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Today we have a dirty great steaming vat of 100% proof undiluted nostalgia for you to wallow in. Following on from a lively, heated debate with a family member this week about which childhood era had the greatest T.V. theme tunes I decided to make this blog post and prove them wrong! For surely, my fellow Millenials, you too agree that the 1990’s had the greatest T.V. theme tunes… don’t you?
Well, if you don’t that’s fair enough, but let me try to change your mind. So step right up to the nostalgia machine and strap yourself in. Buckle up. IT’S THE 1990’s!
(10) South Park:
South Park here gets a mention as it heralded in a new age of truly adult cartoons. While The Simpsons on the Tracy Ullman show back in the day was the original “adult cartoon”, South Park’s envelope and boundary pushing characters and storylines smashed through our poor 90’s T.V. sets and in to our filth-ridden hearts.
(9) Saved by the Bell:
Ah. Zack and Kelly. The original Ross and Rachel. Between the “hi-tech” opening graphics, the chunky brick cellular phones and the outfits that fashion forgot (but can forgive) – I think I can safely say that Saved by the Bell is one of THE most painfully 90’s theme tunes.
(8) Sailor Moon:
I love badly dubbed, weirdly drawn, strangely plotted but deeply nostalgic 90’s Japanese-to-Western anime. And you do too. Bit of a crush on Tuxedo Mask too.
Well… It IS. You can’t argue with me there. One of the most iconic children’s T.V. themes of the 1990’s and started a new trend of almost cultishly shit kids televisual viewing that could never quite stand up to the idolatry of the auld ‘tubbies. I’ll say no more and move on to the next one…
(6) Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers:
GO! GO! POWER RANGERS!!! One of THE most metal kids theme tunes EVER. Fight me. I was absolutely OBSESSED with this show back when it first came out.Every new episode I would watch religiously after school every week and then immediately afterwards proceed to break either a body part of piece of family furniture re-creating the episode I had just seen. Everything about this show just spoke to me.
The dodgy Japanese scene-inserts, the spandex costumes, Tommy, a giant floating bald head in an ooze-tube – WHAT MORE COULD A 90’s KID ASK FOR!? I had the absolute pleasure in 2017 of attending a panel of the original Power Rangers at MCM Comic Con in Dublin and we all got to do the “It’s Morphin’ Time!” thingy together WITH the original Power Rangers and it was delightful.
(5) Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
I used to secretly watch this every Friday night on Sky One whilst pretending to my mater that I was watching a late night episode of Home & Away. (That’s also how I got away with South Park.) She never doubted me. Bless. But Buffy, man! The Buffy/Angel/Spike love triangle, the 90’s outfits, Giles, the new monster mash every week. Gosh. It just thrilled me to my spooky little bones. Who doesn’t get a chill when they hear this!?
(4) The Fresh Prince of Bel Air:
Who else tells people at parties that they can rap all of this perfectly then completely ail when attempting it!? Mise!
We’ll leave all the dark and disturbing internet theories about how the entire series is just a fantasy of the comatose Will Smith ’cause he really did get shot at the start of the series in that playground and just focus on the wholesome 90’s joy that is… Will Smith.
Ah come on, lads! This is an iconic, albeit over used, slice of pure 90’s nostalgia that would be distasteful to ignore. F.R.I.E.N.D.S is like a slice of life time-capsule perfectly preserving a very unique part of both the 1990s and it’s ever changing attitudes to a multitude of of-the-day topics but also of every 20-something (me!) year old’s lives, friendships and relationships. I know this makes the list on nearly every 90’s list out there, but it deserves it, it really does.
Out of ALL the incredible 1990’s Nickelodeon children’s T.V. theme tunes to choose from (and my god, there were SO many to choose from) the one that kind of started the whole Nick Generation in my opinion and was one of the classics IS the Rugrats. The unique toy-piano tune with the goofy kids noises made it a charming and stand-out stalwart of our 90’s childhoods. No. It didn’t have the slick, highly polished lyrics of say, the Spongebob Squarepants theme tune or the snzzzy costume changes montage of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but it was a wholesome, honest tune. And I love it.
Now. We move on to Numero Uno. And I’m not just picking this as the number one telly tune of all time because I’m a million percent biased towards this show, I’m picking it because not only am I a million percent biased towards this show, it is one of the most triumphant, dynamic and air-punching-ist theme tunes ever with one of the highest singability rates out there. Fill your lungs and prepare to Sing ’em All, I am of course talking about…
There we have it, nerdlings! Keep watching the skeys! I mean, skies!
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