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. Jerry from Boston Legal isn't “insane”, he has aspergers.

    As for your list, I would add Mad Men, Dexter, and TRUE BLOOD

  2. Just wrong. Entirely wrong. Nice try but wrong.

  3. Ditto to all 3 of your choices. To be fair you could really put any HBO show above most of these choices. Sopranos especially. And I kind of hate that Boston Legal song.

  4. Would like to add Family Guy, The Colbert Report, any of the CSIs (by The Who, come on!).

  5. Mad Men and Dexter have great theme songs, but I don't consider them quite as “catchy” as the ones on my list. I chose these not because I think they're the “best” opening credits out there, but because they get stuck in my head the most often.

  6. I honestly had Family Guy in there until the very last second. I decided to check to see when the show first aired: turns out it was 1999. Foiled by my own rules!

  7. I would have added the Two and a Half men theme song!!!!

  8. I know its very short, and I could be impartial because its my favorite show right now (after Lost) but BREAKING BAD'S theme song is just so bad ass yet simple and perfect.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1HNuAE9WdU

    almost as good as my favorite one-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-sOaUAgbB4

  9. 'Bad Things' by Jace Everett for True Blood. 'Cosy in the Rocket' by Psapp for Grey's Anatomy. 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack for House. 'Where You Lead I Will Follow' by Carole King & Louise Goffin for Gilmore Girls. 'Dexter Main Title' by Rolfe Kent for Dexter. 'What You Don't Know' by Jonatha Brooke and Eric Bazilian for Dollhouse. But, ESPECIALLY 'A Perfect Lie' by The Engine Room for Nip/Tuck (it embodies the show perfectly), and 'Firefly Theme Song' by Joss Whedon for Firefly (specifically written for the show).

  10. Man, Kristen Bell is cute! lol

    Anyway, I found a lot of them annoying, especially 10 and 9, and I thought the It's Always Sunny in Philly one pretty forgettable, as well as The Office… I don't know I usually get House, Dexter, and Stargate SG1 theme songs stuck in my head… I guess those are the shows I really liked so that could be why, lol.

  11. chucks theme song is definitly aweesome

  12. Dexter

  13. Phineas & Ferb! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoFERECnYno&feat… Nuff said :)

  14. Where's the love for Spectacular Spiderman?
    The opening from that might just be my favorite Spiderman theme EVER.

  15. I would say Dexter is the only glaring admission. Great to see Boston Legal at No,1, god I miss that show so much!

    Smallville's would probably be my top of the 00's, the song means a lot to me, as does the show (however bad it gets).

    What about a top tv theme songs of all time? Gotta be The X Files.

  16. Cant have SG1 on this list sadly, as it first aired in 1997. But it is a cracking theme, as was the shows whole soundtrack

  17. Whuh? I thought the “Ballad of Serenity” would be #1, but it's not even on the list!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaLPpKCC9pg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrPXwxpsI84

  18. Definitely The X-Files. That tune is just… iconic. It's incredible how well it's permeated modern popular culture.

  19. Definitely The X-Files. That tune is just… iconic. It's incredible how well it's permeated modern popular culture.

  20. Yeah, it's a b******* list w/o True Blood's theme…

  21. This list is totally complete. For those of you saying CSI shows should be in here, check out the parameters, b****.

    Boston Legal…greatest show ever?

  22. True Blood? What do we have a bunch of 13-year -old girls reading these posts?

  23. I'd have put “The Big Bang Theory” higher on the list. That song gets me runnning to the living room everytime. “The Office” theme reminds me of the simpler times… curled up in bed with a season or two… watching Jim pine after Pam… Ahhhhh. I loved the “Boston Legal” theme! It sets the absurdity tone at just the right time with every episode.

    I'm a little disappointed with no love for “True Blood.” That song frequently gets caught in my head. I was thinking of shows I watch and realized that for a musical-based show — “Glee” really doesn't have a theme song. Just that really poppy sung GLEE!.

  24. True Blood Def needs to be in there. I'm adding it.

  25. I love True Blood, but the theme never really clicked for me.

  26. I think Dexter's is pretty catchy, I often find myself humming it

  27. In Germany House MD has a different theme than in America, due to copyright terms. So I nominate this one…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3lVIEG9Ceo&feat

  28. FRINGE. Love that opening.

  29. Agreed.

    Same with Medium, Cold Case, and NCIS.
    Bones and Third Watch have themes written by The Crystal Method

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