James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best

From A-Ha to Adele, breaking down the franchise's legendary (and legendarily bad) opening numbers

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15. 'Goldeneye' (Tina Turner)

Tina Turner's "Goldeneye" has it all — even if that includes a lot of stuff you never really wanted in the first place. Bouncing on top of a smooth synth beat, the first Bond theme of the Brosnan era is both a nice throwback to the velvety sound of Shirley Bassey, and also an agreeable capitulation to the tinny production sound of movie scores of the mid-Nineties. Its greatest attribute, however, is how its lyrics strain to represent every different type of creepiness that a Bond theme can: clumsy sexual come-ons ("It's a golden honey trap I've got for you tonight"); violent jealousy ("Other girls they gather around him/If I had time I wouldn't let him out"); and, best of all, allusions to a lifetime of stalking ("You’ll never know how I watched you from the shadows as a child"). This may not be a great song, but it has enough going on under the surface to keep a dozen therapists perpetually summering in the Hamptons.

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