Top 10 James Bond Theme Songs Ever
Top 10 James Bond Theme Songs Ever

James Bond celebrated his 50th anniversary on the silver screen October 5 with the release of Adele's theme tune for the next Bond film, "Skyfall." The Brit singer's torch song, of course, joins a pantheon of famous 007 tracks. In honor of Bond's birthday and Adele's "Skyfall," we're offering a toast -- shaken, not stirred -- in the form of a look at the top-charting James Bond film theme songs ever.

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This top 10 ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart through the tally dated Oct. 13, 2012. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years.

 

10. "Diamonds Are Forever"
Shirley Bassey
Hot 100 Peak: 57 Peak Year: 1972
from the Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever"

Bassey's sultry croon, complete with mid-tempo strings and horns, served as an apt title song for the 007 film in which Sean Connery's Bond grapples with a gem smuggling ring. "I don't need love," Bassey sings, "Diamonds don't lie to me." Something Bond himself might have said.

 

9. "You Only Live Twice"
Nancy Sinatra
Hot 100 Peak: 44 Peak Year: 1967
from the Bond film "You Only Live Twice"

Nancy Sinatra's lighter pop-orchestral stylings kicked off the title sequence of the 1967 Bond flick, just after viewers witness Bond's untimely death… or so it seems. The song lived more than twice: Coldplay and Bjork, among others, have covered it.

 

8. "All Time High"
Rita Coolidge
Hot 100 Peak: 36 Peak Year: 1983
from the Bond film "Octopussy"

The early '80s got sax-y with Coolidge's horn-and-piano inflected Bond tune "All Time High," which served as the theme for the film that was Roger Moore's penultimate turn as 007.

 

7. "Thunderball"
Tom Jones
Hot 100 Peak: 25 Peak Year: 1966
from the Bond film "Thunderball"

One of the few male artists to hit big on the charts with a Bond theme, Tom Jones and his melodramatic ballad for "Thunderball" reached the top 30 of the Hot 100, and as you can tell by the screams in the video above, found an enthusiastic reaction from female fans.

 

6. "Die Another Day"
Madonna
Hot 100 Peak: 8 Peak Year: 2003
from the Bond film "Die Another Day"

Pair a pop icon with a pulsing beat and a Pierce Brosnan 007 film and you get Madonna's early aughts jam, one of the few Bond themes to hit the Hot 100's top 10.

 

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