You can't have a Bond film without a Bond song. The two are so intrinsically linked, both in terms of the film itself and in popular culture, that very often the strength and popularity of both tied together.

Down through the years, there's been some highlights and some truly awful ones. We've gone through the entire catalogue, excluding Monty Norman's instrumental track from Dr. No and used Louis Armstrong's secondary title song from On Her Majesty's Secret Service for the sake of ease.

We've ranked from the very best to the very worst. Here now, our definitive, iron-clad, scientific ranking of the best Bond songs.

 

21. Chris Cornell - You Know My Name from CASINO ROYALE

Yes, Casino Royale reignited our interest in Bond. Yes, Craig is a fine choice. Getting the lead singer from Soundgarden, however, was a terrible choice. Almost as bad as...

 

20. Madonna - Die Another Day from DIE ANOTHER DAY

Much like a Bond theme shouldn't be a Audioslave cast-off, trying to put an electronic beat on a Bond theme will not and will never work. No, Madonna. No.

 

19. Jack White & Alicia Keys - Another Way To Die from QUANTUM OF SOLACE

Much like the film itself, this song didn't really make a whole lot of sense. Confusing, not-at-all catchy, poor. Just poor. Terrible video, as well.

 

18. Shirley Bassey - Moonraker from MOONRAKER

In fairness, trying to force the word 'Moonraker' into a song structure is tough. Yet, somehow, this didn't work. And, in fairness, the film was pretty terrible as well. Largely forgotten and with good cause.

 

17. Louis Armstrong - We Have All The Time (In The World) from ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

Beautiful, wondrous and silky smooth, this song became a hit in its own right and isn't even associated with Bond or the film itself.

 

16. a-Ha - The Living Daylights from THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

Although when you say a-Ha, most people reply with Take On Me, their track for the film of the same name was quite the chart hit and a decent song to boot. It still features in their live set, FYI.

 

15. Matt Monro - From Russia With Love from FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Sometimes erroneously attributed to Frank Sinatra, Matt Munro's lilting voice sits easily over this mandolin-inspired track. Best Bond movie, by the way.

 

14. Sheryl Crow - Tomorrow Never Dies from TOMORROW NEVER DIES

Who'd have honestly thunk it? A country / folk singer making a song like this that calls back to the likes of Shirley Bassey or Nancy Sinatra? Inspired choice.

 

13. Tom Jones - Thunderball from THUNDERBALL

Tom Jones' sweeping theme was the height of overblown, overproduced, excessive Bond. Listen to those daft lyrics, for feck sake.

 

12. Adele - Skyfall from SKYFALL

Yes, it won an Oscar. Yes, it was a chart success. But don't, for one second, try and tell us that it was original. It wasn't. It was clearly and blatantly calling back to Shirley Bassey. That's what keeps it out of the Top Ten. It's a cover.

 

11. Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice from YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

Speaking of covers, check out Bjork's pitch-perfect cover of this track.

 

10. Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only from FROM YOUR EYES ONLY

Trivia time! Sheena Easton is the only singer to actually feature in the opening credits of a Bond movie and became the first singer to receive an Oscar nomination.

 

9. Garbage - The World Is Not Enough from THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

We're huge fans of Shirley Manson's voice and this sweeping throwback to the likes of Shirley Bassey is just fantastic. Shame the film was garbage, though. WORDPLAY.

 

8. Lulu - The Man With The Golden Gun from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN

Trivia time, part deux! Alice Cooper - yes, THAT Alice Cooper - was originally tipped for song duties on this one. However, a delay in shipping the song to the producers saw Lulu's version luck out instead of his. They're both excellent songs, in fairness, so either or would have taken this spot.

 

7. Paul McCartney - Live And Let Die from LIVE AND LET DIE

Much like Band On The Run, there's almost three different songs meshed together into one suite. It's iconic, it's been covered (poorly, we may add) by Guns 'N Roses, it's arguably the best song of Macca's solo career.

 

6. Duran Duran - A View To A Kill from A VIEW TO A KILL

If ever there was a song that was a million times better than the original, Duran Duran's A View To A Kill was it. Duran Duran really kicked off the idea of a chart-topping act taking on a Bond theme. Sure enough, this song was the only one to top the charts until Adele's Skyfall.

 

5. Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger from GOLDFINGER

It's almost become a parody, such is the popularity. Yes, she's done no less than three Bond songs - but our favourite of hers is yet to be revealed...

 

4. Gladys Knight - Licence To Kill from LICENCE TO KILL

We had originally planned to put this in at No.1, however we were shouted down in the office consensus. Nevertheless, Gladys Knight's take on the classic Bond themes mixed with soul and r'n'b is definitely the best of the '80s. What a drum track, as well.

 

3. Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better from THE SPY WHO LOVED ME

Carly Simon's yacht rock-inspired became an instant classic when it debuted back in 1977. Alan Partridge was on to something when he said that The Spy Who Loved Me was the best.

 

2. Tina Turner - Goldeneye from GOLDENEYE

Tina Turner's sultry tones suit a Bond theme so perfectly, it's baffling to think it took so long for her to finally do the honours. Written by our Bono & The Edge, it's a modern classic and completely reinvigorated the idea of the Bond theme.

 

1. Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever from DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Diamonds Are Forever perfectly encapsulates the core values of a Bond theme. It has to be campy as hell. It has to hugely over-produced. You've got to get the title of the film in there, too. It's got to have a hint of sexuality to it and more importantly, it's got to have a soaring vocal. Diamonds Are Forever hits all of these and then some. The best of the best.