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5th Aug '17 3:15:22 PM thatother1dude
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* Music/AnEndlessSporadic are ProgressiveRock that ''only'' write instrumentals.
5th Aug '17 3:14:17 PM thatother1dude
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Most opening themes for TV shows and films tend to be instrumentals.

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Most InstrumentalThemeTune is a subtrope where the opening themes for TV shows and films tend to be instrumentals.theme of a show is an instrumental.



!!Notable instrumentals:

[[AC: Film themes]]
* This tends to be the case with most film soundtracks which aren't musicals.
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'': The nervous instrumental theme song was composed by Creator/JohnCarpenter himself.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'': The adventurous theme music just screams ''epic!''.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': Horns, guitar and drums make up the iconic theme track. Though it's also been a tradition to let a famous pop singer create a song to start every new installment.
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'': The music caused the film's box office success, according to Spielberg. It dwells heavily on the power of suggestion. Take it away and you basically see a lot of shots of the ocean, with nothing there.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'': Composed by Henry Mancini, also used for the stand alone cartoons.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Entirely scored with any songs.

[[AC: Live Action Themes]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'': After the opening narration everything is instrumental music.
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'': The theme is plucked on a banjo.
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': An instrumental theme track.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': The theme was played on violins.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/69e30a3/miami-vice-theme-jan-hammer Miami Vice Theme]]" - Jan Hammer (1985)
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': Lalo Schrifin composed this iconic instrumental theme.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The Creator/JohnPhilipSousa composition ''Liberty Bell'' was used as theme music, with only BlowingARaspberry added when the iconic feet came crushing down.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/d8df9a0/Peter-Gunn-henry-mancini Peter Gunn]]" - Music/HenryMancini
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': The instrumental theme song was created by composer Wilbur Hatch.
* ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'': Also instrumental.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'': Not counting the OpeningNarration by Creator/RodSerling, the theme was entirely instrumental.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'':
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': The haunting theme music was instrumental.
* In the 1970s and 1980s, nearly all the 15-minute instructional programs had instrumental themes. If there were voices, they were frequently narration introducing the title and the show's production company and/or sponsors.

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!!Notable instrumentals:

[[AC: Film themes]]
* This tends to be the case with most film soundtracks which aren't musicals.
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'': The nervous instrumental theme song was composed by Creator/JohnCarpenter himself.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'': The adventurous theme music just screams ''epic!''.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': Horns, guitar and drums make up the iconic theme track. Though it's also been a tradition to let a famous pop singer create a song to start every new installment.
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'': The music caused the film's box office success, according to Spielberg. It dwells heavily on the power of suggestion. Take it away and you basically see a lot of shots of the ocean, with nothing there.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'': Composed by Henry Mancini, also used for the stand alone cartoons.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Entirely scored with any songs.

[[AC: Live Action Themes]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'': After the opening narration everything is instrumental music.
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'': The theme is plucked on a banjo.
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': An instrumental theme track.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': The theme was played on violins.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/69e30a3/miami-vice-theme-jan-hammer Miami Vice Theme]]" - Jan Hammer (1985)
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': Lalo Schrifin composed this iconic instrumental theme.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The Creator/JohnPhilipSousa composition ''Liberty Bell'' was used as theme music, with only BlowingARaspberry added when the iconic feet came crushing down.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/d8df9a0/Peter-Gunn-henry-mancini Peter Gunn]]" - Music/HenryMancini
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': The instrumental theme song was created by composer Wilbur Hatch.
* ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'': Also instrumental.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'': Not counting the OpeningNarration by Creator/RodSerling, the theme was entirely instrumental.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'':
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': The haunting theme music was instrumental.
* In the 1970s and 1980s, nearly all the 15-minute instructional programs had instrumental themes. If there were voices, they were frequently narration introducing the title and the show's production company and/or sponsors.
!!Examples:



[[AC: Western Animation Series]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Tintin}}'': The orchestral theme music complimented the adventure of the albums.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': Each episode started off with some heavy metal guitars playing a riff, with only their grinning laughter added as sound effects.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'': Also an instrumental theme track.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The instrumental theme music is based on Pierre Henry's ''Psyché Rock''.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': The opening theme song performed by The Refreshments is instrumental, although a "yahoo!" is added for season finales.
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'': Had a rollicking rock 'n 'roll instrumental theme and ending track.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The theme song composed by Music/DannyElfman is entirely instrumental music, recorded by a huge orchestra.
16th Apr '17 4:53:57 PM nombretomado
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** Ditto for any covers of the tune, like those made for ''SpyHunter'' games.

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** Ditto for any covers of the tune, like those made for ''SpyHunter'' ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' games.
15th Mar '17 9:46:09 AM IlGreven
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* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWH9iwtl9Q4 Root Beer Rag]]" by Music/BillyJoel.
25th Jan '17 8:50:06 PM Sitearm
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* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/206b888/canciones-simpsons-classical-gas-mason-williams Classical Gas]]" by Mason Williams.

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* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/206b888/canciones-simpsons-classical-gas-mason-williams "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mREi_Bb85Sk Classical Gas]]" by Mason Williams.
9th Nov '16 2:04:02 PM DustSnitch
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* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/912bf42/misirlou-dick-dale-&-his-del-tones Misirlou]]": Music/DickDale's BadAss SurfRock version from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** Not to mention the other equally BadAss SurfRock instrumentals on the ''Film/PulpFiction'' soundtrack: "Surf Rider" by the Lively Ones, "Bustin' Surfboards" by the Tornados, and "Bullwinkle Part II" by The Centurions.

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* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/912bf42/misirlou-dick-dale-&-his-del-tones Misirlou]]": Music/DickDale's BadAss badass SurfRock version from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** Not to mention the other equally BadAss badass SurfRock instrumentals on the ''Film/PulpFiction'' soundtrack: "Surf Rider" by the Lively Ones, "Bustin' Surfboards" by the Tornados, and "Bullwinkle Part II" by The Centurions.
30th Jul '16 3:07:08 PM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The theme song composed by Creator/DannyElfman is entirely instrumental music, recorded by a huge orchestra.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The theme song composed by Creator/DannyElfman Music/DannyElfman is entirely instrumental music, recorded by a huge orchestra.
6th Jul '16 8:03:31 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* in the 1970s and 1980s, nearly all the 15-minute instructional programs had instrumental themes. If there were voices, they were frequently narration introducing the title and the show's production company and/or sponsors.

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* in In the 1970s and 1980s, nearly all the 15-minute instructional programs had instrumental themes. If there were voices, they were frequently narration introducing the title and the show's production company and/or sponsors.
18th Jun '16 12:01:44 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB8Tqe5om30 Nenia]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9hCyYQIEaY Phantoms {Of the Oath}" by Music/{{Dismember}}.

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* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB8Tqe5om30 Nenia]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9hCyYQIEaY Phantoms {Of (Of the Oath}" Oath)]]" by Music/{{Dismember}}.
18th Jun '16 12:01:02 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Music/{{Cormorant}} have "Voices of the Mountain", "Confusion of Tongues" and "Eris".

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* Music/{{Cormorant}} have "Voices "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILPv9fizGrg Voices of the Mountain", "Confusion Mountain]]", "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEpvRYJ_3MA Confusion of Tongues" Tongues]]" and "Eris".
"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az3b4r8EVCQ Eris]]".
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB8Tqe5om30 Nenia]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9hCyYQIEaY Phantoms {Of the Oath}" by Music/{{Dismember}}.
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