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Top 20 TV Show Theme Songs: See the Full List of Your Favorites

Our Top 20 for September of 2021 was a fun one. We asked you to name your favorite TV theme song, and the answers came pouring in! 

Topping the list was the Hawaii Five-0 theme song, from the original series starring Jack Lord. And no wonder – it’s a snazzy, upbeat song recorded by legendary surf-rock group the Ventures

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Many of your choices came from classic shows from the mid/late 20th century – Sanford & Son, the Jeffersons, Mary Tyler Moore, Barney Miller. And of course Welcome Back, Kotter, which had an unforgettable theme written and sung by John Sebastian. 


A few more recent theme songs made the list, too, from shows including the Sopranos, South Park, and the Wire (specifically, the Tom Waits version of “Way Down in the Hole”). 


You can see the full list below. 

Top 20 TV Theme Songs

1 Hawaii 5-0 (original) 11 Miami Vice
2 Twin Peaks 12 The Jeffersons
3 The Sopranos 13 WKRP In Cincinnati
4 Sanford & Son 14 The Rockford Files
5 Peter Gunn 15 Welcome Back, Kotter
6 Cheers 16 The Wonder Years (original)
7 What We Do In The Shadows 17 The Greatest American Hero
8 The Wire (Tom Waits) 18 The Golden Girls
9 Barney Miller 19 South Park
10 Mission Impossible 20 Mary Tyler Moore




See previous Top 20s from 2021

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