Cover songs are nothing new but what’s fun is when real bands cover a cartoon theme song, especially one that’s becoming older or obscure. Here are five that we’ve really enjoyed, covering Saturday morning cartoons, syndicated cartoons, primetime cartoons, and live action adaptations of superheroes.
Gummi Bears – Alicia Keys
In 2012, Alicia Keys sang on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night show and decided to do a soulful cover of the old Disney Saturday morning cartoon.
Thundercats – Rembrandts
For the original DVD release of the Thundercats cartoon, they included this as a bonus. The Rembrandts are best known for singing the theme song to Friends. Here, they create a cover for Thundercats.
Spider-Man – Ramones
We could have just used the album Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits for the entire article. But the best one is this 1995 cover of Spider-Man by The Ramones.
The Simpsons – Sonic Youth
Every once in a while, The Simpsons have used different songs to close out their episodes. For the seventh season episode Homerpalooza (1996), the closing theme was covered by Sonic Youth.
Batman – The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips have actually done dozens of cover songs. It’s just something they like to do. Here is their take on the 1966 Batman TV show theme originally composed by Neal Hefti.
Star Wars – Buckethead
Guitarist god Buckethead created an amazing Star Wars theme cover on his album Giant Robot.
The Muppet Show – OK Go
The Muppets released an album called The Green Album that’s nothing but covers. OK Go, known for their elaborate videos, made a pretty fun song and video.
It’s not a cover theme, but for an awesome, celebrity-filled song about G.I. Joe, check out Funny or Die’s Ballad of G.I. Joe (they have disabled embedded videos, sorry).