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Ten iPod-worthy original TV theme songs

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6. "Boss of Me," Malcolm in the Middle They Might Be Giants has always been able to capture ridiculousness in a bottle and serve it up frosty and delicious. But this song gets to the core of adolescence: "You're not the boss of me now. You're not the boss of me now. You're not the boss of me, and you're not so big." These lyrics emphasize the perpetual and repetitive questioning that characterizes the inexorable shift from childhood to maturity. Either that, or it's just a really easy way to write a song. Either way, it's catchy.

5. "The Streetbeater," Sanford and Son Tons of instrumentals could have made this list -- check out how seriously cool the themes to The Bob Newhart Show ("Home to Emily") or Night Court and Barney Miller (both composed by the great Jack Elliot). But Quincy Jones nailed the sound of the 1970s in this funkalicious track. It is, however, probably misnamed -- it might have risen higher on the Billboard charts if it had been called something like "I'm comin' Elizabeth," or perhaps the more succinct "Big Dummy."

4. "Dukes of Hazzard," The Dukes of Hazzard Waylon Jennings is pretty much all you need to make this song pretty much a country classic, but just in case, the song comes out and states that these "good ol' boys" beat "all you never saw." This is quite the claim, if you think about it, because there's a hell of a lot that I've never seen. And I don't know what "straightenin' the curves" is supposed to mean, but I imagine that it has something to do with co-star Catherine Bach. Does for me, anyhow.

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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.
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