TV Theme songs are almost a thing of the past. More and more, you’ll just get a title screen and a little music. Showrunners learned that you can use that extra time for more content, or more commercials. The golden age of TV theme songs might be hard to narrow down.

The 50’s & 60’s had The Lone Ranger, Bonanza and Get Smart. The 70’s had funky Starsky & Hutch, Rockford Files and Charlie’s Angels. The 80’s might be the decade to beat. Dukes Of Hazzard, The Fall Guy, Silver Spoons, Different Strokes, Facts Of Life, Growing Pains (Show me that smile again…) and dozens of others I can still sing on cue (but maybe not in key).

But what is the best theme song of all time? I have a contender: the theme to WKRP In Cincinnati.

I’ve included the opening credits I found on YouTube. But there’s actually more to the song, like most themes of the 80’s tended to have.

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Here are the entire lyrics, by Steve Carlisle:

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered
Wondered whatever became of me
I’m living on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati, WKRP

Got kind of tired packing and unpacking
Town to town and up and down the dial
Maybe you and me were never meant to be
But baby think of me once in awhile

Heading up that highway
Leaving you behind
Hardest thing I’ve ever had to do
Broke my heart in two
But Baby, pay no mind
The price for finding me was losing you

Memories help me hide my lonesome feelin’
Far away from you and feelin’ low
It’s gettin’ late my friend, I miss you so
Take good care of you, I’ve gotta go

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered
Wondered whatever became of me
I’m living on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati, WKRP

Got kind of tired packing and unpacking
Town to town and up and down the dial
Maybe you and me were never meant to be
But baby think of me once in awhile
I’m at WKRP in Cincinnati

This theme song has everything: Love, loss and life, causing pain and ultimately, joy. It’s almost perfect. It’s a god damn poem.

And I’d bet every one of us adults have felt this way. Thinking of someone, hoping they’re thinking of us, with years and miles between ourselves. Surprisingly deep for the sitcom that gave us the famous Turkey Drop episode! If you haven’t seen it, please, look it up.

So that’s my pick. What’s yours?

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