10 Best ’90s Cartoon Theme Songs

Even if you weren't a kid in the '90s, you're probably still familiar with the 10 best '90s cartoon theme songs. The decade was full of cartoons that appealed to viewers both young and old. Many of these cartoons featured memorable theme songs that could remain stuck in your head for hours after the show was over.

  1. "Animaniacs" – This Emmy-winning theme song was just as offbeat as the show. It managed to introduce the main characters and still have space to reference everything from baloney to Bill Clinton. Would you expect anything less than the best from a Stephen Spielberg production?
  2. "The Simpsons" - Danny Elfman's masterful theme song was easily one of the '90s best. Its hurried pace and frenzied instrumentation were a perfect backdrop for Homer and the gang's crazy antics.
  3. "Ren and Stimpy" – This theme song is relatively simple, but it works. It's nothing more than a surf-rock guitar riff accompanied by bongos. The bare-bones structure makes it that much more effective.
  4. "Pinky and the Brain" – This spin-off of "Animaniacs" told the story of a super-intelligent lab rat and his dimwitted companion. The theme song is a throwback to old-school musical style, with a haunting melody sung over a full orchestra.
  5. "Tiny Toon Adventures" – Stephen Spielberg's second entry on the list of the ten best '90s cartoon theme songs is "Tiny Toon Adventures." The theme song is an orchestral free-for-all, with vocal contributions from all the show's main characters.
  6. "Spongebob Squarepants" – Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants, that's who. This song is performed by a pirate and an echoing chorus of way-too-excited children. If that's not a recipe for a great '90s theme song, we don't know what is.
  7. "South Park" – Les Claypool of Primus wrote and performed this cartoon's theme song. The disjointed instrumentation and mumbling vocals make for a memorable experience.
  8. "Pokemon" - We still don't know what a Pokemon is, but their theme song is so terrible that it's somehow awesome. The cheesy synthesizer riff and the singer's melodramatic insistence that he's "gotta catch 'em all" are more than enough to make it one of the ten best '90s cartoon theme songs.
  9. "Beavis and Butthead" – As the kings of '90s idiot television, Beavis and Butthead always found themselves in moronic situations. Their theme song is comparatively laid-back: just a basic guitar riff along with a subdued rhythm section.
  10. "King of the Hill" – Rounding out the ten best '90s cartoon theme songs is this instrumental gem from The Refreshments. With a heavy southern rock influence, this guitar-laden theme song is nothing but a good time.

 

 

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