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Since Jeopardy! debuted in 1964, the series has had different theme songs.

1964-1975[]

  • Main (1964-1975) - "Take Ten" by Julann Griffin
  • Think Cue (1964-1975, 1983 [Pilot], 1984 [Pilot], 1984-1997) - "Think!" by Merv Griffin

1978-1979[]

  • Contestant Introductions (1978 Open, 1983 [Pilot]) - "January, February, March"
  • Main (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 shoot Music and now Pepsi Jack and found water that

1984-present[]

Main theme samples[]

Original run[]

  • The music used during the contestant introductions consisted of bongos, guitars, and flutes.
  • The theme song was a jazz aprrangement composed by Julann Griffin. Click here to listen.

1978-79 revival[]

  • The music used during the contestant introductions was an orchestral arrangement that consisted of brass and woodwind instruments, composed by Merv Griffin and titled "January, February, March". Click here to listen.
  • The theme song was a fast jazz arrangement consisting of brass and piano.

Syndicated version[]

  • From Season 1 (1984-85) to Season 13 (1996-97), the theme song was mostly synth-driven, with a saxophone on every other verse. Click here to listen.
    • Starting with Season 5 (1988-89), the first 19 seconds of the theme song were removed, and it was played in a lower tone during Season 8 (1991-92).
    • In Season 9 (1992-93), the theme song reverted back to the original tone, and bongos were added. Click here to listen.
    • In Season 13 (1996-97), following the transition to the Sushi Bar set, the first five seconds were removed, and now it fades in.
  • From Season 14 (1997-98) to Season 17 (2000-01), the theme song was refreshed entirely, now using piano, strings, brass, and electric guitar. Click here to listen.
    • During the majority of Season 17 (2000-01), the first six seconds of the theme song were removed, and a wind blowing sound is heard.
  • From Season 17 (2000-01) to Season 24 (2007-08), the theme song is performed in a faster tempo, and now has a middle section where parts of the main melodies are played with variation before the main melodies return. This particular arrangement debuted during the Las Vegas tournaments in February 2001, and was used for regular show starting April 23, 2001. Click here to listen.
    • There was also a vamp version of the theme, in which there were no saxophones or electric guitars, which was heard during the end credits from 2001-2005. Click here to listen.
    • From Season 22 (2005-06) to Season 24 (2007-08), the version with saxophones and guitars played during the end credits.
  • From Season 25 (2008-09) to Season 37 (2020-21), the theme song was overhauled, and wasn't like the other theme songs, but was played in a similar vein as the 1984 theme.
    • For the first month of Season 25, the electric guitar wasn't as prominent, and the first improvisational section features string glissando. Click here to listen.
      • Since about a few weeks into the season, electric guitars have been used for the entirety of the theme song. Click here to listen. However, the first version of the current theme continues to play during the end credits to this day.
  • Since Season 38 (2021-22) the theme song is an updated version of the previous one, now featuring a synthesized orchestra omitting saxophones and electric guitars. Click here to listen.
  • During the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament, the theme song played differently than other versions, including the current one, and its speed was slowed down by 5. It now consists of synthesizers and a heavy orchestra. Click here to listen.

"Think!" samples[]

  • The original "Think!" cue used 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.
  • During the first two weeks of Season 14 (1997-98), the "Think!" cue had a piano lead. Click here to listen.
  • From the third week of Season 14 (1997-98) to Season 24 (2007-08), the "Think!" cue was updated to include a trumpet lead in the second verse. Click here to listen.
  • During the first month of Season 25 (2008-09) the "Think!" cue had a french horn lead with the piano and flute doubling in octaves, accompanied by loud tick-tock percussion. Now, both a timpani and pizzicato strings play the last two notes. Click here to listen.
  • Starting with the October 13, 2008 episode, the "Think!" cue was remixed to include a more prominent piano lead and de-emphasize the percussion. Now, the pizzicato strings play the last two notes. This alternated with the other one and then replaced it. Click here to listen.
  • During the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament, the "Think!" cue used a piano lead accompanied by synthesizers in the first verse, and the second verse had a trumpet lead with a heavy orchestra, with the timpani playing the last two notes loudly. It is somewhat similar to the 1997 "Think!" cue. Click here to listen.

Rock and Roll Jeopardy! Music[]

  • The Rock & Roll Jeopardy! music package has been used going into and coming out of commercial breaks during the College Championship, Kids Week episodes, and Teen Tournaments from Season 20 to Season 35.
  • In 2006, it was used during Celebrity episodes.
  • Starting in 2007, and continuing to 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.

Rock & Roll Jeopardy! Theme Song
Rock & Roll Jeopardy! Think Music

Sports Jeopardy! Music[]

  • Starting in Season 36, the music from Sports Jeopardy! has been used for the College Championship.
  • The 2020 College Championship used it during the Final Jeopardy! round

Jeopardy! Sound Effects[]

DAILY DOUBLE sound[]

Board fill sound[]

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