A theme song is a TV show's first impression.
"Here's the story … of a lovely lady …" sets the tone for the family-friendly fun of The Brady Bunch. "Here we come … walking down the street …” signals that 30 minutes of goofy adventures await The Monkees (and viewers). And "New boy in the neighborhood, lives downstairs …" instantly leaves no doubt that it's none other than Charles in Charge (of our days, and our nights).
While countless catchy TV themes have become synonymous with beloved shows over more than a half-century, a relatively select few have gone on to further commendation: becoming Billboard chart hits. From the themes of Bonanza, Batman and Hawaii Five-O in the 1960s to Cops, Friends and Party of Five in the '90s, an elite selection of TV themes has scaled, and topped, Billboard charts.