a melody in an operetta or musical comedy so emphasized by repetition as to dominate the presentation.
a melody identifying or identified with a radio or television program, dance band, etc., usually played at the beginning of each program.
an expression, comment, or subject of conversation that a person or group uses habitually.
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How to use theme song in a sentence
Released in 1980 as the theme song for the film 9 to 5, co-starring Parton, the lyrics tell the story of an ambitious, hard-working woman with a job that barely pays the bills and a boss who takes her ideas without giving her credit.Dolly Parton’s Super Bowl ad rewrites “9 to 5” as a side-hustle anthem | Sarah Todd | February 2, 2021 | Quartz
He might have been the token nerd, but for the legions of kids who ran to the TV when they heard the school bell signal the show’s theme song, he was a beloved member of the group.Dustin Diamond, best known as Screech from ‘Saved By the Bell,’ dies at 44 | Emily Yahr | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Each episode has its own theme song, written by Frozen vets Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez in the style of the era.Wandavision Offers Hope That Originality Can Survive the Era of the Ever-Expanding Franchise | Eliana Dockterman | January 16, 2021 | Time
Our theme song is “And She Was” by Talking Heads — special thanks to David Byrne and Warner Chappell Music.
A singer comes in with the enthusiasm of a sitcom theme song, like The Facts of Life on steroids.The McDonald’s Commercials That Live in Our Minds, Rent Free | MM Carrigan | December 18, 2020 | Eater
It goes without saying the theme-song “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?”
The theme song of Doug was my ringtone once for literally a year.Orange Is the New Black’s Kimiko Glenn on Hippie Brook Soso and Chapel Sex with Natasha Lyonne | Marlow Stern | June 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The familiar and mournful theme song, “Suicide Is Painless,” filled the room.
This silky rendition of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' theme song is irrepressibly groovy.
Madison Rising, a self-described “constitutional pro-patriotic rock band” performing the theme song—also titled “Amazing America.”Meet Madison Rising, the Band Behind Sarah Palin's New Theme Song | Ben Jacobs | March 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which happened, by no coincidence, to be the title and theme song of Monica's newest epic.Get Out of Our Skies! | E. K. Jarvis
The Army had a new theme song: "Anything you can do, we can do better!"Navy Day | Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for theme song
a melody used, esp in a film score, to set a mood, introduce a character, etc
another term for signature tune
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