There was nothing quite like growing up with cartoons. As a kid, I basically planned my entire day’s activities around my favorite TV shows. Of course, no cartoon was complete without a theme song so I decided to take a trip down memory lane and look back at 10 of the most memorable ones.
10. Dragonball Z – Rock The Dragon
Dragonball Z has had a litany of theme songs over the years and picking one was extremely difficult but in the end, I had to go with the one I grew up with. The DBZ I was most familiar with was the version that aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block and “Rock The Dragon” was the very first piece of DBZ I saw. The rockin’ theme song combined with clips of non-stop action and fierce battles drew me in like a magnet and it wasn’t long before I was completely hooked on the show.
9. Pinky and the Brain
The ’90’s was a great time to grow up, especially when it came to cartoons. One of my absolute favorites as a kid was Pinky and the Brain. The world-domination obsessed lab rats originally started as a part of Animaniacs and eventually grew so popular that they were given their own full-length spin-off show.
The Pinky and the Brain theme song sums up the show magnificently and always gets stuck in my head.
8. Chip ’N’ Dale, Rescue Rangers
Chip ’N’ Dale Rescue Rangers was one of several Disney channel cartoons that had a wonderful theme song. It was far more than just a 30 second intro to a show. The song itself was an adventure and the combination of upbeat tempo, swinging brass ensemble and fun lyrics was a perfect introduction to the show.
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
It’s pretty hard to discuss superhero cartoon theme songs without bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme into the conversation.
Upbeat, catchy, and fun with lyrics that capture the charm and personality of the show it represents, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song captured the essence of what a superhero cartoon was supposed to feel like.
6. Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series was not your typical cartoon. It was dark, gritty and powerful, especially for its time. The show was hard-hitting, just like the superhero it was based on and Kevin Conroy’s work as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman became so iconic that he went on to voice the character in the Justice League cartoon as well as the Arkham series of video games.
The theme song to the animated series followed exceptionally in the footsteps of Danny Elfman’s Batman movie theme song and the end result was dark, mysterious and grim, the perfect introduction to one of the best superhero cartoons ever made.