I Heard it on TV: A Television Theme Songs Playlist

It’s a love/hate relationship with our favorite TV theme songs. While they become integral to some of our favorite television shows, theme songs are also unbelievably catchy. Either way, here’s a list of some of our favorites, but good luck trying to get The Fresh Prince theme song out of your head.

  • “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” by Gary Portnoy
    “This one is an oldie, but “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” from Cheers is such a happy, upbeat song that never fails to get me in a good mood.”- Sammy
  • “Where You Lead” by Carole King
    “My all time favorite theme song is “Where You Lead” by Carole King. Whenever I hear this song it makes me want to re-watch every episode of Gilmore Girls!”- Lauren

  • “Bad Things” by Jace Everett
    “TV shows with long credit reels can be painful in prolonging the anticipation for a brand new episode, however the theme song to True Blood is an exception. “Bad Things” is a deep, sultry, country soul jam that only builds the excitement leading into a new episode.”- Amanda

  • “California” by Phantom Planet
    “It’s almost criminal to list TV theme songs and leave out “California”, the anthem to The O.C. To this day I still think of Seth, Summer, Marissa and Ryan every time I hear it!” – Bri

  • “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    “I love Freaks and Geeks even if it didn’t last very long; not to mention, the cast is amazing! This song is perfect for the show and it great for those wonderful moments of rebellion, or when you just feel like dancing around.” – Becky

  • “Big Bang Theory Theme” by Barenaked Ladies
    “I never thought a song about the creation of the world would be cool, but obviously I was wrong.”- Nicole

  • “Twin Peaks Theme” by Angelo Badalamenti
    “The Twin Peaks theme song is one of my favorites. I feel like the string instrumentals do a great job of reflecting the late Laura Palmer’s beauty and the tragedy surrounding her death.” – Danielle
  • “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” by Will Smith
    “I’ve been singing The Fresh Prince theme song throughout my entire middle school and high school life. Nothing gets a bunch of kids to pay attention more than singing this in unison.” – Megan

  • “The Luck You Got” by The High Strung
    “It’s the theme song to Shameless.” – Morgan

  • “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky
    “It’s not often that a 7 minute song gets turned into a theme song for a show about high school football, but Friday Night Lights is just that special.”- Michael
Love our list? Hate it? We know we forgot some of the best and most iconic theme songs, so tell us your favorite by commenting below. Come on, don’t be shy.

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