IGN released a music feature not too long ago that named, what they thought, were the top 50 television theme songs of all time. Now, I don't know if I would agree to ALL of them as being "tops," but most of them most people would know anyway, even me who wasn't around before the late '70s.
Personally, I feel that there are two songs that immediately come to mind - my mind anyway - that didn't make the list. They are the themes from "Friends" and "Golden Girls."
See if you agree with the reviews or if your favorites are missing.
Taking the 50-41 spots were "Beverly Hills, 90210" (the original); "Rawhide"; "The Odd Couple"; "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"; "The A-Team"; "Dallas"; "Barney Miller"; "Twin Peaks"; "Bonanza"; and "All in the Family."
Being a child of the 1980s and '90s, can you guess which song I immediately started singing when reading this part of the list? I'll give you a hint: "In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on a playground is where I spent most of my days. "
From 40 to 31 were "The X-Files"; "Love Boat"; "Laverne and Shirley"; "Miami Vice"; "Diff'rent Strokes"; "Dr. Who"; "Sanford and Son"; "Seinfeld"; "The Cosby Show"; and "Swat."
The songs filling the 30-21 spots were "Green Acres"; "Mr. Ed"; "I Love Lucy"; "WKRP"; "Happy Days"; "Dukes of Hazzard"; "Beverly Hillbillies"; "Batman"; "Magnum P.I."; and "Three's Company."
In this group happens to fall one of my all-time favorite television shows, but it had nothing to do with its theme song or the girl in tight, short shorts. Can you guess?
Filling the 20-11 spots were "The Andy Griffith Show"; "My Three Sons"; "Dragnet"; "The Addams Family"; "The Greatest American Hero"; "Taxi"; "The Jeffersons"; "Sesame Street"; "Mary Tyler Moore Show"; and "Peter Gunn" theme.
News editor Fred Rossano has "The Andy Griffith Show" as the ringtone on his cellphone. I hear it often.
Filling the top 10 theme songs were "The Brady Bunch" (I think almost everyone can sing part of, if not all of this one); "The Twilight Zone"; "The Muppet Show"; "Hill Street Blues"; "Gilligan's Island" (again, everyone knows at least part of this one); "Mission: Impossible"; "Star Trek" (the original one with Captain Kirk); "Hawaii Five-O"; and "M.A.S.H."
(If you are counting, you noticed that I didn't give you all of the top 10 songs. If you didn't notice, you're probably going back now and counting. Hang in there, it's coming.)
Most people my age don't even know that the "M.A.S.H." song has words to it. I do. My father was an avid fan of the show, and I watched it regularly with him. The song appeared in the movie. It is called "Suicide is Painless." People recognize the show immediately, and it has become part of pop culture. It took second only to
Can you guess what the No. 1 song on ISN's Top 50 TV Theme Songs of All-time is? Come on, you know you know. Think.
If you can't figure it out, you'll kick yourself when you read it. Those who have a guess are already singing it to themselves.
Give up? I promised I'd tell you, so I will.
Taking the No. 1 spot wasdrum roll, please ... "Cheers."
"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came."
Don't blame me when you're walking around humming it all day.
(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)