->''"All hail to the thief, all hail to the thief..."''
--> '''Music/{{Radiohead}},''' ''2+2=5''

In musical theater, especially period pieces, it is common to emphasize the setting by having characters raise their voices in a song of sarcastic praise offered to the most hated political leader or leading figures of their day.

Not to be confused with [[Music/HailToTheThief the Radiohead album of the same name]], which is incidentally also the TropeNamer.

This can overlap with TheVillainSucksSong. Compare ProtestSong. A close relative of MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting.

* "We'd Like to Thank You, UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover" from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.
* "Merry Christmas [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Maggie Thatcher]]" from ''BillyElliot''.
* During the opening song "Tradition" from ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', a villager asks the rabbi if there is a blessing for the czar. "Of course! 'May God bless and keep the czar... far away from us!'"
* "Hosianna Rockefeller" from ''Happy End''.
* "Sing Hubbard" from ''Regina''.
* Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' has "The Phony King of England," about [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland Prince John]].
* TV example: "Shame, Shame, Shame (on you now [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Dubya]])" from ''Series/{{Treme}}''.
* Crossed with TheVillainSucksSong but "[[DragonBall Frieza]], [[AwesomeMusic/DragonBall Frieza]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42B-kOtn-D8 Frieza]]" ...
* "Disney/DerFuehrersFace," as popularized by Music/SpikeJones and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon, paying mocking respect to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and ThoseWackyNazis.
--> Not to love Der Fuehrer is a great disgrace,
--> So ve heil! (''[[BlowingARaspberry raspberry]]'') heil! (''[[BlowingARaspberry raspberry]]'')
--> Right in Der Fuehrer's face.
* In an example from Wiki/TVTropes itself, GodSaveUsFromTheQueen is a play on the British national anthem.