John Barry – “James Bond Theme” – (1962)

This is the song that everybody knows. It’s the original “Bond Theme” – the signature instrumental theme that pops up in some way or another in just about every Bond flick. It has a surf rock type guitar riff, as that was the musical craze at the time. You’d think it would date the song, but it doesn’t because it is timeless. It’s been arranged differently over the years, but this is the original. It was written by Monty Norman but arranged and performed by the John Barry and his Orchestra. You might be wondering why this isn’t #1 and I don’t have a great explanation other than that #1 is incredible on all fronts, not just as a Bond theme. This was also the main theme for Dr. No, the first Bond movie. It’s been used in just about every Bond movie since.

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