Ages ago I blogged about the Top 30 Most Infamous TV Show Opening Voiceovers (looking back I sooo would have changed that tile to something else), and had meant to do a followup post with just theme songs. Never got around to that, but now I finally got inspired by this blog post from Orbyn about favourite theme songs, and decided to do one myself.

I thought I’d split it up though in two posts: one specifically for cartoons and one for other (normal) shows. So here are the cartoon theme songs I adored:

10. Pokemon

I wouldn’t exactly call this a favourite, but I was shocked to discover I still know all the lyrics. Especially cause I didn’t learn them by choice. I was 13-14 when Pokemon came out, and was too old to really watch it. My sister however is 5 years younger and 8-9 she was exactly the right age for it; she used to watch it every single morning for a couple of months long. And then she got the CD with the soundtrack.

9. Care Bears

I know, I know, it’s a bit… sweet and cutesy, but I still like this theme song:

8. Samurai Pizza Cats

I never liked watching the actual episodes; I just wanted to sing along to the theme song.

7. X-Men

I just loved the intro with all the characters showing off their powers.

6. M.A.S.K

The first time I found out what an acronym was 🙂

5. Gummi Bears

Gummi bears!!!

4. Duck Tales

The weird thing with this is that I’ve watched both the Dutch and the English versions. The theme song was the same except for (of course) the lyrics:

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There’s this one vivid memory I have of when I was 7 and overheard a couple of the boys in my class discussing the theme song of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They couldn’t remember the lines exactly and were trying to figure out what they were again. So I jumped in, and sang the entire intro. They were so puzzled that a girl would even watch the show and know the lyrics (“But you’re a girl.”); even for my 7-year-old self that really rubbed the wrong way. Anyhow, here’s the video

2. Captain Planet

The first song I truly remembering practicing the lines and trying to figure out what exactly was sung:

1. Mysterious Cities of Gold

The weird thing is that I don’t remember watching that many episodes of this, but I still get goosebumps every time I hear this song:

So what are your favourite cartoon theme songs? Any really obvious ones I’ve missed?

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