Top 10 Best James Bond Theme Songs

The Top Ten
1 The Living Daylights - a-ha The Living Daylights - a-ha Cover Art

I love this song, it is my #1. But I am honestly shocked that it is first. I agree, and am happy to see it at #1, but am just so surprised that I am not the only one who thinks that it belongs up here.

I am sooo happy to see this is #1 on the list. It's never at the top of any list. I have always loved this one best. It's from my all-time favourite Bond film, and my first, amazingly.

The best bond, just about the best movie, plus Norway's finest, you can't lose.

Heard this recently and was pleasantly surprised

2 Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey Cover Art

Goldfinger... He's the man, the man with the mi-idas touch... A spider's touch... Such a cold finger... Beckons you, to enter his we-ev of sin... But DON'T GO IN...Golden words he will pour in your ear, but his lies won't disguise what you hear, for a golden girl knows when he's kissed her. It's the kiss of DEATH from Mr. Goldfinger! Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold... His heart is COLD! Golden words he will pour in your ear. But his lies can't disguise what you hear! For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her. It's the kiss of DEATH from Mr. Goldfinger. Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold... This heart is Cold!
He loves only gold!
Only gold! He loves gold!
He loves only gold!
Only gold!
He loves Gold!

Lyrics

Blooming hell man! What are you thinking! Goldfinger is THE James Bond song, it set the bar for all other singers to follow when creating a Bond theme! Horrified that it's not 1!

I do not actually like the lyrics very much but I get why someone might like them. Happy it's not first

Rubbish. I was beginning to think by this point this movie is gonna be about gold

3 Live and Let Die - Paul Mccartney & Wings Live and Let Die - Paul Mccartney & Wings Cover Art

I love this 007 theme. It gets me pumped every time I hear it. The song also gives me nostalgia as well because it reminds me of when I watched the Live And Let Die movie for the first time

Captured an era, sound very early 70's prog while also sounding very Bond. That should be impossible. Although we could do without the reggae bridge.

This should be way higher. I'd place this in the top 3 for sure. There's no way that Madonna deserves a higher spot than Paul McCartney & Wings.

If this incredible songs isn't number one the people who voted for other songs should Live and Let Die!

4 You Know My Name - Chris Cornell You Know My Name - Chris Cornell Cover Art

Chris Cornell brought Bond back with a bang. It's a fast paced, gritty song and perfectly set the tone for the Craig era. It acknowledges that this is a character who needs no introduction - we know James Bond, we know he's gonna kick some butt, and even though he has a new face for a new age, he's still the same character and we know we're gonna love him.

Definitely top three material. This song is brilliant in every aspect. Aside from other Bond songs, stands its ground greatly even when listening to it outside of the film. Wasn't aware of Cornell's work, but this song is outstanding.

A-ha's "The Living Daylights" is a good Bond theme song, and so is Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die," but this song is much better than those, and deserves to be #1. Chris Cornell's vocals, the lyrics, and the music matches Bond really well.

This is by far the greatest bond song. It tells you what Daniel Craig will be like, and the movie is just as awesome. Don't vote for Skyfall! Vote for You Know My Name!

5 A View To A Kill - Duran Duran A View To A Kill - Duran Duran Cover Art

This was perfect song for Duran Duran because this was after The Wild Boys which a hit in America and UK. I know that they split after a month and 1 week after the flim came out in cinemas because of the Arcadia and The Power Station project plus the loss of Andy and Roger in the band and the fab 5 reunited in 2001. This was a cracking bond song.

This song should be number #1 because Duran Duran said that someone good should do a Bond song and they didn't disappoint since this is the only Bond song that topped the billboard top 100.

By far, the best theme. Today, everybody wants to vote for the newer stuff. The older music was better, they felt like a Bond film.

Man, I love this song! It's the first upbeat and rocky vibe since Wings's Live And Let Die.

6 Skyfall - Adele Skyfall - Adele Cover Art

This is the end... Hold your breath and cou-unt to ten. Feel the earth mo-ove, and then... Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand ta-all and face it all, together this is skyfall, when it crumbles, we will stand ta-all and face it all... Together... At skyfall

WOW! This is probably one of Adele's best songs. She absolutely blew me away with this song. If you haven't heard this one yet, listen to it.

For me so far this the best james bond song ever, it is just full of emotion. nothing less nothing more-

The only song by adele that I truly love and thank god it was a bond theme

7 Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon Cover Art

This song was BORN to accompany The Spy Who Loved Me. It's a beautiful ballad, with its piano and
Carly Simon's rich vocals, it should be at number 3 at leady

From The Spy Who Loved Me, the best part about this song is how it appears in the movie, with Moore parachuting into the anonymous silhouetted hands.

Love this! And I too like to reinact the opening sequence to The Spy Who Loved Me (thank you Alan Partridge...)

Oh god this is a really beautiful soundtrack!

8 Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey Diamonds Are Forever  - Shirley Bassey  Cover Art

It was a toss up between "Diamonds Are Forever" and "License to Kill", but as great as the latter is, 'nobody does it better' than Dame Shirley Bassey.

I actually prefer this song to Goldfinger.

9 For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton For Your Eyes Only  - Sheena Easton  Cover Art

Are you kidding me? Number seventeen? Good God.

A shame this isn't higher.

One of my favorites.

This low? seriously?

10 You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra Cover Art

I believe this song should be in the top ten list because it's a song think about your life

I like the music

The Contenders
11 James Bond Theme - Monty Norman Orchestra

Somebody really voted for this one, only to say this doesn't belong on the list. This is almost as bad as the time Cardi B drugged men but was never arrested. Monty Norman is a great guy for sure and his voice is eccentric. Ha8ters gonna ha8te

Guys it's the James Bond main theme of the series. All hail the king

I name John Barry one of the greatest composers of all time.

Get lost this doesn't count

12 Goldeneye - Tina Turner

Goldeneye, I found his weakness...
Goldeneye, he'll do what I please...
Goldeneye, no time for sweetness
A bitter kiss will bring him to his knees!

Very stealthy sound and unique compared to other Bond themes

Great music and motion graphics

I like this song!

13 License to Kill - Gladys Knight

Gladys brought some much needed glamour back to Bond themes 10 years after Shirley Bassey.

It suits the dark tone of the movie well

Definite top 5 for me, so underrated.

Needs to be like 10 spots higher.

14 On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The John Barry Orchestra

This is the one that you don't think you know until you you tube it and realise it is utterly brilliant.

Excellent score from the unforgettable master of music, John Barry.

15 Thunderball - Tom Jones

Has anyone noticed the similarities between this and Goldfinger? And I think I'd take Goldfinger
Over this. It just seems better, more vocally strong, and has more to it than this does. Still a good
Song, though.

When Tom Jones hit that final note. Damn!

This is unfair hiw low it is

OH NO! THIS IS TENTH? Watch on YouTube it is better than gold finger by miles

16 The World Is Not Enough - Garbage

I actually really love this song! And the world is not enough is the most underrated films in the Bond series

I do not know why people dislike it. If you like gold finger or thunder all you like this

Best song. Should be no1 without question

Should be in the top 10 for sure.

17 Moonraker - Shirley Bassey
18 From Russia With Love - Matt Monroe

Easily my favourite with: Louis Armstrong's We Have All The Time In The World and Rita Coolidge's All Time High as a very close second and third.

The first custom built Bond song, this invented may of the Bond song cadences we still hear plus Matt's velvet voice.

I like this song a lot.

19 Writing's on the Wall - Sam Smith Writing's on the Wall - Sam Smith Cover Art

This song was actually very good. I dot generally like Sam Smith but this song gained him my respect. It is certainly one of the best visual performances, just- one little itty bitty thing... The falsetto was awesome but I hate falsetto in guys.

Cool song. Cool movie. But it would have been better sung by a female. Just being picky.

Not a Good Bond Song. It should be Forever I Am All Yours By ever Almer

I ADORE this song.

20 Surrender - K.D. Lang
21 We Have All the Time In the World - Louis Armstrong
22 The Man With the Golden Gun - Lulu
23 James Bond Theme - John Arnold
24 The Juvenile - Ace of Base The Juvenile - Ace of Base Cover Art

I don't get why they rejected it. It would be an amazing theme for "Die Another Day". Nothing against Madonna's theme song though

25 Die Another Day - Madonna

This song has grown on me. It is not as criminally bad as I first believed. And it's creativity. Song is part of torture

Great song and sounds fresh and modern after all these years. Madonna has always been a true innovator

One of the best! Shouldn't be so low a position!

WILL EVERYONE STOP CRITICISING THIS SONG?

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