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Billie Eilish's 'No Time to Die' Becomes Latest James Bond Theme Song to Hit Hot 100

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Billie Eilish performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on Feb. 18, 2020 in London.

The ballad debuts at No. 16.

Billie Eilish's "No Time to Die" debuts at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Feb. 29), marking the latest theme song from a James Bond film to reach the chart.

The song, released on Darkroom/Interscope Records, accompanies the movie of the same name, due in North American theaters on April 10. Daniel Craig returns in the title role for his fifth turn in the franchise.

"Time" is the highest-charting Bond theme on the Hot 100 since Adele's "Skyfall," which debuted and peaked at No. 8 in October 2012.

Eilish co-wrote "Time" with her brother Finneas, who produced it with Stephen Lipson. It also sports orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley and guitars from Johnny Marr, formerly of '80s alt icons The Smiths.

"We've always wanted to write a James Bond theme song," Finneas recently told Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast. "It's a legendary franchise, so we had to convince a lot of people that we were the right choice. And then we had to write a song that everybody liked, so it was a hard-won process."

Here's a recap of all 15 Bond themes (of 25 Bond movies to-date) that have appeared on the Hot 100, dating to the first, Shirley Bassey's No. 8-peaking "Goldfinger" in 1964. (All songs below serve as title songs from their corresponding films, except where noted.)

Eliish's is the eighth Bond theme to reach the top 20 (after … 007 … that have hit the top 10).

James Bond Themes on Billboard Hot 100
No. 1 (two weeks), "A View to a Kill," Duran Duran, peak date July 13, 1985
No. 2, "Nobody Does It Better," Carly Simon, Oct. 22, 1977 (from The Spy Who Loved Me)
No. 2, "Live and Let Die," Wings, Aug. 11, 1973
No. 4, "For Your Eyes Only," Sheena Easton, Oct. 17, 1981
No. 8, "Skyfall," Adele, Oct. 20, 2012
No. 8, "Die Another Day," Madonna, Nov. 9, 2002
No. 8, "Goldfinger," Shirley Bassey, March 27, 1965
No. 16, "No Time to Die," Billie Eilish, Feb. 29 2020
No. 25, "Thunderball," Tom Jones, Jan. 22, 1966
No. 36, "All Time High," Rita Coolidge, Aug. 27, 1983 (from Octopussy)
No. 44, "You Only Live Twice," Nancy Sinatra, July 29, 1967
No. 57, "Diamonds Are Forever," Shirley Bassey, March 11, 1972
No. 71, "Writing's on the Wall," Sam Smith, Oct. 17, 2015 (from Spectre)
No. 79, "You Know My Name," Chris Cornell, Dec. 9, 2006 (from Casino Royale)

No. 81, "Another Way to Die," Jack White, Nov. 29, 2008

(One other recording from a Bond film has hit the Hot 100, although it is not a proper theme song: Patti LaBelle's "If You Asked Me To," from License to Kill, reached No. 79 in 1989. [Celine Dion's cover of the song, written by Diane Warren, rose to No. 4 in 1992.] While Gladys Knight's title theme from the movie missed the Hot 100, it made the Adult Contemporary chart, climbing to No. 18.)

As Eilish's "Time" enters the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot 100, it launches as her first No. 1 (and the Bond franchise's first leader) on the Digital Song Sales chart with 25,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, following its Feb. 13 release. It drew 20.6 million U.S. streams and bows at No. 6 on Streaming Songs (and garnered 238,000 in radio airplay audience).

Eilish, the youngest artist ever to record a Bond theme, earns her fourth top 20 Hot 100 hit; her most recent before "Time," "Everything I Wanted," currently ranks at No. 12, after rising to No. 8. "Bury a Friend" reached No. 14 last February and "Bad Guy" topped the Aug. 24, 2019-dated chart.

As previously reported, "Time," which Eilish performed at the 2020 Brit Awards on Feb. 18, rules the Official UK Singles chart, where it's Eilish's first No. 1 and the second leader for the Bond franchise, after the last Bond theme, Sam Smith's "Writing on the Wall" in 2015.

All charts (dated Feb. 29) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 25).