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Countdown to the best Theme Music

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I know, Theme songs get done every week here! I want to introduce myself, a long time lurker, now posting my first blog.

With the return of Brock Lesnar and his INTIMIDATING theme music, it got me thinking to what makes a GREAT theme song. Now I might be bias, but I HATE the way the E has started to use songs with lyrics just so they can sell them on Itunes. Im a fan of the wordless - or few words - instrumentals that dominated wrestling before.

I think every theme should have two defining characteristics to make it great.

1) The theme must INSTANTLY identify with the wrestlers gimmick.
2) Most of the best songs of all time have a great 1 - 3 second intro/sound effect.

I have compiled my top 10 theme songs, with a couple of honorable mentions.



HONORABLE MENTIONS:


THE ROCK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUNPUdl5Hyc


IF YOU SMELLLLLL....
Kicks off perfectly. The song itself is great. Electric guitar...for the most electrifying man in all of entertainment - fitting.



HHH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H-2QnT5GbY

ITS TIME TO PLAY THE GAME!
Intense, in your face. Not a fan of theme's with too many words in it, but this fits him perfect. He is the game and he does make the rules - because he runs the show now!



TOP 10:

10) SHAWN MICHALES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w1mq6rAfMM

Ah, Ah..SHAWN! - Girls screaming his name start this one off. Then Shawn himself sings about being a sexy boy.
He sounds like a cocky, over sexual, heartthrob. - And that's exactly what he was in the 90's.
I don't think this song suited him when he made the comeback - and found god. But I guess at that point you couldn't have Shawn without this song.


9) RAZOR RAMON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02s5WSNpsSY

The tires peeling out - there's that 1 - 3 second intro I am talking about, you will see that ALOT on my list.
It's just instrumental - no words, yet it tells a story. I hear elements of the SCARFACE theme in it, and with great reason.
Razor Ramon was the WWF(E)'s answer to SCARFACE. The theme went perfect with the Bad Guy's cocky attitude.
The tires I talked about...reminiscent of a car chase - after say...killing some Colombians and stealing their cocaine?


8) MILLION DOLLAR MAN:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWYfa...eature=related

The evil, iconic laugh kicks it off. Money, Money, Money, Moneeyyyy. They hit it right on the money with this song.
He was evil and cocky, and with good reason talked over his entire theme song entrance, never to not be the center of attention.


7) CM PUNK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb0TR6-INNc

The static - similar to the noise the mic makes when dropped after say, a pipebomb - starts off the theme song that catapulted Punk into super-stardom.
Sure, the worked shoot(?) was a huge part of it, but this theme was perfect to tweak his character the right way to make it to the next level.
He's about personality, and either he is a really good actor or he is indeed playing himself on screen. A funny, sarcastic, borderline prick, who thinks he is the best in the world - and backs it up.


6) GOLDBERG/BROCK LESNAR
Goldberg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9JNRhk9qxI
Brock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7m9xo923H8

A Tie here - because lets face it, they were basically the same thing. Lesnar was the reason I am even writing this so he had to make it on the list!
Both powerful, dominant, intimidating themes. Sure the Goldberg one sounded better with the piped in chants and the fireworks - breathing smoke.
Just hearing the music, without knowing the wrestlers you would say they were a dominant big man. The themes just made the characters so much more intimidating.


5) Ric Flair
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqz6A2PGH_s

WOOOOOOOOOO. The iconic word the Nature Boy was famous for kicks off this epic theme. It's classy. Its cocky. Its everything Ric Flair was.
It screams epic! It works best as a heel, but as he became a legend, the song fit him as a face as well.


4) NWO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWZ0gJ0HAyA

The static in the beginning signified them "hijacking" the programming with their own. The theme, very simple in nature - repeats the same couple of bars over and over. Maybe it's so good because the angle was SO OVER.
They then started adding sound effects which I felt just enhanced an already great theme song. New new new new world order. WE...ARE.. IN CONTROL. TOOOOOOOO SWEEEEEEET!.


3) DX
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CAxp...eature=related

Are You Ready? - The into is great, built up anticipation. Then....BREAK IT DOWN!

The fast paced theme, paired with the rapid cuts from the tron video to the live entrance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gD1hIxzmak) it was a perfect combo.
The theme was defiant, just as DX and Shawn Michales were at the time.


2)STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdTFi7hxg-4

Shattered glass. Then a strong thumping theme song screams bad ass. Play this theme at the gym, working out and you are guaranteed to feel like a bad ass.
Fit the Rattlesnakes character perfectly. How about the entrance at Wrestlemania 13 with the shattered glass live. (3:10 mark - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDi6n5RrrW0)


1) UNDERTAKER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_XOVh-cDtk

The gong. The lightning. The eerie music. Match that up with the lights going out. The oldschool purple light. The druids! There is no mistake this is one the best theme songs ever.


And there it is! If you disagree/agree leave me some comments.
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Updated 05-01-2012 at 07:22 PM by Frank

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  1. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Half of the songs I like, rest not so much. I liked HHH's My time song used around 99-00 when he first began on his own without DX.

    A lot of songs I like just off the top of my head, Orton-take what mine, Edge-alter bridge, MVPs theme, and I could probably go on. I was thinking of creating one myself. I may sooner or later.
  2. JohnnyV123's Avatar
    Very good list for the most part although I disagree with the inclusion of Razor Ramon, Brock Lesnar, and Undertaker should not be number one. If you're talking about entrances Undertaker would likely be #1 but if you're just thinking about a theme music no way.

    You hit the nail on the head about themes having a great intro. That's actually why (as much as I don't like him) I would put Cena's theme on this list and probably Randy Orton's as well.
  3. bartish2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyV123
    Very good list for the most part although I disagree with the inclusion of Razor Ramon, Brock Lesnar, and Undertaker should not be number one. If you're talking about entrances Undertaker would likely be #1 but if you're just thinking about a theme music no way.

    You hit the nail on the head about themes having a great intro. That's actually why (as much as I don't like him) I would put Cena's theme on this list and probably Randy Orton's as well.
    ortons song is decent but cenas is just realllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly annoying, like scratching nails on a blackboard
  4. Taker=Legend's Avatar
    I would have certainly added Edge's Theme Song..YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME..

    and well Jericho's BREAK THE WALL DOWN
  5. Beast's Avatar
    Wow, idiot wake up. You missed the best all time!!! I AM A REAL AMERICAN!!! this was 50% the reason why Hogan was so popular and revolutionized the sport! I still get goosebumps when I hear this song!
  6. keatsmeister's Avatar
    Entrance wise, 'Taker is always going to feature, but if you are talking about themes, the only one of his I'd add in here is his Rollin theme. The gong, the measured sound of footsteps "Dead Man walking" then into the Limp Bizkit, it was a perfect fit for the gimmick at the time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0l3m0cykqY

    As for other considerations, try these

    Eddie Guerrero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IftVHS_J8OA
    Road Warriors/L.O.D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCXA_0P5OFc
    New Age Outlaws http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7wsJM7WFbg
    ULtimate Warrior http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbLZ9lx-e5w
    Edge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP3-JFQBsgk
    Chris Jericho http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN-iTguR2cc
    Triple H's King of Kings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIpWsuAoDPs
    APA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMXfS...eature=related
    Updated 05-02-2012 at 05:57 AM by keatsmeister
  7. Drake180's Avatar
    I'd also add the Four Horsemen's theme!
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