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Doug Centers
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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 10:33am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

After watching a WONDER WOMAN episode recently, and singing her theme music the rest of the day, I was wondering what everybody's favorite or catchiest theme song/instrumentals are.

I know of at least one that has been on the Billboard charts, and since the advent of streaming shows there's a bunch I've never heard. So it will be interesting to see the picks.

Let's do top 4 live action.
We'll save animated for another thread.

Yes, I know "Superhero" can be subjective, do your best.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 11:42am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

The Greatest American Hero (Believe it or Not)
Wonder Woman (love that riff)
The Incredible Hulk (the sad end theme)
Batman (not favourite by a long chalk, but I include via the catchiest metric)
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 12:37pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Top four live action themes. Hmmm.

The Adventures of Superman - the classic, to me.
Batman - na na na na na na na na - SODIUM!
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl - although that sequence was a little cheesy, it was a really cool theme to me.
Shazam - that was heroic, uptempo, and it made me yell Shazam as a young man.

Honorable mention (no one said I couldn't! :P ) - I thought Danger Island had a pretty jazzy theme. No, it wasn't super hero, but it cycled with three other heroic features. And I liked it, quite the little bit.



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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 12:54pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

The 1990 Flash series
The Incredible Hulk
Adventures of Superman
Wonder Woman

Smallville


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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 20 March 2020 at 4:47pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Tough. The last one, anyway. The first three are easy.

Wonder Woman
Incredible Hulk (Lonely Man, but also opening credits)
Batman

The third? There's a few I could pick from, but, if it can count: 
The Six Million Dollar Man. 
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Peter Martin
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Six Million Dollar Man is an interesting call. Funny how just writing this I can hear that seventies theme running in my head. Those cascading strings, the heroic horns, the bongos.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 21 March 2020 at 1:28am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Batman
The Greatest American Hero
The Six Million Dollar Man
Wonder Woman



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Doug Centers
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The SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN is the reason I added the "subjective" clause.

He's more Superhero than some.
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John Harrison
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Posted: 21 March 2020 at 5:25am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Green Hornet
Greatest American Hero
Batman 66
Smallville
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Brian Rhodes
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There was a groovy Six Million Dollar Man theme song by Dusty Springfield used for the early TV movies (it's kind of...interesting in its own right), but I'm speaking of the classic Oliver Nelson opening with the Harve Bennett/Richard Anderson narration. 

Kenneth Johnson was involved as producer on this and The Incredible Hulk, which may partially be why both opening sequences are so iconic.



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Bill Mimbu
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Will have to split the difference...

Batman 1966
The Greatest American Hero
Ultraman (both Japanese and English-dubbed versions)
Ultra Seven
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Adam Schulman
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This one.
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