Jump to FM.tv

Culture

4 Times Will Smith Rocked the 'Fresh Prince' Theme Song in Recent Years

'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' made its TV debut 25 years ago, its star turns 47 today—what more reason do you need to revisit the classic theme with some latter-day performances?

1 / 4

2005 at Live 8 in Philadelphia

Nearly 20 years after The Fresh Prince wrapped, its theme song lives on in the just-turned-47-year-old Will Smith's heart as much as it does in ours. We've got four videos to prove it.

Theme song starts at: 12 seconds
YouTube Hits: 179,400
Best part: The stank Will starts increasingly layering onto the performance. Also: The hat.

2 / 4

2012 on the 'Graham Norton Show'

Theme song starts at: 1:50
YouTube Hits: 14.85 million
Best part: Will confiding this, pre-rap: "Every country in the world, that is the thing I am most known for," Will told the BBC host. "No matter how big the movies get, it's The Fresh Prince everywhere. Listen man, long as they screaming 'Will,' I'm cool." Also: Those keyboard sounds.

3 / 4

2013 on the 'Graham Norton Show' with Jaden Smith

Theme song starts at: 2:25
YouTube Hits: 35.2 million
Best part: Jaden's outfit? The fact this is Will Smith singing the Fresh Prince theme with young Jaden? The fact that DJ Jazzy Jeff is in the house? The fact that the song was really just a lead-in for Alfonso Ribeiro to show up and do the Carlton Dance?

4 / 4

2015 on the 'Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Theme song starts at: The very beginning
YouTube Hits: 706,700
Best part: Will bopping around nervously in the middle like, "Is this going well or not? Are these people seriously not excited to be part of a Fresh Prince theme song singalong with me right now?"

User Comments

Advertisement

Photo of the day

July 24: Kendrick Goes Double Platinum

As his album is certified double platinum (the first album to do so 2017!), a "forever grateful" Kendrick Lamar sends some love to his fans on Instagram, posting: These murals forever belong to my fans. You've always taken my words above and beyond. Around the world and back again. With trust. I am forever grateful. 2x

Advertisement