Short, sweet and everything in between! For this week’s five songs to listen to, the focus is theme songs from television shows. Some of these songs are just 30 seconds as presented in the introduction for the shows, while the rest have full, fleshed out versions to listen to. And who knows, you might just like a song so much you end up watching the show they came from. Let’s get started!
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’
Sure, it’s a softball, but why not start out with a classic? Airing from 1990 to 1996, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was a phenomenon and became a cultural touchstone both during the height of its fame and the years after its season finale. However, even people who haven’t seen the show before can probably recite the famous opening credits. The first theme song to really utilize rap, Will Smith used what he became famous for to launch the next chapter in his hectic life.
Gary Portnay - ‘Where Everybody Knows Your Name’
Another theme song you can probably sing all the words to without having seen the show it’s from, Gary Portnay’s “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” served as the theme song for one of America’s most beloved sitcoms for 11 seasons, “Cheers.” This show about people getting together in a bar, basically, was a phenomenon that used this theme song to make you feel as if you were a part of the gang from your living room.
Cheap Trick - ‘That '70s Song’
Originally written and recorded by Big Star as “In The Street” in the actual ‘70s, Cheap Trick hopped on and added a few of their already famous ad-libs from “Surrender” to make this an all-time classic theme song. Used in, well, “That 70’s Show,” the song is the perfect intro to a show about young adults living in the back half of the seventies who have just enough teenage angst to cause a bit of trouble.
Seinfeld - ‘Seinfeld’
The first theme song on here to showcase no vocals, it only feels appropriate that it would be the famous opening tune from “Seinfeld.” As one of the biggest shows of all-time, “Seinfeld” needed something to really make it pop when you first turned it on. A funky bass did just the trick. The show may be about nothing, but man is that bass line funky.
Zoboomafoo - ‘Zoboomafoo Theme Song’
In the running for greatest songs of all time, the theme song from Zoboomafoo has everything the perfect theme song should have. Introducing the lead characters? Check. Have a lemur? Check. Be something that gets stuck in your head? Check, and mate. Listen to this one on repeat for an hour.