I have developed an addiction to the teen dramas of the late 90s and early 00s. Hulu is currently feeding my addicting and is my drug dealer. And no, this isn’t a sponsor deal. Through, I am totally down for one if Hulu would like to make it one. I’ll even take a Netflix sponsor deal too as they also have a good amount of classic teen shows. I thought it was only fitting that we take a moment to remember the channel that gave us such good memories in the 90s. The WB. It premiered on January 11th in 1995. In the late 90s early 2000s, The WB had literally all the best shows. They also had the most iconic theme songs as well.
In honor of what was a staple to many teens, it’s time to reminisce about their top 5ive iconic theme songs. So these are all song that was raised to their iconic status by the fact their television were everything.
“Save Me” by Remy Zero from “Smallville”
Before there was “Arrow,” The WB had the show “Smallville.” The show followed the origin story of Clark Kent, better known as Superman. It ran for 10 seasons and this show was pretty much everything. I missed it during its original run (I was 10 when it premiered). But the show opening is so iconic that we are still talking about it. Hearing “SOMEBODY SAAAVVVEEE MMEEEE” on your tv just brings back the feels. I need somebody to save me every time I hear it. The video that played was just so cool. Especially towards the end of the series. The explosions at the actor slowly come front and their name appears is everything.
“I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin Degraw from “One Tree Hill”
Remember the hunk that was Chad Michael Murray, or CMM? If you don’t, he was Zac Efron before while Zac Efron was on “Summerland.” Well, he was on a little show called “One Tree Hill.” It about two half-brothers and their life on a hill with only one tree. It was pretty much like Dawson’s Creek. For seasons one through four and season eight, they used “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin Degraw as the opening. The way they used the song to was just everything. It starts off nice and slow and building up to kicking into the beat and really setting the tone for what to expect. The song is more iconic than the actual opening video. It’s just kind of blah compared to other iconic openings.
“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole from “Dawson’s Creek”
While if you watch the show on Hulu, this song isn’t in the opening but rather just a more awkward song. The opening for “Dawson’s Creek” is probably the most iconic both audio and video. You have a playful song just casually playing in the background while the cast is just chilling there having fun at the creek in Massachusetts. Apparently, it doesn’t snow there or it only does it in small burst. Anyways “I Don’t Want to Wait” still doesn’t fit with the opening but yet it fits with the overall theme of the show. You can’t help but think of James Van Der Beek paddling his little boat up a creek that you can easily walk around or through. Either way, this was the format for all teen drama openings.
“How soon is now?” by Love Spit Love from “Charmed”
“How soon is now?” was pretty much a staple of many 90’s shows and movie. It was most famously featured in the witchcraft movie “The Craft” before it became the anthem for the Aaron Spelling show “Charmed.” Following three powerful witch sisters, “Charmed” had the same feeling that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” had as it was this kickass show where they found demons and other supernatural themes villains. While the song is no longer there when you binge in the show on Netflix, this theme song is iconic. Even the opening video playing under it had a super cool effect and it just gave off such nice vibe.
“‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Theme” by Nerf Herder from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
While this isn’t an actual song, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is the single most iconic show that the WB gave the world. It would be a tragedy not to mention this show. They took the 1992 movie that wasn’t very good and turned into a teenage masterpiece. The theme for the series just made everything click. While I prefer the newer version of the theme from Season 3 to season 7, it’s still such an iconic theme and opening. The hero shot at the end always makes me smile.
“Where You Lead” by Carole King and Louise Goffin from “Gilmore Girls”
Whether you actually watched this show or not, everyone knows the theme song from “Gilmore Girls.” It just has one of those theme songs that while it gets a tad bit annoying, it’s just an iconic because it perfectly matched the theme and the overall feel of the show. It was a show about small-town life and dealing with what comes up in your life. It’s honestly a show that I didn’t get or find funny until I got older. It’s a funnier version of “Seinfeld.” I’ll end it there before I ruffle too many feathers.
All the shows mentioned above are available on either Netflix and Hulu (hit me up if you are looking to hook up me with a brand deal). I recommend watching all of them because it’s really interesting to see how teen shows have progressed from then and now. Until then, I’ll go back to wishing I was a teen in the late 90s.
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