The soundtrack to The Spy Who Loved Me was composed by Marvin Hamlisch, filling in for veteran Bond composer John Barry who was unable for work in the United Kingdom due to tax reasons. The soundtrack, in comparison to other Bond films of the time, was more disco-oriented and included a new disco rendition of the James Bond Theme entitled "Bond 77".
The title song, "Nobody Does it Better" was performed by Carly Simon and was the first theme song not to use the title of the corresponding film, although the phrase "the spy who loved me" appears in the second verse. The song became a hit that is still popular today and has been featured in numerous movies including the recently released Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Little Black Book (2004), Lost in Translation and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004). In 2004, the song was honored by the American Film Institute as the 67th greatest song as part of their 100 Years Series.
Unlike other James Bond soundtracks, the tracks on the album are not taken directly from the film, but are instead re-recorded material based on the music used in the movie. For example, "Bond 77", which appeared numerous times throughout the film, is considerably slower-paced on the album and consists of an extended suite which blends sections similar to those used in the film with new passages. It is also one of the few pre-GoldenEye scores not to be expended when those soundtracks were remastered and reissued at the beginning of the millennium.
- "Nobody Does It Better" - Carly Simon
- "Bond 77 (James Bond Theme)"
- "Ride To Atlantis"
- "Mojave Club"
- "Nobody Does It Better (Instrumental)"
- "The Tanker"
- "The Pyramids"
- "Eastern Lights"
- "End Titles-Nobody Does It Better" - Carly Simon