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25 sporting theme tunes that will make you feel nostalgic

Featuring Shakira, The Sunday Game and Gladiators, among others.

1. The Original Sunday Game theme

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2.  The Rocky theme

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3. The Match of the Day theme

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4. The Gazzetta Football Italia theme

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5. The Grandstand theme

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6. The Big Break theme

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7. The 1987 Rugby World Cup theme

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8. The World Cup Italia 90 song (‘Nessun dorma’ by Luciano Pavarotti)

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9. The World Cup 1994 theme (‘Gloryland’ by The Primitive Quartet)

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10. The World Cup 1998 BBC theme (‘Pavane’ by Fauré)

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11. The BBC’s Euro 2004 theme (‘Good Luck’ by Basement Jaxx)

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12. The 2010 World Cup song ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ by Shakira

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13. NBC Olympics theme (‘Bugler’s Dream’ by Leo Arnaud)

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14. The unofficial Olympics theme (‘Chariots of Fire’ by Vangelis)

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15. The 2012 Paralympics theme (‘Harder than you think’ by Public Enemy)

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16. The original BBC Athletics theme

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17. The Sportsnight theme

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18. ITV’s Tour de France theme

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19. The BBC Snooker theme

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20. The BBC Wimbledon theme

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21. The Superstars theme

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22. Shawn Michaels’ theme music

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23. Sky Sports pre-season theme music (‘Are You Ready for Love’ by Elton John)

24. The ‘Gladiators’ theme

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25. The theme for ‘The Premiership’ (‘Beautiful Day’ by U2)

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