Friday's post got me thinking about some of the great TV theme songs. It may be a product of my age, but it sure seems like the shows of my youth had much better theme songs than those television classics of today. Some shows opening themes are instantly recognizable. Partly because of the popularity or long runs of the shows. The Simpsons Theme comes to mind. Everytime I hear the M*A*S*H theme I instantly think of the death of Henry Blake episode. Who does not love the Alfred Hitchcock Hour theme? Do you know the Masterpiece Theater Theme?
Who among us does not instantly connect with the Lonney Toons theme or Three Stooges songs? For those of us of a certain age, we instantly recognize the themes from Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, Leave it to Beaver, Bonanza and Laverne and Shirley. Younger readers may associate closer with the themes from Friends or Full House. Many of us will recognize the theme from Days of Our Lives or Pee Wee's Playhouse.
Here are some of what I consider the greatest TV theme songs of all time:
1. Rat Patrol. Listen
The undisputed best theme song ever.
2. The Andy Griffith Show Listen
3. The Addams Family Listen
4. Hogan's Heroes Listen
5. Rawhide Listen
6. Peter Gunn Listen
7. Hawaii Five-O Listen
8. The Monkees listen
9. Batman Listen
10. Daniel Boone Listen
Honorable mention -- The Tonight Show Theme (Johnny Carson version) Listen
I am sure I missed some great ones. What are your favorites?