The theme song to The Office is one of the most iconic of all time. However, the workplace comedy almost had an entirely different–and very well-known–theme that would have set a very different tone. During the latest episode of , series stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey set the record straight on the iconic show’s opening tune.
As it turns out, the series originally was going to use an established song to open each episode–and there were three options. “[Creator Greg Daniels] whittled it down to three choices and he created title sequences to all three songs and he gave DVDs out to the whole cast,” Fischer remembered. “And we got to vote on the songs.”
Those songs were “Better Things” by the Kinks, “Float On” by Modest Mouse, and “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. Kinsey admitted she voted for Modest Mouse, while Fischer was a fan of the ELO opening credits. Ultimately, “Mr. Blue Sky” won the vote, and when the cast gathered to watch the pilot episode together, that’s what opened the show. You can see those opening credits below.