Jan Hammer and the Top 10 TV Theme Songs of the '80s

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4. The A-Team

The A-Team, that bloodless action-adventure series that convinced the world that Mr. T could conceivably harm a fly, had perhaps the most perfect theme song of the '80s. It was big, it was brassy and it had one of those amazing hard-rock guitar breaks that became a TV staple for about a decade.

The only thing keeping this tune out of the top spot is its lack of lyrics. It was great for whistling, but we have to give the edge to the themes your whole family could sing along to.

3. Charles In Charge

Case in point: If you can't sing at least the first verse to the Charles in Charge theme song, you simply weren't around in the '80s. Scott Baio probably hasn't gone a single day in the last 25 years when some geek on the street hasn't sung this tune back to him.

It's not hard to see why: Listen to that chorus once, and it sticks with you forever, just like the herpes Charles caught in that episode that never aired.

2. The Dukes of Hazzard

It's not just our fondness for Texas outlaw Waylon Jennings that puts this theme song near the top spot -- though it certainly doesn't hurt. Before the advent of CMT, The Dukes of Hazzard theme was the best (and pretty much only) country song you were liable to hear on TV outside of Hee Haw. It takes a special theme to capture the spirit of a TV show as well as this one does, and the spine-tingling "Yeeeee-HAWWW!" at the end is how every outlaw country song should have ended.

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Jack Gilbert
Jack Gilbert

When you think about the 70's and how many TV shows had people from the 1920's trying to be hip making programming decisions with so many themes and background pieces going waka-waka-chawaka like a bad porno, it wasn't a steep climb for improvement.

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