The latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall' will be released in November. The legendary movie franchise has been known for many things in its 50 years, including having some of the best theme songs of all time. With the newest movie coming out, here are the top 10 James Bond songs of all time, as chosen by AOL Radio listeners. Take a look below:
'You Know My Name'
Rocker Chris Cornell, best known as the lead vocalist of Soundgarden and Audioslave released this theme song to the 2006 film 'Casino Royale.' The song was written alongside composer David Arnold and features Cornell's strong and unique voice. The lyrics are supposed to represent a more mature and emotional side of Bond. It's more aggressive than other Bond themes and fits well with the plot of the movie.
'For Your Eyes Only'
This song was written by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson for the 1981 James Bond movie of the same name. Easton was an upcoming singer at the time, who had a big hit with 'Morning Train.' Easton's voice shines through this slower Bond song, which stands out as one of the strongest lyrically and most passionate Bond songs. Easton is the only artist ever to be shown singing the theme during the movie's opening title.
The latest Bond theme comes from Adele, who wrote the theme to the upcoming 'Skyfall' movie. Adele collaborated with Paul Epworth who co-wrote and produced her huge hit 'Rolling in the Deep.' The soulful ballad features a 77-piece orchestra and is one of the best Bond songs in recent memory. Adele's voice is sure to stand out in the film, especially in the powerful chorus sung over the vibrant orchestra. "Let the sky fall/When it crumbles, we will stand tall/Face it all together."
'Diamonds are Forever'
Before Adele's powerful vocals were Shirley Bassey's. The British singer released the theme song to 'Diamonds Are Forever' in 1971, her second Bond theme. The ballad was written by Don Black and features a memorable piano track. The song was sampled in 2005 by Kanye West in his song 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone.'
All the music for the 1965 movie 'Thunderball' was composed and conducted by John Barry and his John Barry Orchestra. He teamed up with Black to write the lyrics and Tom Jones was chosen for the performance. During the recording, Jones fainted after singing the song's final powerful, high note. "But he thinks that the fight is worth it all/so he strikes like Thunderball."
'You Only Live Twice'
The 1967 theme song to this film of the same name was performed by Nancy Sinatra and was also composed by John Barry. The song features some of the best instrumentals of the Bond series. It's recognized for its opening bars, high violins, and French horns. The song has been covered by many artists, including Coldplay, Bjork, and even Bond-veteran Shirley Bassey. Yet, it's hard to surpass this original version which remains one of the most popular Bond themes of all time.
'Nobody Does it Better'
Carly Simon recorded this power ballad for the 1977 Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me.' The love track proved to be Simon's longest-charting hit and became the title of her great hits collection. The song was penned by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, who wrote the original song before they knew of the movie.
Shirley Bassey has recorded many Bond tracks, but her second appearance on this list, 'Goldfinger' is her best performance. The song was the title track from the 1964 movie 'Goldfinger' and was also composed by Barry. The lyrics were about a villian and were written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. They used the classic song 'Mack The Knife' as inspiration to introduce the world to the ultimate villain.
'A View to Kill'
The best-selling James Bond song of all time is Duran Duran's 'A View to Kill,' released in 1985 from the movie of the same name. It is also the only Bond single to ever reach number one on the 'Billboard Hot 100.' The song was written by Duran Duran and Barry and features a 60-piece orchestra. The song is unique, with a new-wave rock theme rarely seen in the Bond films. Although the song differs from many other Bond themes, it still worked well with the movie. "Until we dance into the fire, that fatal kiss is all we need."
'Live and Let Die'
Paul McCartney & Wings
One of McCartney's most-successful post-Beatles songs came in 1973 for the Bond film of the same name. The iconic track, which was co-written by Paul McCartney's wife Linda, was produced by Beatles producer George Martin, who arranged the orchestral break in the song. The rock hit is perhaps the most up-beat Bond track, and often features a laser show and fireworks at McCartney's live performances of the song. The single remains the best and most widely known James Bond track and has been covered many times, most famously by Guns N' Roses.