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Top 10 Disney Villain Songs


Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean. They’re the tunes that make these animated bad guys look good. For this list, we’ve banded together the most deliciously evil tracks that Disney has to offer and chose those that highlight the wickedness of the villain and are just downright catchy. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Disney villain songs. Special thanks to our users datmovieclubber.dfco, Deathmatch1959, Montgomery Hill, LordJeffries, and Mark Weissglass for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean.

They’re the tunes that make these animated bad guys look good. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Disney villain songs.

For this list, we’ve banded together the most deliciously evil tracks that Disney has to offer and chose those that highlight the wickedness of the villain and are just downright catchy.

#10: “Trust in Me (The Python’s Song)”
“The Jungle Book” (1967)

This song makes our list for the creepiness factor alone: here, we see serpentine villain Kaa take center stage as he hypnotizes naïve man-cub Mowgli. As he savors the time before the kill, we get a spine-tingling tune that almost manages to pull us into a trance as well. Kaa’s voice may not be as smooth as Baloo’s, but it’s perfect for this little number.

#9: “Mother Knows Best”
“Tangled” (2010)

You thought “Cinderella”’s stepmother was bad? Wait ‘til you meet Gothel. This centuries-old enchantress is seeking eternal youth, and kidnaps a baby princess after discovering her hair has magical healing properties. While posing as her mother, Gothel constantly reminds Rapunzel that she should listen to her, ahem, wisdom in this upbeat song. But what catches our ears, are all the little hints that she’s only after the girl’s golden locks. Creepy!

#8: “Friends on the Other Side”
“The Princess and the Frog” (2009)

Talk about a wild trip. In this tune swimming with voodoo and black magic, Keith David lends his voice to the suave-yet-menacing Dr. Facilier and brings to us the dark side of New Orleans. Meanwhile, the spoiled, arrogant Prince Naveen learns the hard way why you shouldn’t play with forces you don’t understand because they may come back to bite you.

#7: “The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind”
“The Great Mouse Detective” (1986)

How could we not include a song performed by the one and only Vincent Price? As a villainous criminal boss, Ratigan sings about his various heists and how there’s simply no one better. And you know what, with a voice like this – and a face like that – we’re inclined to believe him.

#6: “Savages”
“Pocahontas” (1995)

While its representation of Native Americans is still criticized today, we can’t deny that “Pocahontas” has some powerful songs. This is certainly true of the track “Savages.” Here, the Englishmen, led by Governor Ratcliffe, and the Powhatans declare war based on their inability to understand and tolerate each other. It’s dark, menacing and effective.

#5: “Gaston”
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

“The Great Mouse Detective”’s Ratigan may be imposing, but nothing can top the pinnacle of manliness that is “Beauty and the Beast’s” Gaston – and boy, he never lets us forget it! Despite being one of the vainest Disney villains ever, Gaston has a theme so catchy you can’t help but sing along. We mean, do you know anyone else that can eat that many eggs?

#4: “Hellfire “
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

Quite possibly the ballsiest song Disney’s ever produced, “Hellfire” gives us a depiction of damnation and sin that’s powerful and captivating. Sung by Judge Frollo as his lust and twisted nature push him further towards insanity, we’re treated to an onslaught of angelic choruses blended with some hellish imagery. Be careful of fireplaces, kids.

#3: “Poor Unfortunate Souls”
“The Little Mermaid” (1989)

When you make a deal with the Devil, you may only come to regret it eventually. However, if you make a deal with Ursula, you’ll pay for it instantly – but at least you’ll have a classic Disney song to go with it. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” starts off slow, but, much like Ariel, as the song builds, you get pulled in by Ursula’s powerful and almost frightening vocals. Scary to think what would happen if all business deals went down like this.

#2: “Cruella De Vil”
“One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

Were you expecting this one? While not as heavy or fast-paced as some of the other entries on our list, there’s just simply no denying how iconic “Cruella De Vil” is. Much like the villainess herself, this song is simple and stylish with a sinister hint of evil. The jazzy number is the perfect compliment to Miss De Vil’s fur coats and scary-as-all-hell road rage.

Honorable Mentions

- “The Elegant Captain Hook” Peter Pan (1953)
- “Mad Madam Mim” The Sword in the Stone (1963)
- “Prince Ali (Reprise)” Aladdin (1992)
- “The Siamese Cat Song” Lady and the Tramp (1955)
- “The Mob Song” Beauty and the Beast (1991)

#1: “Be Prepared”
“The Lion King” (1994)

Unmistakable introduction? Check. Fabulously evil voice provided by Jeremy Irons and Jim Cummings? Check. Nazi-inspired hyenas? Double check. For a lot of us, this is the song that actually made us want to cheer for the bad guys. The tune’s atmosphere and beat are almost like war drums that get us pumped for what comes next. And seriously, singing hyenas from the Third Reich? That seals our vote.

Do you agree with our list? Which Disney Villain song turned you to the dark side? For more entertaining top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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