6 Disney Villain Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head
One of the things that draws people to a Disney film is the music. It is normal for a Disney film to have an outstanding soundtrack…a soundtrack that we will remember for the rest of our lives. And while we all enjoy the love songs and heroic ballads…I have rather always enjoyed the moments when the villains get their shining moment. When they get to prove their evilness with a catchy and persuasive tune. There are so many great villain songs and it was really hard to narrow it down, but here are the songs I believe to be Disney’s best villain songs.
Be Prepared: “My teeth and ambitions are bared. Be prepared!”
We all know Scar is the jilted royal who wishes he could be king, but it isn’t until he gathers his army of hyenas and warns them about being prepared that we finally see just how far he is willing to go to become king. This song is one of the times when everything comes together to create a magical moment for a Disney character. The song perfectly fits with Scar’s personality. It captures his intelligence and cunning with its cleverly written lyrics and the music induces fear and then with the green smoke and perfectly synchronized marching hyenas it’s the perfect villain moment.
Poor Unfortunate Souls: “They weren’t kidding when they called me, well, a witch.”
Most villains are cunning, but Ursula takes the cake when it comes to manipulation. In her song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” she represents the perfect con artist. She lures her prey in with the an impossible to turn down offer and then when they least expect it…. she screws them over. It’s brilliantly evil. The melody is big and sassy which fits Ursula perfectly and is one of the few villain songs that you can sing along to and really get into the character. I’ll admit when I sing the song I’m pretty sure…in my mind…I am Ursula. The song was composed and written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman and like always they did a fantastic job.
Gaston who is all brawn and no brains loves only himself…oh and I almost forgot…himself of course! With a narcissistic character like Gaston it just wouldn’t make since for the film to not have a song that was all about him and lucky for us the creators agreed. The song was written by Alan Menken and as mentioned above it is a tribute to the one and only Gaston, but it is done in a comical way that makes you want to sing and dance along…and almost make you admire Gaston’s masculine charms…but only for a minute.
Friends on the Other Side: “You got what you wanted! But you lost what you had!”
This song is another one of those special moments created by the talented people that work at Disney. Everything comes together to make for a showstopping and shining moment for the villain. Dr. Facilier, also known as the Shadow Man, is smooth and charming voodoo master who cons Prince Naveen and Lawrence into making a deal. But no deal would be complete without a song.
The song was written by Randy Newman and he did a wonderful job capturing the is jazzy and upbeat feel of New Orleans and mixing it with the sinister side of voodoo. The scene is filled with voodoo dolls, smoke, and tons of colors and with the smooth and deep voice of Keith David it is quite a remarkable scene.
Mother Knows Best: “On your own you won’t survive.”
The music from Rapunzel never reached the hype of some other Disney films, but the soundtrack deserves more attention than it received…. especially it’s epic villain song “Mother Knows Best”. Mothers are amazing people and we love them, but Mother Gothel is something else entirely.
She basically a combination of all the scary things about mothers. Like how they can lay on the guilt or how they hover. She even manages to throw in a little body shaming…ouch! The song was written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and sung by Donna Murphey. The song makes you question whether Mother Gothel really just wants her daughter to be safe or if she has ulterior motives to keeping her locked in that tower.
Mad Madam Mim: “black sorcery is my dish of tea.”
I’ll admit I tacked this one on the end because it’s a personal favorite and I believe it deserves some recognition. Madam Mim is a little old lady who wears a purple and pink dress while singing about how she finds delight in the gruesome and grim! She’s a walking, singing, magic wielding contradiction and it’s super entertaining. The song was written by the Sherman brothers…which is praise enough, but the song is fun and clever and manages to worm its way into your brain and stay there.
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Hello Disney Fans! Janie here. I was a Disney kid growing up and now that I am an adult I love it even more. Whether its movies, music, parks, or games I just can’t get enough of it. I visit Disney World at least twice a year and even when I’m not there it’s all I can think about!