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Top 10 Disney Villains’ Songs

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Disney is a production company that has come out with many, many memorable movies over the past decades. However, in many of the movies we have villains that are reduced to bumbling fools. Yet, as Disney has progressed, we have gotten more powerful and scary villains that have wonderful voices and songs to play to the crowd. I’ll admit it…in the movies, I am partial to villains songs because they are catchy and usually fairly well written and fun.

10. “Oogie Boogie’s Song” from The Nightmare Before Christmas–Great song with catchy lyrics written by Danny Elfman. Good placement of a villain’s song in such a quirky movie. As the Boogieman named Oogie Boogie (voiced by Ken Page) talks about eating Santa, his wonderful bass voice makes quips and allusions that intrigue the audience.

9. “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book–Now, some people don’t think of King Louis the gorilla as a “villain,” but let’s be realistic, what do you think that he would have done with Mowgli? Voiced by Louis Prima, this ape has attitude and demands that Mowgli give him the secret of fire. A toe tapper for sure with jazz brass and beat…however, still a villain’s song in my book.

8. “Cruella De Ville” from 101 Dalmatians–Not actually sung by the villainness in this instance, this song is written within the framework of the movie by Roger the dalmations’ owner. He writes it to speak of the evil of the title woman who wants to make a fur coat out of their puppies.

7. “Night on Bald Mountain” from Fantasia–A song in which no one sings at all. It is all instrumental, but the instruments carry the idea of evil that caps this scene in which a demon is perched upon a mountain helping to give rise to the evil things of the world.

6. “Goodbye So Soon” from The Great Mouse Detective–A chilling song sang by Vincent Price who plays the sinister Professor Ratigan, the foil to Basil of Baker Street (a Sherlock Holmes-esque persona). In the song, Ratigan gloats to Basil that he has finally won their game and that he is in fact the best one of the two. It’s also chilling because it’s being played as a trigger for the trap that Basil and his allies are trapped in.

5. “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast–Not sinister or evil per say… however, this song gives us a little insight into the mind of the true villain of the movie. We are given a glimpse of how egomaniacal Gaston truly is which allows us to see clearly the lengths that he will go to to get Belle to be his wife.

4. “Prince Ali (Reprise)” from Aladdin–Not a very long song at all but quite memorable. Sang by the gravelly voiced Jonathan Freeman, this song reveals all the evil that is truly inside Jafar because even though he has triumphed over the street-rat Aladdin he still has to add insult to injury.

3. “Be Prepared” from The Lion King–A wonderfully chilling song that speaks of murder and political intrigue…Scar sings this as he plots to kill his brother and Simba, his nephew, to gain control of the Pride Lands. With the killer vocals of Jeremy Irons and the percussive style of Elton John, this song is immediately sunk deep into the minds of anyone who hears it.

2. “The Mob Song” from Beauty and the Beast–Gotta love a good ensemble number of the evil people. And what might I ask is more wicked than an angry mob that is going to attack something because they simply don’t understand it? The answer: a mob that is led by an egomaniac who is simply going to kill another creature as the ultimate end of a pissing contest for Belle’s affection (he is mad simply because Belle loves the Beast more than him). With catchy lyrics and a moving tune, this song climbs the charts to number 2 (also making it the only movie to appear on here twice)…

1. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid–PUS is an ethereal jaunt through darkness. With the tongue in cheek lyrics that Ursula uses to lure her unsuspecting niece into a trap, this is without a doubt one of the most frightening songs to me…why? Because Ursula has no redeeming qualities and she wants it all: the ocean, Triton subdued, and Ariel heartbroken…with Pat Carroll belting out this song in her deep Alto, this song is by far the most creepy and scariest because in the end she is like the devil expecting a soul for any small favor she grants.

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  1. Yeah, I think The Mob Song is my favorite from this list, with Gaston in second. Gaston’s just a great villain. What else can you say?


    March 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    • I think he also a creepier villain because he is human. His lack of certain human characteristics such as compassion is what really makes him evil.


      March 21, 2010 at 11:02 pm

  2. I know that its the top of most lists but hellfire is the best villain song. I thought so before I read any of these lists so its not just the lists that have influenced people


    July 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

    • I enjoy the song “Hellfire.” It’s wonderfully devilish. However, I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s the best. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I will say that I do sing “Hellfire” when I’m at work at times…and I get looks.


      July 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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