We take a look at the history of the BBC's Formula One theme song

We all know it, and we all love it, but what exactly is the history of the BBC's famous Formula One theme song, and why is it that it has had such an effect on generations of race fans? Anyone growing up between the late 1970s and early 90s will no doubt associate the fantastic bass line with the promise of imminent high speed Formula One action, while looking back sadly on the twelve years where ITV won the rights for coverage of the sport and instead inflicted some immediately forgettable nonsense upon us in place of the classic theme.

The theme tune is taken from The Chain, by Fleetwood Mac, although anyone listening to that song for the first time would be excused for wondering what exactly the link between the two is. In fact, the actual Formula One theme tune part of The Chain doesn't begin until around two minutes and fifty seconds into the song - seemingly an odd place for something with such strong intro characteristics.

Nevertheless, The Chain has gone down in history thanks to Formula One, but in truth it would have managed to be noted as successful in its own right given the fact that it is the only Fleetwood Mac song credited to all five members of the legendary Rumours era of the band. Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, john McVie and Stevie Nicks all received a writing credit on the track, which featured on their 40,000,000 selling album Rumours, which is considered by many to be one of the finest rock and roll albums ever written.

So next time you hear the Formula One theme tune starting up you'll be able to dazzle your friends with some relatively useless trivia!

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