March 16, 2005

Top TV Theme Songs

Jonathan Last from Galley Slaves links to this list: top 100 TV Theme Songs. But I cannot condone it. No way.

jk's list:

10. Angel
9. Flintstones
8. Bewitched
7. I Dream of Jeannie
6. The Green Hornet
5, Miami Vice
4. WKRP in Cincinnati
3. Sanford & Son
2. Barney Miller
1. The Rockford Files

Disagree if you want, but you know that I'm right.

On the web Posted by John Kranz at March 16, 2005 3:19 PM

Hey JK, don't forget the theme song from the original Bill Cosby show, from way back in the day!

Posted by: sugarchuck at March 16, 2005 5:25 PM

WhoooLord! No! That was hot -- I think that was one of Q's?

Posted by: jk at March 16, 2005 5:28 PM

What? No Starsky and Hutch? JK... massive oversight there.

Posted by: AlexC at March 16, 2005 8:39 PM

Hmm, afraid our age difference might be showing. I was in my late teens and thought TV a vast wasteland. Missed that show. I remember a Ford (Torino? I was a MoPar guy) and I remember "Huggy Bear." The theme song escapes me, I'll go check the web...

Posted by: jk at March 17, 2005 10:04 AM

M*A*S*H and Hawaii-five-O?

Posted by: Silence Dogood at March 17, 2005 10:47 AM

Hawaii five o gets honorable mention. M*A*S*H Top 100 maybe, but not my top 10.

I'm thinking of a whole post on commercial art, kind of a jk-does-Virginia-Postrel.

When I was looking at a musical career, I was intrigued by jingles and station promos and throwaway themes to newscasts and Public service programming. I saw a sub-art layer of art and was keen to participate.

I found overwhelming satisfaction in middle management, of course, but am still intrigued by this art in our life. TV theme songs have touched all our lives. I can name the composers to just a couple of my picks, yet they have touched me as much or more than a lot of music I buy.

(The omission nobody's pointed out yet is Paul Anka's theme to "The Tonight Show" Daa da dant dah-duuuuuh... )

Posted by: jk at March 17, 2005 11:31 AM

I have to admit actually owning the theme from SWAT on 45, must have been mid-70's, still had to play it on my parents phonograph.

Posted by: Silence Dogood at March 17, 2005 3:27 PM

Somebody needs to mention Larry Carlton's great guitar playing on the Hill St. Blues theme. Guess that would be me.

Posted by: sugarchuck at March 17, 2005 4:21 PM | What do you think? [8]