Theme from Mission: Impossible

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"Theme from Mission: Impossible"
Mission Impossible single.jpg
Single by Lalo Schifrin
from the album Music from Mission: Impossible
Released 1967
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1967
Genre Theme music
Length 2:31
Label Dot
Songwriter(s) Lalo Schifrin
Producer(s) Tom Mack

"Theme from Mission: Impossible" is the theme tune of the TV series Mission: Impossible (1966–1973). The theme was written and composed by Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin and has since gone on to appear in several other works of the Mission: Impossible franchise, including the 1988 TV series, the film series and the video game series.

Overview[edit]

The theme is written in a 5
4
time signature which Schifrin has jokingly explained as being "for people who have five legs".[1] However, a more likely explanation[citation needed] is that Schifrin started from the Morse Code for M.I. which is "_ _ .." . If a dot is one beat and a dash is one and a half beats then this gives a bar of five beats, exactly matching the underlying rhythm.[citation needed]

The original single release peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 19 on the magazine's Adult Contemporary chart in 1967 (Leonard Nimoy, before playing Paris in Mission Impossible in 1969, also covered the theme two years earlier).[2]

In 2010, a fictionalized account of Lalo Schifrin's creation of the Mission: Impossible tune was featured in a Lipton TV commercial aired in a number of countries around the world.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

Side A:

  1. "Mission: Impossible" - 2:31

Side B:

  1. "Jim on the Move" - 3:12

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 41
Billboard Easy Listening 19

Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. version[edit]

"Theme from Mission: Impossible"
Theme from Mission Impossible.jpg
Single by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.
from the album Mission: Impossible: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
Released June 3, 1996
Format
Recorded 1996
Genre
Length 3:27
Label Mother Records
Songwriter(s) Lalo Schifrin
Producer(s)
  • David Beal
  • Larry Mullen
Music video
"Theme from Mission: Impossible" on YouTube

In 1996, the theme was remade by U2 members Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. for the soundtrack to the film.

Chart performance[edit]

The instrumental became a hit in the United States, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and receiving a gold certification, selling 500,000 copies there.[4][5] It also peaked at number one in Finland, Hungary, and Iceland, number two in Australia and Ireland, and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.

Critical reception[edit]

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Those not familiar with this piece of music A) are under five years of age, B) have been living with Theodore Kaczynski for the past 25 years, or C) are not aware of television. This interpretation by half of U2 will be heard by millions of moviegoers expected to see what's been anticipated as the film of the summer. Try cranking this up and driving around the hills of San Francisco! Very cool."[6]

Track listings[edit]

CD Single

MUMTT75 / 576470-2
No.TitleLength
1."Theme from Mission: Impossible"3:27
2."Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)"3:05
Total length:6:32

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 10
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[12] 15
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[13] 8
Denmark (IFPI)[14] 7
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[15] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 1
France (SNEP)[17] 18
Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 6
Hungary (Mahasz)[19] 1
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[20] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[22] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[25] 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[26] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[29] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[30] 7
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[31] 23
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[32] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[33] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[34] 96
Germany (Official German Charts)[35] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[36] 66

Cover versions[edit]

One cover version was recorded by French No Wave artist Lizzy Mercier Descloux on her 1979 album, Press Color.[37]

The theme's melodies form the basis of Limp Bizkit's 2000 single "Take a Look Around", which was recorded for the soundtrack of the second film.

Russian ethnic band Bugotak recorded a Russian-language rap song with ethnic Siberian instruments based on "Take a Look Around", the theme and "Empty Spaces" by Pink Floyd, entitled "Missiya Maadai-kara nevypolnima".

American rapper Kanye West and producer Jon Brion, created a remix version at the end credits of the third film.

Brave Combo covered the theme as a "deep groove cumbia" on their 2008 album, The Exotic Rocking Life.

Tiësto created a dance remix version of the theme to promote the fourth film in the series Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).[38]

In January 2013, violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling and The Piano Guys, Steven Sharp Nelson (cello) and Jon Schmidt (piano), released their interpretation of the "Theme from Mission: Impossible".[39][40] The arrangement is true to the Lalo Schifrin original, but also employs a passage with a liberal use of the Piano Sonato in C by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart K. 545 first movement and a self-composed passage to end the piece.[41] The arrangement was introduced with a music video having a comedic cloak and dagger theme. Two official copies of the video have garnered nearly 5 million views on Lindsey Stirling's YouTube channel [42] and over 10 million views on The Piano Guys YouTube channel as of August 2015.[41]

For the promotion of the fifth film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Japanese guitarist MIYAVI covered the theme. [43]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koppl, R. Lalo Schifrin on Creating Mission: Impossible, originally published in Soundtrack Magazine (volume 19, number 74, 2000), posted at Soundtrack: The CinemaScore and Soundtrack Archives
  2. ^ Billboard: Lalo Schifrin Chart History accessed March 9, 2012
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  20. ^ "Íslenski Listinn NR. 174 Vikuna 15.6. - 21.6. '96" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir. 15 June 1996. p. 26. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
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  38. ^ "Mission: Impossible - Theme (Tiësto Remix)". YouTube. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  39. ^ Sanders Petersen, Sarah (8 January 2013). "The Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling combine for 'Mission Impossible' video". Deseret News. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
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