10. Friends – “I’ll Be There for You”
Is Friends one of the most overrated shows of all time? Yes. But a guy’s gotta give credit where it’s due and that’s to The Rembrandts because they wrote a really catchy theme song. I can’t rank it any higher, though, because of how many white girls quite literally have orgasms whenever they hear it.
9. One Tree Hill – “I Don’t Want To Be”
One Tree Hill is a slept-on show in general, but it doesn’t ever get the credit it deserves for its theme songs – Gavin DeGraw doesn’t, I should say. The guy’s just an insanely talented musician, and I listen to the full song somewhat regularly because I first heard it on that show.
8. Scrubs – “Superman”
In terms of a theme song hitting the actual theme of its TV show on the head, I don’t know if many have done it as well as Scrubs did with this Lazlo Bane banger. “I can’t do this all on my own,” is perfect for the series, and the way they add to/change it throughout only makes the theme better.
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Frolic”
Even if you’ve never seen an episode of Curb (and if that’s the case, fix it), I guarantee you’ve heard the song. People everywhere use it the same way the show does: to punctuate someone doing something unbelievably out of pocket. Even though the big use of the song as a joke usually comes at the end of the episode, they use the catchy tune throughout and it really adds to the show.
6. Cheers – “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”
Bit of an older show, but a great one, nonetheless. The best thing about it, though, has to be the theme song. It’s a sing-along for every episode, and if you’re ever trying to impress oldheads with a wedding song request, it’s a go-to.
5. Psych – “I Know, You Know”
Psych is a hidden gem and probably the best show to ever come from USA Network. The theme song combined with the opening credits is enough to make any fan want to rewatch (it just happened to me), but the song itself is undeniably awesome.
4. The Sopranos – “Woke Up This Morning”
Since it’s quite literally the greatest show ever made (I can poop on anyone who tries to argue otherwise), it’s not surprising that it gets a spot on this list. Alabama 3 gives this bluesy, badass sound that somehow embodies Tony Soprano, and as we watch him drive along the NJ Turnpike, it’s tough to not pop a boner.
3. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
I feel like there’s not much to write about this one. This show was huge for a generation of kids, and the song has lasted since. It’s kind of the definition of iconic.
2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “Temptation Sensation”
I’d argue that Sunny’s Theme is more important to the show than in any other series, with Curb in a not so close second. In the same way that Curb often uses its theme song as part of a joke, Sunny uses it to start every episode in a ridiculous way accompanied by the episode title. The upbeat music is such a contrast to the horrible things the characters do, and it’s perfect.
1. Peaky Blinders – “Red Right Hand”
I wouldn’t go so far as to call Peaky the best show of all time, but it’s definitely the most bad ass. And to go along with it, they picked the perfect theme that is every ounce as bad ass as the show.