One of the all-time best TV theme songs is not an opening theme, but a closing theme.
WKRP’s closing theme was written and performed on a shoestring budget and a whim by series music director Tom Wells.
While the opening theme which hit the Top 40 charts for Steve Carlisle is far more well-known (“Baby, if you’ve ever wondered…”), I always preferred Wells’ crunchy garage band jam. It sounds like experimental 70s FM radio in the middle of the night – a perfect contrast to the opening theme’s jingly AM daytime Radio pop sound.
I also always tried to understand the lyrics each week in the days before DVRs and Googling lyrics. Don’t bother – Wells intentionally sang nonsense. But it sounded good!