Top 10 Best James Bond Theme Songs

The Top Ten
1 The Living Daylights - A-ha

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

I am so happy to see this is number 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 favorite Bond film and my first, amazingly.

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

2 Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey

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! I'm horrified that it's not number 1!

The definitive Bond theme fits well with the definitive Bond film.

Definitive. Quintessential. No matter what you call it, it should be #1.

3 Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings

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

Captured an era, sounded very early '70s 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 and Wings.

4 You Know My Name - Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell brought Bond back with a bang. It's a fast-paced, gritty song that 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 going to kick some butt, and even though he has a new face for a new age, he's still the same character. We know we're going to love him.

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

5 A View to a Kill - Duran Duran

This song should be number 1 because Duran Duran said that someone good should do a Bond song, and they didn't disappoint. 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' Live and Let Die.

6 Skyfall - Adele

This is the end. Hold your breath and count to ten. Feel the earth move, and then let the sky fall. When it crumbles, we will stand tall and face it all together. This is Skyfall. When it crumbles, we will stand tall 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.

I thought this would be #1! For me, it is, followed by No Time to Die and Thunderball.

7 Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon

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.

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 least.

Beautiful music and lyrics. And a very nice way to describe the Bond character in one song.

8 For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton

Are you kidding me? Number seventeen? Good God.

9 Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey

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.

10 You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra

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

The Contenders
11 James Bond Theme - Monty Norman Orchestra

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

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

12 Licence to Kill - Gladys Knight

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

This is definitely in my top 5. It's so underrated.

13 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.

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

This is the one that you don't think you know until you YouTube it and realize 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? 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!

16 The World Is Not Enough - Garbage

I actually really love this song! The World Is Not Enough is the most underrated film in the Bond series.

I do not know why people dislike it. If you like Goldfinger or Thunderball, you'll like this.

Best song. Should be number one without question.

17 Moonraker - Shirley Bassey
18 Writing's on the Wall - Sam Smith

This song was actually very good. I don't 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.

19 Surrender - K.D. Lang
20 From Russia with Love - Matt Monro

Easily my favorite, 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 many of the Bond song cadences we still hear, plus Matt's velvet voice.

21 We Have All the Time in the World - Louis Armstrong
22 The Man with the Golden Gun - Lulu
23 No Time to Die - Billie Eilish
24 Die Another Day - Madonna

This song has grown on me. It is not as criminally bad as I first believed, and its creativity is evident. The song is part of the torture scene.

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 in such a low position!

25 All Time High - Rita Coolidge
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