This Tuesday was an ultra exciting day on television. We were graced with the mid-season premiere of Pretty Little Liars – with the intriguing #5YearsForward jump – and the series premiere of Shadowhunters, the new series based on Cassandra Clare’s book series The Mortal Instruments. Obviously we are obsessed with both of these fandoms and as the good fangirls we are, we’re dedicating an entire week to discussing these thrilling television debuts. Welcome to PLL/Shadowhunters Week on My Fangirl Life!
You know what my some of my favourite parts of this week’s Pretty Little Liars & Shadowhunters premieres were? The opening tracks. I know it’s weird but good tv theme songs make all of the difference. They reel you in. They set the mood. And then they become as iconic as the show itself.
In honour of these two excellent themes I have compiled a playlist of Modern TV Theme Songs. The requirements are simple: (1) Shows that have aired in my lifetime (preferable my fangirl lifetime) and (2) Themes that are actual songs. Ok I get that any song is a song (…yup, that is what I mean two say…) but I’m talking actual fully-developed pop tracks you might hear on the radio. I love the Game of Thrones theme (Who Doesn’t?!) but you’re no about to hear it on this weekend’s Top 40 Countdown (or any Top 40 List of this millennium). I’ll admit that there may be more iconic themes than those listed here (like The Addams Family or Gilligan’s Island) but I’m going for a playlist. One you actually want to listen to at work or in your car or at the gym. One you could play from your friends and not have them stage an intervention regarding your television obsession. That being said, I may have thrown in the odd piece of nostalgia 😉 If you don’t have all of the tracks just waiting in you iTunes, never fear! I made you a handy YouTube Playlist! Aren’t I sweet?! Happy Listening!
1. Secret by The Pierces (Theme from Pretty Little Liars)
2. Stop, I’m Already Dead by Deadboy and the Elephantine (Theme from iZombie)
3. Scotland by The Lumineers ( Theme from Reign)
4. You’ve Got Time by Regina Spector (Theme by Orange is the New Black)
5. We Used to be Friends by Dandy Warhols (Theme from Veronica Mars)
6. Where Everybody Knows Your Name by Gary Portnoy (Theme from Cheers)
7. Hey Girl by Zooey Deschanel (Theme from New Girl)
8. I’m No Superman by Lazlo Bane (Theme from Scrubs)
9. Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake (Theme from Chuck)
10. I Don’t Wanna Be by Gavin DeGraw (Theme from One Tree Hill)
11. Greenback Boogie by Ima Robot (Theme from Suits)
12. Bad Things by Jace Everett (Theme from True Blood)
13. California by Phantom Planet (Theme from The OC)
14. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air by Will Smith (Theme from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
15. The History of Everything by The Barenaked Ladies (Theme from The Big Bang Theory)
16. Pokemon Theme by Pokemon (Theme from Pokemon)
17. At Least It Was Here by The 88 (Theme from Community)
18. I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts (Theme from Friends)
19. Superhero by Jane’s Addiction (Theme from Entourage)
20. Monsters by Ruelle (Theme from Shadowhunters)
Love & Luck,