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The Definitive Ranking Of Catchy Sitcom Theme Songs

Those first few notes set the tone for the next half hour of your life. Which one reigns supreme?

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24. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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You may find yourself humming the classical tune after an episode or two, but the lack of words and slow melody leave It's Always Sunny in last place.

23. The Brady Bunch

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Yes, we know it by heart. But it's pretty annoying after a while, TBH.

22. Modern Family

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Great show, snappy tune. But it's made up of a beat and a guy yelling "Hey!" which makes it damn near impossible to hum along to.

21. Lizzie McGuire

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Aimed at a younger demographic, but a respectable sitcom, nonetheless. Did we learn all the words? Of course. But is it the catchiest? It is not.

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20. Boy Meets World

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TBH Boy Meets World would totally be higher up if the theme from Seasons 5-7 was used from the beginning. Even the Season 4 theme was catchy. But we can't overlook the awful mismatched theme from the first three seasons. Sorry, gang.

19. Saved By The Bell

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A classic. Points for working the name of the show into the theme song. The words, however, are a little too fast and muddled to know by heart. (OK, *accurately* know by heart. We all sang along anyway.)

18. New Girl

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Sure, sing along and probably can't resist squealing, "It's Jess!" every episode. But with just three lines, it's a little too minimalistic to top the chart.

17. Freaks and Geeks

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Just as a song, this one's great. We also hear it in the beginning of 10 Things I Hate About You and every so often on your local soft rock radio station. A respectable theme song for a rather under-appreciated show.

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16. Family Matters

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It takes a little a little while to set up, but your foot's tapping from that first note.

15. The Big Bang Theory

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It's quick, but clear and catchy enough that you memorized the words and promptly showed it off to all your friends. They got annoyed and told you to stop. Didn't they? (It's OK, We've all been there.)

14. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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The mysterious twinkle in the beginning, followed by the melody that brings you back to 2001 will make you say, "Ugh, as if!" but in a good way.

13. 30 Rock

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Those horns, man. They keep it short, sweet and totally hum-able.

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12. Seinfeld

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♫ Bow-ba-bow-ba-bow-bow ♫

An iconic theme to say the least. But it doesn't break the top 10 because those sounds are impossible to recreate with the human voice. Admit it, you've tried.

11. The Golden Girls

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A song that truly encompasses what the show was all about — pals, confidantes, throwing parties and inviting everyone you knew. And what a jam!

10. How I Met Your Mother

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This is one of those themes you wish went on another 10 seconds, just so you could keep up the "baaaa-baba-ba-baaa"-ing a little longer.

9. Scrubs

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First of all, it's catchy as hell. Second of all, you totally relate to it when your'e feeling low. ("Seriously, guys. Lay off. I'm no Superman.") And then it picks you right back up with that fun little "wee-ooooo-wee-oooo."

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8. That 70's Show

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Tell me you don't scream "HELLO WISCONSIN" every time. You can say you don't, but it'll be a lie.

7. Parks and Recreation

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There may be no words, but that doesn't stop us from boppin' along and doing every character's motion. *Chris Traeger point*

6. Cheers

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Ah, those rhymes. So satisfying. It starts a little slow, but it really hits you in the chorus when you start thinking about how badly you want to go somewhere where everyone knows your name.

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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"Seriously? This show is brand new. It has not EARNED the right to rest alongside theme song royalty." I know, I know. I thought the same thing. But have you heard it?! Listen once and tell me it isn't stuck in your head the rest of the day.

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4. Full House

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What did ever happen to predictability? No one knows, but that short little set-up is just enough before one of history's greatest themes launches into one of history's greatest choruses.

3. Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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Few songs do you sing with such emotion. You know the rap — hell, you even put on an accent for Will's ma. ("You're movin' with your aunty and uncle in Bel Air!") You fan the air when you tell the cabbie you'll smell him later. You probably roll your head around while you're waiting for Uncle Phil to open the door, too. Same.

2. The Office (U.S.)

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The simplicity of the piano, the piercing accordion, the happy-go-lucky guitar — a threesome for the ages. (That's what she said.)

1. Friends

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Because, of course. *clap-clap-clap-clap*

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    Friends
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    The Office (U.S.)
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    Fresh Prince of Bel Air
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    ABC
    Full House
    ABC
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    Netflix
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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    NBC
    Cheers
    NBC
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    NBC
    Parks and Recreation
    NBC
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    FOX
    That 70's Show
    FOX
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    NBC
    Scrubs
    NBC
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    CBS
    How I Met Your Mother
    CBS
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    NBC
    The Golden Girls
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    NBC
    Seinfeld
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    30 Rock
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    ABC
    Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
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    CBS
    The Big Bang Theory
    CBS
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    ABC
    Family Matters
    ABC
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    NBC
    Freaks and Geeks
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    FOX
    New Girl
    FOX
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    NBC
    Saved By The Bell
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    ABC
    Boy Meets World
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    Modern Family
    ABC
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    Disney
    Lizzie McGuire
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    ABC
    The Brady Bunch
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    FX
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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Which theme song do you think is catchiest?
  1. <i>Friends</i>
     
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    Friends
  2. <i>The Office</i> (U.S.)
     
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    The Office (U.S.)
  3. <i>Fresh Prince of Bel Air</i>
     
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    Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  4. <i>Full House</i>
     
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    Full House
  5. <i>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</i>
     
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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  6. <i>Cheers</i>
     
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    Cheers
  7. <i>Parks and Recreation</i>
     
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    Parks and Recreation
  8. <i>That 70's Show</i>
     
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    That 70's Show
  9. <i>Scrubs</i>
     
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    Scrubs
  10. <i>How I Met Your Mother</i>
     
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    How I Met Your Mother
  11. <i>The Golden Girls</i>
     
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    The Golden Girls
  12. <i>Seinfeld</i>
     
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    Seinfeld
  13. <i>30 Rock</i>
     
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    30 Rock
  14. <i>Sabrina, The Teenage Witch</i>
     
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    Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
  15. <i>The Big Bang Theory</i>
     
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    The Big Bang Theory
  16. <i>Family Matters</i>
     
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    Family Matters
  17. <i>Freaks and Geeks</i>
     
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    Freaks and Geeks
  18. <i>New Girl</i>
     
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    New Girl
  19. <i>Saved By The Bell</i>
     
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    Saved By The Bell
  20. <i>Boy Meets World</i>
     
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    Boy Meets World
  21. <i>Modern Family</i>
     
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    Modern Family
  22. <i>Lizzie McGuire</i>
     
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    Lizzie McGuire
  23. <i>The Brady Bunch</i>
     
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    The Brady Bunch
  24. <i>It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia</i>
     
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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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