Al Hirt made a fabulous rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's “Flight of the Bumblebee,” which initially used for the radio series. Such intensity and pace in the trumpet solo, makes you wanna do some Bruce Lee stuff.
There are many great western soundtracks and theme songs. However, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans had succeeded in making more than that. This tune is easily memorable and just sticks there in your head.
The popularity it gains among marching bands and how it becomes the (unofficial) fight song of the University of Hawaii pretty much portray how great Morton Stevens’s composition—performed by The Ventures—is.
“Life's short. Talk Fast”, that’s the tagline of this TV series and (suitably) the “motto” of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. While the calm character of this song is the opposite of the fast-paced dialogue, it captures the mother and daughter relationship vividly.
Personally, I think Lalo Schifrin had done a marvelous job in composing such tune that can represent rush, tension, or in short, nick-of-time kind of situation. It’s a brilliant exclamation mark for the title of the series.
Imagine them heading to a mission with Hannibal smirking with a cigar in his mouth, Face trying his best to keep his cool as usual, Murdock lively making nonsensical remarks behind a chopper cockpit, and B.A. sleeping like a baby after one of his comrades gave him the “pre-flight” medication.
A bunch of teenagers of the seventies in Wisconsin. Nothing much to do. Just hanging out, having fun, drinking beers (when their parents aren’t around), and making love (when they can). This (version) is just the perfect theme song for that.
I won’t say that the ones I listed here are the greatest but they are great nonetheless. If you have your own favorites, feel free to share them here.