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25 greatest TV theme songs of the 80s

Miami_vice The tunes defined our generation -- at least from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every weeknight during our formative years.

Today, they serve as 30-second bursts of memories of the good old days, when the most drama we had was whether to feather our hair or krimp it. Or perhaps deciding which color corduroy pants to wear with our brand-new REO Speedwagon concert tees. (You never go wrong with navy blue!)

Welcome to the official Stuck in the 80s list of the 25 best TV theme songs from our favorite decade. We considered your input along with the expert advice of Times media critic Eric Deggans to fine-tune the final rankings.

Don't forget to listen to this week's podcast, which unveils our rationale for the top 10 TV theme songs. Click here to listen. Or click here to get all our shows for free via iTunes.

In the meantime, get in full couch-potato mode and set the remote control aside for this list.


25. Star Trek: The Next Generation [watch]

24. Taxi [watch]

23. Facts of Life [watch]

22. 21 Jump Street [watch]

21. Magnum P.I. [watch]

20. Dallas [watch]

19. Dynasty [watch]

18. The Love Boat [watch

17. Night Court [watch]

16. Full House [watch]

15. Charles in Charge [watch]

14. Moonlighting [watch]

13. It’s Garry Shandling's Show  [watch]

12. The Paper Chase [listen]

11. Pee Wee's Playhouse [watch

10. Hill Street Blues [watch]

9. The Cosby Show  [watch]

8. Square Pegs  [watch]

7. Greatest American Hero [watch]

6. The A-Team [watch]

5. Family Ties [watch]

4. WKRP in Cincinnati [watch]

3. Dukes of Hazzard [watch]

2. Cheers [watch]

1. Miami Vice [watch]

"Miami Vice" gets the nod over "Cheers" because it oozes the '80s from every pour. Jan Hammer's masterpiece can only be properly enjoyed in a white linen jacket, loafers and dark glasses.

So which TV theme songs did we miss out on?

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:25am]


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