10 Greatest James Bond Theme Songs

UPDATE: Brit pop singer Sam Smith latest to take on a Bond theme with “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme from Spectre

Check out our rankings of the top 10 Bond songs of all time.

10. “All Time High”- Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge, former wife of Kris Kristofferson, reached the peak of her career with this theme from 1983’s Octopussy. Tim Rice (best known as the lyricist for the musicals  Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as several Disney animated classics including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast) penned the lyrics to the John Barry score.

9. “For Your Eyes Only”- Sheena Easton

A year after after hopping off the “Morning Train,” Sheena Easton sexed up the theme to 1981’s For Your Eyes Only.

8. “Licence To Kill”- Gladys Knight

There were no Pips involved went Gladys Knight went solo with the theme to 1989’s Licence To Kill.

7. “Nobody Does It Better”- Carly Simon

The recently departed Marvin Hamlisch provided the score for 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, and along with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, came up with this Carly Simon classic.

6. “A View To A Kill”- Duran Duran

Duran Duran were at the height of their popularity when they recorded the theme to 1985’s A View To A Kill.

5. “Golden Eye”- Tina Turner

Tina Turner was a natural to provide a Bond theme, and the theme to Golden Eye also happened to be written by Bono and The Edge of U2.

4. “You Only Live Twice”- Nancy Sinatra

The same could be said for Nancy Sinatra‘s Bond theme, which had a second life just this year when it was featured prominently in the Mad Men season 5 finale, also titled “You Only Live Twice.”

3. “Diamonds Are Forever”- Shirley Bassey

When you think of a Bond theme, you undoubtedly think of the brassy British songstress Shirley Bassey, who holds the record number of Bond themes with three to her credit.

2. “Goldfinger”- Shirley Bassey

Just as indelibly etched on the mind as the buxom babe painted gold in Goldfinger is Shirley Bassey’s stunning theme song.

1. “Live And Let Die”- Paul McCartney and Wings

The Bond themes received a welcome jolt of rock and roll when Paul McCartney and Wings supplied the best theme of all to the franchise for 1973’s Live and Let Die.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Bond film franchise, a new collection entitled Best Of Bond…James Bond was released on October 9th from Capitol/EMI featuring the themes from all 23 Bond films released since 1962. A deluxe edition, consisting of 50 tracks, also includes remixes, orchestral arrangements and more.


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