Rounding out my decade-by-decade top TV cartoon theme songs lists, here’s my choices of the top ten theme songs for the 2010s so far. Since as of this writing, six years (or six-tenths/60%) of the 2010s have passed, I’ll come back and update this post in the future.
TV animation greatly rebounded from the low point it’d hit in the mid-2000s, with a lot of dynamic new shows coming along. On top of TV animation getting more attention, online and streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, etc.) are also seeing an explosion in the amount of animation made just for those formats.
One trend that TV cartoons have unfortunately picked up from live-action broadcast TV is the shortening (or outright elimination) of theme songs. It’s all just to squeeze in more commercials, regardless whatever excuses TV networks may make about “keeping viewers from changing channels” or “more time for the story.”
“Adventure Time” debuted as a half-hour series on Cartoon Network in 2010. It’s since become one of the most popular cartoons in the 20-teens, and one of Cartoon Network’s biggest shows.
“Steven Universe” is Cartoon Network’s other major hit animated series these days, debuting in 2013. I’ve written about “Steven Universe” before.
See my previous post about “Gravity Falls.”
I’ve also previously written a post about “Wild Kratts.”
Peg + Cat
I’ve also covered “Turbo FAST” before. “Turbo FAST” is a spinoff of the Dreamworks film “Turbo,” and runs on Netflix.
See my previous post on “SciGirls.”
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” was a fairly popular, “darker and edgier” reboot of “Scooby-Doo.” I wasn’t a big fan (the idea of Velma and Shaggy dating felt to me rather forced), but the show had a fair number of fans. I did like the cameos by various classic Hanna-Barbera characters in the episodes I saw. One episode featured the Galloping Ghost in a 19th century flashback; another episode where the gang visit the beach featured “Jabberjaw””s Clamhead (or Clamhead’s great-grandfather?).
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch
Archie’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch got a revamp in 2013, when a new CGI animated series aired on The Hub. Unfortunately, it didn’t take off as hoped, with the series apparently now cancelled (at least according to Wikipedia) after a single 26 episode season.
See my previous post on “Wabbit.”
- Teen Titans Go
- Jake and the Neverland Pirates
- Doc McStuffins
- Sofia the First
- The Amazing World of Gumball
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
- Wander Over Yonder
- Sanjay and Craig
- Over the Garden Wall
- The 7D