Even though I’m paranoid about being listened to, it’s nice to have access to the volume control on my home assistant.  I can also ask the Innernets to provide ‘Jeopardy’ questions, turn the lights on and off, check the weather before leaving home and even play streaming 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 Super Friends 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 find a choice to overcome the BOTP music and the voice of Gary Owens, asking: Which tune is the GREATEST theme song in history?


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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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Lifetime achievement has to go to Mike Post, with the greats of his TV oeuvre including the Law & Order “dun, dun.” Rockford Files, A-Team, the Emmy-winning Murder One theme, and my pick for greatest: “The Greatest American Hero.” Not only is it an earworm that made it to #2 on Billboard’s Top 100 , it sets the exact right tone for the show you’re about to watch. And, of course, “greatest” is right there in the name!

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