bands/musicians Rock Bands Who Created TV Theme Songs, Ranked Best To Worst  

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List Rules Must be original songs created for the show, not a recycling of previously recorded material. Rock musicians only (and technically you are voting on the song not the band).

Believe it or not, some major rock bands have taken the plunge into the world of television - and we're not just talking about music videos from the days when MTV actually played those. Sure, you've probably seen some big rock stars make cameos on TV shows, but others have gone even further to lend their sounds to the shows themselves.  These are the rockers who have written original songs for TV shows.

You've probably heard a lot of these tunes, but you may have had no idea they were written by some of the biggest names in rock music. With your votes, we'll find out which musician wrote the best original TV theme song.

From Ozzman's ferocious theme for Dog the Bounty Hunter to They Might Be Giants's Malcolm in the Middle ditty, which original TV song by rockers do you think is best?

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The Rembrandts


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Friends - "I'll Be There For You"

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Genres (Music): Jangle pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock, + more

Albums: Spin This, L.P., Untitled, The Rembrandts, Lost Together, + more

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Cheap Trick


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That '70s Show - "That '70s Song" (Originally "In the Streets" by Big Star; re-recorded by both Cheap Trick and Todd Griffin as "That '70s Song" for the show. Griffin's version was used for Season 1, Cheap Trick's for all subsequent seasons.)

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Genres (Music): Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock, + more

Albums: Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police, Cheap Trick, The Doctor, + more

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#16 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#67 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#44 on The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

#92 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Barenaked Ladies


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Big Bang Theory - "The History of Everything"

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Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop rock, Power pop, + more

Albums: Gordon, Barenaked for the Holidays, Maybe You Should Drive, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991–2001), Everything to Everyone, + more

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#32 on '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today

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Primus


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South Park - "South Park Theme"

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Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock, Funk metal, Heavy metal, + more

Albums: Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, Frizzle Fry, Tales From the Punchbowl, Brown Album, + more

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#81 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#16 on The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time

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