This is a Monday that’s not as bad as some Monday’s because many of us have the day off. Hubby’s off work and kids are off school, so we’re just going to kick back and do some much needed relaxing. To that end, music is always welcome for relaxing, right?
This week’s theme was selected by my hubby, who suggested we find TV Theme Songs that ended up in the Top 40 charts. I was actually surprised at how many did over the years! Ready? Let’s dance!
We’re starting off with a song I have to include, because this series is set and based on my home town. It aired from September 25, 1968 to April 3, 1970 – too early for me to have watched it when it was on, but I fell in love with the series years later in syndication.
This American comedy Western is loosely based upon the Mercer Girls, Asa Mercer’s efforts to bring civilization to Old Seattle by importing marriageable women from the East Coast of the U.S. in the 1860’s, where the ravages of the American Civil War left towns short of women. It was inspired by the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
The theme song became a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles during the spring of 1969.
Give a listen to Here Come The Brides theme “Seattle”:
Next up is one of my favorite musical drama series that only lasted from August to November 1992. “Short lived” would be an understatement. Even though the series itself only last two months, the theme song was a #1 hit song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in 1992.
It was the first song to top the Hot 100 since 1985, so FOX really lost out on their opportunity to capitalize on it by giving the series a true chance
Next up is a theme song from one of my favorite shows, a remake of its older counterpart from the 60’s. What’s cool is they use the original show theme song – after they tried to change it up and were met with discontent.
The new theme utilized three of the same musicians who had worked on the original in 1968, who joined other studio musicians to rerecord the theme “exactly as it was”, except shortened to 30 seconds from it’s original length of around 60 seconds.
The theme was recorded by the Ventures, whose version reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, and is particularly popular with college and high school marching bands, especially at the University of Hawaii where it has become the unofficial fight song.
I’m sharing the new version of the old hit, because hello?! Alex O’Loughlin. Enough said.
Feast your ears on Hawaii Five-0:
OK, just for the sake of sharing, here’s the original Hawaii Five-0 theme song, so you can hear the difference of then vs. now:
Next up is a song that received an Emmy Award nomination in 1983 for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. In a 2011 Readers Poll in Rolling Stone magazine, this song was voted the best television theme of all time. Then, in 2013, the editors of TV Guide magazine named it the greatest TV Theme of all time.
Since it’s from one of the longest running TV shows in history (11 years), it’s understandable how everyone would be familiar with it. It’s one of those that gets stuck in your head. Forever. It did hit Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts and peaked at #28 and Hot 100 at #83 in 1983.
Here’s the theme to Cheers, “Everybody Knows Your Name”:
Last but not least (I know I’ve got a couple extras this week, but there were so many good ones to choose from!) is a song that was recorded by an American pop rock duo. It’s best known as the theme to this particular sitcom that ran for 10 years, and was also the first single released from their third studio album.
The song hit the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #17 in 1995.
I love this video, because it’s the official music video (remember those days, when MTV actually had music videos?) that The Rembrandts made incorporating the cast from F•R•I•E•N•D•S – it’s hilarious.
Without further ado, here’s The Rembrandts and the cast of F•R•I•E•N•D•S with “I’ll Be There For You”:
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
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