There is so much to enjoy in the ‘90s cartoon X-Men: The Animated Series. Everyone has characters they love from the show and episodes that continue to be favorites years later. While there might be some debate among fans about which aspects are the best, the one thing fans can agree on is that the show’s theme is one of the greatest animated themes ever created.
Once you hear the theme it’s impossible to forget it. The music was created by composer Ron Wasserman, who also composed the music for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and its memorable theme “Go Go Power Rangers.” In an interview with Marvel.com, Wasserman said the theme for X-Men was easier to create than Power Rangers. He offered some insight into what he could remember of the process behind its composition as well.
“Now, it’s been a long time and I could be completely wrong and maybe the theme was written first. But the process was, I think, just watching the cuts and coming up with that tempo so I have a basic clip track, and then start writing the theme from there that just moved with their cuts and with the excitement that I was seeing. It feels like that was always scored to picture. I think I scored it to picture as opposed to the editor editing it to the music. I can’t quite remember,” he told Marvel.com.
Listening to the theme, it immediately draws you in and builds up to an exciting pace. As soon as you hear it, even without the accompanying animation of the opening, you know you're in for another exciting adventure with these superheroes. The music is catchy in a way that definitely gets it stuck in your head, but in the best way possible.
The ‘90s were full of memorable cartoon themes, but the opening music to X-Men: The Animated Series remains one of my favorites.