The Quest for the "How I Met Your Mother" Theme Song

Look, I’m a huge fan of TV themes. I’ve been collecting the themes to my favorite shows as soon as I found out they could be collected.

With the internet, Wikipedia, YouTube and other great sites out there, you can easily build up your collection of TV tunes, plug in, and bombard your eardrums with the opening themes of your favorite programs.

Most are pretty easy enough to find- say, all of the CSI shows make use of songs from The Who. Or shows like Scrubs, Smallville and Battlestar Galactica have been gracious enough to put together OST albums for schmucks like myself.

Lately, my girlfriend and I have finished Season 2 of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (great stuff, btw, if you haven’t seen it yet!). Yes, we’ve been huge fans since the first few episodes of the previous season. It’s an awesome show. Not just awesome- it’s legendary! Anyway, we decided to find a copy of the theme and maybe load it on our mobile phones as a ringtone or something- coz that would just be incredibly cool. Running a search on the usual sites:, Wikipedia, all point to the theme song being done by The Solids (half of which turns out to be the creators of the show: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas!). It’s a song called “Hey Beautiful”, which you can listen to in its entirety on The Solids‘ page on MySpace (which you could check out here).

While the song in itself is an incredible piece of work, those of us looking for that recognizable little hook from the opening theme of the show won’t be treated to the happy “puh-pa-pa-pah, puh-pa-pa-pah puh-pa-ra-ruh ra-ra-ra-ra-ra-ra-ruh” hook we’ve all grown to love. Hey, while on their MySpace page, do check out their other songs- great stuff right there too.

Anyway, I’ve noticed a whole bunch of fans looking for the short version of the song. Couldn’t find a copy of it a month ago- so I decided to get my own using Moviemaker. Right now, I’ve loaded it onto my phone and my girlfriend’s. So when we get a text message, we get treated to a 12-second slice of ear-candy: never fails to brighten up an otherwise crappy day.

Oh, you can get a copy of the theme song right here: Enjoy!

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