I’m going to apologize in advance because I’m about to plant a tune (or two) in your head that might take root and linger for the rest of the day. The good news is that you get to choose the tune. With Dallas returning to television on TNT, a new generation of fans will be humming the show’s iconic theme song. Even if you don’t know who shot J.R., the show’s opening-credits music strikes a chord in almost everyone who grew up during Dallas‘s first iteration. “Texas, Our Texas” is the Lone Star State’s official song, but they could do worse than composer John Parker’s instrumental ode to power and greed.
The Dallas theme song still works, but when I asked my colleagues at EW where it ranked among the best TV theme songs of all time, the feedback was immediate and overwhelming. As the e-mails poured in, nominating Cheers, The Monkees, Mission: Impossible, and… Sailor Moon, I preemptively changed the rules and informed them that to officially nominate a theme song, they needed to sing it to me in my office. This seemed to have the desired effect of whittling down our choices — which are still plentiful.
EW has chosen 30 iconic TV theme songs for you to vote on, and since I know that I could have easily included 30 more, there’s an Other option that I hope you contrarians will make use of. Vote for the greatest TV theme song below and tell us what is missing in the comments. Good luck choosing just one.