With March Madness in full swing, we decided to do a TV-themed bracket of our own: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best TV theme song of all time. After lots of heated debate, we've selected and ranked 32 of the most memorable TV theme songs ever, pitting them against each other in a winner-takes-all bracket. Over the next few weeks, we're asking you to vote for your favorite theme songs until we get a winner -- and a few songs stuck in your heads.
(8) "Happy Days"
Which theme song, you might be asking? And we're answering: "Happy Days," the top five hit by Pratt & McClain that opened the series beginning with Season 3. Seasons 1 and 2 featured Bill Haley & His Comets's "Rock Around the Clock" -- an appropriate song, too -- but when you think about Fonzie flashin' the "ayyyy!" sign, Joanie doing her twirl in her cheerleader uniform, and Richie and pals pulling into the Cunninghams's driveway in Ralph Malph's hot rod, aren't these the lyrics that make you say, "Goodbye grey sky, hello blue"?
(9) "The Twilight Zone"
The opening notes of the "Twilight Zone" instrumental theme song have become so synonymous with things that are mysterious or creepy (or both) that we're betting there's been at least one time in your life when you've hummed them at someone to express your surprise, right? As penned by French composer Marius Constant, the theme is actually a combination of two Constant compositions, "Etrange No. 3" and "Milieu No. 2" … ah, okay: "Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo …"
Which theme song deserves to move onto the next round? Vote in the poll above, click here to see the full bracket and vote on other pairings (Round 1 voting ends Wednesday at 6 PM PT), tweet out your choices using the hashtag #TVThemeSong, and hit the comments to tell us about all the great theme songs we forgot to include.
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