Top 10 Unforgettable TV Show Opening Theme Songs

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Hannah White

Hannah White

Last updated:  2021-01-11 14:59:38

Not all TV shows have memorable opening themes, but some of them are so impressive that they're hard to skip! They find their way into our minds and stay there until they are replaced with another one. It's a never-ending cycle, as we're sure that one is on repeat in your head right now. It seems like some of them are so catchy just to haunt us! So, start humming, as this is our top 10 Unforgettable TV Show Opening Theme Songs.

10. True Detective

"Far From Any Road" is longer than most TV show themes

This song "Far From Any Road" is played by the alternative country band The Handsome Family. Hearing this melody in season one of "True Detective" makes you think about Louisiana's beautiful sunset landscapes and one of the iconic TV duos of all time - Marty and Rust. 

This part of the song lyrics perfectly describes the feeling: "In the hushing dusk, under a swollen silver moon, I came walking with the wind to watch the cactus bloom." We must admit that this intro is longer than average, but we can't resist listening to it until the end. The intro for season 2 is excellent as well as Leonard Cohen's harsh voice in the theme "Nevermind" left a great impression on us. Which opening theme do you like better?

9. Peaky Blinders

"Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave is perfect theme for Peaky Blinders

As you press the play button and turn on this song, the Order of Peaky Fookin' Blinders accompanies you in your thoughts and makes you feel the spirit of Birmingham back in the 19th century. After hearing the first beats of this song, you'll want a cigarette and a lighter ASAP. 

Let the smoke surround you while you enjoy hauntingly beautiful "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It's like the song was made just to be played in this TV show, but the fun fact is that Nick Cave released it in 1994. You may have already known it from other TV shows and movies, such as the "Scream" franchise.

8. Dark

"Goodbye" is perfectly dark for "Dark"

The opening theme song for this show gives you chills from the very beginning of an episode. The performer is Apparat, and the title is "Goodbye." We could describe this intro with the same word as the show's title - Dark. 

Moreover, we were hooked from the first moment we heard it. One more time, Netflix did a fantastic job finding the intro amazingly suitable for the show's genre. Listening to it somehow evokes melancholic but also euphoric feelings, giving you goosebumps every time. Imagine yourself listening to this beautiful gloomy song during a rainy day while looking at the raindrops' dance on your window.

7. Breaking Bad

Enjoy the extended version of famous "Breaking Bad" intro

Skipping this badass intro was never an option as we always wanted it to last a little longer. Luckily, we live in a YouTube era, and we can enjoy this masterpiece for as long as we want to. Without a single word, this instrumental leaves a strong impression on everyone. 

Every time you hear this song, it immediately transforms your antisocial Walter White's personality into a more rebellious, Heisenberg one. In the link above, you'll find an extended version of this famous intro. You're welcome.

6. Better Call Saul

Why is "Better Call Saul" theme so short?

This guitar riff at the beginning of every "Better Call Saul" episode was always a pleasure to hear because it's pure art. Many thanks to the guys from the English rock band Little Barrie who put their hearts and souls into creating it.

 Like its prequel, "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" also has a problem with the intro's length. It wouldn't have bothered us if they played the whole thing before every episode. Just press the play button, and it's all GoodMan!

5. Sons of Anarchy

"This Life" will take you into "Sons of Anarchy" world

Starting with the opening theme song, the TV show "Sons of Anarchy" is filled with quality music. The performers are Curtis Stigers and The Forest Rangers, and the song name is "This Life." Many other great musicians contributed to this show.

The feeling you get when listening to "This Life" is as good as described in the lyrics: "This life is short, baby that's a fact. Better live it right, you ain't comin' back." It makes you feel alive while you imagine yourself riding a Harley-Davidson, somewhere on the open road, with the wild wind in your hair and freedom in your soul.

4. Narcos

"Tuyo" by Rodrigo Amarante has that catchy Latino vibe

This terrific TV show, "Narcos," makes us repeat its theme song, over and over again. The song title is "Tuyo," and the artist is Rodrigo Amarante. It perfectly fits the show and instantly transports you to the authentically portrayed Escobar's world. 

Those insanely catchy Latino vibes make you nod your head and move your body to the rhythm of this bolero. That will happen even if you're glued to your comfy armchair, as we all probably are while watching our favorite TV shows. We fell in love with this intro from the first time we heard it.

3. Vikings

You feel epic when listening to "If I Had a Heart" by Fever Ray

The moment this theme song begins, our heart starts beating in the Viking war drums' rhythm, as if it was made exclusively for this great show. That's the exact description of how we felt every time hearing it. Fever Ray performs the song, and it's called "If I Had a Heart."  

"This will never end 'cause I want more," say the lyrics, and indeed, we want more of this song. It's one of those tunes you start googling the first time you hear it. We believe that those edgy chords will awake the Viking spirit that's hiding inside you. It feels like you're ready to join Ragnar, Lagherta, Rollo, and the rest of the crew on the battlefield. 

2. Stranger Things

"Stranger Things" theme sounds like it's created in the 80s

This piece of art is created by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein from the electronic band Survive, and it will find its place in your playlist for sure. Dark dreamy synth sound sends you straight back to the 80s as these guys successfully created a beautiful nostalgic atmosphere filled with just the right amount of strangeness. 

The Stranger Things intro makes you see the mystery coming from the beginning of every episode, making an excellent choice for the opening theme. Well done, Netflix.  

1. Game of Thrones

"Game of Thrones" intro will live forever

We believe that there's no single person in the whole wide world who didn't hear this masterpiece. This is the most famous opening theme song ever made and the best one. Its composer, Ramin Djawadi, made all of us start trembling at the beginning of every GoT episode. It's significant to mention that this theme won many awards, including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. 

Skipping this intro is the thing you just can't let yourself do.Can you imagine yourself riding a dragon across Westeros, feeling so powerful, while this theme is playing in the background? We sure can!

There are plenty of unique and memorable theme songs, but we singled these for our top 10. 

Which of these intros would you have on your playlist? What is your favorite TV show opening theme song? Feel free to tell us your opinion in the comment section.

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