Friday, July 20, 2012

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#1 - Angel

The theme song of Angel was written by an alternative rock group called Darling Violetta.  It’s a lush and beautifully haunting ballad that blends classical elements (the gorgeous cello part for example) with a more contemporary rock style.  While Buffy's upbeat punk rock theme caters more to a teenage audience, Angel's theme invokes a darker and more mature emotional response.  This is not to say I believe Angel is a darker show than Buffy- they both have their moments.  Darling Violetta also released a very cool extended remix of the song which can be heard here.

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#2 - True Blood

The True Blood theme is a song by Jace Everett called “Bad Things.”  It’s a sexy ballad that reflects the show’s general themes of sex, violence, and religion in the south.  The song is most striking during the show’s title sequence where it’s mixed with a series of similarly themed images featuring human corruption with a hint of supernatural influence.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#3 - Veronica Mars

"We used to be friends a long time ago…"  This tune by The Dandy Warhols fits Rob Thomas’s cult show, Veronica Mars, to a tee.  After a complicated series of events, Veronica, the show’s protagonist, is branded a social pariah by her friends and classmates.  In response, she completely abandons her old persona and becomes Veronica Mars: teen detective and all-around badass.  The show’s theme song was originally going to be a noir-esque song, but Rob Thomas opted for this more teen-friendly (but still edgy) theme instead.

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#4 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

From the eerie opening organ notes to the in-your-face electric guitar solo, this rock anthem is easily one of the most recognizable tv show theme songs in pop culture history.  Originally, the show’s staff hired a few famous theme song composers to come up with a theme, but they weren’t impressed and instead asked a few local bands to contribute.  In the end, Joss Whedon chose this theme song that a punk rock band called Nerf Herder submitted.  The rest is history.  

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#5 - Community

The catchy, upbeat Community theme song is one of the many reasons to love this brilliant and quirky cult comedy.  The show’s theme is titled “At Least It Was Here” and is performed by The 88.  

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#6 - Smallville

Smallville was one of the longest running supehero dramas in history.  The show’s theme, “Save Me” by Remy Zero, has also become a staple of pop culture over the years.  The “Save Me” chorus is very relevant to Clark Kent/Superman as a character, and the upbeat, light rock nature of the song represents this teen drama well.

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#7 - Charmed

"How Soon is Now" was originally written by The Smiths, and a cover of the song by Love Spit Love was featured in the 1996 supernatural film, The Craft.  The film became a cult hit among teens, and several studios tried to capitalize on its success by making their own witch-themed movies and TV shows.  One of those shows was Charmed- a ‘lighter’ drama about three witch sisters who fight against the forces of evil.  ”How Soon is Now” was used as the show’s theme song.

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#8 - Firefly

Despite its premature cancellation, Firefly is often considered one of the greatest cult science fiction shows of all time.  Likewise, the show’s folksy, acoustic theme song composed by Joss Whedon fits it perfectly.

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#9 - Supernatural

Although Supernatural doesn’t technically have a theme song, “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas has become the show’s unofficial anthem over the years.  The song plays at the beginning of the last episode of every season alongside a montage of scenes from that season.  The entire Supernatural soundtrack is chalk full of 70s rock ballads, but this one especially captures the spirit of Sam and Dean’s journey across America fighting supernatural beings.

TOP 10 TV SHOW THEMES
#10 - FRINGE

Very few TV show themes capture the essence of a show like FRINGE’s does.  Like the show itself, the song presents a sense of controlled (and at times uncontrolled) chaos that builds and builds until the climax.  Interestingly, JJ Abrams himself composed the tune.  It works especially well with the title sequence which can be viewed here.