#7 – Carly Simon – “Nobody Does it Better” – (1977)

One thing that makes a theme song great other than (or opposite of) the instant recognition and association with a film, is the song’s ability to stand on its own as a song. I remember hearing this long ago and had no idea it came from this movie. Another thing: it was co-written by the late, great Marvin Hamlisch – and you can tell, because that piano is brilliant. It was a #2 hit and was the first theme song (other than Dr. No) to be titled differently than the film. It did win an Oscar too.

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