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5 of the Best Disney Villain Songs

Aside from the wonderful plot of their stories and their memorable characters, among the best things about Disney movies are the villain songs. This doesn’t mean there is something wrong with the main characters’ songs though. Although Aladdin and Jasmine’s A Whole New World and Elsa’s Let It Go are as catchy and lovable as ever, there are just some villain songs that are just so disturbing, they are incredibly good.

Here are five of the best Disney villain songs that made the cut:

5. “Prince Ali” by Jafar, Aladdin

During the song, Jafar uses his magic to turn Abu back to his monkey form. He also uses his magic to take off Aladdin’s princely robes, eventually revealing the street clothes he had at the very start.

Most Evil Line:

“Read my lips and come to grips with reality”.

4. “Mother Knows Best” by Mother Gothel, Tangled

“Mother Knows Best” is a song performed by Mother Gothel in the film Tangled. Its lyrics incorporate a series of aggressive insults, which serve as Gothel’s attempt to frighten Rapunzel into staying in the tower despite her requests to see the floating lanterns. She does this so that she may continue to use her hair’s regenerating abilities in order to remain beautiful and young.

Most Evil Line:

“Don’t ever ask to leave this tower again”.

3. “Be Prepared” by Scar, The Lion King

Scar sings out about his evil plans to kill Mufasa through the song “Be Prepared”. In the film, the cowardly lion meets his sidekicks and scolds them for not killing Simba.

At the beginning of the song, Scar puts emphasis on the stupidity of the hyenas. He later makes an offer to them that if they help him get the throne, he will allow them into the Pride Lands, where they will never suffer from hunger.

Most Evil Lines:

“So prepare for the coup of the century.

Be prepared for the murkiest scam.”

2. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” by Ursula, The Little Mermaid

Ursula is one brilliant villain, who doesn’t have to trick Ariel into providing what she needs. Sung in a style that combines burlesque and Broadway Theatre, the wicked octopus sings “Poor Unfortunate Souls” to Ariel to seduce her into exchanging her voice for a chance to become a human and be with Eric.

Most Evil Lines:

“Now it’s happened once or twice.

Someone couldn’t pay the price.

And I’m afraid I had to rake ‘em cross the coals.”

1. “Gaston” by Gaston, Beauty and the Beast

Gaston is probably one of the funniest villain songs. It was sung to cheer up Gaston after Belle rejected his marriage proposal.  Although it became famous for the phrase “No one (verb)s like Gaston”, it is still considered eerie, due to the fact the he wants to make Belle unhappy at whatever cost.

Most Evil Line:

“As a specimen, yes, I’m intimidating.”

Obviously, Disney villains come in all shapes and sizes – from cowardly lions to creepy sorcerers. There is one thing they all have in common though and that is their excellent singing voices, which can be heard in the classic songs above.

Holly Bissonnette

A marketing writer for several years, I have recently shifted my focus into entertainment. I have been working as a freelance writer for Explore Talent for more than a year now.

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