Music Lists Are Us: Favorite TV Theme Songs & Composers with comments


Favorite TV Theme Songs, with composers, the dates of the shows & other information

The Bob Newhart Show ("Home to Emily") big-band instrumental written by Lorenzo & Henrietta Music (1972-1978)

The Mary Tyler Moore Show ("Love is All Around") written & sung by Sonny Curtis (1970-1977)

Mission Impossible ("Main Theme") instrumental written by Lalo Schifrin (1966-1973)

Hawaii Five-O (Theme) instrumental written by Morton Stevens (1968-1980)

Taxi ("Angela") instrumental written by Bob James (1978-1983)

Cheers ("Where Everybody Knows Your Name") written & sung by Gary Portnoy & co-written with Judy Hart Angelo  (1982-1993)

Hill Street Blues (theme) instrumental written by Mike Post (1981-1987)

The Rockford Files (The Rockford Files) rock instrumental by Mike Post & Pete Carpenter (1974-1980)

M*A*S*H ("Suicide is Painless") instrumental music composed by Johnny Mandel (1972-1983).  Though the lyrics were used in the movie, only the instrumental was used on TV.

Barney Miller (opening theme music) jazz instrumental written by Jack Elliot & Allyn Ferguson (1975-1982)

Miami Vice (Original Miami Vice Theme) rock instrumental written & performed by Jan Hammer (1984-1990)

Welcome Back, Kotter ("Welcome Back") written and sung by John Sebastian (1975-1979)

Sesame Street ("Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street") Music by Joe Raposo, with lyrics by John Stone, Bruce Hart & Joe Raposo (1969-present)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ('Yo Home to Bel-Air") written & performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince aka Jeffrey Townes & Will Smith (1990-1996)

The Monkees (Theme From The Monkees) by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, with lead vocal by Mickey Dolenz (1966-1968)

The Jeffersons ("Movin' On Up") written and sung by Ja'Net DuBois, co-written with Jeff Barry (1975-1985)

The Greatest American Hero ("Believe It or Not") by Mike Post & Stephen Geyer, sung by Joey Scarbury (1981-1983)

Sanford and Son ("The Streetbeater) instrumental by Quincy Jones (1972-1977)

The Andy Griffith Show ("The Fishin' Hole") written and performed (whistled) by Earle Hagen and co-written with Herbert Spencer (1960-1968)

The Simpsons (Main Title Theme) instrumental (with a short vocal intro) by Danny Elfman (1989-present)

The Courtship of Eddie's Father ("Best Friend") written and sung by Harry Nilsson (1969-1972)

Good Times with music by Dave Grusin & lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, sung by Jim Gilstrap & Blinky Williams (1974-1979)

The Flintstones ("Meet the Flintstones") big-band with vocals, composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin. (1960-1966, but a different opening theme was used before 1962)

Gilmore Girls ("Where You Lead") written & sung by Carole King in a duet with her daughter Louise Goffin (2000-2007 & 2016)

I Dream of Jeanie ("Jeanie") instrumental composed by Hugo Montenegro (1965-1970, though different music was used the first season)

Party of Five ("Closer to Free")  perfomed by the band BoDeans with music & lyrics by Kurt Neumann & Sam Llanas of the band BoDeans (1994-2000)

Bewitched instrumental written by Howard Greenfield & Jack Keller (1964-1972)

Game of Thrones (Main Title Theme) orchestral and choral composition written by Ramin Djawadi (2011-2019)

The Partridge Family ("C'mon Get Happy") written by Wes Farrell & Danny Janssen, with lead vocal by David Cassidy (1970-1974)

My Three Sons, instrumental written by Frank DeVol (1960-1972)

Hogan's Heros military-band-inspired instrumental theme song, written by Jerry Fielding (1965-1971)

Treme ("The Treme Song") written & sung by John Boutte. (2010-2013)

Level 56
Mar 26, 2022
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.....

Great blog!

Level 62
Mar 27, 2022
Level 76
Jan 22, 2023
Maybe Tomorrow by Terry Bush. theme song to The Littlest Hobo, a Canadian program from the late '70s to mid '80s.
Level 62
Jan 22, 2023
I was not familiar with the show or the theme song. Not bad.