Welcome to part two of my two part series Top 10 TV show theme songs that will change your life. Today I will countdown from 5 through to number 1. If you need to catch up, check out part one, numbers 10-6. Allow me to continue...
Before Michael Bay dragged the Transformers brand through the mud, there was the original cartoon. Compulsory viewing. Any one that has seen the show knows that Transformers are so much 'more than meets the eye'. This theme tune taught me that besides that the Autobots were waging a battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decipticons, you should also never judge a book by it's cover.
Actually, I have a question... how come Megatron is as big as Optimus Prime when they are robots, but when he transforms he shrinks to the size of a gun? And another thing, if the Transformers come from outer space, why do they look like cars and stuff from Earth?
4. Walker, Texas Ranger
This theme rocks like a roundhouse kick to the balls. As you will see it features two types of music, country and western. This clip also demonstrates that more off road vehicle roll over in Texas than any other place in the world. It'll teach you everything you need to know about right and wrong, as well as workplace safety.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The original is still the best, and the theme tune slams that point home. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the heroes in a half shell, the worlds most fearsome fighting team. Ever wondered why they could never cut Shredder no slack? Actually the 'rap' theme from the live action movie was a booty shaker as well. If I was a male stripper that might just be my performance music of choice.
2. Greatest American Hero
A teacher becomes a superhero after finding an alien space suit. things turn pear shaped when he loses the instructions and struggles to control his new powers. Who would have thought those events would lead to one of the most inspirational themes of any show anywhere in the galaxy? Believe it or not, exercise your personal freedom... just don't wear a red lycra body suit!
My clear number one, the Monkey Theme (often referred to as Monkey Magic). How could this theme not be a classic? Look at it this way, Monkey was performed by Japanese actors in China and then dubbed into English. The show itself was such pure gold.
As for the theme, there stand no greater in history. Check out the transcript below, filled with so much wisdom...
"In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heavens sought order. But the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the pure essence of Heaven, the moisture of the Earth, the powers of the Sun and the Moon all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named "Thought". Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said, "With our thoughts, we make the World". Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it came a stone monkey. The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!"
... "the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown"... "With our thoughts, we make the World". That speaks to me. Yes, the nature of Monkey is irrepressible indeed.
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