They say first impressions can last forever — apparently that doesn’t only apply to people. We often take for granted the subtle craft of creating memorable theme songs for potentially groundbreaking television shows. The first thing you see and hear every week is the soundtrack to the opening credits. Coming up with a melody and unique set of lyrics that capture the essence of the TV show as well as writing a song that manages to avoid redundancy and monotony is no easy task. Kudos to you, theme song writers.
Here’s a very well thought out list of some of the best theme songs ever to grace the television:
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Why we love it: Whether you like rap or not, you know every word to this entire intro. Ad-libs and all.
Why we love it: Somehow, it became a classic cluster of lyrics, ready to be belted out at any mention of moving, the east side, or growth… or pie.
Mary Tyler Moore
Why we love it: As someone who never watched The Mary Tyler Moore show, but for some reason knows every lyric, I can attest to the fact that this is the feel-good song of the century. Seriously, you can’t listen to it without wanting to be a better person after.
Why we love it: Because I’LL BE THEREEE FOR YOUUU. Sorry. But seriously, that’s why. After 10 seasons, did anybody ever get sick of it?
Why we love it: Honestly, they couldn’t have chosen a better collection of eerie melodies to set the mood for the haunting show.
Why we love it: Not only did the fun, uplifting track perfectly capture the show’s quirky female lead in song form, it also became a radio hit in the late 90s. When it plays, you just want to sing along.
All In The Family
Why we love it: Well besides the fact that it’s incredibly adorable watching Edith and Archie sit at the piano and sing off key, its simplicity makes it a unique introduction to the groundbreaking sitcom.
Why we love it: This might be one of the most touching theme songs ever written— perfectly matched with the touching sitcom.
Why we love it: Because sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Duh.
Why we love it: The creators of the opening credits successfully created the theme song about nothing.
Why we love it: Just like the show, the theme song is both youthful and classic. It’s very befitting and it’s the perfect soundtrack to your bf’s birthday Flipagram.
Why we love it: The classic 50s track can bring even the most modern individual back to… a simpler time.
Why we love it: Doesn’t it just make you want to skip through the neighborhood and knock on doors? No? Just me? Ok.
The Andy Griffith Show
Why we love it: Well, what other theme song relies solely on the strength of one whistle?
Why we love it: Because everybody sings it, but nobody really knows the words.