This may be too niche of a topic, but I think it’s appropriate since I’m honoring one of my childhood heroes. Jason David Frank passed away last week. For those who don’t recognize that name, he played the original green ranger in the “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.”
I could write a column about how much he has given to the Power Rangers fandom or even give the story behind my Power Rangers tattoo, but I think it’s time I do another ranking column to keep it light. One thing every Power Rangers fan has an opinion on is the intro song for the different series, and I have the correct top five of all time.
Number 5 Power Rangers: Dino Thunder – I’m not choosing this season’s intro because this is Frank’s last season where he played a main character. I’m choosing it because it truly is a great intro with some of the stronger lyrics of the franchise. Many intros are pretty generic, and this season gives more depth than the others.
Number 4 Power Rangers: Dino Charge – This choice is a controversial pick because it is just an edited version of the original “Go Go Power Rangers.” However, the opening beats, the newly-written verse and melody and the performances make this intro so exciting. There are a few seasons that have edited versions of the original, but this is the one that comes closest to the magic of the original song.
Number 3 Power Rangers: Mystic Force – This is another controversial pick as it steers away from the classic rock sound like the series before it and goes for a more 2000’s hip-hop sound. A rock version was created at first, but they opted for the newer sound to appeal to children more, and it worked for me.
Number 2 Power Rangers in Space – Originally planned as the end to the series, the writers for this intro song put their all into it. The song starts with a countdown like you’re in a spaceship, and then it goes right into a catchy verse. But the true greatness comes from the chorus. Lyrically, it’s not too imaginative, but melodically, it gets me pumped.
Honorable mentions need to be recognized for “Dino Fury,” “Time Force,” and “Lost Galaxy” for almost making the cut. “R.P.M.” also gets a shout out for being the absolute worst intro song. I also don’t know when I will get a chance to nerd out about this show again, so I want everyone to know that “Wild Force” is the best series of Power Rangers ever created.
Alright, it’s the moment you all have been waiting for. All three people that care or know what I’m talking about, the number one intro is of course from “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.” It’s the original, it’s iconic, and it’s memorable. It’s the one that non Power Ranger fans know. “Go Go Power Rangers” opens with a sick guitar solo that is recognizable by anyone who grew up in the ‘90s. There’s a reason the newer seasons sample it for their own intros. Why mess with magic?
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