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It’s not often that a TV show becomes so popular that its theme actually becomes a hit song, but it happens every now and then. Here are 9 examples.
- “I’ll Be There For You” from Friends. In the 90s, Friends was one of the most popular sitcoms on TV. It’s theme song from The Rembrandts hit the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #17 in 1995.
- “WKRP in Cincinnati” from WKRP in Cincinnati. While the TV comedy is still one of the funniest from generation to generation, it’s theme song peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981.
- “How Do You Talk To An Angel” for The Heights. The short-lived TV drama The Heights only lasted for two months, but its theme song was a #1 hit song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in 1992. How couldn’t Fox capitalize on this success?
- “Theme From Magnum P.I.” from Magnum P.I. It’s rare that a TV theme song makes the Billboard Hot 100, but Mike Post seems to have a knack for that. He wrote quite a few theme songs that charted, including the one from Magnum P.I. It peaked at #25 in 1982.
- “Bad Boys” from Cops. The theme song from Cops, not only spawned two hot movies from Michael Bay, it also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked in the #8 spot in 1993.
- “Believe It Or Not” from Greatest American Hero. ABC’s superhero show Greatest American Hero was ahead of its time, but its theme song proved to be timeless. From Mike Post & Stephen Geyer peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1981.
- “Good Ol’ Boys” from The Dukes of Hazzard. In the late 70s and early 80s, The Dukes of Hazzard was a hit TV show on CBS with a hit song on Billboard’s Country Charts and Hot 100. It was #21 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Country Charts.
- “Miami Vice Theme” from Miami Vice. In 1985, Jan Hammer ballad hit the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked in the #1 spot.
- “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” from Cheers. While Cheers is one of the longest running TV shows in history (11 seasons), it also spawned a hit song from composer Gary Portnoy. “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” hit Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts and peaked at #28 and Hot 100 at #83 in 1983.