Debate: The best ITV F1 title theme tune

ITVA light-hearted debate this afternoon, I thought.

ITV have been bringing F1 races to us in Britain live for over a decade. From the original funky Jamiroquai theme, to the Bachman Turner Overdrive remix, to today’s Moby tune, which is the best?

Check out the videos below and pick your favourite.

ITV F1 theme 1997-9

ITV F1 theme 2000-2

ITV F1 theme 2003-5

ITV F1 theme 2006-present

I like the second one most which is “Blackbeat” by Apollo 440. But I also liked the original Jamiroquai tune (and what an excellent choice petrolhead musician to compose it).

I’m a big fan of Moby’s early work, but the current theme “Lift Me Up” only reminds just how far downhill he’s gone. I never liked the Bachman Turner Overdrive version.

But here’s the crucial question – are any of them better than the BBC’s classic theme, “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac?

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38 comments on Debate: The best ITV F1 title theme tune

  1. Mikey J, the tune you are thinking of is "Catch Me If You Can", sung by Louise Griffiths, played during the closing sequence of the 2004 Australian Grand Prix and the opening sequence of the next race, the 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix.
     I quite liked it – even though it wasn’t really a racing tune, it had a good beat and Louise was listenable.

  2. Fleetwood Mac "The Chain" beats all the rest like the BBC coverage without the adverts !

  3. Harry said on 19th April 2008, 18:07

    hey does anyone have a link to the formula one intro where the chain is playing… as the formula one car is just coming over the horizon… and the heat waves are there?… i loved that intro and i cant find it anywhere…

  4. Hollie said on 27th April 2008, 21:36

    the chain is by far my favourite, this is how i first remember formula 1! definatley don’t like the new moby theme, i just don’t get how it fits the programme.

  5. Alex said on 6th July 2008, 13:03

    ok, i started watching F1 in 2000 and that apollo440 tune blackbeat is amazing fits so well with dark beats ive heard the chain but many people will love that because they simply grew up hearing that, blackbeat seemed modern with electro sounds and rock influences, it literally got me revved up for the race, 97-99 tune is decent especialy at the end after a slow start,

    agreed that the current moby tune is quite pathetic, cheesy and does not suit f1, please no lyrics for future productions in the titles and the video is awful realy good ideas but for me it doesnt work, when overdrive took over i was so dissapointe i thought very cheesy to be honest and when I heard ‘lift me up’ couldnt believe anything could be worse but it was, blackbeat all the way and the video is the best aswell or maybe 97-99

  6. john peacock said on 2nd February 2009, 21:07

    itv.s theme tune by moby ” lift me up “is my favourite it will be interesting to see what the bbc come up with if anyones got any ideas whos going to write it i would interested to find out

  7. i love theme tune it is brillant 2003-2008 were my fav fleetwood mac is fav but can anyone tell me were i could by a cd with the f1 theme tune plaease

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