Adele, that lovable one-named star who currently graces the cover of the Rolling Stone, is certainly the "chosen one" these days. Not only is she the only musical artist who actually does all her own singing who sells enough music to hang around the Billboard charts like she's Dark Side Of The Moon, but she's been chosen to kick off this year's James Bond film with "Skyfall."
It's too early to tell whether "Skyfall" will rank among the very best tunes performed in service of a James Bond film, but if ol' level-headed Adele proves true to form, she and the tune will hang around the very-top of future lists, for sure.
Here are the top 10 James Bond themes, as of Rocktober 4, 2012! Be assured that the earliest official "James Bond Theme" tunes, with the cool surf guitars, are still the absolute best, but I'm simply not going there, since, truth told, I'd rather look at a picture of Sheryl Crow. And I know how much it annoys people when my criteria makes little sense! But I gotta give the people what they really want! And that's people they've heard of!
10) Nancy Sinatra -- "You Only Live Twice" (1967): The world may know her best for "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and hardcore music fans scoop up everything she's done with Lee Hazlewood, but moviegoers surely know her for this atmospheric truism. You do only live twice! Sadly, one of those times is as a mosquito.
8) Madonna -- "Die Another Day" (2002): The movie got some less than enthusiastic reviews. Just like latter-day Madonna. But I like to think every veteran performer has a reserve they can draw from when the times call for it, and this tune has the sound of Madonna running hard. Whether or not she's out of breath by the end is for people far more concerned with these things to worry about. I didn't leave.
6) Shirley Bassey -- "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971): Shirley Bassey provided her voice to three Bond films, and "Goldfinger" would be the obvious choice, but a Y! Music List isn't about parroting the choices everyone else makes, but about taking a stand for the underdog!
4) Tom Jones -- "Thunderball" (1965): Why are all these keys being thrown at the movie screen, you ask? It's because (The Ghost of) Tom Jones is trembling through this theme song that is the closest anyone's ever come to providing music as dripping with sex appeal as Sean Connery himself. Or so I'm told by my aunt.
2) Paul McCartney and Wings -- "Live And Let Die" (1973): Not even Axl Rose and his Guns N' Roses could kill this fine song. Nope! This everchanging world in which we live in may give English professors a mild heart attack, but Paul McCartney's patented musical adventurism coupled with producer George Martin's masterful work (they both used to work together in a little skiffle group called the Beatles) made this one of the most exciting theme songs of all time.
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