Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 18, 1985
May 16, 2015 Leave a comment
This week’s Time Capsule!
|Hot 100||Don’t You (Forget About Me)||Simple Minds||1|
|R & B||Fresh||Kool and the Gang||1|
|Country||Step That Step||Sawyer Brown||1|
|Adult Contemporary||Smooth Operator||Sade||2|
|Rock||Trapped||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||2|
|Album||No Jacket Required||Phil Collins||5|
This week sees the most successful song from a long-running movie franchise enter the Hot 100. Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one of the most famous fictional characters of all time. He featured in 12 novels and two story collections which inspired a massively successful string of movies from Eon Productions.
The James Bond Theme was introduced in 1962 in the first film, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery. It was composed by Monty Norman and performed by the John Barry Orchestra, the band that provided much of the early soundtrack music. From Russia With Love continued that style, also without a theme single, although Matt Monro sang some lyrics over the closing title theme. Starting with 1964’s Goldfinger, most of the films have included a theme song that has been fairly successful in its own right, often recorded by superstar artists.
Despite an impressive array of songs, for over 20 years none had ever topped the charts in either the US or the UK. The biggest hits were Live and Let Die by Wings and Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon. Both went to #2 in the US and #7 in the UK.
This week a very successful band blasts into the Hot 100 with the theme from the 14th Bond film as A View to A Kill by Duran Duran makes an impressive #43 debut. Two months later it spent two weeks at #1; it made it to #2 in the UK, making it the most chart successful theme in both countries.
Curiously, it also introduced a 17-year, five film dry spell for Bond on the U.S. Charts. While the next few themes broke into the UK Top 20, none of them made a dent in the Hot 100.
Here’s a look at all the films that charted a theme song on at least one side of the Atlantic.
|Film||Year||Song||Artist||US Peak||UK Peak|
|You Only Live Twice||1967||You Only Live Twice||Nancy Sinatra||44||11|
|Diamonds Are Forever||1971||Diamonds Are Forever||Shirley Bassey||47||38|
|Live and Let Die||1973||Live and Let Die||Wings||2||7|
|The Spy Who Loved Me||1977||Nobody Does It Better||Carly Simon||2||7|
|For Your Eyes Only||1981||For Your Eyes Only||Sheena Easton||4||8|
|Octopussy||1983||All Time High||Rita Coolidge||36||75|
|A View to A Kill||1985||A View to A Kill||Duran Duran||1||2|
|The Living Daylights||1987||The Living Daylights||A-Ha||n/c||5|
|License to Kill||1989||License to Kill||Gladys Knight||n/c||6|
|Golden Eye||1995||Golden Eye||Tina Turner||n/c||10|
|Tomorrow Never Dies||1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Sheryl Crow||n/c||12|
|The World Is Not Enough||1999||The World Is Not Enough||Garbage||n/c||11|
|Die Another Day||2002||Die Another Day||Madonna||8||3|
|Casino Royale||2006||You Know My Name||Chris Cornell||79||7|
|Quantum of Solace||2008||Another Way to Die||Jack White & Alicia Keys||81||9|
It’s impressive to note that every one of these songs went Top 40 in at least one country.
In addition to the first two films, 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service had a John Barry score but no title song. It did feature the Louis Armstrong classic We Have All the Time In the World which was not a charting single.
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) and Moonraker (1979) had title songs by Lulu and Shriley Bassey respectively that were not singles.
Also of note, Nobody Does It Better was the first theme that did not match the movie title, although it does include the title in the lyrics. All Time High, You Know My Name, and Another Way to Die don’t even include the movie title in the lyrics.