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Do You Know All the Words? Our Memories of These TV Series Are Due to Their Iconic Theme Songs 

As much as we remember storylines and remarkable characters, the theme song of a TV series makes the experience of watching a show even more entertaining. With just a few notes, the comedy, horror, or romance the TV show is all about immediately comes to mind. In this article, we’ll highlight five iconic theme songs that have been etched into fans’ memories. Let’s get right into it.

Mission: Impossible (1966-1973)

Composed by Lalo Schifrin, the theme starts with woodwinds, but not the high school orchestra kind. We’ll never understand why the composer wanted to call it ‘Burning Fuse,’ but we know the sound is a classic. 

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It starts with ‘dun-dun,’ and there’s a short pause before the next ‘dun-dun,’ increasing the tension. Of course, the theme has become something like a Morse code for the original “Mission: Impossible.” Even after many decades, the sound is still associated with the mind-blowing tension of M-I.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

Of course, we’re frustrated almost to the point of tears when a TV series theme song leaves nothing to the imagination. Ironically, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is a theme song that we can’t just resist loving- just thinking of the sound makes us smile.

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Created by Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, the legendary sound has become a part of pop culture history. The theme sound features Will Smith’s smooth-flowing rap and old-school beats that we just mindlessly rap along to.

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

Who doesn’t think of the badass Tony Soprano on hearing “Woke up this morning/Got myself a gun”? Created by Alabama 3, the iconic theme features a rumbling bass, a mind blowing chorus, and dark arpeggios.


The theme song has become a part of the TV show’s legacy, no doubt. However, even when we remove the show’s context, you’ll agree this song will still hit. The way the song captures the levity with which Tony Soprano handles his escapades makes it slap.

The Jeffersons (1975-1985)

The TV theme song “Movin’ On Up,” is one of our all-time favorites because of its feel-good vibe. Paired with a good George Jefferson strut, singing Movin’ On Up makes any achievement in life feel sweeter!

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Created by Jeff Barry and Ja’Net DuBois, the gospel choir’s backup gives the song a churchy touch. The song perfectly depicts the Jeffersons’ grass-to-grace story as they move from Queens to their deluxe Manhattan apartment.

Game of Thrones(2011-2019)

The “Main Title” theme song is one of the most hummable sounds of the 2010s; it’s not even up for debate. Created by Ramin Djawadi, the four-note motif led by a single cello was developed when the creator was asked to avoid using solo vocals and flutes.

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The theme song is one of the most recognizable- we can already feel the adventure and danger in the series after just seconds of hearing the sound. The sweeping camera, which takes us through air and snow to the next adventure, makes the sound iconic.

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