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5 greatest Bond songs and the newest from Sam Smith
This year will mark the release of the 24th James Bond film when Spectre releases in November. As has become the custom with Bond films, a theme song has been released in conjunction with the film. - photo by John Clyde

MI6 This year will mark the release of the 24th James Bond film when Spectre releases in November. As has become the custom with Bond films, a theme song has been released in conjunction with the film.

The last Bond film, Skyfall, featured a song from Adele, which eventually won the Academy Award for best original song. New singing sensation Sam Smith has provided the tune Writings on the Wall for "Spectre" and it is now available.

The new song is already making waves and was on its way up the charts just hours after its release. The new tune has us thinking about Bond songs of the past and which are the best. And since we dont have anything better to do, here are the five best Bond theme songs in commemoration of Sam Smith's newest addition to the Bond catalogue.

You can see my favorite Bond theme songs here on this Spotify playlist.

#5 Thunderball Tom Jones

Somehow a crooner like Tom Jones was just born to sing a James Bond theme song and he got his chance with 1965s Thunderball.

Jones song hasnt aged very well over the past 50 years and the less said about the misogynistic lyrics the better. But all in all, Jones incredible voice and the catchy Bondesque theme are enough to give it a spot on the list.

#4 Diamonds are Forever Shirley Bassey

When you think of classic Bond theme songs its hard not to think of Shirley Bassey. The songstress lent her voice to three Bond themes including Moonraker, Goldfinger and the one weve placed on this list, Diamonds are Forever.

Truth be told, Goldfinger could have ended up on the list, but Diamonds are Forever is just too iconic. Its the classic Bond theme and one that will be the standard for years to come. In many ways Diamonds are Forever is the epitome of a Bond theme and the song that many Bond themes have followed.

#3 Skyfall Adele

Adele quickly became a household name with monster hits like Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You. It comes as no surprise that Bond fans were excited when they heard she would be writing and performing the song for the 23rd Bond film Skyfall.

Adele did not disappoint.

The powerful vocalist managed to write a song that not only hit number two on the charts, but also instantly became one of the greatest Bond themes of all time.

Skyfall marked the 50th anniversary for the Bond film series and Adeles smooth, haunting tune was the perfect addition to the festivities. Adele went on to win the Academy Award for best original song for Skyfall.

#2 Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings

Is it any real surprise that one of historys greatest songwriters ended up near the top of this list?

In 1973, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney wrote the theme Live and Let Die and performed it with Wings. The song is powerful, unique and strangely beautiful.

McCartney is a music legend and his Bond theme manages to transcend the genre and become just a classically fantastic song. Its one of those tracks that as soon as it comes on the radio you have to listen to the whole thing.

#1 You Know My Name Chris Cornell

When the grunge scene hit in the early 90s Im not sure anyone thought one of the movements most popular bands would have its lead singer lending his talents to perform a Bond theme song, but it happened.

Former Soundgarden and Audioslave front man Chris Cornell wrote and performed You Know My Name for Daniel Craigs first turn as Bond in Casino Royale.

Cornells incredible voice matches the smooth yet gritty tone of the song and he managed to create one of the best if not the best Bond themes weve ever heard.

There's a reason it's at the top of my list.

That's a wrap

My guess is your list differs from mine and Id love to know how. Let us know what you think are the greatest Bond theme songs of all time.

Spectre is due in theaters Nov. 6, 2015.
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