What would a TV show be without a great theme song? Most TV shows of the contemporary era are done without lyrics, and opt for orchestrations to introduce the opening credits. The foregone era presented TV fans with a smorgasbord of theme songs that were full of cheesy lyrics, and montage imagery that encouraged audience sing-alongs. Giving consideration to all eras, the lasting nature of theme songs and the syndicated nature of episodic television, here are 15 of the most iconic theme songs in TV history (and an honorable mention for The Andy Griffith Show)!
15. Golden Girls
The Golden Girls may have run from 1985 to 1992, but it is still widely known and is a darling in syndication all these years later and while most people are still familiar with it thanks to star Betty White still dominating Hollywood, another very recognizable part, is the theme song. The song “Thank You For Being A Friend” was released in 1978 by Andrew Gold and was then famously re-recorded by Cynthia Fee for the show and is still sung and mentioned as a pop culture reference well into the 2000s. The lyrics are timeless and yet nostalgic as just hearing it will remind you, not only of the wonderfully funny show, but the great times you have had with your own group of best friends.