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.
- In an example from TV Tropes itself, God Save Us from the Queen! is a play on the British national anthem.
- "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover" from Annie.
- "Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher" from Billy Elliot.
- During the opening song "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof, 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!'"
- John Denver's "The Ballad of Spiro Agnew" pays an 18-second tribute to the Vice President's accomplishments by starting out with "I'll sing you a song about Spiro Agnew and all the things he's done..." followed by silence, conveying the message that Agnew has accomplished very little.
- "Hosianna Rockefeller" from Happy End.
- "Sing Hubbard" from Regina.
- Disney's Robin Hood has "The Phony King of England," about Prince John.
- TV example: "Shame, Shame, Shame (on you now Dubya)" from Treme.
- Crossed with "The Villain Sucks" Song but "Frieza, Frieza, Frieza" ...
- "Der Fuehrer's Face," as popularised by Spike Jones and Donald Duck, pays mocking respect to Adolf Hitler and Those Wacky Nazis.
Not to love Der Fuehrer is a great disgrace,Right in Der Fuehrer's face.
- Speaking of Disney, there's a Josef Stalin-related parody of Gaston's Villain Song from Beauty and the Beast. It's clear that the singers are only singing Stalin's praises because he'll kill them if they don't, and they still get a jab or two in. The song also appears to be mocking Stalin's far-left fanboys on imageboards like 4chan and 8chan, as evidenced by the proliferation of chan memes in the video. The same YouTuber also released a song titled "Albanian Nights" (based, of course, on Aladdin's opening song "Arabian Nights") mocking Enver Hoxha's harsh Stalinist regime in Albania. (Note that the memes in this video revolve around one of Hoxha's less brutal but still bizarrely paranoid policies, namely constructing hundreds of thousands of bunkers all over Albania to prepare for potential military attacks.)
- During the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election in The United States, CollegeHumor made a Donald Trump-related parody of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- "Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell and Dean" was a Vaudeville-style novelty song by a group called The CREEP (acronym for The Committe to Re-Elect the President) which came out in 1973, soon after the Watergate scandal broke.
We're Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell and Dean,
The way we were treated was really obscene.
Who'd think that a bug worth hardly a shrug
Would end up in getting us tossed in the jug?
There's no power shortage where we were concerned
And what little profit resulted we earned,
Four lovelier fellow you never have seen
Than Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell and Dean.