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TV Theme songs

Meet the Flintstones

Composed in 1961 by Hoyt Curtin, Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, it is one of the most popular and best known of all TV theme songs and has become a jazz standard.

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The melody is believed to have been inspired from part of the 'B' section of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 (The "Tempest"), Movement 2, composed in 1801/02, and reharmonized. More details: Wikipedia

Flintstones Theme Song

Mission: Impossible

The Mission Impossible theme was written and composed by Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin for the popular Mission: Impossible TV series (1966–1973).

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The theme is written in a 5/4 time signature. Schifrin started composing the melody from the Morse code for M.I. which is "_ _ .."; if a dot is one beat and a dash is one and a half beats, then this gives a bar of five beats, exactly matching the underlying rhythm. More details: Wikipedia

Mission Impossible Theme Song

Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O Theme" is an instrumental composed by Morton Stevens as the theme music for the CBS television series Hawaii Five-O, which aired from 1968 to 1980. It is considered by many to be one of the best television themes of all time.

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An early copy of the pilot of the reboot series in 2010 initially used a synthesizer and guitar-based version of the theme, but it was so disliked that it was replaced by a shortened copy of the original theme. In 2015, Stevens' children filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against CBS over its use of the theme in the rebooted series. More details: Wikipedia

Hawaii Five-O theme song

X-Files

The X-Files theme was composed for the science fiction television series The X-Files in 1993 by Mark Snow.

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The echo effect came by accident! Snow said that he had gone through several revisions, but Chris Carter felt that something was not quite right. Carter walked out of the room and Snow put his hand and forearm on his keyboard in frustration causing the echo. The whistle melody comes from an old sample from the Proteus line of synth products called "Whistling Joe" mixed with the whistling of Snow's wife, Glynn. More details: Wikipedia

X Files Theme Song

Star Trek

The "Theme from Star Trek" (originally scored under the title "Where No Man Has Gone Before") was composed by Alexander Courage. It went through many rearrangements during the years the program aired on TV.

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Without Courage's knowledge, Roddenberry wrote lyrics to the theme — not in the expectation that they would ever be sung, or indeed ever be made publicly available, but so that he could be officially registered as the lyricist of the theme and hence claim half the performance royalties. Although there was never any litigation, Courage later commented that he considered Roddenberry's conduct unethical. More details: Wikipedia

Star Trek Theme Song

Andy Griffith

This has got to be the catchiest of any TV theme song ever written! The tune was composed by Earle Hagen, who you can hear whistling in the original song, and Herbert Spencer. According to Hagen, The Andy Griffith Show called for "a simple tune," so that's what they delivered. He says it was written in about 15 minutes.

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There were lyrics written for this song, but they weren't used on the show. The words were composed by the actor Everett Sloane (who appeared on an episode of the show in 1962). Listen to Andy Griffith sing the tune.

The Fishin' Hole

Dick Van Dyke Show

Earle Hagen, the musical mind behind The Andy Griffith Show theme, composed the them songs for the Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore comedy shows.

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Years later, Dick Van Dyke revealed that his costar Morey Amsterdam, who portrayed Buddy Sorrell, had originally written lyrics for the tune. Listen to Dick Van Dyke sing the lyric version.

Dick Van Dyke Theme Song