Since Jeopardy! debuted in 1964, the series has had different theme songs. The most well-known tune is "Think!" which serves as the countdown music during the Final Jeopardy! round. Since the syndicated version premiered in 1984, a rendition of "Think!" has served as the show's main theme. During the first 13 seasons of the syndicated version, the original 1964 recording of "Think!" was retained for the Final Jeopardy! round, but since 1997, there have been different arrangements and re-orchestrations of both the main theme and "Think!" music.
- Main (1964-1975) - "Take Ten" by Julann Griffin
- Think Cue (1964-1975, 1983 [Pilot], 1984 [Pilot], 1984-1997) - "Think!" by Merv Griffin
- Main (1978 Open, 1983 [Pilot]) - "January, February, March" by Merv Griffin
- Close (1978) - "Frisco Disco" by Merv Griffin (Later used on Wheel of Fortune as a prize cue.)
- Commercial (1983 [Pilot]) - "Nightwalk" (Later used on Wheel of Fortune as the second shopping music.)
- Main (1984 (Pilot)) - by Merv Griffin
- 1984-1992 - by Merv Griffin
- 1992-1997 - by Merv Griffin (1984 theme with bongo track added)
- 1997-2001 - by Steve Kaplan
- 2001-2008 - by Steve Kaplan (1997 theme sped up and re-arranged)
- 2008-present - by Chris Bell Music & Sound Design, Inc.
Main theme samplesEdit
Original run Edit
- On 1964-1975 episodes, the theme song was just a simple jazz tune. Click here to listen.
1978-79 revival Edit
- The opening theme was a Christmas-esque tune that consisted of brass instruments and flutes. Click here to listen.
- The closing theme was a fast jazz arrangement with brass and piano.
Syndicated version Edit
- On 1984-1988 episodes, the theme song consisted of synthesizers and saxophones. Click here to listen.
- On 1988-1991 episodes, the theme song had the first 19 seconds removed.
- On several 1991-1992 episodes, the theme song is low pitched. Click here to listen.
- On 1992-1996 episodes, bongos were added to the theme song. Click here to listen.
- On 1996-1997 episodes, the theme song had the first 5 seconds removed, and it fades in.
- On 1997-2000 episodes, the theme song's speed went down by 5, and was completely re-orchestrated, now using piano, brass, and electric guitars. Click here to listen.
- On 2000-2001 episodes, the theme song had the first 6 seconds removed, and a wind blowing sound is heard.
- On 2001-2005 episodes, the theme song's speed went up by 5, the instruments get re-orchestrated, and now has a middle section where parts of the main melodies are played with variation before the main melodies return. There were two versions of the theme. One had an introduction similar to the 1997 theme and was used for most road shows from 2001-2006, starting with the Celebrity games and International Tournament taped in Las Vegas and aired February 2001, but it was played during the end credits from 2001-2005. The other version, with a shortened introduction, was used for regular shows starting with the episode aired April 23, 2001, and used saxophones and electric guitars in the middle section and near the end. Click here to listen.
- On 2005-2008 episodes, the version used for regular shows played during the end credits. Click here to listen.
- On 2008-present episodes, the theme song played differently and wasn't like the other theme songs from 1984 to 2008, but was played in a similar vein as the 1984-1997 theme. For a short time during the beginnings of Season 25, electric guitars were only used midway through the song and near the end. Since about a few weeks into the 25th season, electric guitars have been used for the entirety of the theme song. Click here to listen.
- From 1964-1975 & 1984-1997, the original Final Jeopardy! "Think!" music consisted of a celesta lead in the first verse and a flute lead in the second verse, with timpani hitting the final two notes. Click here to listen.
- September 1-12, 1997, the "Think!" cue had only a piano lead for early Season 14 episodes. Click here to listen.
- From September 15, 1997 to July 25, 2008, the think music was changed to have a piano lead in the first verse and a trumpet lead in the second verse. That replaced the other one, but alternated with it. Click here to listen.
- From September 8 to October 10, 2008, the Final Jeopardy! "Think!" music used for the 1st 25 episodes now had a French horn lead with the piano and flute doubling in octaves, accompanied by loud tick-tock percussion; fans called this version the "leaky faucet". Now, both the timpani and pizzicato strings play the last two notes. Click here to listen.
- Starting with the October 13, 2008 episode, the think music is rerecorded to have a more prominent piano lead and de-emphasizing the "leaky faucet" percussion. This alternated with the other one and then replaced it. Click here to listen.
Rock and Roll Jeopardy! MusicEdit
- In addition, the music from Rock & Roll Jeopardy! has been used going into and coming out of commercial breaks during the College Championship, Kids Week episodes, and Teen Tournaments since Season 20.
- In 2006, it was used during Celebrity episodes.
- Starting in 2007 and lasting into today, it was used during the introductions.
- The 2000-A College Championship and the 2008-B Teen Tournament used it during the Final Jeopardy! round. When the music from that game show was first used, for in and out the commercial breaks, the commercial cues would be heard.
- Starting from the 2005 College Championship, when coming out of a break, the ending part of one of the commercial cues would be heard. The prize cue can also be heard when out the commercial break for the Double Jeopardy! round.
Jeopardy! Sound EffectsEdit
DAILY DOUBLE soundEdit
- 1964-1975, 1978-1979, 1983, 1984 (2nd pilot only), 1984 versions are not used
- 1984-current: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5LTzcDevrk