Soul Train Themes (All Intros – 1971 to 2006)

Soul Train Themes (All Intros – 1971 to 2006)

Here’s all the different intro’s they used on the show throughout the years.

(Oct 71 – Oct 73) – Hot Potatoes – King Curtis – 0:00 (✲)
(Oct 73 – Aug 75) – The Sound of Philadelphia – MFSB – 1:10
(Aug 75 – Oct 76) – Soul Train ’75 – The Soul Train Gang – 2:50
(Oct 76 – Sep 78) – Soul Train ’76 – The Soul Train Gang – 4:47
(Sep 78 – Mar 80) – Soul Train Theme ’79 – The Waters – 6:55
(Mar 80 – Jun 80) – Up on Soul Train – The Waters – 8:53
(Jun 80 – Jan 83) – Up on Soul Train – The Whispers – 10:23
(Apr 83 – Jul 83) — Soul Train’s a Comin’ – O’Bryan – 11:39
(Oct 83 – Sep 87) – Soul Train’s a Comin’ (Party Down) – 13:44
(Sep 87 – Jun 89) – TSOP ’87 – George Duke (✲)
(Sep 89 – Jun 93) – TSOP ’89 – George Duke – 15:46
(Oct 93 – Jun 99) – Soul Train ’93 – Naughty by Nature – 17:51
(Sep 99 – Mar 06) – TSOP 2000 – Dr. Freeze, Samson – 19:58

(✲) Starts with “Familiar Footsteps” by Gene Chandler.
(✲) TSOP ’87 is almost identical to TSOP ’89, I didn’t include it.

50 replies
  1. hkr006
    hkr006 says:

    Gotta give respect to Don. He *hung in there* for as many fads/changing styles as he could before bowing out. You can tell how tired he is by the 90s one.

    RIP brotha

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  2. Deborah Foster
    Deborah Foster says:

    Loved and still love watching the clips from Soul Train.
    Love the first and second theme song the best
    Especially the one by TSOP.
    BUT when The Whispers did the theme…can’t remember the year but it was close to the last years it aired.
    I swear that was The Absolute Best one.
    I still jam out to it.
    Every day I play it…just about all day long.
    It gives my life.
    The Whispers rocked it out on their version.
    Nothing like some good music. It never gets old.💞💞💞

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  3. Charles allen jr
    Charles allen jr says:

    Soul Train was gem. It stayed on the air for 35 years, 22 of them hosted by the great Don Cornelius, BUT ran 13 more years without him. You can’t ignore that era. That’s not a fluke. The show itself had staying power on its own. That doesn’t get talked about enough. Yes the show was starting to lose steam, but it survived 13 more years. Shemar Moore at least tried to restore the steam to the train, but it was on fumes after he left.

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  4. Not Me But You
    Not Me But You says:

    I have to admit–when Don came on at 19:31, he scared the hell out of me!!! Seems like he was really struggling there.😞😞😞

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  5. Patrick Miles
    Patrick Miles says:

    That first 1:00 minute was hot! That instrumental beat that was playing when the guests were introduced killed it! I had to keep rewinding for it.

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  6. Dj1964
    Dj1964 says:

    I couldn’t wait for soul train to come on. Wish there were VCRs back then. Thank goodness a lot of the performances can be found on YouTube

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  7. Geeky Nerdy
    Geeky Nerdy says:

    Lol damn that is the most sorry ass train at 20:00 compared to how it was jamming in the early 70s xD. It was loosing interest.

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  8. Goddess Jnu
    Goddess Jnu says:

    Man black people was the shit back then we are so powerful its to damn bad we let the beast come in and still our essence mind body and soul we are powerful people stop trying to be like these damn white people and be who you are

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  9. FORALL2HEAR TV
    FORALL2HEAR TV says:

    The OBryan Soul Train theme from around 1983 was my all time favorite theme and I graduated from High School that year. That was a wild ass year by the way!!!! There will never ever be another Soul Train again like this one because it broke the mold!

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  10. Tonishala Adams
    Tonishala Adams says:

    So happy they have a new Movie coming out Feb 2019 American Soul telling Don Cornelius story , May he Rest In Peace!

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  11. FORALL2HEAR TV
    FORALL2HEAR TV says:

    My dad for awhile didn’t like Soul Train at the time and he was in his 30s. It was and still is my all time favorite tv show ever

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  12. MDL
    MDL says:

    That 1974, 1980-1982, and 1983-1986 Soul Train theme music, doe… 🤣Aw, mane!! 🤣 We liked that almost/ as much/ even better than the some actual acts they had on the show. Find me any other weekly TV shows during those time periods that had theme music that durn iconically awesome. None, maybe except Sanford and Son during the 1970s and various background music grooves from Fat Albert & the Cosby(yeah, that’s right! I said it!)Kids. My younger siblings and I would get all toe up( 😡) the moment e’ertime those theme song versions would trail off into some, corny, unrelated asinine commercial (Any of y’all underdig?) Especially, as the show’s intro and conclusion(with credits rolling) was ending, after the brother Don Cornelius introduced the acts at the entrance and exit of the show or the guest act did a slow song that drug the momentum down.

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  13. Marcus Reeves
    Marcus Reeves says:

    ANYBODY NOTICE HOW FUNKY THEY KEPT DAT TRAIN ENGINE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS?I MEAN EVEN THE ENGINE WOULD BE DANCIN DOWN THE TRACKS EVERY TIME.JUST CHECK OUT HOW HE’S MOVIN DOWN DEM TRACKS.

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  14. D2K Prime
    D2K Prime says:

    When Soul Train came on at my house it meant two things.

    A. Cartoons were over with and time to go outside.

    or

    B. Time to clean the house and then go outside.

    I didn’t watch it all the time except for when my favorite bands were on. There will never be another show like it.

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  15. Jarek Bradshaw
    Jarek Bradshaw says:

    In the 80s, I fell in love with soul train, I don’t know about anyone else, but I would love to see it make a tremendous comeback. Soul train will forever be in my heart

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  16. Armory Brunot,Jr.
    Armory Brunot,Jr. says:

    Fact of interest: In "Soul Train"s first seasons, the group dancing on the floor was called The Soul Train Gang, but it was changed to
    The Soul Train Dancers due to the negative connotation of the
    word "gang".

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