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"Raise the flag! Sing the song!
Here we come, we're fifty strong,
And fifty Frenchmen can't be wrong!
Let's kill the Beast! Kill the Beast!"
The Mob, "The Mob Song (Kill The Beast)", Beauty and the Beast

Musical Theatre is Serious Business. There's a lot of drama. And given that it's musical theatre, it's intense drama with a great soundtrack. So logically the angry mob with Torches and Pitchforks get their own Crowd Song about how much they want to Burn the Witch! If there's a public execution about to take place, you'll hear the same mob singing.

La Résistance also commonly get their own song, which falls under this trope since a lot of revolutions in theatre are angry mobs with a political agenda. Expect this to sound like a military march, or at least have a fife and some snaredrums.

Very rarely is it not a Crowd Song. It doesn't have to be a Villain Song, but it certainly often is.

Compare Revenge Ballad.



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    Fan Works 
  • "Serves Them Right" from the Calvin at Camp episode "Champion Charlie Brown."

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • "Hang the Bastard" from Cannibal! The Musical, meant to sound as much as possible like a cheery old-school-style excuse-to-dance number.
  • The Dracula puppet musical from Forgetting Sarah Marshall features an angry mob chorus during the final song.
  • In The Ladies Man, after finding out that Leon is the one who slept with their wives, a formerly depressed mob is so glad to have a new goal that they cheerfully dance through the city on their way to his workplace while singing about their plan to castrate & kill him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Parodied in Galavant, Sid rallies the peasants to revolt, and leads them in an Angry Mob Song. Unfortunately, it's focused entirely on how valiantly they will die fighting the royalty. By the time he's done, everyone has abandoned him.
  • "Poor Slobs With Terrible Jobs" from Dinosaurs, about the disatisfaction the WESAYSO workers feel with their jobs.

  • Raise the Black Flag from Food for the Gods by Fireaxe.
  • "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister
  • "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones from Ramones.
  • "White Riot" by The Clash.
  • "Stakes and Torches" from Voltaire's album To the Bottom of the Sea is a mob song about the poor rising up to overthrow their leader, the Robber Baron.
  • Dark folk artist Reverend Glasseye is especially fond of this trope, having more than a few across his three albums. Notable tales include a song about man who incites a crowd to lynch the man courting his daughter ("Mother's a Carpegian") and some religious zealots killing a man who won't provide him wood for their temples ("Black River Falls").
  • The satirical song "The Angry Mob" by the Kaiser Chiefs is about a middle class angry mob getting riled up by things reported in the British press.
  • "Witch Hunt" by Rush is a typical example.
  • In Johann Sebastian Bach's "St John Passion", there a chorus consisting of "Kreuzige (Crucify)" in polyphonic 4 part harmony.
  • "Panic" by The Smiths.
  • "Execute" from !HERO: The Rock Opera, which ends with Hero's crucifixion.
  • "Burn The Witch" by Queens of the Stone Age. At least until the halfway-point.
  • "The Rise of Abimelech Dumont" by the Gravel Pit features an angry mob trying to overthrow the man who's taken over the town. They all get shot to death.
  • In The Protomen, an angry mob tries to lynch Dr. Light, on Dr. Wily's behest. Notable in that Light has been found innocent of murder and they still want to kill him.
    • The song in question is titled, quite appropriately, "Give Us the Rope".
  • Somewhat subverted by Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". The song is from the perspective of a rejected hero who turns against the people he once tried to save (but who rejected him).
  • the Mountain Goats:
    • "If You See Light" by is an interesting version - it's from the perspective of the person against whom the mob is rallying.
    • "Heretic Pride". While the narrator for "If You See Light" is frightened and desperately hiding from the mob trying to tear down the door, the narrator to "Heretic Pride" laughs and promises the crowd a reckoning.


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    Real Life 
  • Real Life French revolutionaries sang "Ah! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira...les aristocrates à la lanterne!"; or, roughly, "string 'em up!"
    • The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", started out this way too. Its lyrics are really bloodthirsty; it mentions a bloodstained banner on the fourth line, and the chorus (y'know, the part that you repeat and actually remember) urges citizens to form up into battalions and kill their oppressors "until impure blood drenches our fields."
      • In similar vein, the rarely-sung third verse of The Star-Spangled Banner mentions that "their [i.e. the invaders'] blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution." (There's probably a reason it's rarely-sung.)
      • During Red October the Bolsheviks had their own version, called "Worker's Marseillaise".
  • Horst-Wessel-Lied of the National Socialist party of Germany. The Die Fahne hoch became an unofficial Party anthem after the murder of Wessel and after the Nazi coup, an unofficial national song.
  • Although it wasn't used until after the events of the protests, "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Misérables was sung by mourners at a vigil following Tienanmen Square.


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Kill the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)

Angry over Belle prefering the beast over him, Gaston convinces the town that he is a danger and they need to raid his castle, not without locking Belle and her father in their garage first.

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