The 10 Greatest 80s TV Theme Songs

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10. Transformers (1984-1987)

Right behind GI Joe in my eyes were the Transformers. The thing I remember liking best about this theme is the robot voice singing “Robots in Disguise” – it always made me picture robots with trench coats and Groucho Marx noses on.

9. Dallas (1978-1991)

I remember hearing this theme playing on TV while I was in bed. Later, I would remember my family watching it while I played. Dallas holds the distinction of being one of the only shows ever to literally waste an entire season.

8. Magnum PI (1980-1988)

If there were ever two reasons to grow a mustache they would be 1. Tom and 2. Selleck.

7. GI Joe: A Real American Hero (1985-1986)

Simply put, I love GI Joe. This song is still my ringtone.

6. Knight Rider (1982-1986)

I have an 80s theme song CD and I used to set this song to play as soon as I started my car. Granted, my car was nowhere near as cool as KITT.

5. Greatest American Hero (1981-1983)

Greatest American Hero lasted for less than two years, but its theme song, in my opinion, is one of the greatest of all time.

4. The A-Team (1983-1987)

One of the great classic action dramas of the 80s. This theme song is so special in my eyes that I insisted that it was played while I removed my wife’s garter at our wedding.

3. Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985)

Sung by country legend Waylon Jennings, and possibly more than any other song on this list, Good Ol’ Boys truly defines the show.

2. The Golden Girls (1985-1992)

As much as cheesecake and St. Olaf stories remind me of The Golden Girls, this theme song has outlasted it all in terms of bringing up memories of the show.

1. Cheers (1982-1993)

Who wouldn’t like to go to a bar where everybody knows your name? And one where you can go every day and not be an alcoholic.

Honorable Mention:

  • Benny Hill
  • The Love Boat

READ ALSO: The 25 Greatest TV Themes of the 90s

Brian Morin is a fan of anything related to the 80s. His love of playing with G.I. Joe developed into an obsession that continues to this day. When he isn’t collecting and obsessing he is spending time with his wife and kids.