“Clarissa Explains It All” gave the world Melissa Joan Hart and was somewhat ahead of its time, being the first Nickelodeon television series to feature a female lead character.
But this early 1990s show really only made one contribution that matters – its amazingly simple theme song.
Rachel Sweet expertly performs this series of one repeated syllable with an occasional “way cool! or “just do it!” thrown in for good measure. Don’t look for any meaning in this theme; it is, literally, just a series of “na-na-na-na” with a few phrases added to it so there’s at least a few sections with lyrics.
My parent’s cable plan didn’t include Nickelodeon, so it’s not like I closely followed the exploits of Clarissa or grew up learning from her explanations of it all. Still, I seem to randomly think of the theme song once every few months and then spend the next week trying to get the tune out of my head. I don’t always need meaning, or actual words, in my music – sometimes all I look for in a good theme song is a little “na-na-na.”
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