Number 10 1/2: Speed Racer
I think I've already established that I like the original Speed Racer, part of the reason is that killer theme song. Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer, he's a demon on wheels! Driving that fast and furious Mach 5. I was recently reminded I had a toy Mach 5 as a kid, great memories.
Number 10: The A Team
"If you've got a problem, if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you can hire...The A Team." Well f*ck yeah! I don't think any one can hear this song and not want to shoot people and blow stuff up in a consequence free environment where no one dies. I pity the fool who doesn't enjoy this theme song.
Number 5: Mr Belvedere
Belve buddy got me through College, what else was there to watch at 10am on weekdays? Mr Belvedere's theme song had such an offhand attitude (I think it was that guy with the white hat and glasses that sang it but I can't recall the name) with a little English stuffiness at the end. Wesley!
Number 4: Mad About You
I think this is called "The Final Frontier" though it has nothing to do with Star Trek. This bit of coffeehouse jazz is fun, one of the reasons is (TMI Approaching) I can play the beat on my stomach. If I eat a lot, I get really good acoustics going. Now that just sounds gross, I'll take that one back. Very pleasant show.
Number 3: Spider Man (animated)
The song has become a Pop Culture classic, it's so fondly remembered it fades the memory that the animation on the actual cartoon was pretty cheap. The same five shots used over and over on each show. Spidey's theme is catchy as hell and deserves a place in Pop Culture history.
Number 2: Beverly Hills 90210
So what was it about a bunch of teen kids with silver spoons in their mouths portrayed by thirty year olds that got everyone's attention? For me, it was the jammin' theme song. Now, I know the song is forever linked to this teen drama queen fest but there's no denying the melodic power of that guitar. It's been copied by legit guitarists since then (like Van Halen in "Can't Stop Lovin' You") and is probably being revived for the new edition of this show. So, Dylan has to be what, 50 now?
Number 1: Space 1999
From the opening drum roll and orchestration to the super futuristic disco beat topped with some twangy guitar, it's hard to top the intro to the Martin Landau classic. Science Fiction never seemed so...overblown and unrealistic yet fascinatingly irresistible. That's how life should be, Space ships and disco. Season 2's theme was more direct but no less bombastic.