When it comes to TV shows, the opening credits are SUPER important. After all, it’s the very first thing you see and it’s usually what gets people hooked. We can’t begin to tell you how many hours we’ve wasted on shows we didn’t even like that much just cos their theme songs were awesome. Here’s a list of some of the very best TV theme songs ever:
1- THE OC
The OC was one of the most epic teen dramas ever made. It was all about a poor boy moving in with a super rich family and living life with all his new super rich friends. And yes we know that’s not the best description but look, to be honest, the best part of this show was when you got to shout ‘CALIFORNIAAAAAAAAAA’ during the credits. All the rest was just extra.
2- BIG BANG THEORY
It’s like a thousand seasons later and we’re still massive fans of this show. Partially because Sheldon is amazing and watching him be the smartest yet most annoying guy on the planet never gets old. But mainly because we’re always impressed with ourselves when we manage to get every single word of the theme song right. That last ‘Bang!’ is the most satisfying thing ever.
3- THE ADDAMS FAMILY
This theme song is particularly great because it’s not only mad catchy, but it literally spells out exactly what the show is about. We can’t begin to remember when last we watched this show and yet, you can wake us up in the middle of the night and we’ll still get all the words right. Classic.
This is one of the shortest songs on the list- it’s literally just two sentences. And yet it’s one of the most relatable, heartwarming theme songs in TV history. Which syncs perfectly with this hilarious yet relatable and heartwarming show. Also, when you think about it, ‘I’m no superman’ is pretty much the oyibo version of ‘I cannot come and go and die.’
5- GAME OF THRONES
There’s no lyrics in this one- and there don’t need to be! The opening credits to Game of Thrones is an actual masterpiece. That epic, swelling music, the moving map showing all the magical lands we explore, the way ‘Game of Thrones’ pops up in some weird fire sword- it’s all just so good! (Side note: We miss this show like crazy.)
We can’t think of anybody who actually watched every single episode of all ten seasons of this Superman drama. But we also can’t think of anybody who doesn’t immediately join in whenever they hear ‘SOMEBODY SAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE MEEEEEEEEEEEEE.’ This is definitely one of the shows where we admit that we only stayed as long as we did because of the song.
7- FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR
It only makes sense that when one is compiling a list of TV show theme songs they include what is undoubtedly the most well known theme song on the planet. Everybody, and we’re not exaggerating here, EVERYBODY knows this song. It’s also the go to jam all your white friends sing whenever you ask them ‘what do yo know about rap?’
Do we even need to explain? The Friends theme song literally combines everything we love about every other theme song on this list- it spells out what the shows about, it’s heartwarming, it’s hella catchy and it’s impossible for you to not sing along to. That’s enough reading abeg. Press play on the video above and sing your heart out. Also, if you haven’t seen this video with the cast jamming out to the theme song, then you’re in for a real treat.
Honorary Mentions- Cheers, Scooby Doo, X-Files, House of Cards, The Sopranos, Weeds, Spiderman
Written by Tamara Aihie