Top 5 Instrumental TV Themes

After tons of feedback on Twitter this morning, I was asked to do a follow up to my top 5 TV themes, but do an instrumental list.  This is way harder than it seems.  I’m leaving so many off the list that I should be locked up.  I’m gonna leave M*A*S*H off of here because it made the traditional list so it obviously makes this one.  Here we go.   

5. Rugrats

The ultimate children’s theme song, produced by the gentleman from Devo. It almost sounds like it was made on children’s toys which is oh so fitting. So many Nickelodeon themes could have made it, but I chose the Michael Jordan of Nick themes

4. The Simpsons

Absolutely legendary and most likely the most recognizable theme song of all time.  The slow choir singing the titular family name to start of the wonderful Danny Elfman orchestra.  

3. Friday Night Lights

I feel like this is a sleeper hit.  It is so regal and majestic, yet strangely motivating.  This feels like it should play in front of a football show and it works.  This is also a rare case where the theme matches the score of the show.  I think that is what makes it so special.  It fits because the producers make it fit.  Square peg, square hole.

2. Sanford & Son

So catchy to the point where if you watch more than two episodes you get sick of the whistling.  It does it’s job and has cemented itself into pop culture history

1. Law & Order

Nothing gets me going like the intro to Law and Order.  “In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories”.  You know shits about to go down when that theme hits

This was way more difficult than the first go around and I know that I’m wrong on a lot of these. Let’s embrace debate and tell me what you think at my Twitter @_crawdadman or in the comment section below


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