“The Dukes of Hazzard” premiered 35 years ago, Jan. 26, 1979 on CBS and for the next seven seasons, John Schneider and Tom Wopat were drivin’ and slidin’ into our hearts — plus, Catherine Bach, rowr. To celebrate its illustrious anniversary, here are our favorite 1980s TV theme songs (non-animated, because that’s a whole other category).
1. “The Dukes of Hazzard” — It counts because it aired mostly in the ’80s. And who doesn’t love the golden pipes of Waylon Jennings?
2. “Growing Pains” — What a great duet. Do you recognize the woman? It’s Jennifer Warnes, of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” fame.
3. “Perfect Strangers” — This soaring number makes you feel like you can conquer the world, right? Or at least leave your home in Mypos for the big city in America.
4. “Cheers” — This is like comfort food in song form. They just don’t make TV theme songs like they used to.
5. “Who’s the Boss?” — These are some good credits. Hello, Tony Danza in a tuxedo.
6. “The Facts of Life” — Fun fact: This theme song is sung by Gloria Loring and was written by her and then-husband Alan Thicke, “Growing Pains” star. Alan and Gloria are also mom and dad to Robin Thicke.
7. “Just the Ten of Us” — This one is awesomely sung by Bill Medley, of the Righteous Brothers (and also of “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life”)