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List Em’ Carefully: Top 10 TV Themes

on December 03, 2008, 9:35am
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Daft Punk Simpsons

The rapidly falling temperatures mean a lot more sitting around the tube. Whether it be your favorite Christmas special, a season finale, or just an excuse not to venture outside, Winter is the perfect time to get reacquainted with that most dangerous of friends: the television. And what would good television be without good music? Memorable TV series are often inseparable from their equally memorable theme songs. So in honor of frostbitten couch potatoes everywhere, I proudly present my top ten television themes.

Now I abided by one crucial guideline. Each theme listed was written specifically for its show, even if it was released elsewhere later on. Unfortunately, this means that an overflow of ridiculously good music was disqualified. Milestone theme songs like The Sopranos’ “Woke Up This Morning” (a remix of an Alabama 6 tune) and “Suicide Is Painless” from M*A*S*H* (an instrumental of the film version’s song) were sadly dismembered on the chopping block. But there’s plenty to love here, especially from Nickelodeon. What can I say? Some of TV’s best music came from cartoons.

As always, feel free to agree, disagree, and most importantly, post your own choices on the comments section. Don’t touch that dial, we’re about to begin.

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