Ten Totally Tubular '80s Cartoon Theme Songs
For any kid who grew up in the '80s, it wasn't about the content of character. It was about the size of Transformer.
After school and Saturday mornings, masses of children spent hour after hour parked in front of turn-knob television screens, adjusting rabbit ears, dying to hear the first notes of their favorite cartoon theme songs come blasting through tiny speakers.
Prior generations had The Beatles, Buddy Holly, and Elvis. But for the children of the Decade of Decadence, the most important songs were the ones that evoked tales of musclebound hero cats or crime-fighting chipmunks.
In memory of a lost childhood, here are ten total tubular '80s cartoon theme songs.
10. Wuzzles (1985)
If Katy Perry were a Mad Scientist, then she would have created The Wuzzles. Oh sure, be fooled by the cute, happy song about originality or whatever crap they're selling. But read between the lines ... Through terrible gene-splicing experiments and forced interspecies mating, The Wuzzles were born, living in a nightmarish bubblegum version of The Island of Doctor Moreau, never able to escape, yet forced to entertain viewers week after week.
9. M.A.S.K. (1985 - 1986)
It's really hard not to crack up while listening to this theme. This band is seriously rocking out. These guys must have spent a ton of time in the studio, getting every harmony right, and agonizing over the mid-song chord changes. And for what? Sure, the '80s were ridiculous. But Ratt couldn't have busted out this song and kept their cool points. This is yet another tragic example of the sad lives of the cartoon theme writers, who remain forever unable to take credit for a song so masterfully written and performed.
8. Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990 - 1996)
Captain Planet may be a bit of a squeeze in this list since the show started in 1990. But damn, this is one amazingly awesome theme song. This show featured a blue superhero sporting a green flat-top with mullet. And it was all about Ted Turner's dream of saving the Earth through cartoons. Then again, what was up with the racial undertones? North American guy embodies fire because Americans are such impulsive hot heads? The Mexican guy is all heart because Hispanics only want to have sex all the time? The African guy is Earth because dirt is all he owns? At least they had an all-star cast of voice actors. Wow, they were only missing Bono as the voice of "Poser Douchebag."
7. Jem (1985 - 1988)
Watching Jem every single morning isn't emasculating at all, right? Honestly, Jem was truly, truly outrageous. But every kid I knew preferred The Misfits, even though they were missing Glenn Danzig, the angriest lady of the '80s.
6. TailSpin/DuckTales/Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Late '80s and Early '90s)
The Holy Trinity of the Disney afternoon lineup. Since these three themes all had the weight of Walt's wallet behind them, it wasn't inevitable that they'd be totally tubular. And indeed, all three are instant earwigs. But Chip 'n Dale holds a special place. If Tiffany or Debbie Gibson had played it, there's no doubt it would have made it to the Billboard Hot 100.Next Page
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