A ThemeTune without lyrics. Often, there is some attempt to thematically match the instrumentals to the tone of the show; a noble, orchestral theme for high drama, something brassy and mysterious for SpeculativeFiction, something fast and powerful for an AdventureSeries, something quirky and odd for a comedy show. Often, such a theme tune will be adapted from an obscure old symphony piece.

Far and away the most common style of ThemeTune for American drama series.

Note that some Instrumental Theme Tunes actually possess ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has an orchestral opening theme.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' has Gun's & Roses by Paradise Lunch.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s theme song, "Tank", has a few spoken words in the beginning, but is mostly a Charles Mingus-esque big-band jazz number.
* Bruce Faulconer's score for the American dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' contains several highly awesome character theme tunes, spawning the release of several albums and hundreds of fan-created bootleg tracks. Notable examples include "Vegeta's Theme", "Perfect Cell's Theme" and "[=SSJ3=] Powerup".
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' and its sequels use a brass-heavy symphonic theme.
* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'' (the American version only)
* ''DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' has "d.m.c." by rungran for its opening song, NOT to be confused with Music/RunDMC.
* ''DivergenceEve'' has a metal/techno/rock opening, lyricless.
* ''FushigiYuugi'' has some instrumentals itself, but in a subversion: What seems like the backing track to an ImageSong with lyrics is actually an entirely different song. (i.e. "Inoru You Ni Aishiteru"/"Romantic", "Ai To Iu Na No Tatakai Ni"/"Sassou To...", "I Wish"/"Music Box")
* ''{{Gungrave}}'''s theme song, "Family".
* Like ''Cowboy Bebop'' above, ''GunsmithCats'' also opens its episodes with a jazzy instrumental.
* ''GunXSword'' opens with what can only be described as a spaghetti western theme played with traditional Japanese instruments.
* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'''s "Free Bird", later becoming a {{Leitmotif}}.
* The Marvel Anime adaptations of IronMan and {{Wolverine}} both have instrumental rock themes as opening and ending songs.
* There are several versions of the theme song of ''Music/LupinIII'', both instrumental (the majority, including the original second-series one) and vocal (the second opening of the second series, and various Lupin-related jazz albums). The original 1971 series had a completely different theme, but it's not as memorable, and hasn't been used since the new one was written in 1977.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}''
* ''NajicaBlitzTactics'' has a jazzy/big band instrumental opening theme.
* The {{OVA}} of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' opens with an instrumental piece that sounds like a ''Film/JamesBond'' homage.
* ''{{Robotech}}'' featured an instrumental theme by composer Ulpio Minucci, which helped distinguish the series from those of the decade and hinted at the show's ambitions.
* The American release of ''SpeedGrapher'' uses an instrumental opening theme ("Shutter Speed"), though the Japanese release uses DuranDuran's [[RealSongThemeTune "Girls on Film"]].
* ''Anime/StreetfighterIIV'' (the American version only)
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has, essentially, a long guitar solo as a theme tune.
* ''[[TweenyWitches Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu/Tweeny Witches]]''
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[[folder:Film]]
* Creator/JohnCarpenter's classic ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' theme is a good example of a modern version of the trope: a nearly non-musical electronic sound beat designed to create tension whenever it is heard in the movie.
* There are only three ''Film/JamesBond'' films with instrumentals over the titles: ''Film/DrNo'', ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' and ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. It's believed the last case was so because JohnBarry couldn't figure out how to put in all nine syllables into a coherent song.
** Although ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' does have a vocal version by Matt Monro, heard on a car radio in the film itself and over the end credits.
* Um, ''hello?'' ''Franchise/StarWars''?
** In fact, almost any theme composed by Music/JohnWilliams?
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther''. You could never forget the saxophone punctuated piece by Henry Mancini, could you?
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' had a couple of different themes.
* ''Creator/LaurelAndHardy'' had a famous short theme.
* ''{{Love Story}}'' has an incredible instrumental theme that was also turned into a non-instrumental sung by the legendary Andy Williams. Both versions are way too good for such a crappy movie.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'''s dramatic military march.
* ''AccordingToJim'' had a jazz piece as its opening theme.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''
* ''Series/{{Alf}}''
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' and ''The Alfred Hitchcock Hour'' used several different versions of Charles Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette" as their theme music, making the composition famous in the process.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}''
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' has little French accordion music tinged with nostalgia.
* ''AmericanGladiators!''
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. The extended version has lyrics.
* ''Series/TheAvengers''
* ''Series/BabylonFive,'' a slightly different one for each season.
* ''BarneyMiller'''s jazzy theme.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}''
* Another instrumental that was written long before it became a theme tune: "Yakety Sax" from ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'', originally recorded by Boots Randolph.
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''
* ''Series/BizarreFoods'' has TWO separate instrumental themes, though the second is actually for the {{Spinoff}} show "Bizarre Foods America". The show has a third theme tune that's ''nearly'' instrumental (i.e. it would be were it not for the shout-sung "It's so bizarre!" exclamation toward the end of it).
* ''Series/{{Bob}}''
* ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''
* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}''
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''
* ''{{Bottom}}'' memorably uses two seedy pieces of blues music over its opening and closing credits: ""BB's Blues" for the opening, and the more bouncy and upbeat "Last Night" for the crazy-dancing end credits.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' had a different one each season for seasons 1-4. Seasons 5-7 had a ThematicThemeTune.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''
* ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'', Puffer Billy was the name.
* ''Series/{{CHIPS}}''
* ''Series/{{Combat}}''
* ''TheComicStripPresents'' had a brief, cheery organ passage, [[SoundtrackDissonance played against]] a title card depicting an atomic bomb with "Have A Nice Day" spray-painted on the side falling toward a dot on a road map marked "You Are Here".
* ''CourageousCatAndMinuteMouse'', even though most cartoons had words in their themes.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow''. However, the whole "thematically match the instrumentals to the tone of the show" part doesn't exactly work, and for one season used [[SoundtrackDissonance a grand orchestral piece for the opening of a comedy show]].
* ''Series/{{Cosmos}}''
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'': ''Frolic'' by Luciano Michelini.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' has "Dog On Fire" (by BobMould, performed by TheyMightBeGiants) as main theme, which manages to suit it perfectly.
* ''{{DALLAS}}'' One of the best!
* ''Series/DangerMan'', starring Patrick [=McGoohan=], had a weird but upbeat (for a spy series) jazz-march hybrid theme, with the lead melody played on harpsichord. Granted, a new theme (with lyrics) was commissioned for the US airings of the series (as ''Secret Agent''), but the American audiences still heard the original theme anyway -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wwm2_JJLYY it played over the opening scene of every episode]], and was often used to set the mood whenever secrets were being passed around.
* ''Series/DavisRules''
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'''s theme song sets the mood perfectly for a show where the protagonist is a serial killer.
* ''DiagnosisMurder''
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. The original radiophonic theme tune was modified by addition almost constantly between 1963 to 1980. New electronic and synthesised versions were then tried, followed by an orchestral version for the MadeForTVMovie and series 1-3 of the revival series.
** "Voyage of the Damned" through ''The End of Time'' uses a highly rocked-up version of the opening theme.
** Series 5 onwards uses a version by Music/MurrayGold that mixes a retro-electronic baseline and a grand orchestra (and choir!) to create a haunting but upbeat version.
** Creator/JonPertwee, the Third Doctor, made an unofficial version of the theme with spoken word lyrics performed in-character called "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLXOO9PnnMQ Who is the Doctor?]]"
* ''DonnaReedShow''
* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD''
* ''Series/DreamOn''
* The first two seasons of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' used a whimsical, whistled tune. Seasons 3 and 4 used an abbreviated version.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' (except the season 7 theme, "Jungle Love")
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' used a sedate string quartet piece that ironically counterpointed the show's manic events.
* ''Series/{{Fish}}''
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': The OpeningTheme is notable as it changes frequently (a form of CouchGag). There were more permutations introduced as the show ran longer and longer, all with a light jazz feel which set the tone nicely for the content of the episode.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}''
* ''FuruhataNinzaburo''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
* Pick a GameShow, any GameShow.
** Notable exceptions include the 1970s version of ''ToTellTheTruth'', the 1990 game show adaptation of Series/{{Monopoly}} ("M, ohh, N, ohh, P O L Y"), and ''The Wizard of Odds'' (with Creator/AlanThicke singing such lyrics as "Who's the guy with the prizes/That'll light up your eyes-es..."). ''All Star Blitz'' briefly used a SurrealThemeTune with "lyrics" that mainly consisted of the show's title and gibberish, but retired this theme after one week.
* All seasons of ''Series/{{GARO}}'' use instrumentals (or at least operatic chanting) as the opening themes for the first halves of the series, before switching to {{JAM Project}} songs.
* ''Series/GarrisonsGorillas''
* ''Series/GetSmart''
* ''Series/TheGirlFromUNCLE''
* ''Series/GroundedForLife''
* ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}''
* Both the original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' and [[Series/HawaiiFive0 the 2010 revival]].
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', a SciFi[=/=]Horror Thriller revolving around an outbreak of TheVirus, its theme is a calculatedly [[SoundtrackDissonance dissonant]] piece of Bossa Nova easy listening, that slows and [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand warps to a stop]] as BadBlackBarf drips off the "X" in the TitleCard. It's companion end credits theme shares its genre and instrumentation, but is instead tense with a rising background whine that evokes PsychoStrings before warping to a stop again.
* ''HighwayPatrol''
* ''Series/HighwayToHeaven''
* The theme from ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' was set to credits that look like a cross between a sitcom and a police procedural. However, the sad, simple piano chords tie it all into the real mood of the show: an ongoing tragedy and the people who have to cope with it, day after day.
** And of course it's a ''blues'', punning on the title.
* For RealSongThemeTune par excellence, see the use of Music/{{Eagles}}' "Journey Of The Sorcerer" for ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Famously chosen because DouglasAdams thought that the theme for a show about hitch-hiking should have a banjo in it somewhere.
* ''HockeyNightInCanada'' had an unforgettable instrumental theme in "The Hockey Theme", which was so ubiquitous in its home country that it was actually considered Canada's second national anthem. Unfortunately, thanks to licensing issues, that song is now the theme for ''The NHL on TSN''. HNIC's replacement song, "Canadian Gold", is mostly instrumental, but includes a few samples of crowds cheering "Hey!" during the piece.
* ''Series/HogansHeroes''
* ''Series/HomeImprovement''.
* Another RealSongThemeTune example: ''Series/{{House}}'' has as its theme tune an instrumental segment of a Massive Attack song.
* ''Hunter''
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which had words which were sung in the series once.
* ''Series/ISpy''
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' (the stock music piece "Temptation Sensation")
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'', as well as its spinoffs ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' and ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''.
* ''Series/{{Joe90}}'' (oddly enough, this theme was later recycled for the Amiga and SNES game ''Super Putty'')
* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' was the only ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series to have one. It ended up being one of the victims of the show's tragic ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''TheKidsInTheHall'' had "Having an Average Weekend" by instrumental band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.
* ''Series/KnightRider'' (And note how radically different was the tone of its {{Revival}}, ''Series/TeamKnightRider'')
* ''KnotsLanding''.
* ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre''
* ''Series/LALaw''.
* ''Series/LandOfTheGiants''
* Late night talk shows in general, though they all have announcers telling who the guests are:
** ''Series/{{Conan}}''
** ''Series/LateNight''
** ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Show With David Letterman]]''
** ''Series/TheTonightShow''
* All of the shows in the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise use the same tune, but with unique arrangements for each show.
* LazyTown in syndication & it's later versions. This is because the syndicated version had a small music budget & shifted from a simple boring educational kid's show to an educational action series like Power Rangers. This means all songs sung by the characters are replaced with background songs from various artists, but a list would be too long to fit here.
* ''Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous''
* The William Tell Overture as the theme to ''TheLoneRanger'', although this dates back to radio.
* ''Series/LostInSpace''
* ''Series/MacGyver''
* ''MagnumPI''
* ''MajorDad''
* ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE''
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had an instrumental theme, "Suicide is Painless". The song had lyrics in the movie.
* ''Matt Houston''
* ''Series/MaxHeadroom''
* ''MedicalCenter'': Lalo Schifrin composed the theme for this early 70s TV show that could have worked for an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eb8o-sLTaA action show too!]]
* ''Series/MelrosePlace''
* The theme song for the Canadian series ''Mentors'' was a computerized-sounding, piano based tune, with plenty of beeps and blips. Fitting, given that the show revolved around teenagers who could bring back historical figures with the help of a supercomputer.
* ''MiamiVice'': One of the biggest complaints about the movie adaptation was its lack of the groundbreaking rock intro and incidental music used in the series.
* ''Midnight Caller''
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': Composer Lalo Schifrin actually made a short piece to go with the climactic chase scene but the producers liked it so much they decided to make it the central theme.
* ''{{Monk}}'', before they got Music/RandyNewman to do a new song for the second season. The old one still popped up in the underscore, though. Since the original theme won composer Jeff Beal an Emmy, it's strange that Universal decided to change it. Then again, Newman's theme won an Emmy as well.
* One of the most famous: John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March", better known as the opening theme to ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' had a cheery, upbeat theme tune to match the tone of the show. There was a different but equally upbeat theme in Italy. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyImxw88vOk With lyrics]].
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries''
* ''Series/MyBrotherAndMe''
* ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian''
* ''Series/NightCourt''
* ''Night Stand With Dick Dietrick''
* ''Series/NYPDBlue''
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS''
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' had this in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness its first series and 1981 Christmas special]] before the introduction of the well-remembered opening and closing themes in the second series.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''
* ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''
* ''Franchise/PerryMason'' ("Park Avenue Beat" by Fred Steiner)
* Or speaking of Henry Mancini, how about the extremely well-known ''PeterGunn'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcflCzZlLcQ theme]].
* ''Series/PushingDaisies''.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap''
* ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele''
* ''TheRockfordFiles''
* ''Series/{{Room222}}''
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' (excluding the final season)
* ''Series/TheSaint''
* ''Series/SecretArmy''
* StElsewhere has an iconic instrumental theme composed by Dave Grusin. Grusin appears to have repurposed most of that theme for the mid - late Eighties theme for the ABC daytime soap opera ''{{One Life To Live}}''.
* Quincy Jones' emblematic funk-soul tune "The Streetbeater" from ''SanfordAndSon''
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Announcer reads the list of performers and guest stars, but that's it.
* Most of the programs on Scripps Howard-owned TV channels (e.g. the {{Food Network}} and {{HGTV}}) have open domain instrumental theme tunes to save on production costs.
* ''SimonAndSimon''
* ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' (all incarnations of the show)
* ''Series/{{Soap}}''
** ''Series/{{Benson}}''
* Nearly all American daytime soap operas, with only a handful of exceptions.
* ''SomeMothersDoAveEm'' had a cute little tune played on two flutes. It was actually a piece of concealed FridgeBrilliance by composer Ronnie Hazelhurst: the alternation of quarter-notes and eighth-notes spelled out the title of the show in [[EveryoneKnowsMorse Morse Code]].
* Most of the ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]'' franchise, including ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' the movie, ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', and ''StargateTheArkOfTruth''... but notably ''not'' ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity''.
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' had a different instrumental theme for each of its four seasons. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN1grF2rXpM Season 1]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwwhWPLYBMc Season 2]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHjq10Wgt_A Season 3]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD6R7EXpCUw Season 4]] In France, however, it had an entirely different theme. With ''lyrics.'' All together now: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY2zchQzHJ4 "Starskeeeeeeeeeee et 'utch..."]] (This happens fairly often in France, with ''Series/HartToHart'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=badRuS2emc0 Dallas]]'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6REdHO3StZo Prison Break]]'' and even ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rnsp4eccMA Heroes]]'', among others, also getting vocal theme songs exclusive to the country.)
* The entire ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise, excepting ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. Gene Roddenberry receives co-writer credit (and a share of the royalties) for the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' theme, as he wrote the lyrics. If you just said "The theme from ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' had lyrics?", you probably know how composer Alexander Courage felt about this.
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''
* ''Series/{{Taxi}}''
* ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' (the first Gerry Anderson-produced {{Supermarionation}} series to have one)
* ''Series/TheTimeTunnel''
* ''Series/TJHooker''
* ''Series/TooCloseForComfort''
* ''TopGear'' uses a remake of The Allman Brothers Band's instrumental "Jessica," making this a RealSongThemeTune as well.
* ''TwinPeaks'' had... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oDuGN6K3VQ The Twin Peaks Theme]], a slow synthesizer/bass piece composed by [[DavidLynch Lynch's]] long time collaborator Angelo Badalamenti.
* ''Series/{{Vegas}}''
* ''WagonTrain''
* ''WalkerTexasRanger'' (The first two themes only. The third theme, "The Eyes of a Ranger", has lyrics)
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
* ''Series/WhatsHappening''
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (UK series; the U.S. version was also an instrumental theme tune but was narrated over by Drew Carey, and later, Aisha Tyler, telling which performers are on the show [[CouchGag in a different method each episode]])
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest''
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'' (actually a classical piece called "Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959, Rondo: Allegretto" by Franz Schubert)
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'', the only show in the CSIVerse not to use a RealSongThemeTune.
* ''World's Wildest Police Videos''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' theme song has whistling and several melodies (polyphony) with unsettling tones sounding as if they were coming from the background. It's really creepy.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Most orchestral pieces for operas or musicals or thematic music. And some pieces for children.
** Peter and the Wolf
** Beethoven's Sixth Symphony - The Pastoral
** Grieg's Incidental music for Peer Gynt.
** A Child's Guide to the Orchestra
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[[folder:Sports]]
* Sport "series" on television will sometimes have short themes, usually memorable riffs from songs.
** FormulaOne (when on the BBC) it's Music/FleetwoodMac's ''The Chain''.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Victor Herbert's ''The Red Mill'' is one of the few musicals to have an instrumental theme running through the show.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most old video games did not have the power to include lyrics with their songs, so they have instrumental themes instead.
* The intro to ''CortexCommand'', using mostly [[{{Retraux}} old-style sound effects]].
* The intro to VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss is instrumental in English due to unwillingness to dub the song. This was avoided in later Tales games (thus far VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia and VideoGame/TalesOfGraces) by having the artists in question speak both English and Japanese.
* The theme from ''Battlefield'' in all its incarnations. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnlA2rCHJHY The 2142 version in particular.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'' through ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' have this, though the series' RecurringRiff (the "''Elder Scrolls'' theme") was only introduced in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' when Creator/{{Bethesda}} brought in Music/JeremySoule as composer.
** Averted in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. The story goes that one day director Todd Howard called up Soule and said, "I hear the ''Elder Scrolls'' theme as sung by a barbarian choir." Soule basically shrugged and did what he was told; the result was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEEI_PyqAnY "Dragonborn"]].
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' and its expansions.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has Sanctuary/Passion and Simple and Clean/Hikari, but ignoring those the main theme tune of the series would be the RecurringRiff Dearly Beloved([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrKbA2xt5M KH1]],[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yna9FIlV03Y KH2]],[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOJ6bzveAlE Birth by Sleep]],[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB0vyk1miNw re:Coded]],[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe5WV17WyLs Chain of Memories]],[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_iJ-z2zt9E 3D]],[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGqq8IAfsxA 358/2 Days]] take your pick), which is normally just piano and some strings playing a fairly simple melody during the menu screen and particularly HeartIsAnAwesomePower moments. ''[[AwesomeMusic And boy is it amazing.]]''
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/ZombieAndMummy'', unusually for a {{webcomic}}, has a [[http://www.zombie-and-mummy.org/theme.mid theme tune]] playing on its home page.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Though ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' features plenty of eerie background music and a new guest song during the "weather" section, it always opens with ''The Ballad of Fiedler and Mundt'' by Disparition.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' (an instrumental of "The Review Must Go On")
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers''
* '''The Track Team''''s fusion of traditional musical cultures and western orchestral instrumentation using contemporary technical processes to engender fictional, cinematic, ancient sounding musical styles for ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** The sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', is by the same people, and has a similar theme tune.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' season 3-5 (the first two had a TitleOnlyOpening).
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}''
* The theme to ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', which, for extra fun, is an orchestrated instrumental of the original theme tune.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobAndMargaret''
* ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''
* ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet'' (there are two intros to this show: The first had Space Ghost singing about how the show was founded. The second merely had an actor in a Space Ghost costume dancing (or doing nothing) over a blue background; this version is the instrumental)
* ''WesternAnimation/CartoonSushi''
* Hey what do you know, ''{{Chaotic}}'' is probably the only [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] show that has an opening with no [[TitleThemeTune self referencing]] lyrics whatsoever.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', using its piece to set the mood between Dexter and Dee Dee.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' had a theme song composed entirely of a bass, whistling, and a few blats from a trumpet, plus some shouting and a brief bit of near-scat singing right at the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (the "Road to..." episodes, and the DTV ''Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story'')
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'': One of the very few Walt Disney TV Animation shows to have such a theme song.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s theme is mostly bells and futuristic sounds.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' , if Helga yelling "Arnold" repeatedly through the whole song doesn't count.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' (aside from some random spoken lines by Bravo)
* Jonny Quest, both the [[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest the original series]] and the [[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures the 90s update]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' (If the OpeningMonologue doesn't count)
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/LiquidTelevision''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' (more accurately, ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics, as the theme is "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", which has lyrics but they're rarely used)
* You'd think that a series with a premise as bizarre as that of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' might warrant an expository theme tune, but its rocking instrumental theme works surprisingly well.
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'''s theme is a catchy, instrumental version of the Cake song "Italian Leather Sofa", where the only spoken part is "one, two, three" at the start.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''
* [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] had "Linus And Lucy", a jazz piano trio number. It sets the tone perfectly for the otherwise indescribable feeling that permeates the ''{{Peanuts}}''. As a result the pair are inseparable in many minds to this very day.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. It's especially fun because they have two different music styles to contrast the penguins with the lemurs.
* The theme for ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' is quite easy to recognize.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends'' (aside from the spoken lines towards the beginning: "It's ripping time!", "That's the spirit!", and "Let's rip 'em apart!")
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' (mostly; it does have brief vocals which sing the name of the show for a few notes throughout the song, but the rest of the tune is an instrumental)
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' had the memorable cartoony march theme by Frank Comstock (or Fred Steiner, in the case of the home video versions).
** The various segments in the show itself are also lyric-less: "Fractured Fairy Tales", "Dudley Doright", and "Peabody & Sherman".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
* Nelvana's adaption of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' received a delightful orchestral opening that established the series' lighthearted yet adventurous tone. Pity that Nick Jr. had to replace it with an expository theme tune.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' and ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast''
* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' (more or less. There are vocals, but they're just scatting to the theme music, and can't really be considered "lyrics")
* The 90s animated version of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', also by Nelvana, similarly received an orchestral opening.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTales''
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' (seasons 3-5; seasons 1 and 2 had an opening with lyrics)
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BCwW0Wj9RM opening sequence]] uses an instrumental theme (the show's main theme, by composer Brian Tyler), making it one of relatively few ''Transformers'' series to do so.
* ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' uses "No Vacancy", a rearrangement of the [[Music/JGThirlwell Steroid Maximus]] track "Fighteous".
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''
* The opening of both ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' and ''XMenEvolution'' (except a scream about halfway through)
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