theme-song

theme song

noun
1.
a melody in an operetta or musical comedy so emphasized by repetition as to dominate the presentation.
2.
a melody identifying or identified with a radio or television program, dance band, etc., usually played at the beginning of each program.
3.
an expression, comment, or subject of conversation that a person or group uses habitually.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism

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theme song
 
n
1.  a melody used, esp in a film score, to set a mood, introduce a character, etc
2.  another term for signature tune

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