Ranking The James Bond Songs # 12 – 10

We’re at the point now in the list where I love all of the songs, and can’t find much to pick between any of their rankings.

12. Tomorrow Never Dies (from Tomorrow Never Dies) – Sheryl Crow

This has a terrific screechy, string-led intro, followed up by a melancholy verse with unusually strong lyrics. This one works extremely well as both a Bond song and a standalone. Crow is great during the verses, but her voice isn’t quite strong enough for what she tries to do in the chorus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BxTwJtpGYA

11. Diamonds Are Forever (from Diamonds Are Forever) – Shirley Bassey

I love the eerie, mysterious intro to this song, before the vocals kick in. It’s quite creepy and yet alluring. Bassey feels like she’s giving a lesson on diction in this one. It has a bit of Motown, a bit of jazz, a bit of disco, and all the requisite blasts of string and horn. All through the song, we get subtle changes yet the melodies ring true throughout along with Bassey’s great performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=098dHqw-87c

10. You Know My Name (from Casino Royale) – Chris Cornell

The first authentic rock track for a Bond film in quite some time, it also has a suitably bombastic opening. Cornell has long held one of the most unique voices in music and brings it to play here. It was a new start for Bond, and in many ways it doesn’t really sound like a Bond song. It has an up tempo chorus clashing well against a slower, more tempered verse. Aside from the occasional blast of horns this could really be a Cornell track entirely unrelated to 007. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnzgdBAKyJo

What does everyone think of these ones- any favourites? Let us know in the comments!

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