7 nostalgic TV theme tunes we love

Hearing a theme tune from a childhood show can spark a feeling of nostalgia like no other. Here are some of our favourite theme tunes! 

7 nostalgic TV theme tunes we love

It can be nice to occasionally revisit shows you watched as a child for the emotional comfort they provide. Whether you watched the Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, or were strictly a BBC household, we’ve got a theme tune here to reignite your childhood memories!

Powerpuff Girls

Theme tunes don’t get much more iconic than this. We have the dramatic narration of Professor Utonium and his accidental creation of the Powerpuff Girls with Chemical X, before the crime-fighting trio bursts onto the screen with a fast-paced drumbeat. Clever touches like the pitch adjusting to match the different personalities of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup make this tune wholly unique to the Powerpuff Girls. 

Scooby Doo

Every once in a while you get a theme tune that you could genuinely repeatedly listen to as a standalone song. This is the case with two variations of Scooby Doo theme tunes: the 1960s song ‘Scooby Doo, Where Are You?’ and the 2000s version ‘What’s New, Scooby Doo?’. The former classic has an undeniable 60s sound reminiscent of The Beach Boys, while the latter version puts a 2000s punk pop twist on the track. 

Top Cat

Top Cat is nostalgia at its finest! Originally broadcast on the ABC network, the cartoon featured Top Cat (T.C) or Boss Cat in the UK, a leader of a gang of Manhattan alley cats, constantly attempting to earn a quick buck, usually through illegal scams.If you’ve not watched the show, it's because you’re probably too young and didn't see the reruns on BBC One,  but know that this old-school theme tune is a classic. It will surely get your toes tapping.

Doctor Who: 10th Doctor

The Tardis, a sonic screwdriver and The Doctor make one of Britain's favourite and longstanding TV shows. Unlike other theme songs, this was most likely your first introduction to time travel and all things outer space. First aired in 1963, we have seen 13 Doctors take the role, from William Hartnell to Jodie Whittaker; they have always brought something unique to the character. The theme song has seen some changes over the years too but it remains iconic for children and adults across the world. 

Kim Possible

Are you even a noughties baby if you don’t remember Kim Possible and sing the theme tune whenever you hear it? This early 00’s Disney show saw teenage Kim fighting crime every episode whilst coping with the everyday struggle of being in highschool. Her best friends Ron, Monique, Rufus and Wade made up the character's ‘squad’, and saw her through the tough realities of being a student by day and a hero by night. Even a failed attempt at a film couldn’t dampen the memorable nostalgia left by the show, so if you haven't already listened, please do, then ask yourself – ‘What’s the sitch?’. 

Drake & Josh

Drake Bell’s ‘I Found a Way’ accompanied the opening to Nickolodeon’s Drake & Josh for the three years it was on our screens. The song’s easygoing lyrics are coupled with a rock-heavy instrumentation, while portions of episodes are shown during the opening.  Longtime viewers of Drake & Josh may be surprised to find out that the lyric ‘It’s gonna take some time to realise’ is actually incorrect, as confirmed by Drake Bell. Instead, the correct lyric is ‘It’s gonna take some time to realign’. Closing on a shot of Drake and Josh clinking glass soft drink bottles, this is definitely a theme tune that brings back some fond memories!

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

The fast paced ‘Here I Am’, which serves as the theme tune for Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, perfectly suits the hijinks that are contained in each episode. The repetition of the line ‘So come on down’ throughout the song invites viewers to the Tipton Hotel to witness the antics that the Sprouse twins get up to. Having memorised the lyrics to the song, this theme tune always made me excited to watch another episode!

Ali Muzaffar, De-mornae Clarke and Claire Jenns contributed to this article.


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