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The Best Opening Theme Songs In Television History, Ranked

What makes a good TV theme song? Is one good because it's memorable, because it's a repurposed classic, because it illustrates the show well, or because the creative department made awesome graphics for the intro? Using all these criteria, Vince Mancini ranked the 25 best TV theme songs.

The list includes old classics, awful shows with good theme songs, shows you didn't watch, and shows you've never heard of. The comments are full of differing opinions, and theme songs the author "forgot" or was unaware of. Yeah, sure, this is all opinion, but it also gives us an opportunity to relive those shows because the theme song videos are embedded. -via Digg


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Those are great too! Sad to say I didn't actually know "Peter Gunn" was a TV show. I just knew it was used in the Blues Brothers movie. It absolutely should have made the list.

Another great Mancini piece was The Pink Panther theme that eventually got used for a cartoon series. That one inspired me to pick the trombone for my instrument in band class.
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There is some reaally good stuff there but it is very American in perspective! What about the Doctor Who theme or Red Dwarf theme for example? (And they forgot MASH)
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