C’mon Knock On My Door…


Yesterday I played Name That Tune: Classic TV Show Edition with my dear friend Luke. We were compiling a bunch of our favorites to create a montage for our radio show we are working on. While playing the game, we couldn’t help but giggle at some of the ridiculous ones (ok, we actually had to go to YouTube because we really wanted to watch the opening!) and get that nostalgic warm & fuzzy feeling. We all know the big ones, the ones that were also hits on the radio. You know, Andrew Gold’s “Thank You For Being A Friend” from Golden Girls, and of course the “Cheers” theme song! Or Laverne & Shirley’s theme song which was so perfectly spoofed in Wayne’s World. But do you remember the theme to Acapulco Heat, Silver Spoons, Charles In Charge or Out Of This World? Classics.

For some reason though, I can’t think of a catchy modern-day theme song since Friends, which ended in 2004. It is, in TV history, one of the most memorable and recognizable theme songs of all-time. But since then what? The Mad Men music plays in my head. I’ll throw that in the instrumental theme category with Dallas, Dynasty, Quantum Leap, Twilight Zone, Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. But, what about sing along types? Like Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air! Who doesn’t know that theme?!

So go get nostalgic today. Think of your favorite theme songs throughout the years. Below is a list of some of the top themes of all time and then a list of some you may have forgotten. Feel free to share theme songs you think I should check out! Have fun!


Most Recognizable Theme Songs:

  1. Three’s Company
  2. Mary Tyler Moore
  3. Family Feud
  4. The Simpsons
  5. I Love Lucy
  6. Happy Days
  7. The Love Boat
  8. Dukes of Hazzard
  9. Knight Rider
  10. The Jeffersons
  11. The Brady Bunch
  12. Greatest American Hero
  13. Beverly Hillbillys
  14. Welcome Back Kotter
  15. Saved By The Bell
  16. Reading Rainbow
  17. Addams Family
  18. The Munsters
  19. I Dream of Jeannie
  20. Gilligan’s Island
  21. All In The FAmily
  22. Sanford & Son
  23. Hawaii 5-0
  24. Andy Griffith Show
  25. M*A*S*H

Other Favorites You May Have Forgotten:

  1. Charlie’s Angels
  2. Dr. Who
  3. Twin Peaks (still creeps me out!)
  4. WKRP In Cincinnati
  5. Night Court
  6. Petticoat Junction
  7. Mr. Ed
  8. Bonanza
  9. Square Pegs
  10. Fraggle Rock
  11. The Jetsons
  12. Hillstreet Blues
  13. Moonlighting
  14. St. Elsewhere
  15. Mama’s Family
  16. Kate & Allie
  17. Small Wonder
  18. Courtship of Eddie’s Father
  19. What’s Happening!
  20. Good Times
  21. Empty Nest
  22. A-Team
  23. Family Ties
  24. Growing Pains
  25. Miami Vice


2 Comments Add yours

  1. I like Bonanza theme song very much. Thanks


  2. idkidd says:

    Awwww I am just seein this – I have never had a shout out on a blog before! That was such a fun time. You are right about the dearth of modern day theme songs but also just the openings of tv shows in general have been drastically reduced. A bummer I think! But, here’s one that’s brand new that is very much a throwback to the classic sitcom opening:



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