The 1980s might accurately be called the Decade of the TV Theme Song. In homage to that special decade, behold an encore to the original list of awesome 80s theme songs: Ten more amazing and memorable tunes that rocked our worlds while introducing some of our favorite shows.
The Facts of Life. You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both and there you have the facts of life. Simple yet strikingly profound, these words preceded one of the greatest sitcoms of the 80s - the launch pad for the careers of Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields, and the rest of the gang at the Eastland School. Even a young George Clooney spent some of the early days of his impressive career on this show. This theme song manages to sum up the struggles and realities of life in just a few short verses. And for that achievement, it's certainly one of the great theme songs of the 80s, and perhaps of all time.
The Dukes of Hazzard. Ah, the good ole boys - beats all you ever saw, been in trouble with the law, since the day they was born. What other words could more accurately describe Bo and Luke Duke, the virtual princes of Hazzard; the guys who spent their days working for justice and outrunning corrupt Boss Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane? A country melody written and crooned by none other than the great Waylon Jennings, this tune hit number 21 on the charts back in 1980.
Bosom Buddies. Starring a very young Tom Hanks, this fun sitcom ran from 1980 to 1984. Its theme song was My Life, written and sung by none other than Billy Joel. How impressive is it to have a major musical name sing your TV show's theme song? Very much so, if you ask me!
Family Ties. Although the theme from this popular sitcom of the 1980s that starred Michael J. Fox borders on sickening sweetness (reference the opening bars - I bet we've been together for a million years, and I bet we'll be together for a million more) - it's certainly a decidedly memorable tune. This show was all about sticking together as a family despite your differences, and the sugary nature of the theme tune suited it well.
Diff'rent Strokes. This snazzy, jazzy song narrated the story of how poor kids Arnold and Willis came to live with the wealthy Drummonds in their fancy New York City apartment. Despite their racial and socioeconomic differences, they proved in each new episode that it certainly takes diff'rent strokes to move the world.
Silver Spoons. Ricky Stratton's dad was an overgrown kid, who also happened to be extremely wealthy. Ricky was an adult in a kid's body. The result? A lot of fun times, self-exploration, and mutual growth: Together, we're going to find our way; together, taking the time each day. To learn all about those things you just can't buy. Edward had to learn to be an adult; Ricky, a kid.
Three's Company. Come and knock on our door! Who doesn't recognize the opening bars of this theme tune?! Jack, Janet and the seemingly ever-changing third roommate - Chrissy, Cindy or Terri, depending on the season - welcomed us into their then-unconventional home each week for laughs, hijinx and more laughs. The musical accompaniment may have changed a little over time, but the kisses were certainly hers and hers and his no matter what the season.
The Wonder Years. The theme to this show was a Beatles song. The cool-factor alone is enough to give it a place on this list!
Who's the Boss. This memorable song opened one of the most popular sitcoms of the 80s. Starring Tony Danza, Judith Light and Alyssa Milano, it definitely proved that there is often a brand new life around the bend if you're willing to take the risk and seek it out.
The Love Boat. Okay, so the theme to The Love Boat is about sailing on a ship, so it's pretty self-explanatory, right? Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance... and that's precisely what trips on the Love Boat were all about!