A TV show’s theme song is arguably just as important as the show itself. Whether it’s a sweet ballad for a drama or a whimsical pop tune for a binge-worthy reality show, it’s easy for your favorite show’s theme to get stuck in your head – you know. hear every episode, after all!
But although you know the song, do you know who performs it? You might be surprised at how many popular artists have created the soundtrack for your favorite show.
Below, check out some popular artists who wrote and/or performed the theme songs for some of your favorite TV shows. We dare you not to sing with us!
Kenan Thompson stands for Saturday Night Livebut before he was a resident actor, he was a Nickelodeon star – most famous on Kenan and Kel alongside Kel Mitchell. The late rapper and producer Coolio performed the iconic ’90s theme song and even appeared in the show’s opening sequence.
Cyndi Lauper sang the theme song for the wacky 80s children’s sketch show starring comedian Paul Reubens, but she didn’t want people to know it was her, so she performed under the pseudonym “Ellen Shaw”. However, the “True Colors” singer admitted it was her voice on the Peewee Playhouse theme song from his book, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. With a young Tim Burton making his directorial debut, the series spawned the movie Peewee’s Big Adventure in 1985.
Solange enlisted the help of her sister, Beyonce, and the rest of Destiny’s Child to sing the Disney Channel theme song. The proud family with her. Solange wrote the song specifically for the cartoon series when she was just a teenager. She then released her first album, “Solo Star”, in 2003, just two years after The proud family aired for the first time.
Christina Milian perfectly summed up the sassy personality of Kim possible to “Call Me, Beep Me!”, the catchy theme song from the hit Disney Channel series. The animated series featured the voice talents of Disney alum Christy Carlson Romano and boy meets the world star Will Friedle and raced from 2002 to 2007.
Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne created and performed the theme song for the hugely popular reality TV series dog the bounty hunter, starring Duane “Dog” Chapman. Chapman even made an appearance on the MTV reality series Prince of Darkness, The Osbournes.
the Wizards of Waverly Place Star Selena Gomez kept it in the Disney Channel family by performing the theme song “Shake It Up” for the hit series of the same name. In 2011, the track was released on the show’s soundtrack through Walt Disney Records.
Girl group TLC sang the catchy theme song for Nickelodeon’s comedy sketch series All thatwhich was known as Saturday Night Live for kids when it first aired in the 90s. The series was revived in 2019 with a new cast, but retained its original theme song.
Musician Regina Spektor wrote and performed “You’ve Got Time”, the theme song for the Netflix original series Orange is the new black. Creator Jenji Kohan chose Spektor to write the song. The series is based on Piper Kermanthe book, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.
Pop icon Mariah Carey sings the theme song for mixeda prequel spin-off of the ABC sitcom blackish. Carey wrote the song “In the Mix” specifically for the sitcom, which was created by Tracee Ellis Ross and ran for two seasons. His two children, Monroe and Moroccan, Cannon can also be heard on the tune.
Putting her own scintillating spin on “Everywhere You Look,” pop star Carly Rae Jepsen covered the original Full house theme song – originally by Jesse Frederick – for the Netflix revival More complete house. Jepsen worked with writer and producer Butch Walker on his cover of the 80s hit.