Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)

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"Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)"
Joey Scarbury Believe It or Not.jpg
Single by Joey Scarbury
from the album America's Greatest Hero
B-side "Little Bit of Us"
Released May 1981
Format 7"
Length 3:11
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Mike Post, Stephen Geyer
Producer(s) Mike Post
Joey Scarbury singles chronology
"Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)"
"When She Dances"
"Believe It or Not"
"When She Dances"

"Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)" is a song composed by Mike Post with lyrics by Stephen Geyer, and sung by American singer Joey Scarbury. It serves as the theme song for the 1980s television series The Greatest American Hero. The track was later included on Scarbury's 1981 debut album America's Greatest Hero.

The theme song became a popular hit during the run of The Greatest American Hero. "Believe It or Not" debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 on June 13, 1981, eventually peaking at number 2 during the weeks ending August 15–22, 1981, kept off the top spot by "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, and spending a total of 18 weeks in the Top 40. On the Adult Contemporary Chart, "Believe It or Not" went to number 3.[1] It also peaked at the number 1 position on the Record World chart.[2] It was also used in the 2009 movie Super Capers.

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 216. 
  2. ^ IMDB Trivia for The Greatest American Hero
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1981-09-26. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Believe It or Not (Theme from "The Greatest American Hero"". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1981-10-25. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 213. 
  9. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 8, 1981
  10. ^ The 1981 Top 100 Singles chart is identified by the RPM Year-End article "Top 100 Singles (1981)". RPM. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  11. ^ "End of Year Charts 1981". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
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  13. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1981
  14. ^ "State Farm TV Commercial, 'Together' Featuring Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews". Retrieved September 11, 2017.