Greatest television theme songs ever!

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Each time anybody’s favourite TV show airs, the first thing most people do is sing its theme song at the top of their voice! Theme songs have a sort of magic to them that gets viewers hooked onto the show. Whichever fandom you may belong to, this list of theme songs definitely will get you going, “Omg, I love this song.” Here’s presenting the greatest theme songs of all time, television edition!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

“I’ll be there for you” went on the air in 1994 and quickly became a ratings powerhouse. The theme was written by the songwriters Allee Willis and Michael Skloff. Most people think the theme was written by the band, ‘The Rembrandts’ the only way they could get the Rembrandts to do the record was if they got song-writing credit. So the song needed a bridge, and a second verse lyric. This was then written by the band. The song went on to top the charts and even now, is regarded as one of the best songs on friendship.

Powerpuff Girls

The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three girls with superpowers, as well as their father, Professor Utonium, who all live in the fictional city of Townsville. The theme song of this series is one that every child grew up listening, and I’m sure, still remembers the lyrics to. Three CD soundtracks were officially released for the series. This theme song surely is sugar, spice and everything nice (pun intended).

The Big Bang Theory

The speedy theme song of the show, nicknamed “The History of Everything,” by ‘The Barenaked Ladies’ gives new meaning to the term “nerd rock.” After reading Simon Singh’s book ‘Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It,’ lead singer Ed Robertson improvised a song about cosmological theory onstage during a show in Los Angeles. Now, to their luck, who happened to be in the audience? TBBT (The Big Bang Theory) creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady! It has been reported that they apparently looked at each other and said, “These guys gotta write the theme song.”

The Simpsons

This particular theme song was composed by Danny Elfman in 1989, after series creator Matt Groening, approached him requesting a retro-style theme for his show. The theme won the National Music Award for ‘Favorite TV Theme’ in 2002, and has won the BMI TV Music Award in 1996, 1998, and 2003. In 1990, the theme was nominated for the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music’.

Game of Thrones

Do you ever fast forward through series intros, saying to yourself that it’s just too long and boring to watch them every time? Well then, you must not be a GoT fan! Composed by Ramin Djawadi, the theme is simple yet rich, and shows a very cool map that changes whenever a new land is introduced into the show. “There’s so much backstabbing and conspiracy – anybody can turn on anybody at any point,” said Djawadi. “So I thought it would be cool to do the same play with the music. So even though the majority of the piece is in minor, there’s that little hint of major in there where it kind of switches and then it changes back again.”

Batman

Adam West as Batman, is probably how we remember the show during our childhood. The na na na na na na part of the lyric has become unanimous with the series, and needs no introduction in any form, so go ahead, check it out!

Dexter

Dexter’s opening theme is probably the goriest and the most gruesome one on this list. It shows the protagonist going about day-to-day mediocre morning routine, but in the most cringe worthy way possible. This theme is probably the only one on the list that has such a tune which will make your skin crawl!

Addams Family

The opening title of ‘The Addams Family’ by Hanna Barbera, is one of everybody’s favourite Cartoon Network show. The unique and interesting thing about this song, which got people hooked onto it, is the part where the characters snap their fingers. Anyone who hears this MUST snap their fingers on cue. There’s no excuse! They’re creepy and they’re kooky; mysterious and spooky; they’re all together ooky, the Addams family (cue music). *snap snap*

Pretty Little Liars

Secret is a song written by ‘The Pierces’, which serves as the theme song for the show’s opening. It was suggested by one of the show’s stars, Ashley Benson who plays the role of  Hanna Marin. Recalling how it happened, she (Ashley Benson) said: “I have to take some credit here, because I was the one who brought that song to the producers and told them, ‘You have to have this as the opening credits song.’  I’m a huge fan of The Pierces – that’s the group who sings Secret – I was listening to the song while we were filming in Vancouver and I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s the best song for the show.’ “I pitched it to the producers and the creator and they said ‘Maybe,’ and it turned out to be the song. So I couldn’t be happier. It’s just so spooky and eerie, and it’s perfect for the show.”

Flintstones

This yabaa daba doo theme song was added to the animated series in 1995, before which the show merely had an instrumental sound. The creators made this change when the soundtrack sounded similar to a song sung by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in one of the episodes of ‘Looney Tunes’.

“The one with all the facts” – Things you didn’t know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is one of those cult TV shows that is loved by all. If you have been living under a rock, and have no clue about this amazing series, it follows the lives of a group of six friends who live in Manhattan, as they try to make it in the Big Apple! Here are a few friendly facts (pun intended) about the show that you probably hadn’t heard before:

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1. Three cast members from The Simpsons made guest appearances on Friends: Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Hank Azaria (Moe/Apu, etc.) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns/Smithers, etc.).

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2. The show was originally called Insomnia Cafe. It was then renamed Friends Like Us, and then Six of One before becoming Friends.

3. At the beginning of the 1st season, each cast member was paid $22,000 per episode. By the final season, they each got $1,000,000 per episode.

4. “The One Where No One’s Ready” takes place entirely in Monica’s apartment because the show didn’t have a large enough budget for guest stars or additional sets.

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5. David Schwimmer directed 10 Friends episodes.

6. The story-line of Phoebe carrying her brother’s triplets was written because Lisa Kudrow was pregnant in real life.

7. In the opening credits of “The One After Vegas”, which is dedicated to Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s marriage, every cast member has the surname Arquette added to the end of his or her real name.

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8. Phoebe and Chandler were originally supposed to be supporting characters. David Schwimmer was the first of the main six actors to be cast in the show and Jennifer Aniston was the last.

9. All of the six main characters have kissed each other at one point (if you include the alternative “what if?” episodes), except Monica and Phoebe.

10. The orange couch in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio.

11. The Magna Doodle actually made its debut in Episode 18, but it was much clearer in 19. The first column appears to be a grocery list, while the second one reads, “Joey call your dad.” After this, each doodle had some connection to the storyline of the episode.

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12. Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe’s brother Frank Jr. in later episodes, but he also has a small cameo in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe’s guitar case instead of a coin.

13. When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.

14. Monica’s apartment changed from number 5 to number 20 when the show’s writers realised that “5” wouldn’t denote an apartment on an upper level floor in a large block. So they matched, Chandler’s also changed from 4 to 19.

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15. When Lisa Kudrow first read the script, she thought Chandler’s character was gay.

16.  Courteney Cox was a neat freak, just like Monica and would clean the others’ dressing rooms.

17. James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to operate an espresso machine. Also, Gunther wasn’t given a name until the middle of the second season.

18. Ellen DeGeneres turned down an offer to play Phoebe.

19. In the last episode, it is mentioned that all six characters have lived in Monica’s apartment. They have all also lived in Joey’s apartment.

20. When the last series ended, each cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.

21. June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben.

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22. The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said, to make sure each actor had the same amount.

23. Cox had a special place called “Courteney’s Candy Cabinet” on the set, for “once famous for scarfing down junk food”, according to A Natural Living Today story from 1996.

24. The actors, led by David Schwimmer, held an ‘intervention’ for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.

25. Lisa Kudrow was scared of the duck that was in Joey’s and Chandler’s apartment, along with the chick.

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