Agreed. When you think about it, there is nothing memorable about modern day theme songs. They are short, there are often no words, and they are utterly forgettable.
BooMama did a great post including some great shows, but I thought I would take her idea and re-vamp it. 90's style. So here are my top 90's TV show theme songs. I hope you enjoy.
1. Full House
How could you forget this opening? Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were just cute little babes. Jon Stamos is incredibly hot in his camel suede jacket, and the whole family is just having a good 'ole San Francisco picnic in the green space in front of their house (what?!). I love the jazzy feel of this tune, and the words get stuck in your head. Go ahead. Re-live the memories. Shoo-be-do-bop-ba-da!
2. Family Matters
Well, you really can't include Full House without including Family Matters. They really went hand in hand. They were aired back to back on Friday nights (TGIF, y'all!!) and they once even created an episode where the stories intertwined. Awesome! I'm including the intro to the first season, so we could all take a moment and remember Judy, the cutest member of the Winslow family that disappeared after the second season of the show. They just didn't love her enough.
3. Hey Dude
Many of you might remember this Nickelodeon show where a bunch of teens worked together on a Dude Ranch run by city slicker, Mr. Ernst. The show had plenty of heartthrobs, from the cutesy Melody (played by Christine Taylor) to tomboy Brad. I personally loved the character of Danny, who was the only one who really knew anything about horses. Why? Because he was Native American, of course! (too bad I just saw his actual name was Joe Torres--I guess Nickelodeon wasn't really going for accuracy). This show was full of fun, adventure and killer cacti. Now just see if you don't sing along to this song.
This animated cartoon wasn't just for little kids. It was about Doug Funny, a kind, but somewhat awkward kid who just wanted to fit in and finally date the girl of his dreams, Patty Mayonnaise. This opening theme is totally brill. No words, no lyrics. Just some wonderful humming and beat boxing. Not to mention that the only prop in the opening is a line. Creative genius. p.s. Please ignore the terms of endearment at the beginning of this video. It was all I could find.
5. Kids Incorporated
Okay, so I kind of cheated here--this show is actually from the 80s. But it ran well into the 90s, so I think we're okay. This show was like every kids' dream. Singing, dancing, and being a star on stage--as a kid, no less. This show is where a lot of celebs like Fergie and Jennifer Love Hewitt got their start. It was always entertaining, they sang great songs, and it made you feel like once, just once, you could be a star.
6. Salute Your Shorts
If my mom is reading this, I know she won't be happy. This was one of her least favorite shows with one of her least favorite words in it. But really, how often does the cast of a show sing the theme song? It's so very campy and so very 90's. You can't really beat it. And with names like Donkey Lips, Ugg Lee and Budnick, you know you're getting into something really great.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a video for this song. Dang! You would have loved it. Mom, I'm sure you're relieved.
So there they are, folks. Some of the greatest theme songs of the 90s. There are lots of others I would want to include, like Saved by the Bell, Step by Step, Sister Sister, and many more. What were your favorites?