Glee: The Billboard Cover Story

Upon the return of "Glee" on Fox - and a week before the show's cast will likely extend its sum of Hot 100 entries past 64, the seventh-best total in the chart's history - Chart Beat looks back at 30 TV theme songs that have impacted Billboard charts in the past 30 years.

"Theme From L.A. Law," Mike Post
No. 13 Adult Contemporary, 1988


"As Long As We Got Each Other," Steve Dorff & Friends
(theme from "Growing Pains")
No. 7 Adult Contemporary, 1989

"Sesame's Treet," Smart E's
No. 1 Hot Dance Singles Sales, No. 60 Hot 100, 1992 (a dance reworking of the famed "Sesame Street" theme song)

"How Do You Talk to an Angel," the Heights (theme from "The Heights")
No. 1 (two weeks) Hot 100, 1992

"Theme From Northern Exposure," David Schwartz
No. 15 Adult Contemporary, 1993


"Bad Boys (Theme from "Cops")," Inner Circle
No. 8 Hot 100, 1993

"(Meet) the Flintstones," B.C. 52's
No. 33 Hot 100, 1994 (from the movie "The Flintstones")

"I'll Be There for You," the Rembrandts (theme from "Friends")
No. 1 (eight weeks) Radio Songs, 1995


"Closer to Free," Bodeans (theme from "Party of Five")
No. 16 Hot 100, 1996

"Theme From Mission: Impossible," Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen
No. 7 Hot 100, 1996 (from the movie "Mission: Impossible," starring Tom Cruise)


"Nothin' on Me," Shawn Colvin (theme from "Suddenly Susan")
No. 24 Adult Pop Songs, 1998

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