The Dating Game Theme Song

Original run: 1965-1986; Syndicated: until 1999

Chances are you might not be familiar with this theme song, but once your hear it, it’ll feel like you’ve known it for a while. The song is very wacky/comedic/fun. Wikipedia elusively lists Steve Kaplan as the original composer—”Later versions … of the original theme by Steve Kaplan.”

But for sure, versions were done by Chet Baker, The Mariachi Brass, David Mook, and Milton DeLugg.

So anyway, yes, The Dating Game is a dating game. It ran in the 1960s through the 1980s on ABC. It was also syndicated/resurrected as The New Dating Game sometime in the 1990s.

Below is the original theme.

By the way, a lot of songs are used as musical cues, and you might mistake some of it as the theme song. Below is a list of songs used throughout the show.

  1. “Spanish Flea” for the bachelor intro
  2. “Whipped Cream” for the bachelorette intro)
  3. “Lollipops and Roses” for the meet-your-date cue
  4. “Ladyfingers” and “Lemon Tree” for the thinking cues

One thought on “The Dating Game Theme Song”

  1. Steve Kaplan as composer of the Dating Game theme? Never heard of him. According to my research, “Spanish Flea” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass was used as the original theme from late 1965 into 1966. It was replaced with an original tune written by Chuck Barris and David Mook and used until 1980. The closing theme, “Little Rosie,” was also composed by Chuck Barris. Both open & close themes (and their writing credits) can be found on the 1974 LP “Chuck Barris Presents Themes from TV Game Shows” Friends SAR-1001 (later re-released on CD on an Australian label.
    Steve Gelfand
    author, Television Theme Recordings 1951-1994

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