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Top 10 Creepy/Dark Songs from Animated Kids’ Movies

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Francesca LaMantia
Script written by Spencer Sher Children’s movies have some of the creepy darkest songs! For this list we’re taking a look at popular kid’s movies that have songs that could cause nightmares. Remember the song, Friends on the Other Side from The Princess and the Frog? It may seem that Facilier is showing Naveen the future he dreams of, but when you listen a little closer, he is actually predicting Naveen’s fate as a frog. How about “In the Dark of the Night” in Anastasia? That scene will always creep us out!

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Top 10 Creepy/Dark Songs from Animated Kids’ Movies

Not all songs from kids’ movies are about love at first sight and happily ever after. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be listing the top 10 creepy/dark songs from animated kids’ movies.

For this list, we’ll be looking only at songs from animated movies that are scary, sinister and still give you nightmares.

#10: “Friends on the Other Side”

“The Princess and the Frog” (2009)

Voodoo man Dr. Facilier is here to facilitate your dreams. While trying to rope Prince Naveen into his dark schemes, Facilier sings this seductive song telling him about his past, present, and future. It may seem that Facilier is showing Naveen the future he dreams of, but when you listen a little closer, he is actually predicting Naveen’s fate as a frog. Though it’s never said explicitly, as Facilier simply refers to the source of his powers as his friends from the other side. When his voodoo dolls, masks, and talking heads join in on the spooky rhythm, it is clear he is talking about evil spirits.

#9: “Toxic Love”

“FernGully: The Last Rainforest” (1992)

The humans have gone too far: they have caused so much pollution that the evil spirit Hexxus uses all the smog and oil to resurrect his powers. Don’t let this song’s bluesy beat and smooth sax distract you from the disturbing message. The entire movie, and this song in particular, warns against the true cost of pollution and deforestation. As Hexxus prepares to ooze all over FernGully, he sings this love song to all the animals he’ll consume, the trees he’ll destroy, and, most importantly, to the greed of humans that brought them together.

#8: “The Mob Song”

“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

Also affectionately known as “Kill the Beast”, this song shows how mob mentality takes over and turns the townspeople into a murderous horde. Much like how real life incidents of mob violence begin, this tune starts as a whisper, rumors passing between the townspeople, and quickly erupts into a rallying cry by Gaston to storm the castle and kill the Beast. Gaston plays on the townspeople’s fears and calls to them to literally grab torches and pitchforks like a scene straight out of any classic monster movie.

#7: “Savages”

“Pocahontas” (1995)

Governor Ratcliffe has been looking for the perfect justification to invade Chief Powhatan’s land, and now he has it. After an altercation between John Smith and Kocoum that results in Kocoum’s death, John is taken to pay for his crime. Ratcliffe wastes no time sounding the drums of war and marching on the quote unquote savages. And the Native Americans prepare to defend themselves. What makes this song so dark is how deeply rooted in truth it is. It’s a pretty heavy message in a kids movie that wars are fought because cultures distrust each other simply because they are different. Ratcliffe sings, “they’re not like you and me, which means they must be evil.”

#6: “Be Prepared”

“The Lion King” (1994)

As green smoke billows from the ground, Scar walks straight towards you, so close it almost feels he’s going to walk right out out of your screen. Scar is not a subtle character and there is no beating around the bush when he sings flat out about murdering his own brother and nephew to take their throne. Like any good tyrant, he promises his subjects extravagance in exchange for their support and obedience. Similarly, in the sequel, Scar’s surrogate heir, Kovu, is prepared by Zira for the paralleled task of killing Simba and taking his throne in an almost equally creepy song.

#5: “In the Dark of the Night”

“Anastasia” (1997)

Rasputin, the evil sorcerer, tried and failed to destroy the entire Romanov line. As punishment, he was sentenced to an eternity in purgatory. When a new opportunity to complete his dark purpose arises, he goes off on this evil villain soliloquy about how he tried to kill Anastasia as a little girl, and is now back to finish the job. Though the somewhat campy visual of his minions acting as his backup singers and dancers is a bit disarming, it’s overpowered by the terrifying imagery used throughout the scene.

#4: “Poor Unfortunate Souls”

“The Little Mermaid” (1989)

Ursula the sea witch only wishes to help those poor unfortunate souls get their hearts’ desire, or so she tricks Ariel into believing. The interesting thing about this song is that Ursula never technically lies to Ariel. She manipulates her into signing over her voice by telling her the truth. She confesses that she has punished those who could not pay her price. She even shows her the gruesome fate that has befallen her previous clients, and Ariel signs anyway. Ariel may think she is making a fair trade, but she is really signing away her soul to Ursula.

#3: “This Is Halloween”

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

In a movie that’s basically a horror flick for kids, all of the songs are pretty creepy. But what else would you expect from a collaboration between Tim Burton and Danny Elfman? In this movie, the monsters are the good guys, and scaring is just what they do. This song serves as an introduction to all of the terrifying creatures in Halloween Town. It definitely had us checking under our beds and beneath our stairs before we went to sleep. With this spooky number as one of the first songs in the movie, it makes it clear you can expect this level of creepy from here on out.

#2: “The Plagues”

“The Prince of Egypt” (1998)

To punish Ramses for enslaving the Hebrews, God has put plagues upon the people of Egypt. In this song, Moses pleads with Ramses to let his people go. But there is another part of this tune that lies beneath the surface of the conversation between the two feuding brothers. It is the plagues creeping into Egypt, “into your house, into your bed, into your streams, into your streets”. The voices start out as a whisper and grow more and more intense with each coming evil. Just as frightening as the lyrics are the images of frogs emerging from the river, locusts swarming the fields, people being covered in boils.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

“The Other Father Song”
“Coraline” (2009)

“The Siamese Cat Song”
“Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

“The Walrus and the Carpenter”
“Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

#1: “Hellfire”

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

It may have gone over your head as a kid, but when you listen to this song as an adult you realize just how dark it was for a kids movie. Judge Frollo has fallen in love with the Gypsy, Esmeralda. Naturally, being a righteous man, none of this is his fault. The blame is all on Esmeralda for tempting him into sin. In this tune, Frollo sings about his uncontrollable lust for Esmeralda. He will make Esmeralda his or she will burn on the pyre and continue to burn in hell. Just your average love song, right?

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