Top 10 Animes with the Best Theme Songs

Whether you're a die-hard otaku or a casual watcher, you know that one of the defining features of any great anime is its theme song. There's nothing quite like that rush of emotion when the opening notes of a beloved theme song hit your ears. From the adrenaline-pumping rock anthems to the tear-jerking ballads, these theme songs are often as memorable as the anime series themselves.

Remember how it feels when the opening bars of "Tank!" kick in, catapulting you straight into the frenetic world of 'Cowboy Bebop'? Or perhaps you've found yourself humming along to the infectiously catchy tune of 'Neon Genesis Evangelion's' "A Cruel Angel's Thesis". And let's not forget the hauntingly beautiful melodies of 'Attack on Titan' that have stirred the hearts of many. These theme songs aren't just mere accompaniments to the anime; they are the beating heart of the series, setting the tone, building anticipation, and sometimes even telling a story of their own.
The Top Ten
1 Naruto Shippuden "Naruto Shippuden" has a theme song that's just as vibrant and energetic as its titular character. With a blend of upbeat rhythms and poignant lyrics, it perfectly captures Naruto's relentless spirit and unyielding determination to protect his friends.

Naruto has one of the best theme songs ever. Distance and Blue Bird are the best.

2 Attack On Titan When it comes to "Attack on Titan," the opening track isn't just a song, it's a battle cry. With its grand orchestral sounds and powerful vocals, the theme mirrors the show's intensity and the characters' desperate struggle against the Titans.

It literally goes with everything. Go ahead and prove me wrong! How can you not vote for this? It's epic! I listen to it every day!

Even though I don't watch it, I LOVE the theme! But it's kinda weird for me to hear it now because of a video from YouTube.

3 Neon Genesis Evangelion The theme song for "Neon Genesis Evangelion" is as hauntingly beautiful as it is memorable. "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" serves as a sublime contrast to the darker themes of the anime, its vibrant melody and profound lyrics hinting at the complex narrative that unfolds.

The only correct answer to this question is Evangelion or Cowboy Bebop. That's it. Any other opinion is wrong.

When a series as polarizing as Evangelion can have virtually everyone agree that the opening is amazing, you know it's good.

If I had two votes, Cowboy Bebop would get the second one. It was very, very close.

4 Dragon Ball Z "Dragon Ball Z's" theme song is nothing short of iconic. Its catchy rhythm and spirited lyrics match the high-octane energy and fierce battles that the series is known for, setting the perfect stage for Goku's epic adventures.
5 One Piece "One Piece's" theme song, "We Are!," is an adventurous tune that embodies the heart of this pirate saga. Its exuberant melody and inspiring lyrics encapsulate the Straw Hat Crew's relentless pursuit of dreams and the undying spirit of friendship.

Iconic theme songs. Awesome, and some are even dubbed. That's just how important they are.

6 Dragon Ball "Dragon Ball's" theme song captures the spirit of adventure and relentless pursuit of strength that define Goku's journey. The song's playful tones and uplifting rhythm are as timeless as the anime itself, making it a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

I love the American theme way more than the Japanese theme. And not to be confused, this is the first Dragon Ball, not Dragon Ball Z.

7 Naruto "Naruto's" theme song, "Rocks," is a perfect representation of Naruto's journey. The song, with its dynamic beats and heartfelt lyrics, encapsulates the young ninja's courage, determination, and his never-give-up attitude.
8 Pokémon Few can forget the infectious enthusiasm of the "Pokémon" theme song. Its catchy melody and motivating lyrics perfectly mirror the show's theme of adventure and aspiration, compelling everyone to be the very best, like no one ever was.

All seasons have amazing theme tunes, except for Sun and Moon. It's way too jolly for the series. Even though the show is never very violent, it makes the show look like Peppa Pig or something.

Dude, everyone has to admit Pokémon has the best theme song. The original is the best. Season 8's is the second best. All of them are good.

I should have put this number one! Dang, I'm so stupid. This show has the best theme song in anime history!

9 Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Brotherhood," "Again," resonates deeply with the series' themes of sacrifice and pursuit of knowledge. Its stirring melody and profound lyrics encapsulate the Elric brothers' epic and emotional journey.
10 Sonic X "Sonic X" theme song "Gotta Go Fast" is as exhilarating as the speedy hedgehog himself. With its lively rhythm and energetic lyrics, it captures the high-octane adventures and rapid-paced action of the series perfectly.

Yeah, you didn't expect this here, did ya? Okay, maybe you kinda did. Which do you think is better? The 4Kids "Gotta Go Fast" or the Japanese theme "Sonic Drive"? In my opinion, I like the Japanese theme more.

The Contenders
11 Tokyo Ghoul "Tokyo Ghoul's" opening track, "Unravel," perfectly captures the series' dark atmosphere and the inner turmoil of its protagonist, Kaneki. Its melancholic melody and deep lyrics reflect the intense and tragic narrative of this gripping horror anime.

Extremely beautiful songs. Every single one of them.

Everyone knows this song even if they haven't seen the anime.

12 Boku No Hero Academia "Boku No Hero Academia" boasts an energetic theme song, "The Day," that pumps up the viewers as much as the aspiring heroes it follows. Its soaring melody and inspiring lyrics resonate with the show's theme of chasing dreams and rising to challenges.

My Hero Academia is my favorite anime right now. The 1st season intro with The Day in it was one of my favorites, and the 3rd season intro with Odd Future.

13 Death Note "Death Note" has an opening theme, "The World," that perfectly aligns with its dark and gripping narrative. With its hard-hitting riffs and intense vocals, it encapsulates the high-stakes mind games and moral dilemmas that the series delves into.

Hell, no. Get this higher. The main theme and the opening theme are the absolute best.

The first theme song is so good. We need to get this higher!

14 Great Teacher Onizuka "Great Teacher Onizuka," with its rock-infused opening theme "Driver's High," perfectly complements the unconventional teaching style of its protagonist, Onizuka. It's an energetic, rebellious track that encapsulates the spirit of this offbeat comedy.
15 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's" theme song, "Just Communication," is a powerhouse tune. Its intense melody and meaningful lyrics resonate with the anime's themes of war, friendship, and the longing for peace.
16 Steins;Gate The opening track of "Steins;Gate," "Hacking to the Gate," is as intriguing as the time-traveling plot itself. Its haunting melody and cryptic lyrics perfectly echo the series' complex narrative and the suspense that underlies it.
17 Trinity Blood The theme song of "Trinity Blood," "Dress (Bloody Trinity Mix)," offers a beautiful contrast to the series' post-apocalyptic setting. Its gothic undertones and melancholic melody complement the show's blend of action, drama, and supernatural intrigue.
18 Paradise Kiss "Paradise Kiss" features "Lonely in Gorgeous" as its theme song, a catchy and upbeat track. The song's pop vibes and fashion-centric lyrics perfectly reflect the series' focus on fashion, self-discovery, and the pursuit of dreams.
19 Fairy Tail "Fairy Tail's" theme song, "Snow Fairy," is a magical tune that mirrors the spirit of camaraderie and adventure at the heart of the series. Its uplifting rhythm and heartfelt lyrics celebrate the power of friendship and the enduring belief in dreams.

I can't believe this wasn't on the list. Fairy Tail is the only anime that has managed to make me love all its openings. They are all so good and catchy.

How is Fairy Tail not in the top 10?! Seriously, the theme songs are brilliant.

I love literally every single opening. Best openings ever.

20 Bleach "Bleach's" rocking theme song, "Asterisk," sets the tone for the exciting and supernatural-filled adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki. Its catchy beats and energetic vocals are a perfect prelude to the intense action that unfolds.
21 Black Jack "Black Jack's" theme song, "Gekkouka," reflects the anime's medical drama and moral dilemmas with its intense and passionate vocals. The tune's emotional depth echoes the complex narrative and the enigmatic character of Black Jack.
22 Yu-Gi-Oh! "Yu-Gi-Oh's" theme, with its catchy lyrics and heart-pumping beats, mirrors the high stakes of the Duel Monsters card game and the determined spirit of the show's protagonist, Yugi Muto.
23 Samurai Jack While "Samurai Jack" is not a traditional anime, its gripping theme song is worthy of mention. The hip-hop infused track perfectly summarizes the series' premise and sets the stage for Jack's epic journey through time.
24 Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Right Back at Ya!" has an opening song that is as cute and lively as Kirby himself. The cheerful melody and playful lyrics perfectly capture the light-hearted fun of Kirby's adventures in Dream Land.

Kirby, Kirby, Kirby's the one! He's coming right back at ya!

Good. Also, it has that one memetic quote which I will not say. You know the one.

25 Sailor Moon "Sailor Moon's" theme song, "Moonlight Densetsu," is as iconic as the series itself. Its dreamy melody and romantic lyrics perfectly capture the magical transformations, romantic entanglements, and lunar battles that the series is known for.
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