Back in the day almost every TV show had a theme song. It set the tone. When you heard it even if you were in the other room you know what show was coming on.
I think the most iconic and in fact just about the best is the Hawaii Five O theme by the Ventures. It is surf music at its finest. When I hear it I intermediately think of Hawaii. I think the new show that is a reprise is popular just because of the song. It just makes a lot of us think back to the old show. Shit. The new one has been on for almost seven years already. When you hear it you think about the beach. Diamond Head. Fat Polynesian guys rowing a canoe. Shaved ice. Iz. You know Hawaii.
It is just one of the many theme songs that we all know and love. Mission Impossible. The Twilight Zone. Baretta. Cannon. Kojack. One Day at A Time. All in the Family. Mary Tyler Moore. Friends. All iconic songs. They just don't make them anymore. Mostly because they are not in style. But in the good old days they were the best.
I do have to amend my statement though. Hawaii Five O is my second favorite. My favorite could never be used today. Just not politically correct. But it was the greatest.