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Michael / November 15, 2004 11:27 AM

The Best Is Yet To Come as recorded by Frank Sinatra, because this better not be as good as it gets.

Ramsin / November 15, 2004 11:30 AM

I'd have two:

"At Last" by Etta James, everytime I walked into a room.


"Ace of Spades" by Motorhead everytime I was angry. That'd be pretty awesome.

google / November 15, 2004 11:34 AM

Life is short, who gives a F*ck!
-Unknown artist

Mike / November 15, 2004 11:40 AM

"Kiss on my list" by Hall and Oates


"Baby Elephant Walk"

robin.. / November 15, 2004 11:43 AM


Fraulein Maria / November 15, 2004 11:44 AM

"I Have Confidence" as sung by Julie Andrews in the movie version of The Sound of Music.

I've already adopted this as my theme song, so it's not up for grabs by anyone else.

Andrew / November 15, 2004 11:46 AM

When I'm in a good mood, sometimes the Gummy Bears theme song pops into my head, unbidden. But I wouldn't exactly call it my theme song.

amyc / November 15, 2004 11:53 AM

When I was an undergrad, it was "What if No One's Watching" by Ani DiFranco (of course it was!). I don't have one now.

But someday it will be "Hail to the Chief."

Naz / November 15, 2004 11:58 AM

Maybe not the penultimate but always the song to get me going, and always playing in my head during adrenalin-needing moments, is a song called "Hard Cory" by an old defunct punk band called Sub Society. They basically played a lot of skaterock and were featured in H-Streets seminal video (if not SHackle Me Not), Hokus Pocus. It's the opening montage song for that video. It rocks hard. It's got a slight Eye of the Tiger bits meets a really good rock/punk song, perfect for those pumpin' up moments.

Alice / November 15, 2004 12:06 PM

"Que Sera, Sera" by Doris Day is practically my mantra.

Athough now, of course, I have the Gummy Bears song in my head. Thanks a lot, Andrew.

*hums*...gummy bears, bouncing here and there and everywhere...

daruma / November 15, 2004 12:11 PM

"I Don't Want to Work, I just Want to Bang on the Drum All Day" has been my personal theme song since 7th grade.

Pete / November 15, 2004 12:40 PM

Amyc: in 2008, I hope!

A / November 15, 2004 12:54 PM

I always go for I wanna be sedated.

Thurston / November 15, 2004 12:56 PM

"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album is a song I could imagine playing during the montage scene of a movie about me, if there was one. I love the theremin solo.

Lately, Mice Parade's "Mystery Bretheren" has been my preferred theme song when on public transportation; I kind of want it to play on the bus' speakers so everyone can enjoy it.

marbles / November 15, 2004 1:45 PM

"don't worry about the government"

Anthony / November 15, 2004 1:48 PM

'Sister Christian', by Night Ranger. Or lately 'Title and Registration' by Death Cab for Cutie, or maybe 'TNT' by Tortoise.

Pat / November 15, 2004 1:54 PM

Mmmm... The music I'd hear when I walk out on stage for the Tonight Show (which mysteriously has Johnny Carson filling in for Jay Leno), Doc and the band (also mysteriously out of retirement) play the themesong from Casino Royale.

I remember it like it's tomorrow.

Tim / November 15, 2004 2:22 PM

That's easy: David Lee Roth's mega-hit, "Just a Gigolo."

paul / November 15, 2004 2:38 PM

I'd love to have 'Money' by Pink Floyd as my theme song, but in reality it's 'Turning Japanese' by The Vapors.

Jenwomon / November 15, 2004 2:39 PM

Strong Man by Lucious Jackson has been my theme song for years.

heather / November 15, 2004 3:42 PM

depending on the day, Screw You or I Am Wonderful. both by Pat McCurdy.

because he's so damned singable.

Steve / November 15, 2004 3:51 PM

This week, it's "I'm So Bored With the USA." Or maybe "Hate and War." The entire '70s output by the Clash seems pretty appropriate, unfortunately.

Shylo / November 15, 2004 4:43 PM

I, too, like "Que Sera Sera", but the scary, ultra-dark Pink Martini version.

Or, Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet".

Or, Morrissey's "Such a Little Thing".

Or, Radiohead's "Karma Police."

But really, I guess anything could work. Depends on the day.

Al / November 15, 2004 8:18 PM

Short skirt/Long Jacket except all the business analogies would be switched to grad school.

Ala "with fingernails that cut through bibliographies and online e-journals" and "trading her MG for a toyota corolla"

christian / November 15, 2004 8:18 PM

The Imperial March.
Flight of the Valkyries.

waleeta / November 15, 2004 9:27 PM

"I Will Survive" cause I just broke up with someone.

"Eye of the Tiger" when I walk down the street.

Brandy / November 16, 2004 12:17 AM

Just one?!?!

Little Room by The White Stripes, More by Bobby Darin, Night Train by Xavier Cugat, Fever and Chills by Tom Jones, Coming Home Baby by Quincy Jones or Mel Torme, Yeh Yeh by Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Bubble Boogie by B Bumble and the Stingers, The In Crowd by Ramsey Lewis Trio, Amor Per Tutti by Nino Rota.

Guess that's more of a soundtrack.

steve_sleeve / November 16, 2004 12:29 AM

as of late, "anesthesia" by mark mallman.


hench / November 16, 2004 8:29 AM

the sifl-n-olly version of nazareth's "hair of the dog" (better known as the 'now yo' messin with a sumovabiiiiiitch' song).

Mike / November 16, 2004 9:15 AM

I just watched "24 Hour Party People" and for the past couple of days I'd say my songs are "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division or "Blue Monday" by New Order. Depressing, but in a dancey kind of way.

Michael / November 16, 2004 9:21 AM

If I should ever be unfortunate enough to find myself on death row, I would choose death by the electric chair, and request that they crank Ride The Lightning by Metallica up to 11. Yeah...that would show them.

Steve / November 16, 2004 9:32 AM

For the past several weeks, my theme song has been "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate," the best damn song Wayne Coyne and Company have ever ProTool-ed together....

karen / November 16, 2004 10:15 AM

mine would be extraodinary by liz phair... the line i am extraordinary, if you'd ever get to know me...i am extraordinary, i am just your ordinary, average, every day sane psycho supergoddess sums it all up for me.

Donna / November 16, 2004 10:27 AM

Another vote for something from the Casino Royale soundtrack...but the first song that came to mind was the Who's "Another Tricky Day." This is no social crisis, this is you having fun!

TJBrass / November 16, 2004 10:44 AM

Hip-hug-her by Booker T and the MG's

Think Barfly...

Jim / November 16, 2004 11:51 AM

Hmmm... I cannot think of a specific song, but right now it'd be by Moose, "Suzanne" or the Field Mice, "Sensitive."

Gordon McAlpin / November 16, 2004 12:30 PM

Look at what's happened to me,
I can't believe it myself.
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world,
It should've been somebody else.

Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free (eee eee).
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.

It's like a light of a new day,
It came from out of the blue.
Breaking me out of the spell I was in,
Making all of my wishes come true (ooo ooo).

Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free (eee eee).
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.

red / November 16, 2004 1:12 PM

"A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes" by Leonard Cohen at the moment

Steve / November 16, 2004 1:44 PM

"What's Goin' On" also seems appropriate enough, but I like to think that my theme song should be one that I can semi-sing. But Marvin, I can only mangle....

Perch / November 16, 2004 2:34 PM

Isaac Hayes' "Walk on By" would be the best song to accompany me down the street. Especially if I am in a somber mood.

Maureen / November 16, 2004 2:58 PM

"I Put A Spell on You" as performed by Natacha Atlas, featured in the Divine Intervention soundtrack, has been my theme for the past couple months.

Props to the "Gummy Bears" vote.

Ann VanMoxie / November 16, 2004 3:23 PM

I think of the personal theme song as the one that plays to announce you as you're walking down the street. For years, it was "Lust for Life", but then there was Trainspotting and some cruise line, so it had to change. Now it's between Guided by Voices's "Kicker of Elves" and David Garza's "Discoball World". You know, today.

Andy / November 16, 2004 3:33 PM

Possibly the theme from "Barney Miller", but I'd get a little tired of constantly freezing in place, while my name appeared under me.

Pete / November 16, 2004 4:11 PM

Since November 3rd, "We're Gonna Fight" by 7 Seconds. And I'm not even particularly a fan of the band.

jk / November 16, 2004 9:01 PM

the Gambler.
. . . the secret to survival is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep.

j, knows when to walk away, knows when to run.

Salty / November 17, 2004 12:48 AM

Well, I was gonna say 'You Never Even Call Me By Name' by David Allen Coe. But now I got 'Eye of a Tiger' stuck in my head.

Jeremy / November 17, 2004 9:48 AM

Definitely "One Man Guy" by Rufus Wainwright.

Sonz / November 21, 2004 3:10 PM

my theme song has 2 be VIDEO by indire Arie (at least i think thats how her name is spelt.)

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