey Mouse Club)
48. Theme From Magnum P.I. - Mike Post (Magnum P.I.)
49. Rawhide - Frankie Laine (Rawhide)
50. Patty Duke Show Theme - Sid Ramin / Bob Wells (The Patty Duke Show)
51. Angela - Bob James  (Taxi)
52. Odd Couple Theme - Neal Hefti (The Odd Couple)
53. Theme From Dallas - Jerrold Immel (Dallas)
54. Love, American Style - Cowsills / Ron Hicklin Singers (Love, American Style)
55. When We're Singin' / C'mon Get Happy - Partridge Family (The Partridge Family)
56. Doctor Who Theme - Delia Derbyshire (Doctor Who)
57. The Munsters Theme - Jack Marshall (The Munsters)
58. Moonlighting (Theme) - Al Jarreau (Moonlighting)
59. Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow - Sammy Davis Jr. (Baretta)
60. Spider-man Theme Song - Paul Francis Webster (Spider-man)
61. Funeral March of a Marionette - Charles Gounod (Alfred Hitchcock Presents)
62. Theme From S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage (S.W.A.T.)
63. Night Court Opening Theme - Jack Elliot / Ernie Watts (Night Court)
64. Barney Miller Theme - Jim Hughart (Barney Miller)
65. Good Ol' Boys - Waylon Jennings (Dukes Of Hazzard)
66. Petticoat Junction Theme - Curt Massey (Petticoat Junction)
67. Happy Days - Pratt & McClain (Happy Days)
68. WKRP in Cincinnati (Main Theme) - Steve Carlisle (WKRP in Cincinnati)
69. It's Howdy Doody Time - Buffalo Bob Smith (Howdy Doody)
70. Won't You Be My Neighbor - Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
71. Daniel Boone Theme - Vera Matson & Lionel Newman (Daniel Boone)
72. Shine On Me - Vanessa Bell Armstrong (Amen)
73. Theme from L.A. Law - Mike Post (L.A. Law)
74. The Treme Song - John Boutte (Treme)
75. Beverly Hills 90210 Theme - John E. Davis (Beverly Hills 90210)
76. How Do You Talk To An Angel - The Heights (The Heights)
77. Harlem Nocturne - Earle Hagen (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer)
78. Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs - Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
79. Cleveland Rocks - The Presidents of the United States of America (The Drew Carey Show)
80. With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker (The Wonder Years)
81. Dick Van Dyke Show Theme - Earle Hagen (The Dick Van Dyke Show)
82. I Love Lucy - Eliot Daniel (I Love Lucy)
83. The Little House - David Rose (Little House On The Prairie)
84. Bugs Bunny Overture - Mel Blanc (The Bugs Bunny Show)
85. The Love Boat - Jack Jones (The Love Boat)
86. The Jetsons Theme - Hoyt Curtin (The Jetsons)
87. Theme From My Three Sons - Frank De Vol (My Three Sons)
88. 77 Sunset Strip - Mack David (77 Sunset Strip)
89. The Facts Of Life - Al Burton (The Facts Of Life)
90. Best Friend - Nilsson (The Courtship Of Eddie's Father)
91. Green Acres Opening Theme - Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor (Green Acres)
92. Making Our Dreams Come True - Cyndi Grecco (Laverne & Shirley)
93. Runaway - Del Shannon (Crime Story)
94. F Troop Theme - William Lava (F Troop)
95. Get Smart Theme - Irving Szathmary (Get Smart)
96. Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini (Mr. Lucky)
97. Hogan's Heroes March - Jerry Fielding (Hogan's Heroes)
98. Hey Beautiful - Solids (How I Met Your Mother)
99. Bad Boys - Inner Circle (Cops)
100. In The Street - Todd Griffin (That 70s Show)

101. The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana) - Banana Splits (The Banana Splits)
102. Three's Company, Too - Ray Charles & Julia Rinker (Three's Company)
103. Good Times - Jim Gilstrap & Blinky Williams (Good Times)
104. The Big Bang Theory Theme - Barenaked Ladies (The Big Bang Theory)
105. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who (CSI: Miami)
106. Baba O'Riley - The Who (CSI: New York)
107. Theme from Ironside - Quincy Jones (Ironside)
108. Jeannie - Hugo Montenegro (I Dream of Jeannie)
109. Mannix Theme - Lalo Schifrin (Mannix)
110. Falling - Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks)
111. We've Got a Gorilla for Sale - Hoyt Curtin (The Magilla Gorilla Show)
112. Theme From The Men - Isaac Hayes (The Men)
113. The A-Team Theme - Mike Post (The A-Team)
114. Car 54, Where Are You? - Nat Hiken (Car 54, Where Are You?) 
115. My So Called Life Theme - W.G. Snuffy Walden (My So Called Life)
116. Bewitched - Howard Greenfield (Bewitched)
117. The Shake - Laurie Johnson (The Avengers)
118. The Outer Limits Theme - Harry Lubins (The Outer Limits)
119. Wild Wild West Main Title - Richard Markowitz (The Wild Wild West)
120. In Living Color - Heavy D and Eddie F (In Living Color)
121. Everything's Archie - The Archies (The Archie Show)
122. There's A New Girl In Town - Linda Lavin (Alice)
123. Zorro - The Mellomen (Zorro)
124. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans - Louis Armstrong (Frank's Place)
125. Everywhere You Look - Jesse Frederick (Full House)
126. As Days Go By - Jesse Frederick (Family Matters)
127. Theme from Lost In Space - John Williams (Lost In Space)
128. Family Affair Theme - Frank De Vol (Family Affair)
129. Top Cat Theme - Hoyt Curtin (Top Cat)
130. Theme from The Fugitive - Pete Rugolo (The Fugitive)
131. Kiss Me - Bobby McFerrin / Oregon Symphony / Craig Handy / Lester Bowie (The Cosby Show)
132. The Best Of Both Worlds - Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana)
133. Straight Up and Down - The Brian Jonestown Massacre (Boardwalk Empire)
134. Like Curious George - Dr. John (Curious George)
135. Maverick Theme - David Buttolph & Paul Francis Webster (Maverick)
136. Go Speed Racer, Go - Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass (Speed Racer)
137. Animaniacs Theme - Richard Stone (Animaniacs)
138. Seinfeld Theme - Jonathan Wolff (Seinfeld)
139. Scooby-Doo Where Are You! - David Mook/Austin Roberts (Scooby-Doo Where Are You!)
140. The X Files - Mark Snow (The X Files)
141. Theme From St. Elsewhere - Dave Grusin (St. Elsewhere)
142. As Long As We've Got Each Other - BJ Thomas / Jennifer Warnes / Dusty Springfield (Growing Pains)
143. Without Us - Dennis Tufano & Mindy Sterling/Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams (Family Ties)
144. Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? - Rockapella (Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?)
145. Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now - David Pomeranz (Perfect Strangers)
146. Go Go Power Rangers - Aaron Waters - The Mighty RAW (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
147. Liberty Bell - John Philip Sousa (Monty Python's Flying Circus)
148. You're My Greatest Love - Ray Bloch Orchestra (The Honeymooners)
149. The Rebel - Johnny Yuma - Johnny Cash (The Rebel)
150. Ballad of Paladin - Johnny Western (Have Gun - Will Travel)
151. The Persuaders! Titles and Synthesiser theme - John Barry (The Persuaders!)
152. White Shadow Main Theme - Mike Post feat. Larry Carlton (The White Shadow)

Hawaii Five-O

Mission Impossible

Peter Gunn

The Andy Griffith Show

M.A.S.H. TV Show


Soul Train

Batman TV Show

The Monkees TV Show

Mary Tyler Moore Show
Criteria: -
1 - How well the theme fits the show - Does the theme invoke visions of what you see during the show, or is it just good music that does not really quite fit what the show is about. If the song used was an already existing recording that was not written for the show, this is a big negative unless it somehow really fits the show.

2 - Popularity - How popular did the song become as a result of being the theme song for the show? Popularity that already existed before the song was used as the theme does not count here.

3 - Acclaim / Awards - Emmy and Grammy nominations and awards as well as critical acclaim and other accolades, but only those that came after the song became the show's theme song.

4 - Cultural Impact - How iconic has the theme become as an essential part of the show? Does it rise to the level of where you'd be upset if you turned the TV on a minute too late and you missed the opening theme song?

5 - Transcending the show - Has the theme been used outside the show, in spoofs, or to invoke a feeling that might or might not have to do with the show? Did the song take on a life of its own outside the show?

6 - Influence - Has the song influenced other TV show theme songs?

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