Favorite version or versions of a TV theme song

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  1. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New Hampshire
    There are some shows where only one theme song is used, but there are also a lot of shows that use multiple versions as well.

    What is your favorite version or versions of a theme song?
  2. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New Hampshire
    Mine is The Cosby Show (Season 5)

    I really like the music in this and how it's nicely choreographed.
  3. Barney Miller (all seasons)
    Taxi (all seasons)
    Hill Street Blues (all seasons)
    WKRP in Cincinnati (all seasons)
  4. rediffusion

    rediffusion Forum Resident

    Does this count?...

  5. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    How about Emerson, Lake, and Palmer doing "Peter Gunn"? Or Adam Clayton And Larry Mullen's verision of the "Mission Impossible Theme"?
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  6. AKA

    AKA You guessed it… Frank Stallone.

  7. John B

    John B Once Blue Gort,<br>now just blue.

    Toronto, Canada
    Theme From Spiderman - Tim Tamashiro
  8. KevinP

    KevinP Forum introvert

    Probably season 4 of The Wire. It's not something I'd listen to normally, but it fits that season so well.

    Here's a version by Lurrie Bell that wasn't in the tv show. I always expected one day someone would make a mock season 6 title sequence and put it on youtube.

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  9. Simon A

    Simon A Arrr!

    I firmly believe that the best thing about The Dukes of Hazzard was Waylon's song. It just stays with you.

    Same with The Love Boat... :D
  10. bmasters9

    bmasters9 Well-Known Member

    Fountain Inn, SC
    Two all-season ones for me:

    Dallas (CBS, not TNT)
    The Streets of San Francisco
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  11. Tim Lookingbill

    Tim Lookingbill Alfalfa Male

    New Braunfels, TX
    The second version of "Lost In Space" theme. This video shows both versions,
    but I always loved hearing those majestic French horns at the beginning of the second version.
    It just screams BIG ADVENTURE!

    Don't care for the more modern EDM styled French horn version done for the movie theme
    which doesn't include those instruments.
  12. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

  13. Tim Lookingbill

    Tim Lookingbill Alfalfa Male

    New Braunfels, TX
    Big '60's Avengers theme song fan but I'm finding there were so many tweaks to the melody
    and sound quality. This is my favorite version...

    This is how bad it was in sound and melody at the beginning of this uniquely
    stylish tv series...

    The Avengers: Season One ~ Opening & Closing Titles HD
  14. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    I liked the closing version where the vibes and bells echo
    It swings harder, IMO
  15. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    And this (starting at :42)
    Hagan throws these wonderful descending minor chords on the strings that float down with the horns up high
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  16. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    The Electric Company (season 2 opening credits):

    Similar to season 1, but a bit "wetter" and more rockin' overall, plus it leads with "Hey, you guys!" :cool:
  17. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Blues Brothers - Rawhide
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  18. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    I'm not even sure what this is. The original underscores have been posted in different variations over the years, so it's hard to tell the source on this particular master. It's closer to 2nd season than the original in completeness, but it's still got the tinny, un-ballsy mix where the underscore albums were a bit brighter. But I don't hear any of the background fx or artifact noise one hears on the dubs of the eposides posted. I don't think this was released on Disc 4 of the Pic-A-Nic Basket box set, but I don't have that one. Whatever it is, you can tell Curtain had ideas to spare in this composition. So even if it doesn't quite hang together as a fullly-gestated theme song (more like a stack of cues arranged in order, really), it sure gets my 12-year-old-boy blood flowing!
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  19. Otlset

    Otlset the tree demon awaits

    Temecula, CA
    Here's an *unofficial* Bewitched opening with Steve Lawrence singing the theme like it's late night in some '60s Vegas lounge. Lucky Dick York got to kiss Liz Montgomery over and over.

  20. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New Hampshire
    Yes. All of them count.
  21. Carl LaFong

    Carl LaFong Forum Resident

    Beat me to it!
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  22. Culpa

    Culpa Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    I always preferred the earlier vocal version of the F Troop theme. IIRC the first season was black and white with the vocal theme, second season was in color with the instrumental theme.
  23. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    A shame they changed the singer for season 9. I like Dionne Warwick, but Love Boat doesn't feel the same without this smeary, cheesy 70s theme used in seasons 1 to 8 :D
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  24. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    I prefer the later Brady Bunch theme song with the actors who play the kids singing it.

  25. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I prefer the second Happy Days theme song (the original theme was Bill Haley & The Comets "Rock Around The Clock")

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