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Most TV theme songs are catchy and memorable because they are short and pithy. While the songs are shortened to use for TV, some TV theme songs are longer than you think. Here are 8 TV theme songs that you didn’t know had additional lyrics.
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. While the TV theme song is very catchy, there are actually additional lyrics that most people don’t know. It only aired once for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s pilot episode in 1990 and never aired again during the sitcom’s six seasons. It’s also one of the very few TV theme songs that’s a rap song.
- Frasier. Most people are familiar with “Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs” as the closing credits song for Frasier, but not many are aware that the full version of the jazzy song is actually 4:31 long.
- All in the Family. Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton preformed the opening theme song, “Those Were The Days,” live before every taping of All in the Family. They only played a 45-second version of the 1:22 song. There’s an addition verse that longed for another time.
- Living Single. The TV theme song to Living Single was slightly longer than the version most people are familiar. There’s an extended intro that’s so 90s that if it were kept the sitcom would’ve been canceled on January 1, 2000.
- Cheers. Although the Cheers theme song is probably the most iconic and recognizable in TV history, the song actually went on for another minute and 30 seconds than what appeared at the beginning of the Boston-based sitcom. Not many people memorized the full version.
- Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? “Do it Rockapella!!” Rockapella wrote and performed a longer version of the closing theme song to the game show version of Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? While they didn’t perform it during the game show itself, they do perform it at their concerts around the world.
- The Dukes of Hazzard. The TV theme songs for The Dukes of Hazzard, “Good Ol’ Boys,” has one more verse than what appeared at the start of every episode. The song actually became a hit #1 song on the American Country chart, while it also peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980.
- The Big Bang Theory. Barenaked Ladies wrote and performed the TV theme song for The Big Bang Theory. And while the opening credits is only 22 seconds, the full song clocks at 1:57. Take a listen!