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TV THEME SONG-ville -- Episode 6

Emmy winners Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney from HBO's John Adams

This one is of very recent vintage. But I don't think any HBO movie or miniseries has ever been graced by a more stirring opening theme.

John Adams, which premiered in 2008, swept that season's Emmy Awards, winning 13 in all. Its perfectly pitched mood music, by Rob Lane, starts slowly but builds quickly. Most theme songs have to grow on you, but not this one. I loved it the minute I heard it. Effortlessly majestic, it perfectly set the table for the rousing miniseries to come.