The down-home TV show's theme remains as memorable as its star car.
On Nov. 1, 1980, Waylon Jennings topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)." The track, written by Jennings, then 43, opened the beloved TV series that ran on CBS from 1979 to 1985.
Part of CBS' Friday night lineup, the show consistently racked up high weekly ratings, sometimes second to only Dallas, which ran directly after it on the network. At its peak, Dukes averaged 22 million viewers a week, according to Nielsen, ranking as the second-most-watched program of the 1980-81 season.
Jennings recorded two versions of the theme song, with the TV take containing the extra verse, "Fightin' the system like two modern-day Robin Hoods." The radio version, meanwhile, poked fun at Jennings' off-screen role on the series (except for one 1984 episode in which he starred as himself) and the weekly shot of him in the opening playing guitar … from the neck down: "I'm a good ol' boy / You know my momma loves me / But she don't understand they keep a-showin' my hands and not my face on TV."