I used to watch A LOT of television.
Probably a good 4 hours/day in middle school (after-school cartoons). By High School, I’d upped it to 6-7 hours/day to ‘research’ the prime-time schedule and begin my homework around 11pm (don’t worry, still straight A’s).
Needless to say the ‘Outliers’ hours I put in, most definitely had some influence towards my current occupation.
However as an ancillary by-product, I have accumulated a wealth of theme songs in my head.
Over the next several entries, I’ll be breaking down my all-time favorites into 3 categories: TV Theme Songs (with lyrics), TV Instrumental Theme Songs, and Animated TV Theme Songs.
Today’s entry will focus on my — Top 10 Favorite TV Theme Songs that contain lyrics.
Now by no means will this list strike the fancy of everyone. But if I found myself belting out or jamming along the song — it made the list. Believe me, I considered the “Full House’s“, “Who’s the Boss’“, “Perfect Strangers’“, “Gimme a Break’s“, “The Jeffersons’“, “The Monkees’“, and “The Partridge Family’s“– but these wound up as my all-time favs.
Careful though, you may find a tune stuck in your head the rest of the day.
10. ‘”WKRP in Cincinnati” – Just mellow & chill. And I always did find myself wondering ‘whatever became of ‘ whoever the singer was, when it’s mentioned.
9. “The Greatest American Hero” – Oh, I believe ‘you’re walking on air’. Indeed I do. Well… maybe more like flailing on air.
8. “Family Ties” – It always blew my mind that guy painted the entire portrait during the opening song!
7. “The Facts of Life” – We all can relate to ‘when the world never seems to be livin’ up to our dreams‘.
5. “Cheers” – Just a beautiful, beautiful song. Although I’m not sure implying the best way to ‘take a break from all your worries‘ by frequenting a watering hole so often that everyone in the entire establishment ‘knows your name‘ — is sending the best message.
4. “Diff’rent Strokes” – Song tells the whole story and it’s fun to sing along.
3. “Growing Pains” – Sharin’ the laughter n’ love… sharin’ the laughter n’ love. Fun Tidbit: Actor, Alan Thicke sang the “Diff’rent Strokes” theme song above AND he wrote ‘The Facts of Life” song in the #7 spot.
2. “21 Jump Street” – Holly Robinson rocked out on this. How cool is that — getting to sing over your OWN opening credits?!
1. “Laverne & Shirley” – I always felt this song really captured the fun and independent spirit of L&S. As a child, I recalled being extremely bothered that Laverne purposely placed her glove on that bottle. I would wonder if she ever got a replacement. How did she explain it to her boss? Did she get fired?
Actually, I’m still a bit troubled to this day about it.
Next entry… Top 10 instrumental TV Theme Songs.
Any not on this list, your all-time fav?