What’s That Tune: TV Theme Songs

This isn’t necessarily a countdown or a list in any order, but a rundown of the most famous and memorable theme songs. These vary from classic, nick cartoons, to recent. 

Rugrats

Even though it has no lyrics, it’s still memorable and goes along perfectly with the show. It’s a great introduction to Tommy and his pals. 

Catdog

I never really liked this show but the theme song was my favorite. 

Hey Arnold!

MOVE IT FOOTBALL HEAD.

As Told By Ginger

Macy Gray sang the theme song, enough said. 

Spongebob Squarepants

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Golden Girls

I’ve never watched the show and I really have no interest in it. However, I can’t help but love this classic theme song. 

The Brady Bunch

This is about as classic as they come.

Happy Days

It’s catchy and sums up the series in less than a minute. What could be better? 

Gilmore Girls

Even though I love Carole King, I didn’t know this song until it was on the show. It’s heartwarming, catchy, and memorable all at once. 

One Tree Hill

This is one of the few theme songs I know that have become popular after being featured in a series. Anytime I hear it, I automatically associate it with One Tree Hill. 

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

I’d definitely have to say this is one of the most recognized theme songs of all time. It’s basically a rule that you can’t trust anyone who doesn’t know every word to this song.

Saved By The Bell

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One of my all time favorites partly because it was one of the first shows I ever watched and partly because it’s just so catchy.
 

Friends

I dare you to not get this stuck in your head. 

The OC 

California here we come, right back where we started from.
 

The Jefferson’s

I’ve heard this theme featured in both The Voice and American Idol. This only shows that it’s influenced various different generations which says a lot. 

Full House

I feel like every theme I’ve posted has been crazy sappy but I couldn’t just leave it off.
 

Punky Brewster

There are few shows that have such a heartwarming and corny theme song.

The Sopranos

Is there anything to say? It basically speaks for itself.

That’s So Raven

You can’t tell me this isn’t one of the most epic and memorable of all theme songs.
Lizzie McGuire

Epic.
Unfabulous

Young Emma Roberts starred in this Nickelodeon TV show. I loved this show and I also love how music is used throughout the series.
Degrassi: The Next Generation

The theme song changes a lot over the years but nothing beats this one.
Drake & Josh

It’s feel good and Drake Bell doesn’t have a terrible voice either.
iCarly

Follows the same feel good theme of Drake and Josh but is awesome in it’s own right.

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Random Rachel Recommendations

These are my random recommendations which includes songs of all genres I believe everyone should hear. I know it’s not very specific so I decided to include when exactly you should listen to them.

Featherstone by The Paper Kites
Listen when: You decide to keep a positive attitude when your heart is unbroken.
Favorite Lyrics: “Wake up to the sound of your fleeting heart.”
“And my love is yours but your love’s not mine.”
There really isn’t much that needs to be said. This is one of the best songs ever and EVERYONE needs to listen. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Sittin’ on the dock of the bay by Otis Redding
Listen when: Loneliness takes over.
Favorite lyrics: “Looks like nothing’s gonna change, everything still remains the same. I can’t do what ten people tell me to do, so I guess I’ll remain the same.”
“Sitting here resting my bones cause this loneliness won’t leave me alone.”
This song just makes you feel good but once you think about the lyrics, it really is so sad. He’s basically talking about how he’s lonely and will always be lonely so he’s just going to chill.

Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac
Listen when: You let someone go.
Favorite Lyrics: “I’ll follow you down ’till the sound of my voice will haunt you. You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you.”
This song starts out hopeful then progressively, Stevie gets SERIOUSLY in her feelings. PLEASE watch this version. Stevie staring down the man she wrote the song about (Lindsay Buckingham, longtime guitarist) is a must see!

Somebody to Love by Queen
Listen when: You feel forever alone.
Favorite Lyrics: “Each morning I get up I die a little, can’t barely stand on my feet.”
“I get down on my knees and I start to pray ’till the tears run down from eyes.”
Freddie Mercury had one of the best voices of all time. This song is one that will always stay in your head. It just makes you remember how lonely we all are sometimes.

Youth by Daughter
Listen when: You want to be emotionally destroyed.
Favorite Lyrics: “Setting fire to our insides for fun, collecting names of the lovers that went wrong.”
The beat and her hauntingly beautiful voice make you forget how depressing the lyrics are.

Where Does the Good Go by Teagan and Sara
Listen when: You need a catchy beat.
Favorite Lyrics: “Where do you go with your broken heart in tow? What do you do with the leftover you?”
Just listen to it.

The Last Unicorn by Passenger
Listen when: Your replacement doesn’t make you forget.
Favorite Lyrics: “Cause you don’t taste like you should, and you don’t fit in my arms like she would.”
This isn’t a very well known song but I think everyone needs to listen to it. Especially when you’re at a point in your life where you try to get over your true love but all that happens is you just miss them more.

Bad Religion by Frank Ocean
Listen when: The one you love can’t love you.
Favorite Lyrics: “If it brings me to my knees, it’s a bad religion. I can never make him love me.”
Words cannot describe how much I love Frank Ocean.

You’ve got the love by Florence + the Machine
Listen When: You know that things will be okay.
Favorite Lyrics: “You’ve got the love I need to see me through.”
I know, this is weirdly positive. I just had to include it because I’m obsessed with Florence Welch’s voice. The lyrics are so catchy and sometimes depressing music gets repetitive.

All My Little Words by The Magnetic Fields
Listen When: Your love isn’t enough.
Favorite Lyrics: “You said you were in love with me, both of us know that that’s impossible. And I could make you rue the day, but I could never make you stay.”
Sometimes you could say and do the most beautiful things for the one you love and it’s still not enough to keep them around.

Fictional Characters-Part Two

Part Two of my favorite fictional characters is lessons non-animated TV show characters have taught me. I obviously watch a lot of TV but I won’t go on overload. Although, I will attempt to include TV shows I watched growing up and shows I’ve recently watched.

1. Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie taught me everything from being a good sister to how to sneak onto the set of a music video. Lizzie went through some traumatic things like evil Kate attempting to kill her because Lizzie was better at rhythmic gymnastics to buying her first bra. Lizzie was the wise older sister little girls desperately wanted.

2. Raven Baxter from That’s So Raven
Raven taught me how to use humor no matter what. She also taught me that there’s always a way out of any situation. Homegirl gets into A LOT of sticky situations, but she always finds a way out. Plus she has visions and casually says “Oh Snap!” which will forever be the coolest phrase.

3. Louis Stevens from Even Stevens
First of all, it’s Shia LaBeouf in his prime. Louis taught me that sometimes being a good sibling sometimes means being a total pesk to your siblings. Sure, Louis is a crazy annoying little brother, but at the end of the day Ren and Donnie always forgive him for his antics. Louis also taught me that girl screams never stop being funny. If you don’t remember what I’m talking about, YouTube it.

4. Carly from iCarly
Who knew Drake and Josh’s little sister would have such an awesome show? Carly taught me that you can be a kid without being immature. Carly is beyond mature, she kinda has to be since Spencer is her legal guardian. Yet, she still manages to have a good sense of humor which makes her videos so successful.

5. Drake from Drake and Josh
Yes he’s immature and a total slacker but Drake taught me lessons too. He taught me that we can find friendship from unlikely people. Drake doesn’t warm up to Josh easily and I don’t really blame him, I mean the dude is just super touchy-feely and so emotional. Drake manages to see his heart and they end up having a hilariously awkward bromance.

6. Cory Matthews from Boy Meets World
All of the characters on Boy Meets World taught me hundreds of lessons yet Cory is mentioned because he is the center. He taught me how to be a good student, friend, brother, child, significant other, and human being. He has his moments but he always manages to do the right thing. Most of all, what I learned from Cory is that you have to ask others for help from time to time. Asking doesn’t make you weak, it just helps you make it through the world.

7. Phil Dunphy from Modern Family
How can you not love Phil? Okay, sometimes you can’t help but feel sorry for him. He’s so awkward and tries so hard for his father in law to like him but he’s so relatable. He taught me that sometimes we’re caught in awkward situations but we learn to laugh at ourselves.

8. Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill
Peyton had the most dramatic life. After her mother died of a car accident, she found out she wasn’t her biological mother. After that, she met her real mother who was dying of cancer. On top of all that, her father was in the military. Instead of breaking down, she channels her angst into her art and music. Peyton taught me that music CAN save us. Music gave her something to believe in when she had nothing. She taught me that if you are passionate about something, you have the ability to change yourself and even the world in the process.

9. Christina Braverman from Parenthood
Okay I’m going to be honest, I didn’t like her at first. The first season, she thought that Hattie was the most perfect child in the world and that Hattie’s cousin Amber was always wrong. Christina became my favorite the third season when Hattie was out of the picture. Christina dealt with breast cancer but she didn’t let that stop her. She still managed to be a great mom to a toddler and her son with Asberger’s. Christina has such a great heart that you can’t help but love her.

10. Cassie Ainsworth from Skins
Cassie is seriously messed up. She has an eating disorder and she’s not all there. Despite all this, I learned from her that what you say doesn’t matter as much as how you say it. Cassie says the meanest things but says it in the sweetest way. Her behavior is dysfunctional but despite all of that, it taught me that tone is everything.

11. Christina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy
This was so hard to pick. Both Mer and Christina have taught me so many lessons but I had to go with Christina since too many on this list are sweet. Christina is BA. She knows who she is and she doesn’t shy away from it. She believes in her work and maybe being a workaholic isn’t for everyone, but it’s who she is.

12. Julie Taylor from Friday Night Lights
I know a lot of people think she’s a total brat but I love her. Julie makes her fair share of horrible decisions but at the end of the day, she refuses to change her ways. She never stops believing in her reading and in her taste in music. She stands up for what he believes in and above all, she supports her family.

13. Seth Cohen from The OC
Seth is a total nerd but he makes it acceptable. He loves comics and he says some of the weirdest things ever. Somehow, he ends up getting the girl he’s been in love with since grade school yet he never changes who he is. He still blasts Death Cab and talks to inanimate objects.

14. Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars
Okay this may not be the best choice but she’s perfect. She’s an old soul and okay goes after guys a little too old but she’s different. She has the best taste in music and fashion. She’s also a great friend and if one of her friends need her, she’s instantly there for them without asking any questions.

15. Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf
Stiles makes awkward cool. He’s a total dork but he’s the comedic relief on Teen Wolf. When all the drama goes down with Scott and his wolf pack, he’s by Scott’s side having panic attacks and manages to stay human.

Fictional Characters Part 1

I love fictional characters. I decided to break down my favorites into the appropriate categories. These will include: cartoon, TV with real people, movies, and books. First up is lessons I’ve learned from my favorite cartoon characters.

Arnold from Hey Arnold!
Arnold taught me how to be a good person in general. I mean I really can’t think of any other characters with a heart as pure as football heads. Like the dude does favors for his weird neighbors and puts up with crazy Helga’s antics. Arnold always sees the best in people and even though I don’t, when I watch Arnold I just get this urge to be a better person.

Chuckie from Rugrats
Okay the obvious choice from Rugrats is Tommy but I just LOVE Chuckie. I learned from him that it’s okay to be scared. Even though he’s afraid of literally everything, he still has the coolest and weirdest friends that accept him for who he is. Despite his issues, he’s a great friend who has such a pure heart. I always liked Chuckie the best because I’m a total pansy and far from a leader but he was the first character to show me that playing it safe isn’t bad.

Ginger from As Told by Ginger
Ginger was always cool because she was an older animated character and Nick didn’t really have shows like that. Ginger dealt with REAL problems. She was basically the animated version of Lizzie McGuire. She taught me that being average is okay. Ginger was just a regular girl who had extremely dorky friends. I was never meant to being popular but I’d never seen any cartoons where being average is actually pretty awesome.

The Powerpuff Girls
This is my only choice that isn’t from Nick but I had to include it. I couldn’t pick just one Powerpuff Girl, even though each girl has a different personality, all three of them have to work together to defeat the bad guys. They taught me that all girls can be BA. Having three different personalities on the show just shows us that being hardcore isn’t just for tomboys or leaders, the blonde little bit ditzy one can fight crime too.

Doug Funnie from Doug
I learned from Doug that all kids deserve a dog like Porkchop. I also learned that writing and having an active imagination is acceptable. This show was so different from any other Nick show. I mean, every character besides Doug was every color of the rainbow: green, blue, orange. Doug taught me that being weird and having a dog for a best friend is it’s own kind of normal.

Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberry’s
I’m not going to lie, I’m not an animal person and I probably never will be. Still, Eliza taught me that I don’t have the weirdest family or life. Eliza had a monkey best friend, an animal boy who was apart of the family, and a dad with an accent that didn’t belong. It can’t get any weirder than that.

Kim Possible from Kim Possible
What didn’t I learn from her? She was basically the coolest animated character ever. Plus she taught me that red heads can save the world and that made me want to be a red head.

Penny Proud from The Proud Family
Penny was perfect. She taught me that it’s okay to like your parents. Most show focus on teens rebeling from their parents the entire series but even though she rebels too, at the end of the episode she knows they care.

The Story of an Eclectic Teenager

Entering high school is the most nerve wracking experience for any adolescent. High school is where each teenager can find the person they want to be for the rest of their life. Every student gets a label placed on them because of the clothes they wear, the people they hangout with, and their past actions. From a young age, I have always been different from other kids my age. Before I was able to embrace this, I would dress differently depending on who I was around. I would wear black clothes around my “emo” friends and trendy clothes around my preppy friends. My identity was never defined, instead it varied based on my surroundings. This attitude is very common among freshman and may last well into high school for a lot of teenagers. Although at some point, myself and others who struggle with identity finally figure out who they are. Eclectic is what those accepting of their own style turn out to be. Eclectic stays away from the status quo and focuses on originality.

Part of being a teenager is that every developing soul has a similar longing for acceptance. No one wants to be an outcast. Although very recently, being different has become trendy. The book “Perks of being a Wallflower” has become a sort of high school survival book. Charlie is starting high school with no friends or a place where he belongs. He becomes close with the outcasts of the school and they show Charlie true friendship. This book sends a message that having hundreds of friends will never define who you are. Seek an identity among true and loyal people, not just anyone who might make you popular. When the clock strikes midnight and popularity is taken away in an instant, character still stands. Make sure that the character that you’re stuck with is something to be proud of.

My best friend Nick started out high school not knowing who he was or who he wanted to be, he simply followed everyone else. This method got him stuck when he broke up with his long time girlfriend. He isolated his friends for a whole year until he discovered who he was without depending on others for his happiness. He shared this with me when I had my own battle with fitting in. He said, “Rachel, you’re a cool girl, you just need to embrace it.” Once Nick became secure, everyone wanted to be just like him. He dressed differently, listened to different music, and had a different attitude that made him stand out from his peers. This worked for him and so it worked for everyone else. Looking at him now, his insecurities are completely at rest and his eclectic attitude boldly shines through.

It’s been three years since I started high school. I started out the same as every other teen, scared and insecure. I now  have a better understanding of identity and how to discover it in my own life. Embracing who I am used to be a difficult definition for me to define. Now that the phrase has more significance in my life, it has gradually became a natural habit for me. It means not straying away from individuality. I see what kind of person I am and have gradually loved the girl I see in the mirror. Insecurity is no longer a major part of my life and instead I bask in being different instead of longing to be like everyone else. 


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