What are your Top 3 TV Soap Themes & why ?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Kevmac, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Kevmac

    Kevmac Soap Chat TV Fanatic

    Message Count:
    1,511
    Trophy Points:
    2,621
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +3,364
    Medals:
    2
    Member Since:
    February 2005
    Gotta love a good TV Soap theme.... :)

    Which 3 are your favourite and why...? o_O

    My choice would be :-

    "KNOTS LANDING" Seasons 1 & 2 (Love the brass, sax and jazziness of it all)



    "SONS & DAUGHTERS" (The cost-cutting, camp sepia)



    "EMMERDALE" (Hauntingly sad with a splash of optimism at the end)



    o_O
     
    • Like Like x 10
  2. Barbara Fan

    Barbara Fan Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    3,928
    Trophy Points:
    7,368
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +8,985
    Medals:
    6
    Gender:
    female
    Member Since:
    2000
    mine are

    Dallas - cos its such a big part of my life since i was at school, and i hear it every day as its my phone ring tone



    Black Beauty - reminds me of my childhood, always wanted to ride but the closest i got was a donkey on a beach when on hols



    Hill street blues - great steven Bocho drama



    Bubbling under
    Banana Splits
    Starsky and Hutch
    white horses
    Follyfoot
     
    • Like Like x 7
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. Swami

    Swami Soap Chat Superhero

    Message Count:
    7,048
    Trophy Points:
    3,636
    Location:
    Ballymoney, Co Antrim
    Ratings:
    +6,376
    Medals:
    4
    Member Since:
    April 2006
    Dallas series 10
    Black Beauty.
    Coronation Street.

    Swami
     
    • Like Like x 5
  4. Angela Channing

    Angela Channing Soap Chat Hero

    Message Count:
    6,313
    Trophy Points:
    7,960
    Ratings:
    +9,321
    Medals:
    10
    Member Since:
    1999
    Based on the theme and not the soap opera itself:

    1. Sons and Daughters - Got to agree with your selection Kevmac, this is a great and memorable song which fit with the series very well.


    2. Prisoner Cell Block H - Never seen a single episode but it's theme was a great song in it's own right, lovely melancholy


    3. Crossroads Sad Theme - Used in Crossroads whenever there was a sad event and was a simple and beautiful variation on the regular theme. When I was young, I used to look forward to sad events so they would play this theme.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017
    • Like Like x 5
  5. Daniel Avery

    Daniel Avery Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    2,556
    Trophy Points:
    5,327
    Location:
    Sunny South Florida
    Ratings:
    +4,598
    Medals:
    3
    Member Since:
    June 10, 2000
    Early-1980s The Edge of Night: disco-y, yet ominous and engaging--definitely evokes the crime/mystery theme of the series....



    The 1980s/1990s theme tune from Another World: romantic, sweeping, and trend-setting for its time, with the use of CGI imaging....



    (the theme stayed the same, even as the images of cast members changed often)

    And I care not one whit what the rest of you say...I loved the short-lived flute theme of season eight Knots Landing:



    (the sound quality on this clip does not do it justice)
     
    • Like Like x 4
  6. Ome

    Ome Admin

    Message Count:
    9,844
    Trophy Points:
    2,638
    Ratings:
    +16,846
    Gender:
    Male
    1. Brookside - because it's the story of my youth




    2. Prisoner Cell Block H - because it's the first show I stayed up late to watch and it was always an emotional ride




    3. Dallas - because I was in love with Katherine Wentworth

     
    • Like Like x 6
  7. Ome

    Ome Admin

    Message Count:
    9,844
    Trophy Points:
    2,638
    Ratings:
    +16,846
    Gender:
    Male
    If you ever get the chance, you really need to change this.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 3
  8. Karin Schill

    Karin Schill Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    4,506
    Trophy Points:
    4,642
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +8,735
    Medals:
    3
    Gender:
    Female
    Member Since:
    September 2004
    My most favorite would be Dallas since it's the first theme I ever learnt to recognize. :spinning:

    Other early shows were Falcon Crest and Emmerdale Farm.

    But I also love Beverly Hills as it sums up all of my teenage years and Dynasty's theme is really pretty too. And yeah I like Knots Landing too...

    and the comedy shows with their catchy tunes and cute lyrics like Growing Pains and Full House...

    Sorry I know that's way too many themes but I love TV themes, when I was a teenager I made a tape with 40 different themes and then had friends and family guess which music belonged to which show. There was only one theme that everybody managed to identify properly.
     
    • Like Like x 5
  9. Emelee

    Emelee Soap Chat Star

    Message Count:
    2,816
    Trophy Points:
    2,242
    Location:
    Sweden
    Ratings:
    +4,787
    Medals:
    6
    Game of Thrones:




    Rederiet:



    Mad Men:




    etc etc. There are so many that I love.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. Mel O'Drama

    Mel O'Drama Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    4,298
    Trophy Points:
    5,561
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +8,268
    Medals:
    9
    Member Since:
    28th September 2008
    The Brit Cops take this one hands down for me:


    The Gentle Touch


    I love all the variants of this, but the fast version used from Series Two onwards is just soooooo good.



    The Professionals




    Dempsey And Makepeace
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. Mel O'Drama

    Mel O'Drama Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    4,298
    Trophy Points:
    5,561
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +8,268
    Medals:
    9
    Member Since:
    28th September 2008
    Oh... I just noticed the thread title says SOAP themes. :oops:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  12. Mel O'Drama

    Mel O'Drama Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    4,298
    Trophy Points:
    5,561
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +8,268
    Medals:
    9
    Member Since:
    28th September 2008
    Knots Landing [Season Four version]

    This one has it all. The opening hook going into sweeping strings. Then that wonderful key change just after 20 seconds. And those deliciously raspy, brassy horns that play under the melody during Michele Lee's credit. There's even a sparkly xylophone just as Peter Dunne's credit comes on.


    Howards' Way

    I especially love the energetic sequence used for the end credits which begins at 1:48 in the video.


    Falcon Crest

    Those frenetic strings pull me along every time. I can't specify a favourite season variant as I've never seen the show, but most versions sound great to my ears.





    Special mention to:

    The Colbys
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bECPTQJU-GU
    So indulgent and excessive. I suspect even John Williams may have thought so. Whenever I hear it I remember my family chortling at the pomposity every Wednesday evening. No doubt it seemed even more hilarious when contrasted with Coronation Street from which we'd just switched over. But it was perfectly fitting and very catchy indeed.


    Central Park West
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJkwiEO7HGQ
    Very sexy. Very Nineties. And a little bit Erotica.
     
    • Like Like x 5
  13. Mel O'Drama

    Mel O'Drama Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    4,298
    Trophy Points:
    5,561
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +8,268
    Medals:
    9
    Member Since:
    28th September 2008
    Some honourable mentions from Down Under:





     
    • Like Like x 4
  14. Englishboy

    Englishboy Soap Chat Fan

    Message Count:
    374
    Trophy Points:
    2,899
    Location:
    Wet and windy Manchester, England
    Ratings:
    +451
    Medals:
    3
    Member Since:
    July 2005


    Another shout out for "Sons sand Daughters" and "Number 96"

    However, I don't think anything can top the musical arrangements on the later seasons of "Knots Landing"
     
    • Like Like x 4
  15. Barbara Fan

    Barbara Fan Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    3,928
    Trophy Points:
    7,368
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +8,985
    Medals:
    6
    Gender:
    female
    Member Since:
    2000
    yes i failed to notice that word SOAP

    :wave:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  16. Snarky's Ghost

    Snarky's Ghost Soap Chat Oracle

    Message Count:
    5,573
    Trophy Points:
    6,136
    Location:
    Haunting that cozy cellar under Falcon Crest
    Ratings:
    +7,327
    Medals:
    7
    Member Since:
    September 2000
    FALCON CREST, THE COLBYS, DALLAS

    (DYNASTYs' theme could have been great, but, much like the show itself, it just kept getting worse and worse until -- as one poster observed -- it sounded like the screech of a skinned cat).

    The first three seasons of FALCON CREST are great. Then a Lorimar exec fired the showrunner who'd made it a hit. Season 4 was okayish until a CBS exec demanded their nazi treasure plot, the year's main story, be dumpy 10 episodes before the end of the season.

    The series never recovered. But, again, S1 thru S3 was pretty darned good.
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017
    • Like Like x 4
  17. Mel O'Drama

    Mel O'Drama Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    4,298
    Trophy Points:
    5,561
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +8,268
    Medals:
    9
    Member Since:
    28th September 2008
    I've just noticed this tune is available to download on iTunes and Amazon. I've bought it, naturally.

    I wonder if it's only appeared there recently. When I was watching the DVDs I couldn't find it for love nor money and ended up having to do an audio rip from the DVDs.



    So there wasn't a Banana Splits episode where Fleegle stopped Drooper's wedding because the scheming bride had been carrying on with Bingo? :(
     
    • Like Like x 4
  18. Barbara Fan

    Barbara Fan Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    3,928
    Trophy Points:
    7,368
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +8,985
    Medals:
    6
    Gender:
    female
    Member Since:
    2000
    oh wait a minute maybe there was, i think it happened when Snorky came out of the shower and it was a dream
     
    • Like Like x 2
  19. Willie Oleson

    Willie Oleson drilling for soap

    Message Count:
    10,399
    Trophy Points:
    9,250
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    somewherie on the prairie
    Ratings:
    +19,140
    Medals:
    12
    Member Since:
    April 2002
    Based on the music only, these are not necessarily my favourite soaps.

    1. Oshin


    2. Dynasty II - The Colbys


    3. Chateauvallon
     
    • Like Like x 3
  20. Daniel Avery

    Daniel Avery Super Moderator Staff Member

    Message Count:
    2,556
    Trophy Points:
    5,327
    Location:
    Sunny South Florida
    Ratings:
    +4,598
    Medals:
    3
    Member Since:
    June 10, 2000
    Did someone say Soap?

     
    • Like Like x 2

Share This Page