->''"Using music to control people. Why does that sound so familiar?"''
-->-- '''Tucker''', ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', "Pirate Radio"

Music has great power. It can [[MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast Soothe The Savage Beast]], it can inspire courage in the hearts of men with a [[MusicToInvadePolandTo stirring march]], or bring tears to your eyes with an eulogy of loss and longing. Is it really such a stretch to assume that, with the right resonance, the right voice, the right instrument, it can fully control the very hearts of man?

Quite often, however, the enchantment lasts only as long as the song does... but depending on the particulars, it may do anything from simply putting everyone who hears it into a paralytic trance, to inflicting a specific, overpowering compulsion ([[EmotionBomb such as homicidal rage or suicidal despair]]) to putting them under full and permanent MoreThanMindControl.

This is the preferred method of the EnthrallingSiren, and indeed pops up a lot in mythology. The EvilDiva also has a good chance of utilizing her music to enslave her fans. Subtrope of MagicMusic. Inverted by the TheMusicMeister who uses MindManipulation to make music.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The second season of ''Manga/BlackButler'' featured an Armonica (also known as a Glass Harmonica or a Hydrocrystalophone) being used to control a ballroom filled with noble guests, turning them into savage killers. Amusingly enough, it was countered by Sebastian playing a Glass Harp, also known as an Angelic Organ - an instrument that uses a similar principle.
* ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' has [[AIIsACrapShoot Virtual Idol]] Sharon Apple paralyze an entire world with her hit single, 'Information High'. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMczRJh_OeI Listening to it]], you can kinda' feel how it might work. It's strangely hypnotic, especially when combined with her lightshow.
* The original ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' OVA was centered around a group of villains trying to put together a particular, lost symphony by Mozart, which had the power to make anyone who heard it so utterly depressed that they would instantly commit suicide by whatever means was closest at hand. Dubbed 'The Suicide Symphony', for obvious reasons.
* The Parapara brothers from ''Anime/DragonballGT'' use a stereo to cause their opponents to uncontrollably mimic their dancing, leaving them open to attack.
* Brook from ''OnePiece'' plays music that can influence the actions of others by "reaching to their very souls". This is seen when he causes an entire stadium to riot against the Marines.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'', a rock band allied with the mob uses this.
* On [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/monkeys/1244_4_152.jpg the cover of issue #152]] of ''ComicBook/HouseOfMystery'', an organ grinder's music causes people to give his monkey money.
* The cover of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/stupor/ttv1_46.jpg issue 46]] showed a villain called the Fiddler using his music to make the Titans kill each other.
* In "[[http://glenweldon.tumblr.com/post/53601829035/clark-kent-goes-to-woodstock-part-the-first The Pied Piper of Steel]]" (''Action'' 398, March 1971), Clark's first television assignment is to cover a Woodstock-like rock concert, where he observes that "the kids" mindlessly obey whatever the lyrics say. The "hypnotic power of rock" was an actual concern of MoralGuardians at the time. In the story, it turns out to be a MadScientist with a Fiendish Machine.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* "The Smurphony Of The Night" from the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story of the same name was used by Lord Vladimir Smurfula to control Smurfette's mind to draw her closer to him. Near the end of the story, Empath is able to disrupt its effect on Smurfette by whistling [[ThemeTuneCameo the Smurfs theme song]].
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', the MusicalTrigger for Derick's brainwashing to kick in and have him assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia was a remix of the song "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, which they also played while brainwashing him.
* In the Japanese horror film ''Film/SuicideCircle'', it's implied a popular music group may be subliminally responsible for all the suicides.
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'' the witches keep the adults from stopping them using the song "I Put A Spell On You". The youngest later uses her own siren-like singing to lure children to the witches' house.
* The movie of ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' features a plot to build subliminal messages into the music of manufactured pop bands.
* ''{{Help}}'' - in an scene dropped from the final movie, Music/TheBeatles, at an acting school, are put into a trance by droning music played by Clang and his thugs. A scene that was used has them trying again, all crammed in a phone booth calling the band up while they're in Scotland Yard. Clang intones "Go...to...the...''window!''...Go...to...the...''window!''"
* The song "Gloomy Sunday" is used as a suicide trigger in the film ''{{The Kovak Box}}''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/SusanCooper's novel ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising''. Will is about to experience the power of the Dark.
-->''And the singing began.\\
It was wordless; it came in the wind; it was a thin, high, cold whine with no definable tune or pattern. It came from a long way off, and it was not pleasant to hear. But it held him transfixed, turning his thoughts away from their proper direction, turning them away from everything except contemplation of whatever happened to be closest at hand. [snip] As he listened to the singing, he saw a twig on a low branch of the beech close to his head that seemed for no reason so totally enthralling that he could do nothing but gaze at it, as if it contained the whole world. He stared for so long, his eyes moving very gradually along the tiny twig and back again, that he felt as if several months had passed, while the high, strange singing went on and on in the sky from its distant beginnings. And then suddenly it stopped, and he was left standing dazed with his nose almost touching a very ordinary beech twig.\\
He knew then that the Dark had its own way of putting even an Old One outside Time for a space, if they needed a space for their own magic.''
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** In ''The Fellowship of the Ring'' both Tom Bombadil and Old Man Willow can affect other creatures' minds by singing.
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' Lúthien Tinúviel gains control over Morgoth himself by singing to him.
* This trope is the focus of ''Trill'', a short [[http://www.amazon.com/Lure-Dangerous-Women-Shanna-Germain-ebook/dp/B008P1228O story]] by Shanna Germain. The protagonist is something of a Pied Piper analogue.
* ''Literature/{{Coda}}'' has this with the Corp's music being equivalent to a drug. It can control what you see, think, and feel, and can even [[spoiler: kill you]].
* [[HotWitch The Lady of the Green Kirtle]] in ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' used a monotonous melody played on a mandolin-like instrument (combined with a sweet-smelling powder) to make her victims receptive to her suggestions. The effect can be resisted, but doing so takes '''phenomenal''' willpower.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/GetSmart'' had Max and 99 fighting "The Groovy Guru" (played by [[Series/FTroop Larry Storch]]), who was producing music with subliminal messages aimed to get kids to overthrow the government and authorities.
** While the kids were supposed to be affected by subliminal mind control signals, the lyrics weren't too subtle, either.
-->Thrill, thrill, thrill!
-->Kill, kill, kill!
-->Make a scene,
-->Knock off the Dean.

-->Yea yea yea,
-->Bump off a square,
-->That's what it's about
-->Hate is in.
-->Love is out.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In season 7, the First Evil brainwashes [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire reformed vampire]] Spike into killing humans again; the trigger is the folksong "Early One Morning."
* One episode of ''Series/WonderWoman'' featured a flute-playing rock star who could control his female fans with his music.
* Similarly, the villain Glitter Rock uses mind-control music in one episode of ''Series/ElectraWomanAndDynaGirl''.
* The first episode of the short-lived Fox show ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'' had the villain using a singer's music to control the minds of teenagers.
* ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'': The villains in "Sing a Song of Danger" plan to use a subliminal message embedded in records to cause fans to rob banks and deliver the money to them through fan clubs. They use another album to try to compel Adam to murder Georgina.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/TheLonelyIsland's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yvEYKRF5IA "Boombox."]] The eponymous box causes people to lose control when they hear music coming from it.
-->A boombox can change the world
-->But you've gotta know your limits with a boombox
-->This was a cautionary tale
-->A boombox is not a toy
** The song in "Go Kindergarten" convinces the audience to do all sorts of weird things, including things which shouldn't even be possible, like making their butts drink helium and speak in a high-pitched voice.
* The music video for Fatboy Slim's "Ya Mama" shows people losing control of their limbs whenever they hear the tune. HilarityEnsues.
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[[folder:Mythology/Folklore]]
* The title character of ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin''. Initially, it seems like he's limited to controlling rats, but when the town stiffs him on his bill, he reveals similar hypnotic power over children. (This is, of course, where the old saying "Time to pay the piper" originated, meaning that going back on a deal can have consequences.)
* [[EnthrallingSiren Sirens]] in GreekMythology. Listening to their song causes sailors to wish to dash their ships on the rocks just to get closer.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** The singing and music of bards can charm (control) other creatures.
** Some magical musical instruments can do this even if played by someone other than a bard.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. The spell Soul Singing requires the caster to play a bone whistle. It allows the caster to control the target's mind, leading them in a trance-like state to their doom.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' supplement ''C.L.O.W.N.'' has two of these.
** One of Merry Andrew's gadgets is a crank organ that plays "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" tune. Anyone who hears it starts to act like a monkey.
** Beuford the Bard has a magical mandolin which controls the minds of people who listen to its music.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': The Phantom hypnotises Christina in the [[DarkReprise reprise]] of angel of music.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' has Discordia, the Sixth Lord of Chaos from the Mythsong saga, whose music has the power to control people. [[spoiler:It turns out that he himself is being controlled by Kimberly of One Eyed Doll, the true Chaos Lord]].
* Shiho of ''ValkyrieProfile'', a 'songmistress' whose singing instills her countrymen with burning fury and bloodlust, turning them into unstoppable berserkers in combat. She's wrought with guilt, however, since her song doesn't make them invulnerable, just fearless, leading most of the soldiers to their death.
* How the tikis mind control the animals in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''. The Kongs are unaffected.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Psycho Mantis uses a distinctive 'hymn' based on Russian choral music to control people's minds, referred to by Naomi as "mind control music" and supposedly a favourite song of his childhood. It is first played in-game as apparently ordinary in-game music, but when it stops, Snake and Meryl both comment on it and get justifiably worried (when it begins again, it is Mantis attempting to possess Meryl). Spoofed in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' where Mantis accidentally discovers he can do this by whistling.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'', the band Phantasm - or perhaps just their enigmatic lead singer, FES - can reduce a whole roomful of rowdy concertgoers to hypnotized zombies with their strange, prophetic goth-punk-rock. Or maybe [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness you just imagined it]]...
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit'' comic "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/freespirit/index.php?issue=4&page=0 Song of the Siren]]", Winnie accidentally discovers that her singing can hypnotize mortals into performing such activities as giving her nice things or breaking into SpontaneousChoreography.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* There was a ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode in which the villainess controlled a swarm of bees via ([[StylisticSuck awful]]) rock music.
* Ember [=McLain=] from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' grows powerful when people chant her name, so she uses her teen idol status to control teenagers, who chant her name at her concert.
* The main premise of the episode "New Kids on the Blecch" of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Bart joins the boy band "The Party Posse", a project by the Navy to use subliminal messages in music to get more recruits. Their first song contains the lyrics "Yvan eht nioj" ("Join the Navy" backwards).
* In ''GIJoe'' terrorist leader [[BigBad Cobra Commander]] hires Zartan and the Dreadknocks (a group of mercenaries) to form a band called "Cold Slither" so that [[SubliminalAdvertising subliminal messages]] can be put into their recording.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has an episode called "The Rave", that has music that controls teenagers and causes them to be destructive.
* One Pinky & the Brain short on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' featured Brain developing a mind-control scheme using subliminal messages played through generic country music songs.
* Used by Dr. Wily in ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan''.
* Happens a couple times in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
** This trope was also parodied in "Bubble Boys." The tone-deaf Dr. Doofenshmirtz invents a hat that makes him a great country singer, and plans to brainwash the tri-state area with his song "Yodel-Odel Obey Me." The parody comes into play when the song's lyrics explicitly state that the listeners are being hypnotized: "You'll be my obedient mindless slaves, and nobody will blame me..." Despite the blatant mentions of mind control, it still works:
-->'''Country Music Fan One''': I like him!
-->'''Country Music Fan Two''': YEAH! LET'S DO WHATEVER HE SAYS!
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'', there is a song called the Prank Song that puts most people into a highly suggestible state. Some people are naturally immune to the effects, though.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' involved a Tyrannosaurus Rex who plotted to enslave mankind by getting his own TV show and hypnotizing everyone who watched his show (even Jon and Odie) by singing a song about how "Good is better than bad". Garfield is the only one who wasn't affected because he thought that the TV show was childish, until he discovered the T-Rex's true intentions.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' episode "Music Hath Charms" had Duke Igthorn use a set of magical bagpipes to hypnotize anyone who heard its music (with the exception of the ogres}, especially the Gummis.
* Madame Trilby's magic flute (no relation to [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute the other magic flute]]) that Gargamel used on the Smurfs to make them sleepwalk in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Sleepwalking Smurfs". Also the Ghoulliope from the cartoon special "Smurfily Ever After".
* Used by Robbie in the ''GravityFalls'' episode "Boyz Crazy".
* The villainous alien "Organ Grindor" from ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dial "M" for Monkey]]'' uses this on Monkey to have him steal Gold and other Riches.
* The Dazzlings from WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks naturally employ this, what with being a trio of {{Enthralling Siren}}s and all.
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