37. Peter Gunn
Aired: September 22, 1958 â€“ September 18, 1961 (NBC/ABC)
Theme Song: Henry Mancini "The Peter Gunn Theme"
You know a TV show's music is great when people remember the score more than the show itself. Henry Mancini's cold-blooded theme for the short-lived private dick series Peter Gunn, which debuted in 1958, is perhaps the most covered television theme of all time, with everyone from Art Of Noise to the Blues Brothers having had a go at it. It really is addictive. Brass and bass from another dimension conspire together to commit the best jazz composition for detectives to get busy to.