Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Top 10 Theme & Other Songs from the past.

A blast from the past, music is the soul of television shows and films. They have the power to make or break scenes. Almost all shows and films have their own Theme songs and some of these songs have earned their position on this list by being a perfect musical representation of their visual counterparts. They are often fun, sometimes gloomy, but almost always addictive. So let's look at the top 10 Theme Songs (Note: the position of the songs on list is noway a reflection of their rank.):

1) 'I don't wanna be' - One Tree Hill
This fantastic teen drama serial ended in 2012 but its theme song is still part of my playlist. The soulful rendition of Gavin Degraw is by far one of his best songs and is as relevant to us now as it was when it was released. In fact this song was the only single to break the UK Top 40.It also, topped the US Billboard of Top Pop Songs.

Listen to it: I don't wanna be - Gavin Degraw

Other good songs from this singer: Not Over You

2) 'Why Would You Walk When You Can Run' - Guys With Kids
Okay so 'Guys With Kids' did not turn out to be a popular show but that doesn't mean that it doesn't deserve kudos for its theme song. The song is fun and catchy, a reflection of the laid-back show and its slapstick comedy. I don't know about eslsewhere but in India it is currently airing on Comedy Central. It is sung by the co-creator of the show, Jimmy Fallon - no music maestro but I love the song anyway.

Listen to it: Why Would You Walk When You Can Run - Jimmy Fallon OR Why Would You Walk When You Can Run - Jimmy Fallon

3) Sherlock Theme Song - Sherlock
Even if Benedict's mordern representation of Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman and a crazy Moriarty isn't appealing to you, the theme song should be. It is of course devoid of lyrics but it is a brilliant composition all the same. Infact the days, I watch Sherlock, I can't get the tune out of my head.

Listen to it : Sherlock Theme Song

4) Pirates of The Caribbean  
Arr matey! This pirate-y music almost convinces you to turn into a swashbuckling rogue, climb aboard a ship and drink a bottle o' rum. But Pirates are thieves of the sea, not a reputation you want, aye mate? So just enjoy this amazingly energetic music with your eyes closed. Technically this is not from the past because I think there's one more movie left but still, had to include it here.

Listen to it: Pirates of the Caribbean

5) Far Over The Misty Mountains - The Hobbit (part 1)
This gut wrenching and soul stirring composition of J.R.R Tolkien's poem 'Far Over The Misty Mountains' deserves an applaud for retainning equal amounts sense of loss and pride that the Dwarves felt for their home, the Lonely Mountain, claimed by the powerful dragon Smaug. The song adds to the marvelous acting and fantastic directing of the bestselling book by Tolkien.

Listen to it: Far Over The Misty Mountains

6) Hedwig's Theme - Harry Potter
This beautiful composition was created by none other than John Williams who is one of the finest Film Composers. He proved that with this theme song which stirs nostalgia for the series everytime I listen to it. There are not enough words to decribe how much I enjoyed this magical melody.

Listen to it : Hedwig's Theme

Other compositions: Star Wars - This needs its own few words because although I am not a big Star Wars fan, the theme song is a work of art!

7) Star Trek - Micheal Giacchino
I am, in fact, a major Star Trek fan and this theme gives me goosebumps. It is futuristic and dark and hopeful and everything Star Trek stands for. 'Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Ship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.'

8) Game Of thrones - Ramin Djawadi
Originally Stephen Warbeck (Celestia Warbeck, Harry Potter anyone? *snigger*) was supposed to compose the music but he left. Can I say that Warbeck lost something, and we gained something? More specifically he lost fans and we gained some kick-ass powerful, not-so medieval music for a certain badass medieval show...

Listen to it: Game of Thrones

Other compositions: Iron Man  - OMG OMG OMG! LOVE HIM! #FANGIRL

9) Mission Impossible - Lalo Schrifin
Who doesn't know this? The theme song of Mission Impossible is synonymous with spy and impossible-ness. It's a cult. And truly, who hasn't (atleast once) dowloaded this music on their phone and sneaked around the house pretending to be Ethan Hunt?

Listen to it: Mission Impossible

10) The Powerpuff Girls  
I still love this cartoon! What? Don't judge me! In all fairness I love both the theme song used in the beginning and the one used in the end. SUGAR.SPICE.&EVERYTHINGNICE.

Listen to it: (beginning) Powerpuff Girls & (end) Powerpuff Girls Song

And that's it. Got any of your own theme songs that you think should be on this list? Leave your comments below. :)