Counting Down The 12 Greatest Disney Villain Songs

Which one of these baddies’ signature song is your favorite?

12. “Mad Madam Mim” from The Sword in the Stone

Villain: Madame Mim

In the song, Merlin’s powerful arch nemesis not only embraces her insanity, but also celebrates it.

Most villainous lyrics: “Black sorcery is my dish of tea.”

11. “Mine, Mine, Mine” from Pocahontas

Villain: Governor Ratcliffe

Unlike most Disney villains, Ratcliffe isn’t driven by evil, but rather by greed. This song perfectly sets up his intentions.

Most villainous line: “It’s not that I’m bitter / But think how they’ll squirm / When they see how I glitter!”

10. “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast

Villain: Gaston

A song that celebrates what the ultimate narcissist, Gaston, loves most: GASTON.

Most villainous lyrics: “As a specimen, yes, I’m intimidating!”

9. “Mother Knows Best” from Tangled

Villain: Mother Gothel

This wonderfully upbeat song — about emotionally manipulating your (fake) daughter — perfectly disguises Mother Gothel’s true motives.

Most villainous lyrics: “Don’t ever ask to leave this tower again.”

8. “Prince Ali (Reprise)” from Aladdin

Villain: Jafar

Jafar demonstrates that the best way to humble and humiliate your enemies is through a song.

Most villainous lyrics: “Read my lips and come to grips with reality.”

7. “The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” from The Great Mouse Detective

Villain: Professor Ratigan

Voiced by the late, great Vincent Price, Ratigan gets high villainous marks for not only celebrating in his past crimes, but also killing one his minions during the course of the song.

Most villainous lyrics: “Worse than the widows and orphans you drowned?”

6. “Friends on the Other Side” from The Princess and the Frog

Villain: Dr. Facilier

The smooth and charming Dr. Facilier, aka “The Shadow Man,” goes from simple showman to sinister evil voodoo witch doctor all through the course of one song.

Most villainous lyrics: “Hope you’re satisfied / But if you ain’t / Don’t blame me / You can blame my friends on the other side!”

5. “Oogie Boogie’s Song” from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Villain: Oogie Boogie

Oogie kidnaps Santa Claus and then proceeds to mock and torture him throughout the song — now that’s a badass villain.

Most villainous lyrics: “You aren’t comprehending the position that you’re in / It’s hopeless, you’re finished / You haven’t got a prayer.”

4. “Hellfire” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Villain: Judge Claude Frollo

The darkest song on this list and for good reason: Religious zealot Frollo is conflicted over his intense hatred of gypsies and his growing lustful obsession over the gypsy dancer Esmeralda.

Most villainous lyrics: “Destroy Esmeralda / And let her taste the fires of hell / Or else let her be mine and mine alone.”

3. “Cruella De Vil” from 101 Dalmatians

Villain: Cruella de Vil

Unlike the other songs on this list, Cruella doesn’t perform her own song. But a villain this fabulous doesn’t need to sing; she has songs written about her.

Most villainous line: “She’s like a spider waiting / For the kill.”

2. “Be Prepared” from The Lion King

Villain: Scar

Of all the Disney villains, Scar is the smartest and most diabolical, and this song perfectly encompasses him. Also, the not-so-subtle imagery that references Nazi rallies give the song an extra layer of sinisterness.

Most villainous lyrics: “So prepare for the coup of the century/ Be prepared for the murkiest scam.”

1. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid

Villain: Ursula

Ursula is a menacing and brilliant villain who doesn’t even need to trick Ariel into giving her what she wants — all she needs is her raspy voice and badass song to get her way.

Most villainous lyrics: “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.”

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