June 10th, 2011
09:48 AM ET
Andrew Gold, who’s responsible for the 1970s hit “Lonely Boy” - which was featured in flicks like “Boogie Nights” and “The Waterboy” - died on June 3.
The 59-year-old singer-songwriter also penned “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the song that introduced NBC’s “The Golden Girls” throughout the show’s seven seasons. Not only is “Thank You for Being a Friend” easily recognized as the sitcom’s theme song, it also tends to get stuck in your head - the true test of a genius opening tune.
In what proved to be a truly daunting task, we narrowed down a list of about 50 memorable TV show theme songs to the 12 listed below:
“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name,” or at least where you can listen to a really catchy theme song. Luckily, at Cheers, you can do both.
“All in the Family”
Remember listening to Edith and Archie Bunker sing the “All in the Family” theme song? “Those were the days.” (Pun intended.)
“Can you tell me how to get” the “Sesame Street” theme song out of my head? Didn’t think so.
Not even The Fonz’s special way with a jukebox could get this tune out of your head. Ayyy!
“Here’s a story of” an earworm jingle that will stay in your head long between episodes - whether you like it or not.
“Welcome Back, Kotter”
“Welcome Back, Kotter” might not have lasted long on the air, running only for four seasons, but the sitcom’s theme song by John B. Sebastian managed to stick with us.
“The Addams Family”
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky” and they all snap really well.
Whether you’re “moving on up to East side” or not, you probably still have the tune from “The Jefferson's” ringing in your ears.
“When you’re with the Flinstones, you’ll have a yabba dabba doo time” and most likely get their theme song stuck in your head.
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song might be the actor-rapper-producer’s finest contribution to the entertainment industry - if you don’t count “Bad Boys II.”
Three hours isn’t just the length of a tour on the S.S. Minnow - weather permitting. It’s also the amount of time you’ll have the “Gilligan's Island” theme song stuck in your head after listening.
“Laverne & Shirley”
Don’t pretend you didn’t used to skip down the street chanting “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!”
What did we miss? Share your favorites in the comments below.
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