I recently rewatched all the Bond movies. One thing I love about those movies is the opening credits, with a different theme song every time. Well, not always, because some songs aren’t all that good (wink, “Die Another Day”). But this gave me the idea to create a top 5 of my favorite Bond songs. I read some list online and I clearly have a different taste than the rest of the world. Here are my five favorites.
5. Skyfall by Adele (“Skyfall”)
I’m not an Adele fan, one of the few probably. From the opening burst of horns and the suddenly alluring tap of piano keys, everyone knew this was going to feel like a classic, old-fashioned Bond number. It’s a more dramatic balad, but it fits the feel of “Skyfall” very well.
4. A View to a Kill by Duran Duran (“A View to a Kill”)
This is the sound of the eighties baby! Not one of the best Bond movie, but definitely a great Bond song. This is the best Bond song to dance to!
3. Licence to Kill by Gladys Knight (“Licence to Kill”)
This captures the Bond feel very well. I love this song! I don’t understand why many find this a bad Bond song.
2. GoldenEye by Tina Turner (“GoldenEye”)
I take Tina over Shirley Bassey any time! This is such a cool song, very Bondesk. It’s very similar to the Gladys Knight song, at least the beginning is. “GoldenEye” is a beautiful song to an great Bond movie!
1. You Know My Name by Chris Cornell (“Casino Royale”)
This is the kind of music I listen to in my spare time, this is a song I pump up the volume to. With a rougher Bond, we get a rougher voice and lots of guitars. This song is awesome!
They Almost Made the Top 5: Goldfinger by Sihrley Bassey (“Goldfinger”), Live and Let Die by Paul McCarthy & Wings (“Live and Let Die”), The Living Daylights by A-Ha (“The Living Daylights”)