'Here's the Story ...': Our 10 Favorite TV Theme Songs Ever
Warning! These unforgettable tunes are destined to get stuck in your head
We weren’t surprised that Candace Cameron Bure still remembers all the words to the Full House theme song “Everywhere You Look” considering she played D.J. Tanner for eight seasons on the beloved sitcom.
The tune had all the elements of a good opening – it immediately got you excited for your favorite show to begin, was instantly recognizable and entirely unforgettable.
While we wait to see if “Everywhere You Look” will return as Fuller House‘s opener, we’re happy to run down more of the best theme songs over the years, limiting ourselves to iconic opening sequences featuring vocals (sorry American Horror Story, Law & Order and Dexter) to celebrate the themes we just can’t stop singing.
10. The Brady Brunch
Even if you’ve never watched an episode of The Brady Bunch in your life (shame on you!), you probably recognize this song about a lady who meets a fella with similar parental obligations. The tune is catchy as can be, and the accompanying graphics were both fun and very informative about just how exactly they became the eponymous (and iconic) blended family.
You knew this one was coming! “I’ll Be There for You,” performed by The Rembrandts, is basically the theme song of the ’90s. The season-themed montage the song played over had us laughing at clips of the cast’s best gags, even if it wasn’t our day, our month or even our year.
8. True Blood
Like the show it opened, Jace Everett’s “Bad Things” is sultry, mysterious and very, very Southern. The sequence perfectly set the scene for the Louisiana vampire show’s supernatural shenanigans. And, yes, we might have wanted to do bad things to the sexy vamps played by Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.
7. Boy Meets World
The Twenty Cent Crush song only kicked off season 5-7 of Boy Meets World, but it made a lasting impression. Personally, we can’t hear the words Boy Meets World, or Girl Meets World for that matter, and not start humming this jam.
6. Gilmore Girls
No theme warms our hearts quite like Carole King’s “Where You Lead.” Before each Gilmore Girls episode even started, we were reminded of the fierce, reliable bond between fast-talking mother-daughter duo Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel). We almost pick up the phone and call our own mothers every time King sings, “If you’re out on the road ….”
5. The O.C.
We admit it, we still get butterflies in our stomachs when when we hear the opening notes of Phantom Planet’s “California.” In the early 2000s it meant we were finally going to see what would happen next for lovable bad boy Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) and his gang of privileged Newport Beach, California, teens. And it’s absolutely mandatory that we blast this song whenever we’re headed to the Golden State.
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4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt bestowed many musical gifts upon pop culture, one of which is this Auto-Tuned masterpiece. The pics of young Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) are adorable, and the opening is a hilarious shout-out to news stories turned viral sensations “damn it!”
3. That ’70s Show
Who didn’t want to be with this entire teen sextet when they belted it out in Red’s car? Even if it was the same old thing they did last week, the cast looked like they had so much fun singing “In the Street” we always felt like joining in. And the shot of the ’70s-era Wisconsin license plate was a great nostalgia-filled kicker.
2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
The Who may have been filling arenas long before CSI came along, but “Who Are You” fits the Las Vegas team of badass forensic scientists so well you would think the track was written just for them. Throw in electric aerial shots of the Strip and clips of the team in the field, and you’ve got one of the most exciting – and best – opening sequences of all time.
1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Nineties kids will forever be grateful to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for making us feel like we can rap. Okay, maybe that’s just us? Because if there’s one rap we can perform flawlessly from memory, it’s Will Smith‘s story about how he became the prince of a town called Bel-Air.