The Best Bond Songs

AI-generated image of a generic James Bond. Looks like one of my Indian cousins after he’s starved himself for a month.

Clearly I’m procrastinating. In fact, I’d describe myself as a professionally crastinator, I’m so good at it.

Instead of tackling one of the countless overdue tasks demanding my attention, this morning I’ve chosen to list the five very best theme songs from the James Bond movie franchise.

My criteria? I have none. These are just the ones I like best, the ones I regularly find myself humming and randomly calling up on Spotify. You might disagree with my ranking, but you would be wrong.

So from #10 to #1, here is my list….

10. Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only (1981)

9. Shirley Bassey – Diamonds are Forever (1971)

8. Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger (1964)

7. Paul McCartney & Wings – Live and Let Die (1973)

6. Gladys Knight – License To Kill (1989)

5. Duran Duran – A View To A Kill (1985)

4. Tom Jones – Thunderball (1965)

3. Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice (1967)

2. Rita Coolidge – All Time High (1983)

1. Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better (1977)

Frankly, my top 3 could be rearranged any which way. But today, this is their order.

Chris Cornell almost made my list for 2006’s “You Know My Name.” But let’s be honest. it’s not as good as the others.