On another website recently, I got involved in a discussion of great TV theme songs. For me the discussion begins and ends with this one, and if you disagree you’re going to Hell, is all.
This is Lalo Schifrin’s original version over an episode’s opening credits:
Here’s another longer, fuller orchestral version with great sound:
And finally, when the film version came out, I thought Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen (the unknown half of the Irish rock group U2) did a fabulous job of bringing the piece into the 90s.
Now, if you’re one of those heathens that thinks Hawaii Five-O should move up from #2, or Hill Street Blues or the Greatest American Hero or some other claptrap can stand up to the heavyweight champ, then let’s have it out in the comments. Please provide YouTube links.