I always knew that this list was going to just keep growing. When I started compiling it last week, I knew that there was no way that it was going to just stay as one big list. It feels as though this will be some sort of never-ending project. Now, it’s time to add a few more to that pile. If your favorite isn’t on this part of the list, don’t worry. It may yet show up at a later date.
“Gargoyles” (1994 – 1996)
Last night, I got to be a part of a podcast talking about this marvelous TV show. I didn’t grow up watching “Gargoyles.” Like more than a few shows, I caught up on it as an adult. If you haven’t watched it, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Seriously. You should check it out. Anyway! The theme song is amazing. It starts with almost eerie pipe organ music before the drums kick in. Then, there’s the brass and it’s. . .oh man, it’s just so great.
“Invader Zim” (2001 – 2003)
Invader Zim is one of the most random animated shows I’ve ever seen. It’s all about an alien trying to prime the Earth for an invasion. Things don’t go according to plan, of course, but the theme song is fantastic. I love the driving rhythm behind it and all of the electronic flair. Add in the strings for some gravitas and you have a theme song worthy of the great Irken Empire.
“Batman: The Animated Series” (1992 – 1995)
Like “Gargoyles,” I didn’t watch “Batman: The Animated Series” until I was an adult. To this day, I guess I’ll never understand how it just completely fell off my radar. In any event, its theme is iconic. I’m fairly certain that if you Google iconic, the first link will be this theme song. Okay. It’s not, but it should be. The theme was composed by the legendary Danny Elfman and was a variation on the theme he’d created for Tim Burton‘s Batman.
“Justice League” (2001 – 2004)
My love of “Justice League” and, subsequently, “Justice League: Unlimited” is a well-documented fact. I know I’ve mentioned both shows on this site before. The writing and the characters are superb, but the theme song is the perfect set-up for this epic series. With larger-than-life characters working together under one banner, they needed a pretty fantastic theme song. This one is certainly worthy of them.
“Justice League: Unlimited” (2004 – 2006)
You probably think I’m cheating here since “Justice League: Unlimited” is simply a continuation of “Justice League.” You’d think they’d have the same theme song. They clearly do not. Whereas the “Justice League” is more classically heroic, the theme for “Justice League: Unlimited” is decidedly rock influenced. It’s not just the big guys any more, after all. It’s a whole host of heroes. The stakes are higher and the action is more intense. The electric guitars make that abundantly clear.