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’.

10 films you must watch this Valentine’s Day

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Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, the expectations to ‘do something romantic’ are pretty high. But you don’t have to conform to some predetermined notion of what you ‘should’ be doing. Whether or not you have plans for this day, there’s no better time to watch some classic romantic films; and we are not talking about 50 Shades of Grey!

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When Harry Met Sally: Some consider it the greatest romantic comedy of all-time. When Harry Met Sally definitely set the benchmark for modern romantic comedies, with the quirky and off-beat pairing of Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. The movie isn’t so much about the lead characters, Harry and Sally, as it is about men and women. The jokes, punch-lines, chemistry, performances; everything is top-notch. Though years later it was remade in Hindi as Hum Tum starring Rani Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan, it still can’t match up to the charm of the original, that deserves repeated viewing.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Silver Linings Playbook: A completely unconventional romantic comedy, Silver Linings Playbook spins the genre on its head. The film is about real people, real situations and the natural experience that result from them meeting each other. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence bring their A-game to the performances, with the latter also bagging an Oscar for it. The film is a crazy mix of familial drama, madcap comedy, infectious optimism and some sharp wit. Just like its characters, Silver Linings Playbook is a ‘mess’, but what a great mess!

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Casablanca: Now this is a classic – one of Hollywood’s most beloved films, Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, deftly mixes wartime adventure with romance and intrigue. The movie is sure to feature in every film buff’s ‘Top 10 Films’ list and why not? It’s a timeless love story, weaved within a war thriller and peppered with razor-sharp wit – the dialogues of which are still quoted or misquoted even today. Whether you watch it for a nostalgic fix or guilty pleasure, you are sure to see something you didn’t notice the last time.

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Say Anything: The shot of John Cusack’s character Lloyd, serenading Lone Skye’s character Diane with a boom box has become iconic. Cameron Crowe’s debut film Say Anything is a beautiful coming-of-age drama that is one of the best teen love stories ever made. Slightly off-beat and genuinely funny, the film does away with all the clichés associated with the teen romance genre. This movie is full of laidback nostalgic moments from the 80s that one is sure to enjoy.

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True Romance: No film list is complete without a Quentin Tarantino movie. Though he didn’t direct this film, Tarantino wrote the script for True Romance, which was directed by Tony Scott. It has all the ingredients of a contemporary romance – gangsters, turbulent romance, guns, and chase scenes. The film is hip and clever and at its core is a twisted little story. True Romance catapulted Tarantino to overnight fame and gave Tony Scott a new lease of life. An enduring film of the 90s, this is a must-watch.

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: The film which cemented Shah Rukh Khan’s image as the romantic hero; the film that made many a young girl go weak in the knee when ‘Raj’ opened his arms and serenaded Simran; the film with everlasting dialogues – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ, has not lost its charm two decades after its release. The movie celebrated 1,000 weeks of screening at the Marath Mandir in Mumbai, in December 2014! After watching DDLJ, girls began looking for their Raj and idolised his ways of wooing the girl’s family. There is definitely something about DDLJ that makes one want to watch it again and again.

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Bobby: The film introduced India to Bollywood’s first Chocolate boy, Rishi Kapoor and the auburn-haired, Botticelli-faced Dimple Kapadia. Released in the 70s, Bobby was a mammoth hit at the Box Office. The teenage love story was a trendsetter in many ways – the clothes, the hairstyle, the songs, story – everything had the audience riveted. And this Valentine’s Day, get your fix of nostalgia by treating yourself to a viewing of Bobby.

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Silsila: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha and Sanjeev Kumar – the star cast could not have gotten more stellar than this. Director Yash Chopra, also known as the King of Romance, managed a casting coup with this film. At that time, rumours of Amitabh and Rekha’s affair peaked. The film saw Jaya play AB’s reel wife and Rekha, the other woman. It seemed as if the real-life drama was being enacted on screen. Despite the dismal show at the Box Office, years later, the film is considered a classic. Peppered with great music, Silsila was ahead of its times. An unconventional romance. An unconventional Valentine’s Day watch.

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Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: A boyish looking Aamir Khan and fresh-faced Juhi Chawla made their Bollywood debut with this desi adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. A boy and a girl from two warring families fall in love and elope. But unlike other Bollywood films, their story does not have a happy ending. Director Mansoor Khan stayed true to the Bard’s version. The tragic ending was unconventional for romantic films in 80s. But that’s what propelled it to ‘classic’ status, coupled with a tight screenplay, great music and good performances.

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Jab We Met: This Imtiaz Ali directorial never has a dull moment. Jab We Met is an unconventional, yet cute love story. Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor grab your attention the moment they come on screen. The lead pair doesn’t fall in love the moment they meet. It’s a long journey and for most part, the audience enjoys the ride.  

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