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

Daniel Kohn
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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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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.)

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

Also Ranked

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

#65 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#97 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#85 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"

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

Also Ranked

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

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

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The Rembrandts


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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

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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

Also Ranked

#30 on The Best Musical Duos

#13 on The Best Bands Named After Movies

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