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32. Bonanza

Aired: September 12, 1959 - January 16, 1973 (NBC)
Theme Song: David Rose & Billy May "Bonanza"

Yes, the music is as old as dirt, but the cow-wranglin', new-boot-stompin' hoe down that is Bonanza's signature sound represents to the fullest the era in which the western was a dominant genre in entertainment. For decades, the Old West reigned supreme in movie theaters and television screens, and the rousing theme from Bonanza (written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans) ranks up there as a worthy musical representation of an American institution. Yippi ki-yay, motherfuckers!

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