Greatest television theme music

TommyO'Brien

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Television is central to modern day life. So it set me thinking, of all the thousands of shows I have seen in my lifetime, what shows had the greatest theme music.

In my view the clear winner is a 1960s and 1970s cop show from the US, Hawaii Five-O. The show had a cult following in its day when in was shown on RTÉ. But usually for theme musics its music had continued to to be played in concerts, by various bands, three decades after the show went off the air, long after many of its actors died.

For anyone of a certain generation, they just have to hear the drums at the start to recognise the show and the music.

There are few shows that decades after they finish still have their theme music played and recognised instantly by millions.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LnK8b_jk8w"]YouTube - Hawaii Five-0 Theme[/ame]
 


Tommy Tayto

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MacGyver. Obviously. Gotta love those strings at 0.50....

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w-oDZSLUrY]YouTube - MacGyver[/ame]
 
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I pity you fools.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIfuaUTH9Y4]YouTube - THE A-TEAM intro[/ame]
 

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Great theme.Great programme.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ABR4UpDSU]YouTube - The Wire - Season One Opening Credits[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2se2I70CJ0]YouTube - Banana Splits - The Ultimate Intro![/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiYYVeBdqaM"]YouTube - Only Fools & Horses Intro[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmahs_r_RZc]YouTube - Full Match of The Day Theme Tune (Original Old One)[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yevI8xCAKuc]YouTube - Hill Street Blues Theme[/ame]
 

TommyO'Brien

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Noooooo. Not the Bananas Splits!

Now that damn music will be going around in my head all week. That damn theme music is addictive.

(Anyone remember that show that used to be on Saturday mornings back in the late 1970s, a badly dubbed show about muskateers with a theme that started "You've got to fight for everyone, for all that you believe. You've got to fight for everyone, to live the way you please . . .")

Ewwww. Now that is in my head too. And with it Tenpole Tudor's "Swords of a thousand men"!!!
 

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They used to say an educated person was one who didn't instantly think of this TV series when he heard Rossini's "Overture to William Tell"::lol::lol::lol:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW_o5WlJz1I&feature=fvst]YouTube - The Lone Ranger Theme[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iUMWy4hqAg]YouTube - Monkey Magic Intro[/ame]
 

Garibaldy

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The Equalizer theme tune

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1NiNKwueE]YouTube - The Equalizer intro[/ame]
 

Partizan

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turn up your speakers.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGoemMoD2SM]YouTube - Darts Theme Tune - Full[/ame]
 

Partizan

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this guy was my hero back in the day.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCItnKrXvMM]YouTube - Street Hawk: Intro[/ame]
 

Partizan

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one bad ass mo-fo.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiZaqhuL6nU]YouTube - Hunter TV Opening Theme[/ame]

"works for me" :lol:
 

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The anglo irish bank soap opera (and sometime TV) theme tune ..

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAa5rP64YbQ"]YouTube - ISAAC HAYES - Theme from SHAFT[/ame]
 
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Trailer Park Boys

If it was on a mainstream program and it would be on everyones mobile phones

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDeO6wf_LSM"]YouTube - Flin Flon Trailer Park Boys (theme only)[/ame]
 


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