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5. The Sopranos

Aired: January 10, 1999 - June 10, 2007 (HBO)
Theme Song: Alabama 3 "Woke Up This Morning"

Tony Soprano usually woke up in the in the morning and got himself the newspaper, but that, of course, doesn't sound as provocative as getting himself a .45. Alabama 3's genre bending “Woke Up This Morning” is a little bit Leonard Cohen and a little bit new-age computerized soul.

There's a sense of urgency in the rhythm that correlates with stressful Mafia living, a vibe that carries all the way to the song's haphazard conclusion, which is why you might not at first realize that Alabama 3 is actually a British group. But all hip-hop followers will recognize how Nas interpolated the gun refrain from the original for his “Got Ur Self A…” single.

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