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Why Billie Eilish & James Bond Make the Perfect Pair, Plus 007's Top 10 Biggest Hot 100 Hits

Billie Eilish
Heather Hazzan

Billie Eilish photographed on April 18, 2019 at SunLight Studios in Los Angeles. 

The latest Pop Shop Podcast examines why Eilish is the perfect musical pairing for the James Bond film series, and how she fits into the legacy of 007 music.

For nearly 60 years, the James Bond film series has brought fans adventure, villains, gadgets, femmes fatale and, of course, incredible music. And this year, Billie Eilish joins Bond’s musical legacy, as she will perform the title theme song of the upcoming 25th Bond film, No Time to Die (due in U.S. movie theaters on April 10).

An incredible array of A-list music stars have received the opportunity to sing a Bond title theme -- from Paul McCartney and Madonna to Adele and now, Eilish. Many Bond title themes have reached chart highs, gone on to become beloved favorites by millions, and the last two have even taken home the Academy Award for best original song (Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” and Adele’s “Skyfall”).

On the latest Pop Shop Podcast episode (listen below), the team discusses the history and legacy of Bond’s major music, and how performing the song is an incredible promotional opportunity for any artist. Beyond that, the Pop Shoppers review why Eilish makes the perfect pairing with Bond, and how “No Time to Die” could hint at the story of the latest film.

In addition, on the occasion of “No Time to Die” making a splashy debut in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, hosts Keith and Katie also count down the top 10 biggest Bond title theme songs ever on the Hot 100 (pre-“No Time to Die”). Will all your favorite Bond tunes make the list? Will Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” outrank Madonna’s “Die Another Day”? And which songs didn’t even make the list? Listen to find out!

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard's senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)


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