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If you didn’t know her before you may have heard her powerful, soulful rendition of The Beatles’ song Yesterday performed with the photo montage memoriam during this year’s Oscar ceremony.  Eighteen-year-old singer Billie Eilish is the latest songwriter/singer whose work will define a James Bond film when No Time to Die debuts in theaters in April.  Eilish is the youngest person and second person ever to win the four main Grammy categories (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist), and now, co-writing the song with her brother Finneas O’Connell (Glee), Eilish becomes the youngest performer to headline a Bond theme.  The song features guitarist Johnny Marr, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley.  She’ll perform the song live for the first time at the Brit Awards in London Tuesday.

Compare her No Time to Die (listen to the full song below) to Sam Smith’s Writing’s On the Wall from Spectre and you’ll notice a familiar framework.  Eilish doesn’t have the mature voice of Adele, as demonstrated in her passionate and aching theme to Skyfall.  Eilish opts for cracking whispers over the fuller sound of Bassey or Adele.  But clearly all three of these most recent performers for Bond films borrow something from Bassey’s sultry performances of early Bond themes.  Be sure to listen for musical cues and motifs from familiar Bond themes of years past dotting the background of Eilish’s song.  Note: The version on Eilish’s YouTube page probably doesn’t match what will hopefully be a cleaner, clearer edit used for the expected stylized opening credits sequence in the film–you may need to listen twice to catch all the lyrics, or watch this version with printed lyrics here.

Listen to all the prior Bond themes and watch all the corresponding opening credit sequences at our borg rundown of the themes here.  Then vote in our James Bond Theme Song Poll below for your favorite:

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When you’re done voting for the future of your community today, come on back here and vote in our Best Rock Song.  Ever.  Poll.  Why?  What better way to celebrate the announcement that the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Lord’s own mix tape, will be released at the end of this month in its original cassette tape form.  As Star Lord would say: You’re welcome.

Back in college I remember getting harassed by a neighbor for making a mix tape.  His logic?  “An album is a work of art, meant to be heard as a whole.”  Yeah, right.  Flash forward to the 21st century.  It’s not so easy to find someone who doesn’t have all their faves on their iPod or similar digital device.

So what songs are on your mix tape?  How about a Best Rock Ever tape?  Can we all just agree on at least one song to make the cut?

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In honor of Guardians of the Galaxy going Old School with its to-be-released cassette tape and this thing today called Election Day, we offer up this poll to find the single Best Rock Song.  Ever.  Did we include all the best songs to choose from?

Mix tapes are personal things and say as much about a person as their favorite movies or books.  I came across my own mix tape from the late 1980s this weekend.  Titled on the cassette “EVERYTHING,” it has A-ha’s “Take on Me,” Phil Collins’ “Sussudio,” Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” The Travelling Wilburys’ “Poor House,” George Harrison’s “I Got My Mind Set on You,” Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Billy Joel’s “My Life,” The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo,” America’s “Horse With No Name,” Toto’s “Africa,” and the Eagles’ “Take it Easy.”

Most “best of” lists on the Web carve up their lists by decade or some other division.  For today’s Best Rock Song. Ever. Poll, we simply pulled out a few dozen of the best tunes by big singers and big bands, from Chuck Berry to Daft Punk.  We also included some songs we wouldn’t think would make the cut just to give them a shot at the prize.  So groan, wince, or roll your eyebrows as you’d like.  If you don’t like these picks, add your own in the comments.  We dare you.

Vote early and often (actually just once, please).  If our Best Bond Girl poll is any indication, we’re thinking our reader base will pick one of the classic rock tunes to take #1.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
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