by Cole Pepper
August 2, 2013
Is there any better way to waste time than by playing “Name that Tune” to TV themes? Answer: no, no there isn’t. That has inspired me to compile the following list of the 10 Best TV themes of the 1980s. Note that this is not a list of the 10 best TV shows of the 80s (although many of these selections could make that list) and the only thing a show needed to do to qualify was to run at least one episode between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989.
10. CHiPs-Even without the early 80s splendor that is Erik Estrada, the CHiPs theme is a top 10 pick.
9. Family Ties-I love a TV theme that can stand alone as a song. If someone whistles this song, you’ll immediately conjure images of Alex P. Keaton and family.
8. Greatest American Hero-Has that special AM Gold quality. Ironically awesome or awesomely ironic? You make the call.
7. Simon and Simon-As you’ll see later on the list, I apparently have a weak spot for twangy guitar theme songs.
6. Dallas-Certainly iconic.
5. Magnum P.I.-The Ferrari. The Chopper. The mustache. The theme song.
4. Moonlighting-It’s tough to beat Al Jarreau singing your theme song. Great show, too.
3. Knight Rider-If you can’t recognize this song within 2 seconds of it starting, you weren’t alive in America in the 80s.
2. The A-Team-How many shows can parody one of the main characters other roles in the intro sequence? Just one. This one.
1. The Fall Guy-An upset? No way. The lyrics are genius and tell you all you need to know about Lee Majors’ character’s life.
I would have put the Wonder Years in, but because the song was an already established hit, I DQed Fred Savage and company. But if you insist…
Do you disagree? Let me know in the comments. Enjoy!