10 of the greatest TV theme songs in television history will be discussed here! These 10 of the greatest TV theme songs in TV history list includes tunes about two brewery workers and an “All-American” family from Mayfield. Here they are in no particular order, 10 of the greatest TV theme songs in television history. How memorable are these renditions for you? They certainly are for me!
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 1: Making Our Dreams Come True, theme from Laverne & Shirley
Whenever I think or see the opening of the television show Laverne & Shirley (which is sung by Cyndi Grecco), I can get pretty energized by this TV theme song. The part I like best is watching the beer bottles go by, so associated with the city of Milwaukee, where the show took place for the first several years of the program until the setting changed to Burbank, California.
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 2: And Then There’s Maude, theme from Maude
Donny Hathaway sings one of the great feminist anthems of all time in such a way that gets under my skin as he croons about such feminine heroes like Lady Godiva, Joan of Arc, and Betsy Ross. The punctuating words in the song (“Oh…yea!”) and upbeat as well as fast-paced organ music, which really is the soul of one of the greatest TV theme songs in television history choice, for it causes my mind to think of this song for days on end after I’ve heard it!
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 3: Theme from Dallas
I never was a Dallas person, for Dynasty has always been my favorite show about the filthy stinking rich via their oil businesses, but I will admit that I have always enjoyed listening to this cutting instrumental television theme song for this show. I even associate the Dallas TV theme song with this really pretty girl from my junior high days who hailed from Texas (she looked kind of like Dallas star Linda Gray). She was the first girl to ever ask me out on an outing; that is, to go trick or treating with her.
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 4: Theme from Chico and the Man
According to Wikipedia, Carlos Santana turned down the opportunity to compose and perform this TV theme song. What television history would’ve been made had he done it? Nonetheless, the theme song that was created by Jose Feliciano and his wife is really emotionally-tugging if you ask me, which is why it’s one of my greatest TV theme songs in television history!
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 5: WKRP in Cincinnati Main Theme, theme from WKRP in Cincinnati
What a theme song that is so serious in sound and sung in a rather vulnerable way by Steve Carlisle. Ironically, it opens a show that had some of the most smart alec and off the cuff humor in television history! This TV theme is about program manager Randy Travis, who was played excellently by Gary Sandy. I like a lot of television shows that originated in the 1970’s, but WKRP in Cincinnati is right up there as one of my absolute all-time favorites thanks to the dingy characters like Les Nessman and Herb Tarlek.
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 6: The Toy Parade, theme from Leave It To Beaver
Various versions of the happy go lucky tune played throughout Beaver’s six year run, including a rather sophisticated version that matched the teenage ages of the boys by the 1962-63 season. I believe I’ve watched every one of the 234 episodes made plus the pilot at least once.
I won’t call myself the most expertly person on this show, but I bet I’d be in the top 5 per cent in the world for the original series that ran from 1957-63 (as far as knowledge goes). Ironically, I’ve never really watched any of the ensuing Beaver shows that were made. I met Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond – who was really nice) and Lumpy (Frank Bank) at the TV Land Convention in Burbank back in 2003!
To read about my favorite top 10 Beaver episodes, go to this Associated Content article.
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 7: Movin’ On Up, theme from The Jeffersons
Movin’ On Up is definitely one of the most popular of TV theme songs ever recorded. I hear people refer to it one way or another often, and it certainly relates to the premise of The Jeffersons, as George Jefferson built up his dry cleaning business over the years. Ja’net Du Bois, who starred on Good Times, sung this tune which has the most soul of these particular 10 of the greatest TV theme songs in television history choices.
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 8: This is It, theme from One Day at a Time
This is It is the most pop rockin’of my selections, which is sung in a really energizing way by Polly Cutter. Whenever I hear this song or think about it, I think of the goddess Valerie Bertinelli, who played Barbara Cooper. As she grew up on the show, she went from a “plain Jane” so to speak to one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. As a matter of fact, the first girl I fell in love with was a cross between the molds of Valerie Bertinelli and Jaclyn Smith of Charlie’s Angels. To read my top 5 songs about my first love, go to this Associated Content article.
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 9: Angela, theme from Taxi
I really love this instrumental song that opens Taxi because it evokes my emotions with its sad-sounding music. According to Wikipedia, this greatest TV theme songs in television history choice of mine was originally meant for one episode called “Blind Date”, but the producers liked it more than the theme that was set to open the show, and the rest is television history, as Angela became one of the best TV theme songs ever to be aired!
10 of the Greatest TV Theme Songs in Television History Selection Number 10: Theme from Family Affair
This television theme song reminds me of 1960’s upscale Manhattan, though this Frank De Vol music is also the kind that I associate with being at a carnival or county fair that’s brilliantly mixed with some champagne-like music.
Why does TV Land run the same episodes of the same classic television shows over and over again on a yearly basis or air their utterly stupid reality shows like High School Reunion (which features the most idiotic and despicable 20 year class anniversary pieces of cow manure on the face of this earth!!!), when they could devote some air time to shows like this? Where’s Uncle Bill and Mr. French when you need them, huh?
Online sources for my 10 of the greatest TV theme songs in television history article:
Laverne & Shirley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laverne_and_shirley, Wikipedia
Chico and the Man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_And_The_Man, Wikipedia
WKRP in Cincinnati: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wkrp_in_cincinnati, Wikipedia
Leave It to Beaver: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leave_It_To_Beaver, Wikipedia
One Day at a Time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_day_at_a_time, Wikipedia
Family Affair (1966) – Soundtracks: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059982/soundtrack, IMDb.com