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  • The Goblins' songs in The Hobbit.
  • Shows up a lot in Redwall. Triss has three ("That's The Freebootin' Way", "'Tis Nice To Be A Villain" and "Plunder, By Thunder").
    • In Rakkety Tam, the villains sing a let's-get-frenzied song, which the audio book sets to a heavy beat and bass guitar.
      • Also in Marlfox. "Who be death? We be death! Dis de blade wot stop your breath!"
    • And then there's Flinky's many songs in Loamhedge. All of them are great, but the darkest is the "Vermin Lullaby", which was a normal lullaby at first, before it suddenly got Darker and Edgier in the second chorus.
    "So hush now, lullaby, foxy close yer eyes, and you'll soon make lovely vittles, for the ants and flies". Squick.
  • The Star Trek novel How Much for Just the Planet?, being a rather... different... Trek story, features "My Own Sweet Tyrannical Way", sung by Queen Janeka. Having captured Sulu, McCoy, and a pair of Klingons, she launches into a high-kicking musical number about what a pain in the ass is it to be a barbarian queen in these crazy modern times... her litany of complaints include an uncomfortable Chainmail Bikini, dodging Klingon Promotion attempts, keeping a rowdy barbarian horde under control, and paying the heating bill for the Underground Lair. Though in the end, she concludes it's totally Worth It, since the Evulz are too much fun to give up.
  • The closest thing to one in the Left Behind books is Nicolae Carpathia's self-indulgent national anthem "Hail Carpathia", which gets twisted by Buck Williams into "The Villain Sucks" Song "Fail Carpathia".
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: "And who are you, the proud lord said, that I must bow so low..." You know Lord Tywin Lannister is badass when, in Westeros of all places, he has his own theme tune, The Rains of Castamere. It is about how, while still a young man, he wiped out Houses Reyne and Tarbeck for rebelling against the Lannisters. When it was played to another rebellious Lord they reconsidered their position. Later it is used as the signal for the Red Wedding, when enemies of the Lannisters and thousands of their troops are massacred.
  • "The Robber's Song" from the Norwegian children's book (and later play) When the Robbers came to Cardamum Town by Thorbjørn Egener is the three titular, not very villainous, robbers, Kasper, Jesper and Jonatan, singing about their nightly exploits. Due to the popularity of the book, the clever lyrics and the tune being a total Ear Worm, the song is known by pretty much everyone in Norway, Denmark and Sweden:
    We sneak around on tip-toed feet
    when we are going robbing.
    We only rob whate'er we need,
    it's our way of shopping.
    Now darkness lies across the land
    the town is sleeping to a man,
    and we're going robbing with bags in our hands,
    we are Kasper and Jesper and Jonatan.
  • The Sirens' song in The Odyssey, seeing as the Sirens used it to lure sailors to their doom.
  • Some of the Captain Future books have a few lines from the Space Pirates' anthem:
    From Mercury to Pluto,
    From Saturn back to Mars,
    We’ll fight and sail and blaze our trail
    In crimson through the stars!
    We’ll cram our holds with plunder
    From every world and moon...