Lists

Ten iPod-worthy original TV theme songs

Page 2 of 3

10. "Yahoos and Triangles," King of the Hill The Refreshments named this song because in it, they play a triangle and yell "yahoo" a lot. Seriously. I'm not sure you need anything more than that, but I'm going to give it to you anyway: It's Southwestern grunge that makes you want to pull on your boots, pop open a beer, and say something purposefully ironic in a slow drawl. Plus the song was built off a tune that the band would play at soundchecks. That there is ten pounds of awesome in a five-pound bag.

9. "WKRP in Cincinnati," WKRP in Cincinnati Not just the soft-rock, Eagles-on-benzos intro song -- even though that rocks in its own sort of charmingly expositional TV way. But also for the complete joke that is the closing credits -- a hard-rocking nonsense song that was admittedly tossed in just to screw with people. Baby, if you've ever wondered why this show is still one of the biggest hits in syndication history? It begins and ends with the music -- with a lot of absurdist funny there filling out the middle.

8. "Big Bang Theory," The Big Bang Theory The Barenaked Ladies wrote and performed the theme song for this show, which tells the story of the development of the universe through lines like "they froze their asses off" and "see ya, wouldn't want to be ya," neither of which were found in my textbook in BIO002: College Sciences for English Majors Who Couldn't Care Less.

7. "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," Cheers Okay, so it's sappy. But that's sort of the point of the song: Sometimes you need sappy. This is a great song for when you're down, when you feel beat, when you wish you had a strange little basement-level Boston bar of your own. In other words, it's the perfect song for when you feel like it's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you're wearing milk-bone underwear.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen