32 Theme Tunes 1

A collection of tracks that have been used as theme tunes for radio or TV series.  Some started life as album tracks that were subsequently hijacked, usually resulting in a sales boost for the track.
Some were written specifically as themes, but I choose fully developed pieces as far as possible.
There is some electronic music, some rock, jazz, classical (well, sort of) and folk-derived stuff – yes, not only did we going all over the map, I had to buy a bigger map to get it all on…
The tracks are arranged in roughly chronological order, but in some cases the date chosen is that of the show and not the album.  And I have been a bit naughty in a couple of cases, choosing cover versions.  But very good covers…

I have added links to each of the titles that will take you to information about the shows, and several more, at least one or more are sort of easter eggs….   🙂


Title Artists Album Year
101 Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band  Volume 8 1980
102 Get Your Rocks Off Aviator  Turbulence 1980
103 Stingray – Main Theme (With FX) Barry Gray  Stingray (Disc 1) 1963
104 Lady Beck, Bogert & Appice  Beck Bogert & Appice 1973
105 Brain Tap Shuffle Becker & Fagen  The Collection 1988
106 Blu-Bop Béla Fleck & The Flecktones  Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo 1991
107 Keyboard Sonata In C Major K. 159 (Scarlatti) Bela Fleck  Perpetual Motion 2001
108 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel  Bookends 1968

The Show

201 Dick Barton (Devil’s Galop) BBC Concert Orchestra  BBC Themes 1946
202 Harry Lime Theme (The Third Man) Anton Karas  Soundtrack 1949
203 The Strange World of Gurney Slade Max Harris  Soundtrack 1960
204 The Pink Panther Theme Henry Mancini  The Pink Panther 1964
205 Doctor Who (Original Theme) Delia Derbyshire  single 1964
206 Tomorrows World John Dankworth Orchestra  Let’s Slip Away (2009) 1965
207 Paperback Writer The Beatles  1962 – 1966 (Red) 1966
208 Blue Veils and Golden Sands Delia Derbyshire  BBC Radiophonic Music (1971) 1967
209 Light Flight (Theme from ‘Take Three Girls‘) The Pentangle  Basket of Light 1967
210 Stone Fox Chase Area Code 615  Area Code 615 1969
211 Whole Lotta Love CCS  Whole Lotta Love ( CCS I ) 1970
212 Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who  Who’s Next 1971
213 Brother CCS  CCS II 1972
214 Suicide Is Painless The Mash / Johnny Mandel  single 1972
215 Journey of the Sorcerer The Eagles  One Of These Nights 1975
216 The Chain Fleetwood Mac  Rumours 1977
217 Angela (Theme from ‘Taxi’) Bob James  Touchdown 1978
218 Theme (Paganini Caprice #24), Variations 1-4 Andrew Lloyd Webber  Variations 1978
219 Twilight Zone – Twilight Tone The Manhattan Transfer  Extensions 1979
220 Peter Gunn Theme Blues Brothers  The Blues Brothers 1980
221 Hill Street Blues Daniel Caine Orchestra  single 1981
222 Star Kiki Dee  Perfect Timing 1981
223 Robin (The Hooded Man) Clannad  Legend 1984
224 Moonlighting Al Jarreau  Moonlighting: The Television Soundtrack Album 1987
225 Crockett’s Theme Jan Hammer  Escape from Television 1987


301 Echoes Dave Gilmour, Rick Wright  Remember That Night 2007