Making A List: Top 40 Cartoon Songs

Art by J. Scott Campbell

I have to say some of the coolest pop songs in 1980s and early 1990s were from cartoon TV shows.  Every once in awhile, I can be humming along these cartoon theme songs.  Thanks to YouTube now, everybody gets a chance to relive the experience and do some karaoke cartoon show tunes.  So, here’s my Top 40 list of the best cartoon theme songs from 1980s thru the early 1990s.

1.  Saber Rider & The Star Sheriffs – There’s no better chessy glamrock song than Saber Rider & The Star Sheriffs.

2. Jem & The Holograms was truly outrageous.

3. Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers – “no guts, no glory!”  The theme song makes me want to do some electric air guitar.

4. Bionic Six had an awesome intro theme song.  Can we reboot this cartoon show on Netflix or something?  Please.

5. Disney’s Gummi Bears – One of the greatest cartoon songs!

6. M.A.S.K.

7. Thundercats

8. Heathcliff

9. Beverly Hill Teens

10. Tiny Toon Adventures

11. Duck Tales

12. Pole Position

13. Transformers

14. G.I. Joe

15. Robotech

16.          Inspector Gadget

17.          Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies

18.          TigerSharks

19.          Mighty Orbots

20.          Silverhawks

21.          Jayce & the Wheeled Warriors

22.          Alvin & The Chipmunks

23.          Voltron (Lions)

24.          He-Man: Masters of the Universe

25.          She-Ra: Princess of Power

26.          Dinosaucers

27.      The Littles


28.          C.O.P.S.


29.          Inhumanoids

30.          Teen Wolf

31.         The Smurfs

32.          BraveStarr

33.          Danger Mouse

34.          Pirates Of Dark Water

35.          The Centurions

36.          Defenders of the Earth

37.          Beverly Hills Teens

38.          Turbo Teen

39.          Visionaries

40.          Star Blazers

Again, this list is going by how cool the theme song was and not any other criteria.  So, make your own list and send it to me or post it somewhere.  You can listen to all these songs on YouTube.  Happy viewing and listening!

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  1. Nice list. 🙂 Lot’s of great songs there. You forgot the theme from Defenders of the Earth though.. 😉

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