The 10 Best 80s Cartoon Theme Songs


As a child of the 80s, I grew up with slap bracelets, pogo balls, and of course, the Nintendo Entertainment System. Still, nothing kept my little heart ticking like cartoons. I’m not too familiar with what’s popular now as far as cartoons go (Dora the Explorer?), but watching 1980s cartoons was about the best thing around.

Aside from the slick animation and great stories, it was the theme songs that made cartoons so enjoyable. Here are, in my opinion, the 10 best cartoon theme songs from the 1980s. These aren’t in any particular order, but I’m sure some moron will comment that [insert 80s cartoon here] should be #1.

1. The Smurfs

My girlfriend likes this song so much that she insists I play it each morning when I wake up.

2. Inspector Gadget

Wowsers! I can hardly type this sentence right now because I can’t sit still to this song. If the DJ played this at a club, I’d dash over to the first girl I saw and ask her to dance.

3. Ducktales

“Life is like a hurricane.” This theme is one that everyone knows, and the tune is irresistibly catchy.

4. Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers

It’s not nearly as catchy as the Ducktales theme, but the theme to Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers is pretty good. Plus Gadget is a total babe.

5. Alvin & The Chipmunks

From one set of chipmunks to another, this theme is terrific. I love Alvin spelling out C-H-I-P-M-U-N-K in this song, blazing a trail for future emcees like Snoop D-O-double-G.

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

It’s impressive enough to create a jingle consisting of “teenage mutant ninja turtles” that doesn’t stink, but this theme song is actually really good. I especially like the like the line, “Donatello does machines.”

7. Muppet Babies

Memories are just streaming in right now.

8. Jem and the Holograms

I definitely pulled this one out of a hat.

9. Gummi Bears

Honestly, this may be the greatest cartoon theme song of all time. If I knew this song would be played at my funeral, I’d die with a smile on my face.

10. M.A.S.K.

No, not the movie with Cher.

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