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

Daniel Kohn
Updated July 11, 2019 6.6k votes 1.4k voters 72.3k views 14 items

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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South Park - "South Park Theme"

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

Great theme song?

More Primus 

#953 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #720 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #760 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Friends - "I'll Be There For You"

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

Great theme song?
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Malcolm in the Middle - "Boss of Me"

Genres (Music): Experimental rock, Children's music, Alternative rock, Indie rock, College rock, + more

Albums: Flood, Apollo 18, John Henry, Join Us, O Tannenbaum, + more

Great theme song?

More They Might Be Giants 

#129 of 285 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #1,188 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #247 of 409 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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King of the Hill - "Yahoos and Triangles"

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

Albums: Rock 'n' Roll X-mas, Real Songs on Real Instruments, Let It Rock – The Chuck Berry Tribute, Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down, + more

Great theme song?