If you were a kid during the 80s or 90s, you’re probably familiar with Israeli-American music composer, director, TV writer, and executive producer Shuki Levy. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, or whether you cared who this Shuki Levy is, but if you watched any cartoons at the time, you’ve probably hummed at least one song he composed. In fact, Levy is so prolific that adding his name in the title is unnecessary – we can just call this post 5 Greatest Retro Cartoon Theme Songs and there’s a huge chance that Shuki Levy composed every single entry.
5. M.A.S.K. (1985)
The intro from M.A.S.K. was the like the Baywatch intro for young boys – it featured a really catchy song playing while the screen showed footages of things that the viewer liked. In Baywatch, it was a bunch of scantily-clad females running in slow motion. In M.A.S.K., it was a bunch of transforming vehicles and guys with kick-ass helmets.
4. The Super Mario Brothers Super Show! (1989)
The Super Mario Brothers Super Show! intro had perfect timing on its side. It happened at the height of the Super Mario Brothers franchise’s popularity and around the time when it was cool to rap even if a.) you’re not rapping about drugs or b.) you have no business rapping in the first place.
3. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)
We’re kind of cheating a little bit here because Mighty Morphin Power Rangers isn’t really a cartoon, but we just can’t compile a list of Shuki Levy’s greatest compositions without even mentioning one of his masterpieces. Note that we prefer the crunchy original version used in the show, not the one used in the movie even if it was performed by some of the greatest rock musicians in the world.
2. Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (1985)
Youtube user ashura129 said it best in the comments section of the video: “back in the 80’s the intro was were all the money from the show went.”
1. X-Men (1992)
This list isn’t really in any particular order, but even if it’s ranked from least greatest to most greatest, the opening song from the first animated X-Men TV series would still deserve the top spot. It serves as a great pumping background score while the screen shows your favorite mutants (and Beast.) The fact that it doesn’t have any vocals is an advantage because there are no cheesy lyrics that will distract you from how kick-ass the song is. It’s just a bunch of 80s-sounding musical instruments playing a riff so catchy that you’ll still be able to hum it decades after the show ended.