5 of TV’s most memorable theme songs
Music plays an integral role in turning otherwise ordinary opening sequences into works of art that deserve a second look. These series on Showmax are worth a rewatch, and not only for their excellent soundtracks.
While addictive storylines are fundamental in making a show an instant hit, music plays an integral role in creating powerful and memorable moments, and turning otherwise ordinary opening sequences into works of art that deserve a second look.
That’s why the best TV shows and films put a lot of thought into their audio backdrop. Take Showmax Original The Girl from St Agnes, for instance, which blends its mystery with delicate and haunting music, all written and performed by South African artists. My absolute favourite track has to be Winter, a soothing tune by Lucy Kruger that is reminiscent of Birdy – a staple on my playlist.
Looking to create a killer playlist while enjoying your favourite TV shows? Here are our top suggestions. Stream the series on Showmax, and look up their Spotify playlists if the service is available in your country.
So no one told you life was gonna be this way… you’re going to be humming this for the rest of the day, right?
Sung by American pop duo The Rembrandts, the Friends theme song I’ll Be There For you is rated as one of the best TV theme songs ever, and rightly so – it is as classic as the show itself, the anthem of a generation. It’s got the kind of upbeat tempo that deserves a permanent place in our hearts along with Monica, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Ross and Phoebe, the gang that redefined what true friendship looks like.
Did you know that I’ll Be There For You was co-written by Friends co-producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman?
Here’s the Warner Bros playlist for the series on Spotify.
From Iron Man to Game of Thrones, Ramin Djawadi is a god when it comes to composing music for films and TV. While Game of Thrones’s credit sequence is captivating on its own, Djawadi’s tune really gives it the addictive element it deserves. Don’t even get me started on the numerous covers from fans across the globe, which prove just how phenomenal the Game of Thrones music is. And now I can’t get that tune out of my head – not that I’m complaining.
When I try sing 'The Big Bang Theory' theme song. pic.twitter.com/k5EXpmbl
— Emma (@emmalbarclay) December 19, 2012
Come on now, we can all admit that this how we all sing The Big Bang Theory theme song, even after watching it for 11 years. Who knew that a song about how the Earth was formed could be so catchy? Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies wrote the song specifically for the show, and in 2011 it appeared on their best-of album, Hits From Yesterday & The Day Before, as, simply, Big Bang Theory Theme.
Michael Kiwanuka’s aching soulful voice in Cold Little Heart is the perfect opening for a show as mysterious and melancholic as Big Little Lies.
Other than its haunting theme song, Big Little Lies also features music from Leon Bridges, Sade, Frank Ocean, Elvis Presley, Alabama Shakes and more artists who deserve a place on your playlist. Here’s a link to songs from the series on Spotify.
5. The Sopranos
The Sopranos’ opening theme song Woke Up This Morning, by English band Alabama 3, tells a tragic story, and it sets the mood for the HBO show’s neo-noir look. It’s no wonder it has been described by Rolling Stone as one of the best television theme songs, alongside Friends’ I’ll Be There For You.
A playlist full of music from The Sopranos is available on Spotify here.
More shows with great soundtracks on Showmax
HBO really dominates when it comes to shows with brilliant music.
- Westworld – with Ramin Djawadi’s opening theme song, Westworld creates a perfectly creepy mood by employing eerie cover songs on the rest of its soundtrack.
- Insecure – From SZA to Kendrick Lamar to Janelle Monae, Insecure’s soundtrack deserves a standing ovation.
- Vinyl – A show about the evolution of music in 1970s New York? Of course it delivers an exceptional soundtrack.