The series' theme song featured the cast singing Cliff Richard and The Shadows UK #1 song "The Young Ones". Throughout the series there were many references to Richard, as Mayall's character was a fan.
In 1984, after the second season, Planer (in character as Neil) reached No. 2 in the UK charts with a version of Traffic's "Hole In My Shoe". The accompanying Neil's Heavy Concept Album, a loose collection of songs and spoken comedy, included appearances by The Young Ones alumni Dawn French and Stephen Fry.
Most episodes had a musical guest performing in the house or street. By including the groups, the show qualified as variety rather than light entertainment with the BBC and was allocated a bigger budget than a sitcom. This helped introduce several British bands to American viewers, such as Dexys Midnight Runners, Motörhead, and Madness. The latter appeared in two episodes; they were under consideration for a Monkees-style show at the time.
|1||Demolition||Nine Below Zero||"Eleven Plus Eleven"|
|2||Oil||Radical Posture (with Alexei Sayle)||"Dr. Martens Boots"|
|3||Boring||Madness||"House of Fun"|
|4||Bomb||Dexys Midnight Runners||"Jackie Wilson Said"|
|5||Interesting||Rip Rig + Panic (with Neneh Cherry)||"You're My Kind Of Climate"|
|1||Bambi||Motörhead||"Ace of Spades"|
|2||Cash||Ken Bishop's Nice Twelve||"Subterranean Homesick Blues"|
|6||Summer Holiday||John Otway||"Body Talk"|