Billboard’s Top 10 TV Theme Songs 1980-2011
First and foremost, please note the years being 1980-2011. You will not see the theme song from I Love Lucy as it was aired from 1951-1957. Billboard Magazine is an authority in the music industry. We trust their opinion and wanted to share their list.
#10 WKRP in Cincinnati – Steve Carlisle
WKRP in Cincinnati aired between 1978 and 1982. The staff ran a radio station which included the famous Loni Anderson.
#9 Theme from Dynasty – Bill Conti
Dynasty aired from 1981-1989. The TV show centered around a wealthy Denver family which included John Forsythe, Joan Collins and Linda Evans.
#8 Theme from Magnum P.I. – Mike Post
Magnum P.I. aired 1980-1988. The TV show was based on a private investigator located in Hawaii. It featured the megastar Tom Selleck as the P.I.
#7 Moonlighting Theme – Al Jarreau
Moonlighting aired from 1985-1989. The show was based upon a private detective agency with cases being solved by the private investigator and an ex-model.
#6 Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) – Waylon Jennings
The Dukes of Hazzard aired 1979-1985. Who could forget Bo & Luke Duke, Boss Hog, Daisy Duke, and Sheriff Roscoe P Coltrane and the happenings of Hazzard County? The Duke Boys were played by Tom Wopat and John Schneider.
#5 I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
This is the theme song for the TV show Friends. Friends aired from 1994-2004. The life of 6 friends: Ross, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Rachel and Phoebe. The cast included Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer.
#4 Theme from Hill Street Blues – Mike Post
Hill Street Blues aired from 1981-1987. The show’s stories were about an inner city police precinct. The featured weekly phrase was “Hey, let’s be careful out there”.
#3 Theme from The Greatest American Hero – Believe It Or Not – Joey Scarbury
The Greatest American Hero aired 1981-1983. The show featured a teacher as a super hero that did not understand his powers. The super hero was played by William Katt.
#2 Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer
Miami Vice aired 1984-1990. Who could ever forget Crockett and Tubbs as vice squad detectives of the Miami Police Department? The show sparked fashion statements and uncountable cool guy wannabes.
#1 How Do You Talk To An Angel – The Heights
The lead singer from The Heights cast was Jamie Walters. You also may remember him as the cast in of 90210. The Heights only aired for 12 episodes in 1992.
~ Matt Campbell