Top 5 TV Themes

Another one of my Top 5 Lists that I’ve got sitting on my computer.  I figured I toss this one on here.  My 5 favorite TV theme songs, almost all of which

5: Pokemon – It is simultaneously ridiculous and epic.  There are tons of cartoons with this sort of earnestly goofy theme songs, and though Pokemon is a little later than the ones I really grew up on (originally this spot was for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I changed it at the last minute after trolling youtube for a little bit) I still think it is the best example of the form.

4: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – I really wanted one of the story themes on this list and choosing it was hard. My initial instinct was the corny Gilligan’s Island theme, but Fresh Prince’s is just so much more enjoyable.

3: Malcolm in the Middle – The theme here works much like one of the old ballad themes, like Fresh Prince’s, but it captures less of a story and more perfectly compresses the tone of the show into the song. Malcolm is all about pointless rebellion, about fighting authority no matter where it comes from. The theme shows that perfectly.

2: Cheers – Yeah, this is pretty much perfect. I’m not even that big a fan of the show, it is just hard to beat this song.

1: Magnum PI – It has no words and it doesn’t need them. It is just the best.  There is nothing here that 5 year old (or 25 year old) didn’t want to be.

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