The Best Theme Songs From The Early 2000s

When I think of my childhood, I think of all the 2000s TV shows I watched and how much better they were than the stuff young kids have to watch these days. The selection of television available to children growing up in the early 2000s was so good, that I'm not even mad when my TiVo records a That's So Raven episode in my "suggestions" folder. The shows were funny, the fashions were on point, and the theme songs were the best. Which is why they deserved to be ranked. Some theme songs of TV shows from the early 2000s are so catchy that I'd argue that they deserve a spot on your shower playlist. Some of the following songs were sung by the cast members, some of them are purely instrumental, some of them are performed by huge pop stars at the time (I'm looking at you, Hilary Duff). The following ranking does not take into consideration the quality of the shows, that's an entirely different list. This is solely based on the opening credits theme songs, that I'm hoping will reconnect you with your youth (and cause the Kim Possible song to be stuck in your head for the remainder of the week.)

Here is the definitive ranking of 19 of the best TV shows that aired during the early 2000s.

19. Even Stevens

Loved the show, but the theme song was impossible to sing because there are no words. The clay characters were also a little creepy.

18. Hey, Arnold

Even though the words are sparse, they're really all that mattered for the show. "Move it, Football Head." Helga + Arnold Forever.

17. Life With Derek

The theme song is more of a mini-narrative essay than it is a theme song.

16. Rocket Power

These kids were so cool. The combination of the beach-y vibe and hardcore-ness of skateboarding was pretty much the epitome of the show.

15. Fairly OddParents

Fairly OddParents also tells the entire plot in just the theme song. But the fun really comes with trying to name off all the wishes Timmy asks for without one mistake.

14. Malcolm In The Middle

"You're not the boss of me now. You're not the boss of me now."

13. The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody

The play on words of "suite" and "sweet" is just too fun.

12. Drake & Josh

Extra points for Drake Bell singing the theme.

11. Phil Of The Future

It gives the entire plot away, but it shows how a really catchy song can save anything.

10. So Little Time

So beach-y, so cool, so Olsen twins.

9. Hannah Montana

Just admit it, when the song and show came out, you loved it.

8. The O.C.

Proof that it doesn't take much to make an awesome opening theme song. (Raise your hand if you had the entire Phantom Planet song on your first generation iPod mini!)

7. Lizzie McGuire

Not only is this song great, but the credits themselves are awesome. Why are they playing with a red playground ball? Shoutout to Lizzie's purple top and orange pants!

6. SpongeBob SquarePants

It's a classic. You know the words even if you didn't watch the show.

5. The Proud Family

Come on, it's Destiny's Child! Led by Solange, but Beyonce is in there ("They'll make you scream...").

4. Laguna Beach

"Come Clean" was one of Hilary Duff's best songs on the Metamorphosis album.

3. That's So Raven

That is so Raven to sing her theme song and kill it.

2. Kim Possible

I know it's a theme song, but it deserved to be on the charts.

1. As Told By Ginger


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