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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20. 'The Living Daylights' (A-Ha)

Credit where it's due: The first eight seconds of "The Living Daylights" are absolutely perfect, a suspenseful gust of flutes delivering on that classic John Barry sound. And then 1987 happens. Cue a wonky synth twinkle with all the grace of a Rickroll, as A-ha swoops in so violently that you can almost hear them locking everyone else out of the recording studio. The relationship between the Norwegian pop group and the Bond team eventually deteriorated to the point where the band claimed Barry didn't deserve a credit on their song, and the composer compared them to the Hitler Youth. It's a slinky enough pop jam, but so far removed from the world of MI6 that you're likely to forget what you're watching by the time the movie starts.

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