Top 10 songs made famous as TV themes

You know when you hear "So no one told you life was gonna be this way — your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's DOA..." and you immediately think of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe?

Well, plenty of TV shows have taken their theme from a legitimate song release. Here are our favourites.

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Friends : I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts

With Friends producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, as well as The Rembrandts band members Phil Sōlem and Danny Wilde, involved in the writing process, this is possibly the most famous TV-theme-turned-pop-song. Originally 45 seconds long, the composition was later re-recorded as a full-length song about a year after the show's premiere — and seven years after the series ended, it's still played all over the world. Some people are still trying to get the timing of the "clap clap clap clap" right ...

Scrubs : Superman - Lazlo Bane

Executive producer Bill Lawrence credits star and narrator Zach Braff with nominating the song as the show's theme. Braff later directed the music video for Lazlo Bane, which features behind-the-scenes footage from the show's set.

True Blood : Bad Things - Jace Everett

Country singer-songwriter Jace Everett released "Bad Things" on his self-titled album as well as a single in 2005, but it failed to chart. After being chosen as the vampire drama's theme in 2008, the song became a hit, charting in Norway, Sweden and the UK in 2009.

How To Make It In America : I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc

Rapper, singer and producer Aloe Blacc lent his incredibly catchy track to the HBO series that premiered free on YouTube and iTunes last year. Both parties must be happy with the outcome, as the musician credits the show for giving him more exposure, and a second season of the dramedy is currently in production.

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JJ posted a comment   

What about Gavin DeGraw's song for One Tree Hill? And California for that Mischa Barton show?


melmac posted a comment   

I quite like the Treme theme song it totally fits the series


prittypeaches posted a comment   

A successful theme song is good for both the musician and the tv show. I definitely watch any number of shows I otherwise wouldn't because the song at the start was catchy enough for me to stop on the channel. I love Scrubs and MASH theme songs. Another I always found pretty cool was Monk's theme song 'It's a Jungle Out There' - though it perhaps wasn't as successful main stream as some of these - I don't really know...


BrianH posted a reply   

prittypeaches, don't you think the theme to Dexter bears an uncanny similarity to the Monk theme?

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