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The 8 Theme Songs that Defined Your Millennial Childhood

By Jerry Maynard

Sometimes when you hear a song while you’re out (or cruising around YouTube like I do) you catch a glimpse of a song that brings back a ton of emotions and nostalgia.  We wanted to do that for you today and bring back your favorite theme songs and give you a bit of childhood nostalgia today….that and I think its funny to get songs stuck in peoples heads for the rest of the day! Here’s a list of my favorite songs that meet this criteria.

8. Fairly Odd Parents (2001)


This one is at the bottom because I was probably not the target audience age for this show but this song not only is jazzy, but it’s hilarious just like the show. It also gives you a good idea of what crazy antics you are about to subject your eyes to … and that icky Vicki … eww.

The Fairly Odd Parents Season 1 (2 Disc Set)

7. Digimon (1999)


This theme song does a good job of getting you amped up for the show you are about to watch and was changed up depending on the digivolution level the heroes were at, but if nothing else it was just fun, and was good at doing what a theme song is supposed to do: Be catchy and get you excited for the show you are about to watch. And get stuck in your head easily.

Digimon: The Official Seasons 1-4 Collection

6. Ducktales (1987)


This song makes you just want to smile when you hear it. It’s like one of the craziest shows I ever watched as a child. All the adventures the ducks got into on this show are insane (escalators still freak me out because of this show), and the theme song shows a bit of that insanity in the video too.

DuckTales, Vol. 1

5. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)


This song is the most metal theme song from the 90’s and its amazing. The Power Rangers are like one of the defining things of 90’s childhood. It was the first show I remember coming home to watch in kindergarten everyday and I was nuts about them. I wanted to be one when I grew up. The theme song rocks and makes you feel like jumping up and doing battle with the forces of evil right there with the rangers as you listen to it, or grow a lot of hair and be metal and start head banging and stuff.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)


TMNT has a classic theme song which is catchy and does an actual good job of explaining whats going on in the television show and is dog gone catchy. It also makes all the turtles look awesome in the video and an added bonus its stuck in your head now.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 1 Ver 2

3. Dragon ball Z 


The theme song from this show is just straight up epic. You’ve got everyone all fighting and stuff and flying around shooting off Kamehameha waves and going Super Saiyan and stuff and it literally when I was a kid made me want to stop what I was doing immediately and try my hardest to go Super Saiyan right then and there.

Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

2. The Real Ghostbusters (1986)


This song gets on the list because its just a good dang song. Its catchy, the Ghostbusters in the video come in, handle their business like a boss, and don’t even break a sweat. Plus it’s one of the best songs for a Halloween party.

The Real Ghostbusters: Complete Collection

1. Pokemon (1997)


This song is like far more epic than it has any right to be. It has pokemon in it first of all which is already a credit in my book, it’s got like that sheer conviction of the singer’s quest to catch them all, it’s AN ACTUAL SONG WITH MULTIPLE VERSES, IT HAS A GUITAR SOLO, AND IT HAS A KEY CHANGE!!!!!!! LIKE DAD GUM! THIS SONG IS SO LEGIT! But, for real, they went hard core on this song. Its nuts just go listen to it and be blown away at how much work went into this thing. Gotta catch ’em all man. Here’s the full version if you want that experience

Pokemon: Season 1 – Indigo League – The Complete Collection



Honorable Mention

Editors Note: These songs following were not included due to the author’s perspective. However, we at Nerd Union, all being millennials, each have our own favorites that we felt were left out. Here they are:

Batman: The Animated Series (1992)




Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989)


Tailspin (1990)


Pinky and the Brain (1995)


X-Men (1992)


Transformers (1984)


G.I. Joe (1985)


Darkwing Duck (1991)


Authors note: Due to untold amounts of nerd rage before the article was even posted (And W.T. Bane needing a pumpkin spice latte after reading this list) the author will be posting a much bigger, much more cohesive ranking of theme songs from the 80’s -2005 at the end of next week. In the words of Scar, BE PREPARED.

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