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Top Cartoon Theme Songs

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80s)

This right here is definitely the ultimate cartoon theme song. Is there anybody who grew up between 1987 and 1996 that doesn't have the theme song memorized?  Well, maybe some because I think they changed the theme song towards the end of the run. None the less, what you've got here is a classic example of a song that has it all.

One thing it has going on is sweet guitar rifts. No cartoon is complete without those. It is also catchy, making it all the easier to memorize and sing along with. I use to sing the song and dance when I was watching the show, but that's just me. The theme also explains the complicated back story of the show. If you skipped the opening credits you would not be aware that Ralph, despite being rude is also cool or that Donatello has a thing for mechanical devices. When Shredder shows up you would wonder how much slack would be cut for him, when the informed viewer knows it is none.

So you better all recognize just how great the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song is. It is what all other standards should be measured. Turtle Power mother fuckers!

Sonic Underground

Sonic Underground?  I have a hard time believing this show actually exists. I've never seen it on TV. I bet you've never seen it on TV. I don't think anybody has ever watched it. It might solely exist to fill space in Family Videos free children's movie section.

We've established that nobody has ever watched Sonic Underground. I have however watched the opening credits, which appear to have been made by the most awesomest metal band ever. I wouldn't be surprised if it was done by Iron Maiden's less successful but way cooler little brother. I also wouldn't even be surprised if the lasers being shot from the instruments were powered by the theme song itself. Like, the theme song is so great it allows Sonic and his siblings to shoot energy beams from keytars and is an important plot point. If that were true then I would totally pick up a free copy of the Sonic Underground DVD at Family Video the next time I go there to rent porn.

The Real Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters has the unfair advantage over other cartoon theme songs because it gets to use the song from the movie Ghostbusters, which is a really good song. Its even better then the opening theme song to Beverly Hills Cop: The Animated Series which was Yankee Rose by David Lee Roth.

I've never understood Slimer. Why don't they ever bust him?  I know Slimer was just added to have a cute mascot character that could easily be marketed but from a logical viewpoint it's pretty unprofessional for ghost busters to have a ghost following them around. Its like if an exterminator showed up with his pet silverfish. The only thing more unprofessional would be hiring a guy who acts and sounds exactly like Garfield.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Another iconic song that every kid had memorized. Sing along with me "Sonic he can really move; Sonic he's got an attitude; Sonic he's the fastest thing alive the fastest thing alive the fastest thing AAAALLLLLIIIIIIVVVVEEEEE!!!"

This was the Sonic cartoon that people always make a big deal about now because it was kind of dark and serious. People who are too old for cartoons always gravitate towards the ones that aren't as goofy as a way to justify the fact that they are twice as old as the target audience. Too bad they could always watch a show for adults if they wanted something dark and serious. They just want to watch cartoons. I've got nothing against that. I watch cartoon all the time. I'm writing an article about cartoons RIGHT NOW!  If you want to watch cartoons then go ahead. Just don't claim that your show of choice is really good because it uses muted colors and has a romantic subplot. At the end of the day you're still watching a cartoon where every problem is solved by Sonic running really really fast and stars a bunch of characters who don't wear pants.

My Gym Partner's a Monkey

I will admit this one is pretty weak when compared to the rest of the list. It took a night of contemplation and bourbon to make a decision. I feel compelled to give My Gym Partner's a Monkey props because I have heard early work by Kurt Cobain and the horrible singing and guitar work reminds me of him. I like Nirvana so I must respond to a theme song that sounds like them circa 1987.

Life With Louie

Is it just me or does it sound like the guy singing the song wants to fuck Louie?  Maybe if you're writing a theme song for a cartoon about a kid you shouldn't make it sound like a Motown love song. The song also sounds like it should be a theme song for a movie made in the 80s, like National Lampoon's Family Vacation or Trains Plains and Automobiles. The show was made in 1994, and takes place in the 60s, so I don't know what happened.

Life with Louie takes place in Wisconsin. There is a really disproportionate amount of shows that take place in Wisconsin. Off the top of my head I can think of Happy Days, That 70s Show, Laverne and Shirley, and Step by Step. Considering the population of Wisconsin and the undesirability of its major cities its kind of odd how many shows feature it as a setting. I can't think of any shows that are placed in say, North Dakota, or the entire south other then Texas. People in California must have Wisconsin pegged as the go to state when you are making a show about normal working class families.

Or maybe they all just like the Green Bay Packers.

Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible

Holy fuck am I getting obscure. I couldn't even find an actual clip of the opening theme. Be content with the ending song, which is I assume is the same except instead of showing clips from the cartoon they show a tiger walk around a pool. Anywho this song lays it down straight. You've got Siegfried. You've got Roy. You've got some impossible stuff being mastered. Just repeat the name of the show 20 times, set it to Yanni = and call it a day.

Kirby Right Back at Ya

Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby

KIRBY!

KIRBY!

KIRBY! KIRBY! KIRBY!

Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby

Kirby…Kirby…Kirby

KIRBY!!!

Right back at ya.

Digimon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj0-hpO7a0Y

A cartoon theme song needs to be informative. A new viewer needs to be told exactly what the premise is so they can begin watching without any confusion. That's why Digimon works so well. The theme song clearly lets you know that Digimon, Digigital Monsters, are the champions. They will change into digital champions to save the Digital World. That's all you need to know man. That is all the pertinent information. Its right there in the song. No need to read Wikipedia!  Just listen to that tune! 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

I think this theme song can actually give the original Turtles song a run for its money. Sure it isn't as well known or well recognized but I really like the counting. I think the counting sets it apart from songs without counting. They are like "Hey, here are the four commandments of the Ninja Turtles. "

1: Live by the code of the martial art

2: Never fight unless someone else starts

3: Always stick together no matter what

4: No putting your penis in your neighbor's wife's butt

The theme song also prominently shows off this Turtles incarnation's two most prominent features, the fact that they say "shell" as a replacement fpr "hell" and Ralph's dirt bike, which the cartoon thought was hot shit for some reason. Every single second he was whipping out the dirt bike. The other turtles even got sick of it. One episode he was like "Yo, going to ride my dirt bike to the scene of the caper," and Leonardo yelled at him "No you aren't. It happened on an island, in the future. Your dirt bike cannot go to the future. Now get in the time machine."