Stevie Wonder’s ‘Another Star’ to be used by BBC for World Cup coverage

The song is taken from the icon's 1976 album 'Songs In The Key Of Life'

Stevie Wonder song ‘Another Star’ will be used by the BBC for their coverage of this year’s World Cup.

The track will be used as the opening sequence for all of the World Cup programming on the BBC, starting with a show previewing the tournament on June 11 which will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD.

‘Another Star’ originally featured on Wonder’s 1976 album ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ and its inclusion on the BBC’s coverage marks the first time Wonder has given approval for one of his songs to be used in this way. See above to hear the song now.

Ian Finch, Senior Producer for BBC Sport, said: “This song perfectly captures the feelgood, carnival atmosphere we will bring to our viewers during the World Cup this summer. It is very rare for an artist of this stature to approve the use of their music in this way, so we are thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity.”

The World Cup is live across BBC TV, radio and online from 12 June – 13 July. Gary Lineker will front the coverage alongside a host of pundits, including Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Gabby Logan. The BBC will split coverage of the tournament with ITV, who have yet to reveal which song they will use for their broadcasts.