So, I’m on a kick right now - sampling some of the best Villain Songs out there! I’m going to list some of my favorites -and why they are awesome - so let’s have some fun, shall we?
This isn’t a compete list, and I’m sure I’m going to miss some. Also - these aren’t in any kind of real order - this isn’t a “Top 10” list or anything. For example, everyone knows the great Disney ones, so we’ll get to those in a minute. I want to share some with you you may not be familiar with.
1.) Falcon in the Dive, from The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Not the best-known musical, even though the music is astounding. Falcon in the Dive is one of the better songs - beat out maybe by The Creation of Man for being just downright hilarious. I can’t find a very high quality video of an actual performance that doesn’t have crappy sound, so this is audio only.
2.) Alive! from Jekyll & Hyde
Pinning down which is the actual “Villain Song” from J&H is pretty hard. Now, Jekyll & Hyde is my favorite musical ever, so that may have something to do with the tough choice. All things considers, I think “Alive!” is the closest to the traditional “Villain Song” (which is like the “I Want” song from most musicals, but sung by the antagonist). Though, this isn’t my favorite from the show.
Oh, and please forgive me in advance: the only professional recorded version of Jekyll & Hyde features David Hasselhoff. I’m serious… don’t let his ruin it for you. You can find the original Broadway music on iTunes. No, I’m sorry. After re-watching again I couldn’t subject you people to David Hasselhoff. No video for you - use your imagination (or look it up on YouTube if you must).
#3) No Good Deed from Wicked
This one is very interesting to me because it comes so late in the show. Villain songs are usually very early in the show - but since Elphaba can’t really be considered Villain at all, this is the closest I think the show gets. Trying to pick my favorite song from Wicked is like trying to pick my favorite ice-cream, so I can’t say this is my favorite song from the show - but its up there. Below is a pretty good quality video, but the audio isn’t the best, so if you prefer just to hear the awesome music, click here.
#4) Phantom of the Opera from… The Phantom of the Opera
This is another one of those non-traditional “Villain” songs since the Phantom doesn’t sound all too, well, villainous here. But that’s kind of the point. But I still think this qualifies. There’s 1001 recordings of this song - take your pick (I chose this one because of Sarah Brightman - not too sure I’m sold on Antonio Banderas as the Phantom?)
#5) Hellfire from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Holy shit, Disney, when did you get all edgy and sexy and spooky. This is probably one of the best Villain songs ever. Though I wouldn’t even call it my favorite from Disney, I think its just a stunning example of an effective Villain song. You can really feel Frollo’s conflict and his drive - you almost feel sorry for him but you’re even more creeped out. Perfecto.
#6) Friends on the Other Side from The Princess & the Frog
I’m not usually a fan of the ‘silly’ or upbeat Villain songs, but damn doesn’t this one just rock? I’m a huge nut for Baron Samedi though (who, if you didn’t know, is who Dr. Facilier is modeled after - in appearance at least)
#7) Okay, now we’re down the ones I’m sure everyone’s seen/heard, but they deserve no less mention. Let’s start with Poor, Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid.
Does this even need an introduction? Catchy, effective… you can just see the insanity of Ursala in this fervent, wild, whirlwind of a production!
#8) Be Prepared from The Lion King
This is my personal favorite. It’s catchy, epic, scary, and has goose-stepping hyenas. There is nothing NOT to love about this number. And not JUST the music - the movement, characters, and colors of the animation. Damn it makes me miss this stage in Disney animation.
Okay guys, what did I miss??
Okay, here are some more I missed over!!
Brand New Day from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog
I am a bit embarrassed for missing this one. Brand New Day is catchy, well acted, and funny. If you’ve never had a chance to see Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, you’re missing out!
Still Alive from Portal
Ah, another one I’m ashamed to admit I looked over. Of course, I’m used to thinking about video games when it comes to great musical numbers, but Still Alive was one of the best payoffs for beating a game ever. The song is lyrically brilliant as well - and the cold, cheery computer voice of GLaDOS walks that razor edge of cute and cold.
The Cell Block Tango from Chicago
This one might be a stretch… but they are all the “Merry Murderesses of Murderess Row” The music is catchy, but I think the visuals and the dancing really push this into a powerhouse performance.
———-Suggestions from Others————-
"What You Feel" from the episode "Once More with Feeling" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (suggested by Trenton)
I gave this one a listen and I wasn’t blown away - its a but too jazzy for my tastes - but its well done and the lyrics are well and don’t seem forced (thanks to the talented Joss Whedon)
I Will Prevail from Wonderland (suggest by persianobsession)
Man, God Bless Frank WIldhorn, huh? The man behind both The Scarlet Pimpernel and Jekyll & Hyde really likes to hit my buttons. To be honest I’ve never been a fan of Alice & Wonderland - but Wicked managed to change my mind about The Wizard of Oz, so maybe I really need to take a good hard listen. This song is great - very bombastic but still lyrical. I love the way woman are portrayed in Frank Wildhorn productions.