Have you ever heard the theme song to your favorite TV show and said to yourself, "Hey, that sounds familiar?" A number of TV shows have used songs that did well on the music charts for their opening music. Check out this sampling of TV shows that used hit songs as their themes.
'FREAKS & GEEKS'
Teen comedy and cult favorite, ‘Freaks & Geeks’, was created by comedy powerhouse Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow. The series was canceled after just 12 episodes, but launched the careers of many of today’s top-billed actors. The series used Joan Jett and The Blackhearts’ 1980 song, “Bad Reputation,” as its theme. In 2009, VH1 ranked the song 29th on their Top 100 Hard Rock Songs list.
'THE WONDER YEARS'
Joe Cocker’s version of “With a Little Help from My Friends” served as the theme song on the beloved ABC comedy, "The Wonder Years." The song was originally released on The Beatles album, "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," in 1967. Rolling Stone listed the song at No. 311 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Louis Armstrong’s 1967 hit, “What a Wonderful World,” was used as the theme song for the first five episodes of "Family Matters." After, the series started using “As Days Go By” for the majority of its run. Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
'TOUR OF DUTY'
The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black” was used as the theme song for the Vietnam War television show "Tour of Duty." The hit held the No. 1 spot on both the U.S. and UK Singles Charts in 1966. It was also featured in the end credits of the 1987 Vietnam War film "Full Metal Jacket."
'CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION' - 'CSI: NY' - 'CSI: MIAMI'
All three "CSI" series themes feature music from the iconic English rock band, The Who. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigations" uses “Who Are You,” "CSI: NY" uses “Baba O’Riley,” and "CSI: Miami" uses “Won’t Get Fooled Again." Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of The Who, even appeared in the Season 7 "CSI" episode “Living Legend.”
'THE GOLDEN GIRLS'
The treasured American sitcom "The Golden Girls" used “Thanks You for Being a Friend” as its theme. The song was originally written and recorded by Andrew Gold in 1978. His version reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for that year. However, the show featured Cynthia Fee’s version of the song.
U2’s cover of The Beatles song, “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” was used as the theme song for "Gun." The anthology series aired on ABC in 1997. The series featured many A-list names, including Carrie Fisher, Martin Sheen and Daryl Hannah. It was also James Gandolfini’s first television credit.
The Kyle Chandler-led TV show followed a man who received a copy of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper a day early. He would use this knowledge to prevent future tragedies. The aptly titled “Time Has Come Today” by The Chamber Brothers was used as the show's theme song during the fourth season.
The Vietnam War drama featured “Reflections” by The Supremes as its theme song. "China Beach" aired on ABC from 1988 to 1991. “Reflections” hit No. 2 on the United States pop music charts in 1967.
Reality TV show "The Apprentice" featured a group of business people competing for a chance to run one of host Donald Trump's companies. “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays was appropriately used for the series’ theme song. In 1974, the single hit No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart.
“My Life” by Billy Joel was used as the theme song for the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies." The show featured Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari disguising themselves as women. Due to licensing issues, the theme song was changed to “Shake Me Loose” by Stephanie Mills for the VHS and DVD releases of the series.
This CBS sitcom ran from 1993 to 1997 and was based on “The Miami Herald” columns written by Dave Barry. Southside Johnny’s version of “You May Be Right” was used for its theme. The song was originally written and performed by Billy Joel on his 1980 "Glass Houses" album.