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Celebrating the Music of Classic Anime

Are you a classic anime fan? Do you find yourself humming the iconic theme songs of your favorite childhood shows? If so, you’re not alone! Classic anime music is a nostalgic factor that fans still celebrate today. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and explore some of the most iconic classic anime theme songs that still make us groove today.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006)

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a fan-favorite anime series that premiered in 2006. The show’s opening song, “Bouken Desho Desho?” was an instant hit with fans and still receives praise to this day. The upbeat tempo, coupled with the quirky lyrics, makes for a catchy tune that will have you tapping your foot in no time.

Dragon Ball Z (1989)

No classic anime music list is complete without Dragon Ball Z! The Japanese anime series that first aired in 1989 became an instant classic in the US. Fans still chant along to the iconic track, “Cha-La Head-Cha-La” dedicated to the show’s lead character, Goku. The lyrics may be in Japanese, but it doesn’t stop fans from singing along with only a little hope that they get the words right.

Sailor Moon (1992)

“Sailor Moon” premiered in Japan in 1992 and quickly became a classic anime favorite, especially among young girls. The show’s opening song, titled “Moonlight Densetsu,” has a dreamy and uplifting melody that is still popular today. The show’s theme song has been covered numerous times since its release, allowing the younger generation the opportunity to know its music even years after the show’s run.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

The anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion may be famous for its existential themes and psychological depth, but it’s the show’s opening song that still resonates with fans today. “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” is an upbeat tune that starts off with the energetic music and an equally rambunctious singer. Fans celebrate the show for its storytelling, and the music is an added bonus that makes the show even more enjoyable.

Cowboy Bebop (1999)

Cowboy Bebop is a cult classic anime series with one of the most iconic soundtracks of all time. The series’ opening track, “Tank!” is a super-fast jazz instrumental that sets up the tone for the show’s space western themes perfectly. Again, jazz beats and animation may not pair well, but Cowboy Bebop subverted expectations and delivered a hit opening song that is still just as famous and popular today.

Ranma 1/2 (1989)

Ranma 1/2 is an anime series that was a staple for kids that grew up in the 80s and 90s. The show’s opening song, “Jajauma ni Sasenaide,” is a fun and peppy tune that pumps you up. It has the right mix of pop and rock, and it’s easy to sing along to, making it one of the most memorable theme songs created for classic anime.


Classic anime music has a nostalgic effect that still resonates with fans today. The above-mentioned classic anime tunes are why the genre has become iconic, and why fans still celebrate it years later. Classic anime will always be a genre that brings fans together, and it’s through the power of music that the feeling will continue to grow. So, grab some snacks and enjoy the upbeat, quirky, and unforgettable tunes that classic anime has given us, this will never go out of style!