The Band Behind the Phineas and Ferb Theme Song
Most of us born in the late 1990s to early 2000s can not only recognize the Phineas and Ferb theme song, but can likely sing it word for word. Surprisingly though, the band who sang the iconic song is widely unknown.
Bowling For Soup
The theme song, titled "Today is Gonna Be a Great Day", was originally written and performed by Bowling For Soup, a pop punk band started in 1994. They went on to reach mainstream success in the early 2000s with their fourth album, Drunk Enough to Dance with a Grammy nominated song "Girl All the Bad Guys Want". Their success continued to rise with that of the pop punk genre as a whole during the early 2000s, along with bands such as Sum 41, Blink-182 and Simple Plan.
Since 1994, Bowling For Soup have released 10 studio albums, 4 compilation albums and 2 live albums. Their sound has remained fairly consistent throughout their career, along with a dedicated fan base of over 3 million monthly Spotify listeners.
If you like the Phineas and Ferb theme song or just want to check out more of this great band, here are some of my favourite songs:
A Really Cool Dance Song
“A Really Cool Dance Song” is Bowling For Soup’s hilarious attempt at creating a song with pop roots to appeal to the shift from pop punk’s popularity to pop in the late 2000s. While, I think, succeeding in creating a more pop centric song, they also make fun of it, with lyrics like “who the hell are we foolin'? This isn't what we really do...But it's gonna be really funny, 'cos this song will be number one”, implying that their shift towards pop is all in good fun.
Their most popular song, with almost 200 million plays on Spotify, “1985” lives up to its first-place status. Including fun lyrics with a lot of 80s references, this song really holds up among several generations of fans. Told from the perspective of a middle-aged woman wanting to stop time and asking questions like “when did Mötley Crüe become classic rock” or “when did Ozzy become an actor” to try and navigate the early 2000s.
Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It)
Much like 1985, “Getting Old Sucks (But Everybody’s Doing It)” tells the story of not wanting to grow up and get older, but this time from the perspective of the band members. Making mentions of going to bed early, having children and fading tattoos. With a positive spin and upbeat sound, this 2021 release shows that Bowling For Soup still has what it takes to make great music.
High School Never Ends
“Four years, you think for sure, that's all you've got to endure” ...nope. In this song Bowling For Soup describes life after high school as unchanging, comparing celebrities to high school archetypes. Another upbeat, catchy song that would make a great addition to any playlist.
Girl All the Bad Guys Want
Describing an unattainable cool girl, this classic storyline has, of course, on-brand upbeat silly lyrics. I imagine listening to this song live from a mosh pit, screaming, jumping and singing along. The chorus "If you were me, then you'd be screamin', "Someone shoot me!" as I fail miserably tryna get the girl all the bad guys want" invites you to scream along, with the beat building up to what would be a fast-paced and epic mosh pit.
Bowling For Soup are often overlooked for the Phineas and Ferb theme song, but since their emergence in 1994 they have delivered consistent, great music (including the iconic theme song). Whether you were rocking out to "Today is Gonna Be a Great Day" as a child (or now, no shame) or you're looking for some new music, check out Bowling For Soup and give them the recognition we should have as kids watching Disney channel in the early 2000s.