Thanks to the magic of the Alexa app thingama (Christmas got weird at my house), I can now ask the innernets to provide ‘Jeopardy’ questions, turn the lights on and off and even play music.  That allowed me to introduce my kid to the greatest theme song of all, the orchestrated open to ‘Battle Of The Planets.’  Structurally similar to the Superfriends theme, it adds layered brass and woodwinds and truly killer climactic chords to provide a goosebump-inducing cartoon open, leading us to today’s orchestral query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t believe that even the combined brain power of the Faithful Spoilerites can overcome the BOTP music, asking: Which tune is the GREATEST theme song in history?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Ron
    March 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    It’s a toss up between Starblazers and Space Ghost with too many honorable mentions to list here. :)

  2. March 9, 2017 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    Oh my god, so hard to choose. We got “Touch” from Transformers, MacGyver theme, Miami Vice theme and all John Willams themes from 70¨s and 80’s as competitors, at least.

  3. March 9, 2017 at 6:22 pm — Reply

    I’m pretty partial to “Princes of the Universe”, the Queen song from the first Highlander film that became the theme song to the TV series.

  4. Cody Dixon
    March 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm — Reply

    Ducktales will always be my favorite theme song.

  5. Robbie Warnock
    March 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm — Reply
  6. Robbie Warnock
    March 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm — Reply

    One of the best action themes ((and intro sequences))

  7. Robbie Warnock
    March 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm — Reply

    …and because a man can’t live on cartoons alone….

  8. March 10, 2017 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Always been partial to the Season 4 theme from Alice:

    Plus… Diane Ladd!

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