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The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

Updated August 5, 2020 287.9k votes 18.8k voters 404.6k views507 items

The best TV theme songs and TV intros of all time will take you back to some of the greatest moments in TV. Television theme songs set the tone for the entire series, and for the beginning of each episode. We all have a special connection to what we think are the best TV themes. They get stuck in our head, we sing them without noticing, and we remember them fondly after a series has ended. These are the most famous opening theme songs from the most popular TV shows. 

What are the best TV theme songs? Vote on the best TV show theme songs here and make sure your favorite gets the attention it deserves. If you think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song was the coolest or you loved the Friends intro song...by all means, vote! Help improve this list of the best TV theme songs of all time.

 

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  • 1
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
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    2,328

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,706
    1,346

    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

    The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    3,275
    1,713

    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

    The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams'... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,532
    1,464

    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

    Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,796
    1,257

    Scooby-Doo

    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Mystery, Situation comedy

    Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    4,042
    2,369

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    The Pink Panther Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,171
    1,143

    The Pink Panther Show

    Paul Frees, Rich Little

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Comedy

    The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of cartoon shorts produced by David H. DePatie and Friz... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,259
    1,370

    Gilligan's Island

    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr.

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film

    Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,076
    1,302

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Children's television series, Live action, Comedy

    The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,312
    1,585

    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    3,404
    2,351

    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Batman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,921
    1,050

    Batman

    Adam West, Burt Ward

    Premiered1966

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Comedy, Action, Camp

    Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,194
    1,450

    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama

    Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,414
    1,524

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    2,227
    1,541

    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film

    Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,672
    1,074

    Sesame Street

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Education, Animation, Children's television series, Live action

    Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,393
    854

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,628
    1,226

    The Monkees

    Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz

    Premiered1966

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Musical, Comedy

    The Monkees is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from September 1966 to March... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,563
    1,231

    The Beverly Hillbillies

    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas

    Premiered1962

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,417
    1,006

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,472
    975

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,632
    1,295

    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Family Film

    The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,517
    1,251

    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,296
    1,040

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time
    1,802
    1,512

    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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