Top 10 songs made famous as TV themes

King of the Hill : Yahoos and Triangles - The Refreshments

Besides the single "Banditos" from their 1996 album Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy, The Refreshments are best known for this theme song, which was traditionally one of the tracks the band would play during sound checks.

Community : At Least It Was Here - The 88

Indie rock band The 88 are no strangers to lending their music to television. Besides supplying the theme for Community and the short-lived Fox sitcom Free Ride, their songs have appeared in numerous TV shows, movies and advertisements including the How I Met Your Mother season one episode "Best Prom Ever" where they appear as a wedding band and perform three of their own songs as well as The Verve Pipe's "The Freshman" and "Good Feeling" by The Violent Femmes.

The Wire : Way Down in the Hole - Tom Waits

Tom Waits wrote and performed this song, which appeared on his 1987 album Franks Wild Years, but it is noted for being the theme of HBO's hit crime drama, The Wire. Each of the show's five seasons feature a different recording of the song against a different opening sequence, including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tom Waits, The Neville Brothers and Steve Earle.

Entourage : Superhero - Jane's Addiction

Featured on Jane's Addiction's third album Strays, "Superhero" is well-recognised as the opening theme from Entourage — it arguably received more exposure than the single "Just Because", which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.

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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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