Post by Bill B Post by SavoyBG
This is just your personal list, not the results of a vote, correct?
Not my personal list, but my judgment of the most significant ones based on the list's criteria.
1 - How well the theme fits the show - Does the theme invoke visions of what you see during the show, or is it just good music that does not really quite fit what the show is about. If the song used was an already existing recording that was not written for the show, this is a big negative unless it somehow really fits the show.
2 - Popularity - How popular did the song become as a result of being the theme song for the show? Popularity that already existed before the song was used as the theme does not count here.
3 - Acclaim / Awards - Emmy and Grammy nominations and awards as well as critical acclaim and other accolades, but only those that came after the song became the show's theme song.
4 - Cultural Impact - How iconic has the theme become as an essential part of the show? Does it rise to the level of where you'd be upset if you turned the TV on a minute too late and you missed the opening theme song?
5 - Transcending the show - Has the theme been used outside the show, in spoofs, or to invoke a feeling that might or might not have to do with the show? Did the song take on a life of its own outside the show?
6 - Influence - Has the song influenced other TV show theme songs?