Awesome Music: Western Animation

Why else do you think it was called Looney Tunes?

"And your second wish?"
"I have just the thing! I wish I had my own theme music!"
—Peter Griffin of Family Guy, being very, very meta

Cartoons are notorious for having catchy theme songs. But some 'toons take it a step further.


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    DreamWorks Animation 
  • The Prince of Egypt:
    • "When You Believe", the duet of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Especially the multilanguage version, which features 27 versions of When You Believe from around the world. It really shows how music is the universal language.
    • "Deliver us! / Send a shepherd to shepherd us / and deliver us / to the Promised Land!" And the Call Back at the very, very end to Ofra Haza's One-Woman Wail of "Deliver us!".
    • All the songs. But Plagues is especially so. Yahweh is a scary, scary god. There's the part of that song with the Dark Reprise duet between Moses and Rameses. Definitely one of the all-time highlights of animated musicals. The fact that Ralph Fiennes actually sings Rameses' part is awesome! And the choir speaking for God. "I send the swarm / I send the horde / Thus saith the Lord!" The song is so good it actually makes you sympathize with the pharaoh. His brother has turned against him. Now an all-powerful deity rains fire down on his land. The pharaoh's response is to refuse surrender, no matter what the cost. Sure, it hurts everyone involved, but one cannot help but admit that Rameses has got style.
      • Say what you will of dubbed films, but "The Plagues" in Japanese is pretty awesome too. Especially Japanese!Rameses.
    • After the 'Through Heaven's Eyes' scene, when Moses walks out of his and Tzipporah's tent to go a-shepherding, the piece of music that accompanies "this is my home" in 'All I Ever Wanted' plays as he looks out at the landscape.
    • Instrumentally, Goodbye Brother is the most epic piece of music in ages from a movie. The ominous choir and orchestra combo at the beginning, the mournful cello solo, the single woman's voice — it has it all.
    • "The Mission", the score that plays right after the Burning Bush scene.
    • River Lullaby.
    • "Playing With the Big Boys Now" is a good song, sung by Steve Martin and Martin Short, who seem to have fun with it.
    • Another instrumental piece, the "Red Sea" is utterly beautiful...before becoming terrifying.
    • "Through Heaven's Eyes" is so often overlooked. It's encouraging and warm and beautiful, which is nice considering that after this particular song, the movie gets a bit darker...
    • Speaking of overlooked, how about "I Will Get There," the other end credits song?
    • Hans Zimmer's "Chariot Race" is a standout cue which annoyingly isn't on the soundtrack album but did get released on a Collector's Edition CD.

    Don Bluth 

    Warner Bros. Animation 

    Nickelodeon 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The version of the Instrumental Theme Tune used for a Theme Music Power-Up, the music during both Aang's fights with Jet and the Yu Yan archers, and the Agni Kai music. Listen (to a couple) for yourself.
    • Everything from the Grand Finale, particularly the music playing during Zuko and Azula's Agni Kai, appropriately titled "The Last Agni Kai".
      • The music that plays during the final between Ozai and Aang, after the latter goes into the Avatar State, more specifically the part after Azula's complete breakdown. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any high-quality version (without the background noise) online...
    • Even the end credits music for the final episode was awesome. Throughout most of the series, the end credits were accompanied by a fairly neutral-mood, tribal-sounding percussion and flute piece. This was replaced for the Grand Finale with a fully orchestrated, epic variation on the show's main theme that really hammered home the fact that yes, it's finally over, and it was good. Now if they'd only release a soundtrack...
      • The music that plays as Aang goes into the Avatar State and merges with La the Ocean Spirit, and then proceeds to annihilate the Fire Nation Navy. Hear it here.
    • Secret Tunnnnnel! Secret Tunnel!
    • Azula's Theme.
    • Aang's Theme.
    • The Blue Spirit. When you hear this, you know whatever happens next is going to be BAD. ASS.
    • Season 3 Trailer Music
      • The remix used in the sequel series trailer: Pure Awesomeness. It actually turns out that the "remix" was simply a video speed error that sped up the original song, but the "wrong" version is still pretty cool
    • In subsequent airings of Sozin's Comet, the four parts were broken up, with a "Previously on Avatar" recap for each. The music playing during the recap for Part 4: Avatar Aang, is pure, distilled awesome, and you just know that whatever happens from there on out is going to be spectacularly EPIC. There's a short, high-quality version and a full-length, low-quality version. Prepare to feel the AWESOME.
    • "Little Soldier Boy" from "Tales of Ba Sing Se".
    • "Bending Energy", as Aang defeats Ozai with Energy-bending.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • "Greatest Change" from "Endgame", when Korra finally connects with Aang and her past lives, thus finally being able to enter the Avatar State and regaining her full bending abilities.
    • From Book 2 Jinora's Light, a breath-takingly beautiful theme that occurs twice in the finale.
    • Also from Book 2 is "Wan's Peace", which can be heard across the "Beginnings" two-parter. Suffice to say, it's one of the many reasons why said episodes are so loved.
    • Red Lotus Theme.
  • Invader Zim:
    • The background music for Zim and Dib's titanic, solar system-spanning conflict in "Battle of the Planets".
    • MEATS OF EVIL!!!!!
    • "Ultra Peepi" theme from Hamstergeddon is an Awesome techno track. Pity it only lasted about 40 seconds.
    • Zim's Christmas Villain Song.
    • The all kinds of awesome theme song.
    • The "Music" of Funny that is the Doom Song?
    • "Building Montage", "In the Beginning", "One Big Video Game", "Carne Beat", "Source Music of Doom", "Gear Fight", "Tak's Theme", "It's On!", "Kitty Rally"... is there one song in this show that doesn't deserve a spot on this page?
  • Danny Phantom:
    • One particular score during "Fanning the Flames". When Danny is flying Sam towards the Monster of the Week, the series plays a relaxing rendition of the theme's song. It makes the scene all the more poignant and remains one of the most convincing moments of the Danny/Sam pairing.
    • The scene in" My Brother's Keeper". After so much doubt and misery, Danny is shown flying happily as that particular rendition plays as Jazz comes to terms with knowing her brother is a hero.
    • The various heroic (and villainous) renditions of the main theme are all amazing! Just watch any scene with Vlad being especially villainous.
    • "RemEmber." The full version in particular, which we never actually hear in the show; it's a dark song that seems to be about how Ember died, which was apparently due to killing herself after discovering her boyfriend was only using her for sex. Because this is a kids' show.
  • Ren and Stimpy:
  • Kablam! has many. Mainly the awesome ska opening.
    • And the first ending theme. Listen to the full version (on Retrojunk).
    • That doesn't mean the second end title was bad. It was awesome!
    • In fact, all of Henry and June's background music was amazing.
    • June's song in "Won't Stick To Most Dental Work". That little girl (referring to June, her VA was actually 15 at the time, and still has a great voice) had a great voice. To bad there was never a musical episode with June being the lead.
    • And the Ka Blammer song.
    • All the music in The Off-Beats was great to. It had a jazzy, Peanuts flavor to it.
    • All the background music in Life with Loopy.
    • And all the Sniz & Fondue music! Stupid Nickelodeon. You could've made a huge set of the music on CD.
  • The Fairly Oddparents. We have Real And Scary, Find Your Voice, Gimme The Wand, and every song from the Musical Episode.
  • Hey Arnold!'s Jim Lang gave us quite a few, including "Thinkin' It Over," which plays while Stinky contemplates his role as a Butt Monkey spokesperson for Yahoo soda.

    Cartoon Network Original 


  • This was already mentioned on the film page but because it is also animation, Alpha and Omega has the howling scenes, which were absolutely great.
  • Though it is somewhat polarizing, the theme song to the Geronimo Stilton cartoon does evoke spy movies a bit.
  • The cheesy yet awesome Dinosaur Train theme song.
  • The theme to the Super Friends. Say what you want about the cartoon, but the theme song was epic.
  • American Dad!: "Oh boy, it's swell to sayyy..."...GOOD MORNING, U.S.AAAA!"
    • Eight words: Krispy Kreme McDonald's Jam-Tasic Roller Boogie Prawn Experience. Every song they play is a public domain song made awesome.

Alternative Title(s):

Crowning Music Of Awesome Western Animation