DAILY DIRT: These themes are truly music to our ears
The Rembrandts are still performing, and I would say it’s a safe bet there’s one particular song included in all of their concerts. Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 689 of The Daily Dirt.
1. We’ve had a lot of fun ranking various theme songs from network TV shows over the past couple of years, but today our theme is taking a slightly turn.
Here’s our three medal-worthy themes since the turn of the century:
Gold medal: “Friends,” NBC. OK, we might be dealing with a technicality here. Yes, the show began in 1994, but it lasted until 2004, so we had five seasons from 2000 on. I make the rules, so it counts! The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You” still sounds good today.
Silver medal: “Big Bang Theory,” CBS. Canadian pop legends, the Barenaked Ladies, provided us with this memorable sing-a-long. And thanks to syndication, we’ll be able to hear this song until he end of time. Bazinga!
Bronze medal: “The Simpsons,” Fox. I wanted to include an instrumental, and this is by far the best — and most recognizable. I hate to think about how many times we’ve heard this classic from composer Danny Elfman. The show debuted in 1989 and it’s still going strong.
Honorable mention: The ESPN SportsCenter intro. For any red-blooded American male, this music is sweet to the ears.
2. We like to keep up with the ever-changing science of what parents are naming their newborns these days, but on this occasion we’re going a little retro.
Here’s a breakdown of the most popular baby names by decade, according to interesting facts.com. What I noticed first was how much more quickly the girls’ name began to evolve. See if you agree:
Boys: Robert, John, James, William, Charles.
Girls: Mary, Dorothy, Helen, Betty, Margret.
Boys: Robert, James, John, William, Richard.
Girls: Mary, Betty, Barbara, Shirley, Patricia.
Boys: James, Robert, John, William, Richard.
Girls: Mary, Linda, Barbara, Patricia, Carol.
Boys: James, Michael, Robert, John, David.
Girls: Mary, Linda, Patricia, Susan, Deborah.
Boys: Michael, David, John, James, Robert.
Girls: Lisa, Mary, Susan, Karen, Kimberly.
Boys: Michael, Christopher, Jason, David, James.
Girls: Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Michelle, Kimberly.
Boys: Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Joshua, David.
Girls: Jessica, Jennifer, Amanda, Ashley, Sarah.
Boys: Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Joshua, Jacob.
Girls: Jessica, Ashley, Emily, Sarah, Samantha.
Boys: Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Daniel.
Girls: Emily, Madison, Emma, Olivia, Hannah.
Boys: Noah, Liam, Jacob, William, Mason.
Girls: Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava.
3. This one cracked me up.
A Daily Dirt reader saw it somewhere and sent the following to me.
How to be an adult:
Pay your bills.
Don’t smoke meth.
Keep a few close friends.
Steve Thought O’ The Day – Where was the name “Steve” at in the 1950s’ portion of those lists?
Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News and was born in the 1950’s.
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