Top 5: NBA Theme Songs Of All-Time

If you’re a basketball junky like I am, just hearing the theme song to an NBA broadcast about to air gets you excited too. Well, here are The Top 5 NBA theme songs of all-time that do it the most for me, especially during the playoffs.

The promos before or after some of the theme songs are classic too!


5. NBA on ESPN – 2003 – 2006 (Starts @ beginning)

I can see Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley’s face the best when I hear this tune. On occasion, ESPN still uses this theme song.

4. NBA on TNT – 1999 – 2000 (Starts @ beginning)

You probably hate this song as much as TNT did, but at least it was distinctive and TNT took a creative chance.

3.NBA on TBS – 1985 – 1987 (Starts @ 1:20)
I use to hum this theme song while shooting around at the playground as a kid. It’s burned in my head!
To hear this gem, click here.

2.NBA on CBS – Theme 1982 – 1989 (Starts @ beginning)

Just hearing this song I think of Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird being great.

1.NBA on NBC – 1985 -1997 (Starts @ 0:57)

The bestest NBA theme song ever!!! Composed by John Tesh, Roundball Rock was used by NBC for 12 years straight! Every time I hear this theme song I gets goosebumps because it brings back so many good NBA memories. The John Starks dunk, Pippen dissing Ewing, Reggie being Reggie, Denver beating the Sonics – good times!

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  3. Great list! The CBS music takes me back to some great basketball memories in the 80’s.

  4. When i saw that there was a list of NBA theme songs, I knew NBA on NBC would be #1. I miss everything about those years, from the Bulls Finals of the 90s to the first 2 Laker championships this decade. I miss Bill Walton announcing, with his “Throw it down, big man, throw it down!”

    Good memories.

  5. Totally agree on the NBA on NBC Theme Song. My favorite too. I can’t believe it has been 12 years since they used it because everytime I get psyched up for a game I still hear it in my head. In fact, that song is so popular, that it has made its way into rap music. Check out “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly and you will here it in the chorus.

  6. All these song make me want to play ball this second! Great list!!!

  7. Ik ben op zoek naar de geluiden tijdens de wedstrijden, o.a. bij time out en vrije worpen.
    Iemand idee waar te vinden??

  8. NBC one wins for me, classic as far as I am concerned

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