Published on April 21st 2010 by Leon Shepherd

There have been many Black TV shows that have had popular and catchy theme songs. Below I’ve listed my top ten favorite TV show theme songs of all time. My choices were not based on how good the show was, nor were they based on the longevity of the show. My choices were based solely on how catchy, upbeat, and memorable the theme songs were. Most of the theme songs you’ll be able to recall as you think about the show; however there will be a couple of themes that might be a little more difficult to remember. So, to help refresh your memory, I’ve included a link to each of the top ten theme songs. Simply click on the link in red. For those of you with AOL, you will instantly hear the theme song. For those of you who don’t have AOL, once you click on the link in red, you will be directed to another website. Once you’re there, you’ll click on download, and then click on open. In less than 20 seconds, you’ll be able to hear and enjoy the theme song.  And by the way, you’ll still be connected to BlackTopTens. So, without further ado, here are my top ten favorite TV show theme songs. Let the top ten debate begin!

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10. Julia

 

 

I know that this 1968 TV show starring Diahann Carroll, is a tough to remember. But check out the theme song, and you’ll hopefully understand why I included it in the top 10.  To hear the theme, click on the link.  Julia Theme Song

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9. That’s My Mama

 

Here’s another show whose theme song might be difficult to remember. This 1974 starred Clifton Davis, and aired for one season.  To hear the theme, click on the link.  That’s My Mama Theme Song

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8. Martin

 

 

 To listen to the theme, click on the link.  Martin – 1992 Theme Song

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7. Sanford & Son

 

Multiple Grammy winner Quincy Jones composed the theme to Sanford & Son. To listen to the theme, click on the link.  Sanford And Son Theme Song

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 6. Soul Train

 

Soul Train’s 1973 theme song was officially entitled, “The Sound of Philadelphia.” Vocals were performed by the Three Degrees. To hear the theme, click on the link.  Soul Train Theme Song

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5. “Cosby”

 

Bill Cosby changed his show’s theme every year. My favorite was the show’s 1996 jazz theme composed by Bill Cosby & Stu Gardner. To hear the theme, click on the link.  Cosby Show Theme Song

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4. Amen

 

The show’s upbeat Gospel theme song, “Shine On Me,” was performed by Vanessa Bell Armstrong and written by Andre Crouch. To hear the theme song, click on the link. Amen Theme Song

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3. Living Color

 

The upbeat theme, Living Color, was performed by hip-hop artist Heavy D. To hear the theme, click on the link.  In Living Color – Season 1 Theme Song

Memorable lyrics:

You can do what you wanna do,
In Living Color (at once: In Living Color / You know what I’m sayin)
You can do what you wanna do,
In Living Color (In Living Color)

You walk on the moon float like a balloon
You see it’s never too late and it’s never too soon
Take it from me what it’s aiight to be.
(In Living Color)

And how would you feel knowin’ prejudice was obsolete
And all mankind danced to the exact beat
And at night it was safe to walk down the street.
(In Living Color)

You can do what you wanna do,
In Living Color (In Living Color)
You can do what you wanna do,
In Living Color (In Living Color)

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2. Good Times

 

This popular upbeat theme was sung by Motown artist James Gilstrap and Blinky Williams. To hear the theme, click on the link.  Good Times Theme Song

Memorable lyrics:

Any time you meet a payment. – Good Times.
Any time you need a friend. – Good Times.
Any time you’re out from under.
Not getting hassled, not getting hustled.
Keepin’ your head above water,
Making a wave when you can.

Temporary lay offs. – Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs. – Good Times.
Scratchin’ and surviving. – Good Times.
Hangin in a chow line – Good Times.
Ain’t we lucky we got ‘em – Good Times.

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1. The Jeffersons

 

This inspirational, upbeat theme song, entitled, “Movin’ On Up,” was co-written and sung by Ja’net Du Bois. (Willona on Good Times) To hear the theme, click on the link.  Jeffersons Theme Song

Memorable lyrics:

The Jefferson’s
Well we’re movin on up, To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.
Fish don’t fry in the kitchen;
Beans don’t burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin’
Just to get up that hill.
Now we’re up in the big leagues
Gettin’ our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it’s you and me baby
There ain’t nothin wrong with that.
Well we’re movin on up,  
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

Entertainment | Comments (18)


18 Responses to “Top 10 TV Show Theme Songs”

  1. Lyn Says:

    great list I didn’t know number 9 or 10 but the rest are very memerable. Great job! I really enjoy this list Leon. Great Ranking

  2. Shack Says:

    Very, very, very, nice list…. My inital thoughts (although I agree overall) are that the Julia song is too “square” and the That’s My Mama song is too “ethnic”.

    Soul Train and Martin would be a tad higher on my list.

    Of course I’ll have to think on these but I’m reminded of two great theme show songs (although they were cartoons) which are the Harlem Globetrotters and Fat Albert.

    Don’t remember it but I bet the theme show from the Cosby show with Lola Falana and Foster Brooks was a good one!

  3. Shack Says:

    Another comment – Though I shot it down by not being a top ten sitcom, I believe Living Single qualifies as a TT Theme Show Song.

  4. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Awesome! I absolutely love this list. I can’t even think of any missing from the list. Great Job!

  5. Leon Says:

    Thanks Lyn!

  6. Leon Says:

    Living Single was considered, but I didn’t feel it was as memorable as those in the top ten.

  7. Leon Says:

    Thanks Lenora!

  8. Shack Says:

    Think most will choose Living Single over Julia…What Say Ye BlackTopTenners?

  9. Shonee Says:

    Great list Leon! I think I wouldve added Living Single onto the TT instead of Julia…I prefer the 2nd theme song to #8 Martin but overall I give it a thumbs up!

  10. Trisha Says:

    Great list Leon. I don’t know 9 or 10 and I think Sanford and Son could be higher on the list, but overall good list and nice work with the sound bites.

  11. Leon Says:

    Thanks Trisha!

  12. KAREN Says:

    Nice list Leon
    How are you doing great I hope.
    God Bless talk to you later

  13. grapevine Says:

    Leon, most of the list you do are great, however, I think on this one , you are reaching. Sanford and Son should be much higher on the list, and I would delete In Living Color, That’s My Mama, and Julia and replace them with 227 (No Place Like Home), Different World (Sung by Aretha Franklin) and Living Single.

  14. Shack Says:

    GG-Amen….although I have no problem with ILC being in the TT. The Flip Wilson Show had a catchey little theme that I recall. Julia and TMM are THE WEAKIST LINK!!!

  15. Leon Says:

    Shack, good memory regarding The Flip Wilson Show Theme song. It was oringinally in the top 10, but I removed it because I could only find a few seconds of the theme for the TopTen family to listen to.

  16. Pharmgrrrl Says:

    What about the Fresh Prince of Bel Air? I would take that above a few of these.

  17. Leon Says:

    Pharmgrrrl, even though the theme to Fresh Prince was a good theme song, I didn’t feel it was worthy of being in the top ten.

  18. Shack II Says:

    Pharmgrrl – I agree..The FPOB is much better than the Julia Theme song!