So Mr Bond is on his way! The James Bond series recently made history with “No Time To Die” by Billie Eilish. As the youngest person to ever co-write and sing a theme song for this franchise, it’s a pretty big happening in the world of the Bond series.
After listening to the new instalment, I decided to give all 24 existing songs, spanning all the way back to Monty Norman’s original theme song, a listen. Here are the 10 that represent what I believe to be the best James Bond songs of all time – those that have shaken and stirred audiences over the years and to this day.
10. Billie Eilish – No Time To Die (2020)
Billie Eilish is on everyone’s lips. She swept the Grammys and had a strong performance at the Oscars. But what will be remembered for a long time is the new Bond theme song she collaborated on with brother Finneas. The composition pays tribute to past themes with guitar lines and the all so famous minor 9th chord. This song just proves yet again what vocal talent this major star has!
9. Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice (1967)
The French horns, violins and Oriental vibe is what makes this theme song a killer! Nancy Sinatra’s voice makes the song mysterious, the lyrics make it a bit corny, and the memorable Sean Connery makes it a hit long after the credits start.
8. Tom Jones – Thunderball (1965)
Tom Jones gives a strong performance in this one! Only talent can hold that final note like he did. It’s rushed, dramatic and gives support to the hero like no other song!
7. Chris Cornell – You Know My Name (2006)
This is definitely one of my favourite Bond songs! It’s gritty and tough with a strong male vocalist taking the stand. The grungy guitars together with the orchestra makes it a ballad about the legacy of James Bond, introducing the emotion of Casino Royale.
6. A-ha – The Living Daylights (1987)
I enjoy this theme song because of its orchestral styling, together with the modern sound of A-ha. “The Living Daylights” doesn’t fail to excite the audience, but still leaves a bit of melancholy.
5. Adele – Skyfall (2012)
“Skyfall” just feels like a Bond song. The piano keys that open the song takes you back to the classic days. It’s a jazzy, dramatic ballad. And who better than Adele to give this classic the edge we all need?
4. Paul McCartney and Wings – Live and Let Die (1973)
I’m obsessed with the progression of this song. It’s all over the place, with piano ballads, rock & roll and even a bit of reggae all wrapped up with a great Paul McCartney ribbon! It’s a final explosion that suits the Bond franchise like a glove.
3. Duran Duran – A View to a Kill (1985)
This song represents the early 80s and is definitely the only Bond song you can dance to! The aggressive nature and energy that “A View to a Kill” embodies makes it difficult to forget.
2. Tina Turner – GoldenEye (1995)
This song makes me smile! Not only because it was written by Bono and The Edge of U2, but also the daring vocals in the final chorus of the song. This song is dangerous and exciting, like any James Bond ought to be!
1. Jack white and Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die (2008)
I chose “Another Way To Die” to be my number one because it’s the oddest Bond theme song ever written. The rock legend Jack White teaming up with vocal goddess Alicia Keys is something I will never stop being excited about. It’s weird in nature, with garage rock and R&B knitted together. I ultimately enjoy the deep guitar, brass injections and piano; and who doesn’t love Jack White shaking you up with his rustic voice?!
So, there you have it! If you feel like a Bond girl or want to jump cars like James Bond before the release of No Time To Die, take a listen to my James Bond playlist on Apple Music: