It's always a pleasant surprise to see stars showcase their different talents, whether it be their impressive dancing skills or their ability to make the perfect pesto chicken (yes, we're looking at you, Chrissy Teigen). However, we've noticed something interesting about actors from TV shows. Apparently, roughly 90 percent of them actually have stellar singing voices. (Okay, well maybe 90 percent is a bit much, but considering all the singers who started out on networks like Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, it definitely feels that way).
Some of these celebs were already establishing their music careers while others stepped up and shared their hidden talent with the world. But either way, these amazing songs are proof that actors these days truly can do it all. See which popular TV show theme songs were actually sung by a member (or members) of the cast:
Officially titled "Yo Home to Bel-Air," the Fresh Prince theme was performed by Will Smith and his on-screen best-friend, Jeffrey Townes (more commonly known as DJ Jazzy Jeff). The song was written by Quincy Jones and the lyrics were done by Will, while Jeffrey produced it. In 1992, the single got released exclusively in the Netherlands and peaked at number three on the top 40 singles chart. Definitely not a surprise, since it's so catchy.
Not to be confused with the quick-tempo theme of the first four seasons, but Tia and Tamera Mowry sang the updated, slower version of that song from season five onward. Though the tune was similar, the lyrics changed to emphasize the twins' differences and level of maturity (with lines like: "I got my own mind, I do my own style in my own time"). It also had a sassier feel to it, which we totally loved!
It was the theme song that made us want to jump out of our seats and dance while singing along to the entire thing (or was that just us?). Christina Vidal sang about her big hopes and dreams in "Gonna Be a Star," which was released on the show's official soundtrack in 2002. The album featured songs performed throughout the show and featured artists like 3LW and Dream.
Anyone who has ever heard of this show probably already knows that Miley Cyrus is Hannah Montana. She sang "The Best of Both Worlds," which has two versions (the movie mix and the album single). The original single actually did pretty well, peaking at 92 on the Hot 100 and staying on the chart for two straight weeks. It also charted in Europe, peaking at number 17 on the Irish Singles Chart and number 43 on the UK Singles. Pretty impressive!
Before she released hits like "Same Old Love" and "Hands to Myself," Selena Gomez lent some of her vocals to the show's theme song, "Everything Is Not What It Seems." The fun, techno-pop song actually has two versions. The first was only performed by Selena, but from the beginning of season four, there was a remixed version performed by her band Selena Gomez & the Scene. The song was written by John Adair and Steve Hampton.
This one is no surprise. Every fan knew that Raven-Symoné was the main voice behind the show's catchy theme song, but Anneliese van der Pol also did backup vocals while Orlando Brown did the rap verse. The song was written by John Coda (who also worked on music cues for Even Stevens), and it was produced by Jeffrey Fortson and Christopher B. Pearman.
It's hard to not smile whenever we hear Demi Lovato sing the words to "So Far, So Great." The song was released as a single in 2009 and it quickly became popular on Radio Disney. It also got included on two studio albums: the Disney compilation album Disney Channel Playlist, and Demi's second album Here We Go Again. The song was written and produced by Jeanne Lurie.
Honestly though, how cute are Rowan and Sabrina? The on-screen (and real-life) BFFs made quite the team when they did this cool theme song for the spin-off of Boy Meets World. Called "Take On the World," the upbeat duet talks about how important it is to have a real friend by your side. It was written by Matthew Tishler.
Aside from performing the theme, Debby Ryan also tweeted once that she actually co-wrote "Hey Jessie" with Toby Gad. A teaser track came out before the show premiered, but the full song got released on an album called Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist in 2012.
"Keep It Undercover" has a funky, classic feel to it, but with a modern twist. And it's seriously catchy! This theme song was released as a single in 2015. It was written and produced by Andrew Love, Joacim Persson, and Johan Alkenas.
This song was originally called "Be Careful Baby," and it was performed by Luciano Pavarotti and Eros Ramazzotti in 2000. But since the song didn't do so well, the duo sold it to Disney. Disney then decided to tweak it a bit and have Bridgit Mendler sing the updated version as a theme song for Good Luck Charlie.
"Can't Do It Without You" was originally performed by just Ross Lynch, but after season three, there was a slightly different version where Laura Marano sang along with him. The song is featured on the show's official soundtrack, as well as Disney's Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist. It was written and produced by Joleen Belle, Mike McGarity, and Julia Michaels.
We don't know about you guys, but we were so obsessed with "Live to Party" at one point (and now the song is actually stuck in our heads as we speak). The full version of this theme song got featured on Disney Channel Playlist and was a UK bonus on the Jonas Brothers' third album, A Little Bit Longer. It was also used for their video game, "Jonas."
The song is called "Better in Stereo," and it actually has three versions. The first version is the theme song, the second is the promotional single, and the third is a special acoustic version that got featured during the series finale. The promotional single was released by Walt Disney Records in 2013, and there's also a music video that debuted on Disney Channel that same year.
"Exceptional" was actually performed by China Anne McClain and her two sisters, Sierra and Lauryn McClain, who did the backup vocals. Her sisters also co-wrote the song with her, along with Toby Gad and Lindy Robbins. The full version of the theme song can be heard on the show's official soundtrack.
Not gonna lie, we totally miss Big Time Rush. The opening theme was called "Big Time Rush" and it was the group's debut single. It was released in 2009 to promote their self-titled show and it charted at number sixteen on the Bubbling Under Hot 100. There was also a music video that premiered on the pilot episode called "Big Time Audition."
"Follow Me" was recorded by Jamie Lynn Spears and written by her big sister (and pop icon), Britney Spears. To this day, no official full version of the track was ever released or leaked. The only versions available are the one-minute theme song and the remixed piano instrumental from the Zoey 101: Music Mix album. A demo did get leaked back in 2014, but there were some lyric changes and no one knows who the singer was.
"Leave It All to Me" was not just the theme song for this show, but it was also Miranda Cosgrove's debut single. It features her former co-star, Drake Bell, who played lead guitar and did background vocals. Also, the lyrics were written by Michael Corcoran, who was part of Drake's band. The song charted at 100 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at 65 on the Brazilian Singles Chart.
This one isn't so surprising, considering that we've seen Drake perform the song in the opening credits. "Found a Way" was co-written by Drake and Michael Corcoran. It's included on Drake's debut album Telegraph and on the Drake & Josh soundtrack. The song also has a fun music video, which includes some hilarious footage of Josh Peck doing some behind the scenes camera work. Ah, the nostalgia.
"Make It Shine" was released as Victoria's first promotional single in 2010. It was featured in the show's pilot episode and Victoria sang it at least five times throughout the show's run. It was co-written by Micheal Corcoran, Lukasz Gottwald, and Dan Schneider. The song is also on the show's soundtrack, Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show.
"If That's Not Love" was performed and written by the two brothers. It's featured on their debut self-titled album, and a music video for the song was also released. They went on to make two more albums together: Black Sheep and Throwbacks.
Does anyone else feel super old when they realize that Romeo is now 28?! The young rapper performed the theme for his show back in 2003 and it featured his dad, Master P (who played his father in the series). That song is still pretty catchy to this day. The full version is available on the show's soundtrack, Romeo! TV Show (The Season).
The show brings back so many memories, and we're pretty stoked that Queen Latifah is working on a revival! The show's theme song, "We Are Living Single," was written and performed by the actress. But it's no surprise, considering the fact that she was already a successful rapper before she branched off into acting.
So maybe they didn't have stellar vocals, but their off-key notes made this theme song all the more heartfelt and relatable. Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton were filmed singing "Those Were the Days" while sitting together at a piano, and it was hilariously magical. It turns out that there were six performances recorded throughout the series, and one had additional lyrics. The full version was released as a single and it peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
It wasn't until season three when the Brady kids took over the theme song (it was originally performed by the Peppermint Trolley Company). The boys sang the first verse, the girls sang the second, and then they all joined in for the third. The song was included on the album It's A Sunshine Day: The Best Of The Brady Bunch. And at the 2005 TV Land Awards, the song was nominated for "Theme Song You Just Cannot Get out of Your Head."
Long before 21 Jump Street was a movie, it was a TV show in the late '80s, early '90s. Not many people know this, but the theme song also featured Holly's co-stars Johnny Depp and Peter Deluise, who yelled "Jump!" in the background. It's available on several albums, including Jump Street (Music Inspired by the Films) and Old School TV Series - Best Themes.
Well technically, he didn't sing the official theme song. But he did sing "Current of Love" as the ending theme of seasons two to four. Also, for season five, he paired up with Laura Branigan to sing the ending theme "I Believe." His music career was actually taking off in Europe, so it only seemed natural for him to lend his vocals for the show's songs!
Well who knew that Billie Joe from B. J. and the Bear had pipes?? The actor sang the upbeat theme "You Can Count on Me," but that was the only song he ever released. It was included on the album The '80s Sound City Sessions.
The late Nell, who literally had the most powerful and soulful voice, did musical theater on Broadway before she landed her role on Gimme a Break! So having her do the show's theme song seemed fitting. There were two different themes created for the show, each with different lyrics. Nell Carter performed both songs.
In the first three seasons of New Girl, we were fortunate to see a colorful and peppy intro that featured Zooey Deschanel (aka Jess) singing the words to "Hey Girl." Zooey wrote the lyrics herself, and even though it was specifically written for the show, the original version is much longer. We're pretty bummed that the song was replaced by an instrumental version after season three. But hey, at least we get to download it and play it on a loop!
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