Match of the Day. Coronation Street. Dad’s Army. Even Antiques Roadshow. Although you might not watch them all, chances are you absolutely love their iconic theme songs, alongside the many other classic pieces of music bookending our favourite TV shows.
But not every programme can have a great theme. Take, for example, The X Factor. Even if you don’t hate it, a lot of other people do – including Simon Cowell. The show’s head judge recently announced that the tune introducing the ITV singing competition is being scrapped as “it’s one of the three worst theme songs” and he “can’t listen to that again”.
It’s a damning verdict that leaves a big question: what actually is the worst TV theme song of all time? That’s where you come in: you can vote for your most disliked below (scroll down if you can’t remember what they sound like).
The X Factor
IT’S TIME! TO FACE! THE THEME SONG! Hated by Simon Cowell and (presumably) Steve Brookstein, the anxiety-provoking ITV tune has been on the airways since 2004. RIP.
Men men men men, manly men men men! Men men men men, manly men men men! Men men men men, manly men men men! Men men men men, manly men men men! Men men men men, manly men men men! Men men men men, manly men men men!
You probably haven’t heard this tune since the couple’s chat show was taken off the air in 2009, but we’re sure the theme – and the giant graphics shadowing British homes like an airborne Word Art invasion – will come rushing back to you.
Nothing against Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor, but his theme song isn’t fondly remembered by all. Its arguably overused synthesizer (combined with graphics we think were later used by Windows Media Player) makes an opening probably more liked by Daleks than humans.
Promotional portrait of the cast of the UPN television series, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise,’ in costume and on set, 2003. L-R: Anthony Montgomery, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Scott Bakula, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer and John Billingsley. (Photo by James Sorenson/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images
If you think a Star Trek theme with lyrics wouldn’t work then you’d, unfortunately, be pretty much right.