With The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now just a few weeks away, we can’t help but listen to the iconic theme song on repeat. Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” has become a nostalgic song for the 20-somethings of this generation. It makes us think of a time when Sidekick phones were all the rage, Paris Hilton was a household name and headbands were the go-to accessory.
The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now special, airing on MTV August 2 at 10/7p, will be hosted by former Teen Vogue intern and ex-Heidi Montag BFF, Lauren Conrad. She’ll be revisiting the show that became a cultural phenomenon, revealing all the show’s best-kept secrets and talking about what it was like growing up in front of the camera.
While listening to “Unwritten” on loop in anticipation, we couldn’t help but reminisce about other popular theme songs we can still sing word for word.
The Hills wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for Laguna Beach. Conrad got her start on this show, which centred on her and her peers attending Laguna Beach High School. Of course, tween queen of the 2000s Hilary Duff would be providing the theme to this show. It wouldn’t be a cultural phenomenon if Duff wasn’t included in some way.
Who didn’t wish they were rich enough to be on this show and cry about getting the wrong Mercedes Benz for their birthday? Despite the feelings of jealousy My Super Sweet 16 gave all us less fortunate folks, the theme song was ultra catchy. Again, Hilary Duff provided the song for the show because back then, there was no other Disney queen around to sing it.
No other theme could fit Jersey Shore as perfectly as LMFAO’s “Get Crazy.” Each episode was powered by the absurd situations (not to be confused with The Situation) the cast would find themselves in. Despite their antics, the song is on just about every 2000s YouTube playlist and became an anthem for every time we had to gym, tan and laundry.
Whose house? We already know the answer is always Run’s House. Rapper Rev Run gave us an inside look into his family life, including long, elaborate bubble baths where the rapper wrote monologues on his phone every morning. This song made us want to grab our Adidas Superstars, tracksuits and gold chains whilst walking down the street with our similarly dressed crew.
No matter what, we know we won’t forget this theme song for the rest of our lives. Degrassi will always be the teen drama that never dies (it’s on its third revival now). The 6 God got his start here, which cemented the show and theme song as modern classics. Also, who knew this song had a full-length version?
Probably one of the best original Disney Channel theme songs, our three favourite best friends Raven (Raven-Symone), Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) joined forces in this unforgettable music video. Everyone has a friend that breaks into this song at least once a month when they predict something will happen. And who could forget when Family Channel used to play this vid between shows?
Back in the 2000s, it was hard to decide whether to be a wizard and go to Hogwarts or hang out with Britney Spears’ little sis at PCA. Arguably, Zoey 101 had better theme music and way hotter guys than the Harry Potter series. Sorry, “Hedwig’s Theme,” but Zoey wins this battle.
Destiny’s Child (featuring Solange) sang this catchy and heart-warming theme. Considering Beyoncé’s involved in this, we couldn’t not include it. The Proud Family always delivered amazing life lessons with every episode and contained one of the most memorable cartoon theme songs of all-time. We’re also still convinced the Gross sisters were the original inspiration for Rihanna’s “BBHMM.”
Even if you didn’t watch this series (LIAR!), you know Phantom Planet’s intro song is basically the epitome of early-2000s rock. Though the show’s been over for nearly a decade, the theme song still lives on our iPods and gives us an excuse to scream “CALIFORNIAAA” every now and then.