Would you rather go “where everybody knows your name” or where “Happy Days are yours and mine?” If these lines ring a bell, then you’re one of those TV fans who craves classic theme songs just as much as the shows they’re attached to. But of all the tunes that soundtracked your Saturday-morning cartoons and mid-week sitcoms, there’s one that reigned supreme.
Ranker polled more than 3,000 users who voted for “The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time,” from Sesame Street to Sanford and Son, and with 818 thumbs-up, the Cheers theme topped the charts. ”Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” set the stage for the 1982-1993 comedy, where Rhea Perlman, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, and Kirstie Alley starred as staff and regulars at a popular Boston pub. While the final tally queued 224 songs from primetime favorites, here are the top five picks that had you, and us, singing along:
- “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” | Cheers | Gary Portnoy
- “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” | Fresh Prince of Bel-Air | Will Smith
- “Addams Family Theme” | Addams Family | Vic Mizzy
- “The Muppet Show Theme” | The Muppet Show | Jim Henson and Sam Pottle
- “Rock Around the Clock” | Happy Days | Bill Haley & His Comets
With that nostalgic set, it wouldn’t be right unless we left you with this: