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Mission: Impossible Theme Song

April 18, 2011
Mission: Impossible Theme Song

 

This is for the whole franchise

Just to recap—because technically there is only one Mission: Impossible theme song—let’s look at what the franchise has come up with so far.

  1. Mission Impossible, the original 1966-1973 television series
  2. Mission Impossible, the 1988-1990 television series revival
  3. Mission Impossible, the 1996 film starring Tom Cruise
  4. Mission Impossible II, the 2000 sequel to the film
  5. Mission Impossible III, the 2006 sequel to the film
  6. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the 2011 sequel to the film
  7. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the 2015 sequel to the film

and there are other 2 films coming the 2021 and 2022

The tune of course started life as the opening credits theme for the original television series. It has officially been called “Theme from Mission: Impossible” more so than anything else. It was composed by Lalo Schifrin, an Argentine composer who has received four Grammy Awards and six Oscar nominations, and is also known as the composer of the Dirty Harry theme, the Starsky and Hutch theme, as well as music for the Rush Hour film series.

Just to give you an idea of how legendary Mr. Schifrin and his theme song is, Lipton (the iced tea maker) created a tribute commercial in 2010 that fictionalized how he come up with the tune.

 

Now, on to the original series. Of course, this started it all. The theme was featured in the opening and closing credits; the opening sequence is legendary in itself—the match and fuse scene that burns from left to right as clips and the show’s stars are featured. The opening lasted 50 seconds. Luckily, this YouTuber compiled everything (opening, intro and closing) in one convenient video. See below.

Mission Impossible Theme Song

Mission Impossible Theme(full theme)

 

The original series also gave birth to a soundtrack, but was only released in 1996 (I guess to bank on the success of the first film).

The 1988 television series revival is widely referred to as “The New Mission: Impossible.” Only actor Peter Graves (Jim Phelps) was able to reprise his role. The new series, of course, had a more modernized sequence and theme song. Below is the opening credits.

 

Limp Bizkit -- Take A Look Around (Mission Impossible 2)

Limp Bizkit Take a look around (HD)

and the lyrics of course

Limp Bizkit -- Take A Look Around Lyrics

All the tension in the world today
All the little girls fillin up the world today
When the good comes to bad the bad comes to good
But I’m a live my life like I should
Now all the critics want to hit it
To Shit can how we did it
Just Because they don’t get it
But I’ll stay fitted
New era committed
Now this red cap gets a rap from his critics
Do we always gotta cry? (gotta cry)
Do we always gotta live inside a lie (a lie)
Life is just a blast
Its Movin really fast
You Better stay on top
Or life will kick you in the ass
Follow me into a solo
Remember that, kid
So what you want to do?
And where you gonna run
When your starin down the cable of a-
A mic pointed atcha grill like a gun
It’s Limp Bizkit rockin the set
It’s like Russian Roulette
When your placin your bet
So don’t be upset
When your broke
And your done
‘Cause i’m a be the one
‘Til I jet
I know why you want to hate me
I know why you want to hate me
I know why you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has ever seen lately
I know why you want to hate me
I know why you want to hate me
Now I know why you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has ever seen lately
Why you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
Now you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
Now you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
Does anybody really know the secret
Or the combination for this life and where they keep it
Its kinda sad when you don’t know the meaning
But everything happens for a reason
I don’t even know what I should say
’cause I’m an idiot a loser a microphone abuser
I analyze every second I exist
Beaten on my mind every second with my fist
Everybody want to run (run)
Everybody want to hide from the gun (gun)
You can take a ride through this life if you want
But You can’t take that edge off that knife (no sir)
And now you want your money back (money back)
But your denied ’cause your brains fried from the sac
And there ain’t nothing I can do
‘Cause life is a lesson you’ll learn it when your through
I know why you want to hate me
I know why you want to hate me
I know why you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has ever seen lately
I know why you want to hate me
I know why you want to hate me
Now I know why you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has ever seen lately
Why you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has ever seen lately
Now you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has ever seen lately
Now I know why you want to hate me
Now I know why you want to hate me
Now I know why you want to hate me
‘Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
‘Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately
‘Cause hate is all the world has even seen lately

 

Now here we have a mix with a little part of each theme song of Mission Impossible movies

Mission Impossible Mix Evolution

EVOLUTION of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movies (1996-2018) Tom Cruise History, Then and now. Ethan Hunt

The films

Mission: Impossible

The first film gave birth to a rockin’ soundtrack and remake of the theme by U2 members Adam Clayton (bass) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums).

Below is their version (with official video).

Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen (U2) -- Theme From Mission: Impossible (official video) 1996

Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen (U2) - Theme From Mission: Impossible (official video) 1996

The song above peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the soundtrack (album) reached gold status.

The soundtrack also contained a remix (by the same U2 guys) entitled “Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)”. Listen below.

Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen, Jr. - Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)

Because the film was scored by composer Danny Elfman, he also had a take on the theme song—featured in the opening of the movie. See below.

Danny Elfman ‎-- Mission: Impossible (Original Motion Picture Score) (1996) Label : Point Music

Danny Elfman - Mission Impossible Theme

 

The second film was scored by Hans Zimmer, and its soundtrack featured a bunch of rock songs from a bunch of rock bands. It gave birth to Limp Bizkit’s “Take a Look Around” that samples the original theme’s melody. The third did not do much for the good of the theme song. The official composer was Michael Giacchino. However, this time, the franchise did not release a song compilation album (just Giacchino score album). And what can I say about the other theme songs? they are very amazing I like them but are still very similar, let me know which oh the Mission Impossible Theme song is your favorite one and why and you will be happy (don’t ask me why xD) and see you in the next one 😉