We could debate for years about which cartoons are the best, but what about their theme songs? Most cartoons and anime have great theme songs that perfectly match their shows. However, not all of them stick in your head like these.
When it comes to catchy theme songs, I immediately thought of Danny Phantom. I would sing along to it every time it was on TV. And it was on all the time because the show was that good.
As for the song, it explained basically everything from the pilot episode, so you could jump in and be relatively caught up. In addition, it was easy to sing along to if you wanted.
This show goes under the radar way too often, but it rocked–just like its theme song. 6teen made me think this is what my high school experience would be like. Sadly, I was wrong, but a girl can wish.
The theme song itself is just what you’d expect from teenagers in a band. These teenagers were starting a new path toward adulthood but also wanted to hold on to their youth. And the song says just that. I couldn’t imagine any other song played before the chaos of the show.
When I say Fairly OddParents, I mean the original theme song. Though I’m sure the new version isn’t horrible, I only know the words to the OG. So, that’s what I’m going to focus on right now. But if anyone knows the words to the new version, is it really as bad as people want me to believe?
The song itself is energetic like you’d expect a child with fairy godparents to be. The lyrics themselves rush along, but they’re not hard to hear. If you’re daring enough, you might even try to sing along in front of people. Good luck with that.
Like Fairly OddParents, I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t know the theme song to SpongeBob SquarePants. The beginning is iconic and SpongeBob playing his nose as a flute or something – I’ll never forget that.
Though the episodes went down in quality, the song never faltered. SpongeBob’s theme song explained the basics of the show enough that someone who’d been living under a rock would know what was going on.
‘Star vs. The Forces of Evil’
Yes, this show is a bit cringy; I love it anyway. The theme song perfectly captures Star’s personality and the adventures she takes Marco on in the first two seasons. Even when the show got a little darker and less hyper, it brought the two sides of the show together.
Throughout the show, the closing theme changed a bit. While the third and fourth seasons’ isn’t as catchy or memorable to me, the closing song for the first two seasons will always be stuck in my head. I remember binging the first season and just singing it around the house (much to everyone’s dismay).
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Every time a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show comes out, we get the same theme song in a different style. And while the original is nostalgic and iconic, I’m partial to the 2012 version.
Regardless, the lyrics combine the comic inspiration with the style of music that was popular when each show came out. From the 1980s to the latest iteration that ended in 2020, I wouldn’t skip any of them when binge-watching.
I’ll be honest, I barely remember the words to this song, but I have the beat down. But the opening theme song isn’t where the catchiness ends; the closing theme is what I remember most. I even remember it more than the plot of some episodes.
As much as I love Flintstones, I really hope Hollywood leaves this out of its remake list. And if they ever do try to remake it, maybe they could just leave the theme songs alone since there’s no way they could get better.
When it comes to the original and new Ducktales, I can’t decide which I like more. So, I’m not going to choose. The reboot is modernized and sounds more like the type of theme songs Disney is making nowadays. It fits perfectly on Disney Channel right now.
But with the original show, it’s definitely a blast from the past. It’s slower and a bit jazzier, which is what I expect from a 1980s show. Whichever you watched growing up or with family, you’re bound to be singing along to the Ducktales theme song.
I was “too old” for this show when it was first airing, but I heard it a lot when I was at my friend’s house (which happened to be a daycare). And let me tell you, this was one of the cutest shows, and I wish I’d grown up with it.
Which animal from Wonder Pets was your favorite? “Lenny, Tuck, and Ming-Ming, too!” I can’t choose, so it looks like I’ll have to just love them all. Not that it’s hard; they’re all adorable. Man, I miss this show.
‘Phineas and Ferb’
No matter when you watch this show – summer, winter, fall, or spring – you’re bound to be singing, “There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation.” And that’s okay. Even years after the show ended, I’ll hear just a part of it and remember the words.
Phineas and Ferb was a bit chaotic, so it makes sense the theme song would be, too. But you know what’s better than the theme song? Nearly every song in the show, including Doofenshmirtz’s jingle, is just as catchy and absolute bops.
‘Sofia the First’
You can thank TikTok for this theme song making the list. If it hadn’t been all over the app a couple of years ago, I would have completely forgotten about the show. As soon as I heard it in a TikTok video, I was singing along. It’s a lovely song to accompany such a cute show.
In addition to the theme song being catchy, Sofia the First had several songs in its run and crossover episodes with Elena of Avalor. And yes, I’m a grown woman, and I will gladly watch this show by myself and sing the theme song every time.
The original Teen Titans theme song (I’m not going to talk about Teen Titans Go!) is iconic, and I wish there were more like it. It perfectly captures the comic book origins while still making it feel like you don’t have to read the comics.
When it comes to Cartoon Network shows, Teen Titans really set the bar high. And let’s be honest, that was already a high bar with most of its shows like Ben 10, Johnny Test, and What’s New Scooby-Doo? Speaking of Scooby, he’s next on the list.
‘What’s New Scooby-Doo?’
We all recognize the lyrics from the original Scooby-Doo! show. But in What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Simple Plan really amped it up and made it perfectly match the tone of other cartoons of its time. I could honestly listen to the song in the background for hours.
Regardless of which show or movie you think is the best, there’s no denying this is the best version of the Scooby-Doo! theme song around. And that includes the theme song they went with for Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’
When people talk about catchy theme songs, it’s pretty rare for me to hear anyone mention Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. But that’s changing right now. The theme song (and full-length version) is one of my favorite songs to play in the morning when I’m getting ready.
If you watched the show, you’d understand that wave of happiness that runs through you when the first line plays. It differs significantly from the original She-Ra: Princess of Power show by focusing on the other princesses, too, instead of just She-Ra.
Don’t hate me, but I didn’t get into Pokemon until recently. That said, I have heard the Pokemon theme song my entire life. It’s iconic, and if you don’t want to sing along, you must really not like the song.
The tone of the lyrics and rhythm perfectly captures the show. And while I’m more focused on the version played in Pokemon: Indigo League, every version of the theme song slaps.
Is anyone surprised Kim Possible is number one? Whether you listen to just the theme song cut or the whole song, “Call Me, Beep Me” is a bop. The only way I’m not singing along is if I lost my voice and physically can’t.
Even years later, it’s immediately recognizable with just the first three notes. “Call Me, Beep Me” describes exactly what happens with Kim in the show. No matter where or when, Kim Possible will do her best to make any mission a success.