Top 5 Best Old School TV Show Theme Songs
Sometimes in the history of television, a show’s theme song is just as popular as the show itself. With the show usually airing once a week, fans of the show get the lyrics of the theme song stuck in their head. With feet tapping to the beat, here are the Top 5 Awesome old school TV Theme songs.
Old School TV Theme Songs – Boson Buddies – My Life
Recorded originally by Billy Joel in 1978 but was covered by Gary Bennett to be the theme to this show from 1980 to 1982 starring a young Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Interestingly the song is replaced in any syndicated and home media viewings by Shake Me Loose, a song penned by show creator Chris Thompson, primarily for use during the syndicated run of the show. The song was referenced by Hanks himself during the show 30 Rock where he actually sings a few lines from the song.
Old School TV Theme Songs – Golden Girls – Thank You For Being A Friend
Recorded by Andrew Gold in 1978 but was later covered by Cynthia Vee to serve as the theme song to the Golden Girls starting in 1985 and going to 1992. It was recorded again by Vee for the Spinoff series The Golden Palace in 1992 and 1993 with Gold getting credit for composing the song.
Old School TV Theme Songs – Makin’ It!
A song released by David Naughton as the theme to a sitcom of the same name. The song is the only song released by Naughton and often appears in “One Hit Wonders” lists. The television show it was the theme for only lasted for nine episodes in February and March of 1979 while the song was used in films like Meatballs in 1979 and Detroit Rock City in 1999 along with TV shows like Fame and Cold Case.
WKRP in Cinncinati
The song was originally recorded by Steve Carlisle in 1978 but a full-length version was released in 1979 and charted on the Billboard charts in 1981 and 1982. It is said that the opening theme song to the show is a reference to the character of Andy Travis, the main character of the sitcom who is the program director of the radio station.
Friends – I’ll Be There For You
Recored by the Rembrandts and released in 1995, this was the theme song to Friends during the 10 year run of the show from 1994 until 2004. The song was originally recorded in a one minute version that was played on radio Station WHYHY where that version became so popular that the songwriters had to record a full length 3 minutes version. The song reached number 17 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 2 months.