Adele’s “Skyfall” + The Ten Greatest James Bond Theme Songs
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.
9) Alicia Keys featuring Jack White -- "Another Way To Die" (2008, Quantum Of Solace): It's a different era, for sure. This isn't some retro-glance with vintage strings and soothing, seductive vocals, but an aggressive romp that turns up the heat. It's like "Ebony And Ivory" for the hip-hop generation. Old people got scared when they heard this song coming out of the movie speakers. Forget the popcorn! Grab your heart medicine, oldsters!
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.
7) Sheena Easton -- "For Your Eyes Only" (1981): Sheena (not a punk rocker) Easton had a #1 hit with the clean-and-scrubbed "Morning Train (Nine To Five)," so it was a surprise to hear the future Miss Sugar Walls singing so seductively and sounding so diva-ish! All the boys had thought we could bring her home to mom! Not anymore!
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!