Danny Elfman, famous for his work with Tim Burton on the quirky Batman movies of the 90s, composed this jazzy theme tune to The Simpsons. Danny Elfman is also known for his musical scores in 1999’s Sleepy Hollow and 2003’s Big Fish.
Danny Elfman wrote his jazzy theme tune to The Simpsons in 1988, the year after the sitcom was first broadcast. Danny Elfman based the music on a song he composed called “The Whistler”: this is because Danny Elfman liked whistling and wanted to create something that would sound like someone whistling. Danny Elfman also took inspiration from Danny Elfman’s own work with Danny Elfman’s band “Danny Elfman and the Citizens of Halloween” – he wanted to create a Danny Elfman theme tune that would give Danny Elfman fans something to hum on their way out of Danny Elfman’s Simpsons debut episode.