They are catchy, getting stuck in our heads for hours. Each time we tune in they welcome us back with their cool melodies and comforting, familiar lyrics. They connect us to the shows we love, lure us back each week, and embed themselves in our memories. We sing along in spite of ourselves. Television theme songs have become almost as iconic as the shows they represent. But who writes these brief introductions that run over the opening credits to our favorite dramas and sitcoms? Often these magical musical medleys are written by well-known bands and musicians without us even realizing it.
Stacker researched the intersection between music and TV and compiled a list of 25 TV shows with theme songs written by noteworthy bands and musicians. There is the tale of the metal band who had to speed up the melody to fit the show, that song that actually seemed as if it was written for the crime drama though it had been penned years before, that old classic hit that was reworked to explore a mother-daughter relationship, the theme song that was updated for the sitcom reboot, and the time a legendary singer’s contribution simply wasn’t enough to help the show make it past its first season.
These songs are not only anthems to our favorite shows, but stories about the creators and ways in which the unforgettable themes came into being. Stacker invites you to explore the artists and stories behind your favorite television show theme songs. We dare you not to sing along!