The theme from Hawaii Five-0 (1968-1980)

There are iconic TV show themes, and there are iconic TV show themes — the theme to the original Hawaii Five-O is one of the latter.

The popular police procedural drama, featuring Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, lasted 12 seasons (until 1980) on CBS — every one of them kicked off with composer Morton Stevens’ up-tempo, brassy theme. Recorded by instrumental rock group The Ventures, the theme actually reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The modern-day remake of the show still features an arrangement of Stevens’ classic theme, but let’s just go ahead and indulge ourselves with the original.

Hawaii Five-O intro/opening credits video

“Book ’em, Danno”


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