Premiering in the summer of 1999, Spongebob Squarepants quickly became one of the highest-rated children’s programs in history. And with a catchy, call-and-answer theme song, it’s easy to see how kids got hooked. The opening sequence, featuring Spongebob playing his own nose like a flute, captures the goofy charm and boundless optimism that made the Nickelodeon show a sensation.
The Top 10 Cartoon Theme Songs
Long after you've become too old to enjoy after school cartoons, their theme songs continue to bounce around your brain. TIME chooses the most memorable animated tunes.