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Top 10 TV cartoon theme songs

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Updated on May 28, 2022

(An updated version of this post is available here.)

Yes, I suppose this was inevitable. After all those decade-by-decade posts, here’s one that names my choices for the top 10 TV cartoon theme songs of all time. The choices are drawn from each decade’s top 10 theme songs.

I limited my choices to Western animation, as I’m not as knowledgeable about anime.

For the top 10 theme songs by decade:

The top 10 TV cartoon theme songs

  • Rocky and His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show
  • The Flintstones
  • Spider-Man (1960s series)
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show
  • DuckTales
  • The Simpsons
  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • Animaniacs
  • SpongeBob SquarePants

I’ve included the above songs in a YouTube playlist below. Note I just included “The Bullwinkle Show”‘s theme for the sake of brevity, though I did like “Rocky””s as well.

Honorable mentions

  • Jonny Quest
  • Yogi Bear
  • George of the Jungle
  • The Jetsons
  • Josie and the Pussycats
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Pinky and the Brain
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • Garfield and Friends

What are your all-time favorite cartoon theme songs?

Image from “The Simpsons.” (Fox)

(Updated 3/11/17)

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