Ask any child of the 80s or 90s, they don’t write cartoon theme songs like they used to. That’s not just a lame “our stuff was better” thing (it wasn’t, but that’s another article in itself). The era was a creative hotbed for children’s entertainment, and that creativity was not restricted to the shows and concepts.
Now I think there’s a few theme songs that are so great that they don’t need mentioning. Do I really need to point anyone’s attention to the iconic theme for Duck Tales? Or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (co-written by Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre…That’s true, look it up)? We all know they’re awesome. I’m taking the time to point out some more under the radar songs, or stuff we might know that doesn’t get the same kind of love and attention that the classics get.
Onward, into the breach, my friends!
The Mysterious Cities of Gold
This one takes some patience, as the actual song part doesn’t start until about 48 seconds in, but trust me, it’s worth it. The Mysterious Cities of Gold isn’t something I watched, though I should because I’ve heard good things about it. I did catch the theme song rather frequently though, either before switching the channel to something else or catching the outro. Not that it sounds like Africa by Toto, but it hits you like Africa by Toto.
Dungeons & Dragons (Outro)
I’m talking about the outro specifically on this one.
Dungeons & Dragons is a cartoon I LOVE. Another one I didn’t watch as a kid, but I did a few years back, no nostalgia attached, and I loved it. I wanted these kids to get home, and the somewhat somber outro music, with the imagery of the amusement park, makes me feel like they never do yet the world they came from moves on.
The Real Ghostbusters (Melancholy Guitar Song)
What can I say, I’ve always been a sucker for the touchy feelies.
When I was a kid, my day revolved around The Real Ghostbusters. Before I learned to tell time, it was how my day was measured. Any piece of music from this incredible series pulls at my heartstrings, but this one especially so.
Long before the prequels, Droids and Ewoks were here to ruin Star Wars for us. The Ewoks song is awful, but I do like the one for Droids. Listen to the vocals. Sounds like Sting, right? It’s actually Stewart Copeland, the drummer from The Police, clearly the one who held that shit together.
I am a Transformers fanatic. I love the theme song. I love the version of the theme song in Transformers: The Movie by Lion. I have that one on my iPod and I will drive around on hot summer days with that song on repeat. Yet for some inexplicable reason, few piece of music will fill me glassy eyed nostalgia like the outro for the G1 cartoon. I hear it and I just want to put on a pair of yellow rubber boots and live out the rest of my days in that desert or canyon that the Autobots hang out in.
Till all are one, ladies and gentlemen.