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MoTD tops TV theme music league

Gary Lineker
Gary Linkeker has been the main host on Match of the Day since 1999.

The BBC's Match of the Day has the most recognisable theme tune on TV, beating the likes of Doctor Who and EastEnders.

The football programme's jaunty score claimed the top spot in a poll for the Performing Right Society (PRS).

The sports show has been running for over 45 years, and the current brass-led theme music was composed in 1970 by Barry Stoller.

MoTD presenter Gary Lineker said: "The theme tune never fails to excite me even after all these years."

He added: "You automatically know exactly which programme it is associated with and it seems to be timeless. You just know what's coming next, lots of football action and goals - and everyone can hum it!"

1. MoTD
2. EastEnders
3. Doctor Who
4. Coronation Street
5. Countdown

The research was based on a survey of over 2,000 respondents conducted by PRS for Music, which collects royalties on behalf of songwriters.

Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS, added: "Sometimes the defining characteristic between a 'good programme' and a 'great programme' is our ability to take to the theme tune.

"Whether it creates suspense, acts as a cliff-hanger or just wraps the show up neatly, the theme tune plays an indispensable role in a show."

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