“Faith of the Heart” wasn’t the original theme song used for Enterprise
There aren’t too many Star Trek: Enterprise fans that love the theme song that was chosen for the series when it premiered in 2001. “Faith of the Heart” was written by Diane Warren and originally sung by Rod Stewart for the 1998 film “Path Adams.” It was rerecorded by Russell Watson as “Where My Heart Will Take Me” to use for the new Star Trek series which took viewers back in time to the first warp-five starship.
It comes as no surprise that fans hated the song and the version, even though Russell Watson was sure they’d come around to it. In fact, he told Zap2it back in 2001 that by the time the fans had watched the 20th episode, they’d be thinking the song wasn’t so bad after all. But that didn’t happen. In fact, fans started unsuccessful petitions to get the theme song changed.
A temporary theme song was used for Enterprise
According to The Fifty-Year Mission The Next 25 Years by Mark A. Altman & Edward Gross, Rick Berman said that the lyrics to “Faith of the Heart” seemed perfect, but Brannon Braga said he still cringes when he hears it. He said that originally the main titles had been cut to U2’s “Beautiful Day.”
"If we could have used that—or could have afforded it, that would have been a great song. Those main titles with U2 are amazing. It’s hip and cool, whereas the song we ended up with is awful."
Most fans will agree, though, that in spite of producers desire to use “Beautiful Day,” the best choice would have been an instrumental like all of the other Star Trek series used. Those theme songs are widely-recognized as being part of the franchise while “Where Your Heart Will Take You” is one fans prefer to forget or ignore.
Do you think U2’s “Beautiful Day” would have been a better theme song for Enterprise?