… born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days!
Oh, come on. I know you are signing along by now. In fact, you might even be giving the beat. And if not, then you fully ignored television throughout the 1990s. Even those who I know didn’t watch much television can finish this song for me.
OK, I’ll give it away…
But note that this is the long version. It’s bad enough that we don’t get many theme songs anymore, but in this day and age I couldn’t see a nearly 2-minute intro! I miss these!
Welcome back everyone to another edition of “Where’s the theme songs?” This time, I visit the 1990s and themes with words. I’m still in search of today’s shows that have true theme songs. In my last post, when I hit up the 1980s themes, some people made a point that there are some shows with intros and songs. The songs now are short and quick-hits. They aren’t as fun as they were in the 1980s, and to an extent, the 1990s.
So I’m in search of some of the finest (with words) theme songs out there. This batch is the 1990s. Remember, the ones I post here are in no particular order, but are just some of my favorites. Eventually, I’ll finish off this series with a post about 80s and 90s themes without words (one post, most likely) and then an “Other” post, which will include theme songs from all generations that I haven’t covered yet.
When it comes to the 1990s, some of the theme songs started backing away from the 1980s (which I like to think of as the golden era for TV theme songs, personally). The themes got a bit shorter than in the 1980s, obviously opening up for more advertisers.
The 1990s saw some great themes — on the longer side. But, it also showed the start of switching to the shorter quick-hit ones.
Take, for example, Boy Meets World. It started with an instrumental theme for the first season or so.
That theme ran about a minute. But at the series went on, this is what most people probably remember:
Or, the one with words. This one ran the final few seasons, but again — very short.
As you can see, the theme song had a life of its own with this show. But which is the one most people remember? Probably the second or third one. But the one with the words is the one I remember best. The 1990s is when it really seemed like theme songs went from one step to the next. There were some great ones in the decade though.
So, without further ado, here are my favorites from the 1990s…
10, Party of Five
One of my favorite shows of the 1990s. And one I eventually need to own on DVD…
Oh, come on, you all know you love this tune. When Mayim Bialik came jumping out to dance, you were singing along. Admit it!
8, Brotherly Love
Come on! A show with the Lawrence brothers? Whoa!
7, In Living Color
Hey, it starred James Carrey!
6, South Park
It’s shorter than many, but it’s hard to deny this theme.
5, Drew Carey Show
Not that Cleveland actually rocks, but ya know…
You know you love it!
Seriously one of my favorite shows of all time and the theme song (and intro video) rule!
2, Dawson’s Creek
I still remember the Summer-long promos for this show on the WB. And it had a heck of a good run, too.
This is, by far, one of my favorite shows of all time. I was always a huge fan and always will be. Another show I’ll eventually want to own on DVD.
Did I miss any? Remember the themes I chose were for shows that started in the 1990s and had words. There could be more that I didn’t watch or forgot. So let me know in the comments below.
There will be more to this series coming in future weeks!
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