Name a theme song that catapulted the artist to fame
June 1, 2011 9:55 AM Subscribe
Are there any musicians who hit it big after being "discovered" when a song of theirs was licensed for a TV show theme?
posted by Plutor to media & arts (44 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
All of the TV show theme songs my friends and I can think of seem to fit into three categories:
1) Songs commissioned - MASH, Sesame Street, and The A-Team are some examples here.
2) Songs licensed from big artists - i.e. CSI and its spinoffs, That 70's Show, Married with Children.
3) Songs licensed from unknown artists who never became big (other than that one song/album) - i.e. Friends, Scrubs, The O.C.
After a bunch of brain storming, the best we could do is The Monkees and Hannah Montana, both of which feel like cheating. (Not just because both were ABOUT the musician, but also because The Monkees didn't have any records do very well after the show ended and Hannah Montana apparently just had its finale a few months ago, so her future success is still in question.)
Has there ever been a band or an artist who had no hits until a song was picked as a theme song, at which point they had some sort of future prominent musical career?