Live Poll: Songs That Were Ruined by TV Shows

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The following songs were just regular songs until they were turned into TV theme songs. What was once a pleasant song you heard on the radio from time to time turns into the sound of 1,000 nails on a chalkboard.

Which of these existing songs do you think was "most ruined" by its use in a TV show? Which show does its song the biggest disservice?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls040036200
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/T1d_fla_trc/
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I would have to say the theme song from the wonder years. The "with a little help from my friends was a ok song , but once it became a theme song it started to become annoying .
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Married with Children
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Jen,

My vote: "Love and Marriage" by Frank Sinatra
Married with Children (1986–1997)

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I like how most of the other television series use existing songs.

By the way, I really like the way that Call the Midwife (2012– ) uses music from the 1950s and 1960s.
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"Love and Marriage" is the exact song that inspired this idea.

And then I remembered this from so long ago (sorry, the quality is terrible):

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ACT_1,

None of your recommendations for this poll suggestion applies. The song has to have existed before the TV show and adapted. All the songs you recommend were written specifically for the show.
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" Is there a list of TV Theme songs that told the Story ? ? "


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ACT_1,

These are the polls related to music.
http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2018/06/categories.html#Music

These are polls related to television theme songs:
Period TV Show, Popular Theme Song
Classic Cartoon Theme Songs
Best Opening Song for Sitcom (With Lyrics)
Most memorable instrumental TV theme song?

I am not aware of a IMDb list or IMDb poll that specifically enumerates television theme songs that tell a story. There are numerous such theme songs. This may be a good subject for a poll suggestion.

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IF Someone wants to start a New(?) list of TV Themes with Story Lyrics (If needed) add to my above list ...

77 Sunset Strip  (1958-1964)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051247/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051247/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051247/soundtrack

77 Sunset Strip opening Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMyIm8kx6rQ ?
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Gilligan's Island  (1964-1992)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057751/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057751/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057751/soundtrack

GILLIGANS ISLAND THEME
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8Uf8Zj9W24 ?
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It's About Time  (1966-1967)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059997/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059997/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059997/soundtrack

It's About Time TV Series Opening and Closing Theme Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsJhBn0I9U4 ?
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Sherwood Schwartz (1916–2011)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0777442/
Writer / created by
Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
It's About Time (TV Series)
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The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp  (1955-1961)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047750/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047750/reference
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047750/soundtrack

WYATT EARP THEME SONG
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HrY2Ynn4Jo ?
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and many other (Warner Bros) westerns of the 50s & 60s


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William Tell Overture from Lone Ranger
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Definitely my choice, and I feel duty-bound to quote Billy Connolly on this:
"My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger."
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All of the CSI's
I hated it when radio stations used to play Won't Get Fooled Again's short version.
There ought to be a rule at ASCAP that makes TV use the Whole Song and nothing but The Whole Song, so help you God! Movies too. American Graffiti knew that!
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Thanks Dan. Gotta go with ol' blue eyes on this one.
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I'd say that the power of properly written or chosen theme song is that it should not wear off with time. I never quite got tired with "M*A*S*H" instrumental rendition of "Suicide is Painless", "How Soon is Now" in "Charmed" or "The Angry Video Game Nerd" song (although in the latter case the song often uses different versions).

I only remember one case close to that and that was my unfortunate idea of using "Dexter" theme as an alarm clock. Turns out while waking up to it seems like a nice idea from an opening which sees character waking up and going to work... It is actually impossible to time yourself to that theme in my case. :)   
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Morning? or Good Evening?
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