10 Catchiest TV Theme Songs of the 2000s [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

10 catchiest tv theme songs 10 Catchiest TV Theme Songs of the 2000s [Updated]

[Update: We've added an additional popular theme song to the list!]

Here at Screen Rant, we focus most of our energy on covering news from the film world. But we’re also big fans of the small screen, and with the resurgence in genuinely great television shows over the past decade or so, I figured it’s about time we celebrated an aspect that is too often overlooked: the theme song.

I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are the catchiest TV theme songs in recent memory. Like any good list-maker, I had to operate under a set of parameters; without rules, this list would balloon to monstrous proportions. So what qualifications do these songs need to have in order to make this list?

  • The theme song must be for a show that first aired in the year 2000 or after.
  • The song can’t be one that was already entrenched in popular culture (Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive” for Deadliest Catch, or any song by The Who for the various CSI shows).
  • Webster’s dictionary defines “catchy” as “easily retained in the memory.” For the purposes of this post, my definition of “catchy” is the viewer can learn all of the words (or can hum the whole tune) within the first few listens of each song.

Now that the criteria are established, let’s get to it!

10. Alias

Alias ScreenRant 10 Catchiest TV Theme Songs of the 2000s [Updated]

J.J. Abrams’ spy show gave Jennifer Garner some of the best work of her career. This techno-fused theme, jolting in and out of sync, perfectly captures the constantly shifting identity of Sydney Bristow.

9. Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars ScreenRant 10 Catchiest TV Theme Songs of the 2000s [Updated]

The opening credits of the first two seasons of Veronica Mars (RIP) featured this great track by The Dandy Warhols, titled “We Used to be Friends.” Unfortunately, this upbeat version was replaced by a darker and more somber remix for the show’s third and final season.

8. The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory ScreenRant 10 Catchiest TV Theme Songs of the 2000s [Updated]

“The History of Everything” was created by Canadian rockers The Barenaked Ladies for Chuck Lorre’s CBS sitcom about lovable nerds and their awkward social relationships. The lyrics here are without question the most educational of any on this list, mirroring the nature of the show’s main characters by teaching the audience something and entertaining us at the same time.

7. Parks and Recreation

Parks and Rec ScreenRant 10 Catchiest TV Theme Songs of the 2000s [Updated]

Even though this show is only in its second season, this song has become one of my favorite TV themes thanks to its bouncy composition and mesmerizing melody. I don’t know about you, but this one gets stuck in my head for days at a time – especially after seeing this Star Wars-themed parody, “Jabba the Hutt.”

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  1. Knight rider 2008 had a pretty catchy tune as the theme song.

  2. HOW COULD YOU NOT INCLUDE DEXTER????

    IT'S SO CATCHY!!!!!!!!!!

  3. spectacular spider-man????????

  4. I'm guessing this is only American TV, but Snuff Box's is the catchiest I've heard:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLKibXI3fXY

  5. I’m surprised no one here has mentioned 30 Rock – that seems like the biggest omission to me.

    Otherwise, pretty good, though I agree that Dexter’s theme is deserving of a placement, especially over the really quite obnoxious Barenaked Ladies.

  6. Boston Legal was definitely a fabulous choice for number one, but one is definitely missing… Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!! That theme song is amazing! You wouldn’t even know it’s a theme song, plus it’s Craig Ferguson himself singing it! Who else does that?

    And… the iCarly theme is alright hahaha

  7. I totally agree that the theme for Dexter should be on this list. I think that the theme to Chuck should also have been included (although maybe “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by Cake is too popular?). Also, while the show barely lasted a season, the theme to Firefly has stuck with me for years!

  8. WHAT ABOUT LAW AND ORDER? :0

  9. What about Dollhouse? As soon as I even think about the series, I am singing away in my head!

    And are you aware that the Scrubs theme is a shortened version of a whole song? – I have the ‘soundtrack’ album.

    By the way, I just found your website the other day and I love it – keep up the good work guys :)

  10. how the hell can Physch not be on this list I mean seriously!?

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  12. They forgot the boondocks

  13. How can the Friends theme song not be on there

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