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10 absolute banger TV theme tunes from the 90s, ranked

*busts a move to the Rugrats theme song*

THE 90S WAS a golden age for television theme songs.

Let’s go back through some of the best, shall we?

10. Hey Arnold

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A jaunty, jazzy number that features Helga roaring “Arnold!” at the object of her affection. Makes you want to click your fingers and take up the double bass. Move it, football head.

9. Clarissa Explains It All

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A bona fide earworm that’s impossible to get out of your head. Plus it has no lyrics save for “Na, na, na, na, na…” Get on your colouredy tights and Doc Marten boots. You know you want to.

8. Animaniacs

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Just hearing the Animaniacs theme song takes you back to Saturday mornings as a kid, slugging off chocolate-flavoured Coco Pops milk in your pyjamas. Take us back.

7. Saved By The Bell

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A song that perfectly captures the stress of being a secondary school student.

IF THE TEACHER POPS A TEST/I KNOW I’M IN A MESS ‘CAUSE MY DOG ATE ALL MY HOMEWORK LAST NIGHT

*air guitar*

6. Sister Sister

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The Sister Sister theme song went through a number of incarnations. It started off as a bop, but by the end of its run, it had developed into a sexy slow jam. Just try to read the words “sister sister” without getting it stuck in your head.

5. Rugrats

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Not only is it a tune (and utterly iconic), but it’s perfect for break dancing to.

4. Moesha

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Two facts: 1) Moesha was a quality teen television show that was given insane prominence on RTÉ 2 back in the day. 2) The theme song is so ridiculously catchy and ought to be played in nightclubs.

MO TO THE/E TO THE

3. Arthur

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The soundtrack to every nineties kid’s childhood. Always guaranteed to put a pep in your step and a song in your heart. It’s so goddamn joyoys that Chance The Rapper even covered it.

2. Kenan & Kel

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Honestly way better than it needs to be. The kind of song we’d happily listen to while going spinning to create chill vibes. Coolio should all write television theme songs.

1. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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What else was it going to be? It’s transcended its origins and become a nightclub banger, a meme and go-to campaign song for many an SU candidate.

Gold. Solid gold.

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