Match Of The Day's theme music named the most recognisable on British television

It is music to the ears of football fans keen to see the day's action.

And now Match of the Day has been voted the most recognised theme tune on British TV.

The BBC programme's brass-led beat saw off tough competition from EastEnders.

Top tune: The intro music to Match of the Day has been named the most recognisable on British television

Top tune: The intro music to Match of the Day has been named the most recognisable on British television

Doctor Who followed in third place, while Coronation Street and Countdown were voted third and fourth.

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

TOP FIVE THEME TUNES

1. Match of the Day
2. EastEnders
3. Doctor Who
4. Coronation Street
5. Countdown

'You just know what's coming next, lots of football action and goals - and everyone can hum it.'

The music for the show, which has been running for more than 45 years, was composed by Barry Stoller in 1970.

It replaced Arnold Stock's Drum Majorette theme, which ran from 1964 to 1970.

The research was based on a survey of 2,000 people conducted by the Performing Rights Society for Music, which collects royalties for songwriters.

Ellis Rich, PRS chairman, said: '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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