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  • Carolyn's car radio sing-a-long of Bobby Darin's cover of "Don't Rain on My Parade" in American Beauty.
  • Anna and the Apocalypse:
  • Annie:
  • In The Apple, corrupt music executive Mr. Boogalow gets a couple of musical numbers. "How to Be a Master" is the one that most fits the definition of a villain song thematically, since it has him extensively bragging about how successful being evil has made him ("Reaching the top is such a long, hard climb/Millions of people stand and wait in line/Do you think I got there being patient and kind?").
  • Dr. Evil's memorable rendition of "Hard Knock Life". DOMINO, MOTHERF** KER!
  • Babes in Toyland:
    • In the 1961 Disney version, the villainous Barnaby gets "We Won't Be Happy 'Til We Get It" along with his henchmen in which all three are cheerfully evil and happily list off the lengths to which they will go if they can get even a dime out of it.
      • Barnaby later has the solo "Castle in Spain", which isn't exactly a traditional villain song, but considering part of it is about the reprehensible things he'll do for the heroine if she marries him it probably counts. The worst bit is that he thinks he's being charming and clearly doesn't understand how repulsed she is by not only the prospect of marrying him but the fact that he plans to, basically, become an even more evil slumlord than he already is in order to support her and himself in a life of luxury.
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    • The 1986 Made-for-TV Movie features Barnaby's "Monsterpiece", in which he gloats to Jack about the creature he's created and the havoc it will wreak on Toyland.
  • Batman (1989) has "Partyman" and "Trust", though these are treated as source music rather than as actually being sung by the Joker, though he does a little lip synching; in the case of "Partyman", his goons Left the Background Music On while vandalizing Flugelheim Museum.
    • Batman Returns has its closing theme, "Face to Face", which is sung from Catwoman's perspective.
  • Battle of the Bulge gives Col. Hessler and his men "Panzerlied" as their theme.
  • After three installments of the Beach Party series with harmless gang leader Eric von Zipper as its most popular, critically acclaimed character, he finally got a song in Muscle Beach Show with the thoroughly harmless, comical "I Am My Ideal".
  • The Beatles:
  • In the same vein as its animated counterpart, "Gaston" and "The Mob Song" are this in the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
  • "World War II Boy" from The Blood Waters of Dr. Z, sung by an offscreen Jamie DeFrates as the Mad Scientist walks back to his lab from the beach at the beginning of the film. Only counts if you interpret the lyrics to be about escaped Nazi scientist Doctor Leopold and him "planning re-veenge on [his] friends!''
  • Bugsy Malone had "Bad Guys" in which Fat Sam's thugs sing about how they're "just the best at being bad."
  • The antagonists of both Camp Rock films tend to have better (or maybe just catchier) songs than the protagonists.
  • In Casablanca, Big Bad Strasser and his men briefly sing a patriotic tune in Rick's club... which is then drowned out by "Marseillaise", sung by the club's other patrons led by Victor.
  • Cats: Originally a Villain Sucks Song, "Macavity" has been turned into one of these, as Bombalurina has been given an Adaptational Villainy upgrade and made Macavity's henchwoman.
  • In Chicago, "All That Jazz", "Cell Block Tango", "When You're Good to Mama" and "All I Care About" for Velma Kelly, the murderesses of Cook County Jail, Matron Mama Morton and Billy Flynn respectively.
    • Actually, every song in the production is a villain song with the lonely exception of "Mr. Cellophane".
  • The Albert Finney musical version of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge, has "I Hate People" for the title character, which should be self-explanatory, and later, the toe-tappingly nasty "Thank You Very Much", in which everyone who owes Scrooge money gloats over his death in the Bad Future. The latter song gets a light reprise upon Scrooge's redemption.
  • It only makes it onto the soundtrack, but since it's a particular character's theme, it still counts: "Turkish Delight", a G-Rated Drug addict's lament sung from a tweaked-out Edmund's point of view, is by far the best song on The Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack. (How much of a villain Edmund is is, granted, questionable, but he's still the most villainous of the Pevensie kids.)
  • Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000 has a mad scientist and his two brawny henchmen sing about Zoom Gas.
  • A Clockwork Orange: Alex infamously sings "Singin' in the Rain" while torturing an old writer and raping his wife.
  • In the sci-fi parody The Creature Wasn't Nice (AKA Spaceship), the titular monster stops his rampage long enough to sing a little ditty entitled "I Want to Eat Your Face".
  • Descendants:
    • The first film has "Evil Like Me", sung by Maleficent, played fabulously by Kristin Chenoweth. In the number, she convinces her daughter Mal to follow in her footsteps and join her in conquering the kingdom of Auradon.
    • The second has "What's My Name?", sung by Big Bad Uma with her henchmen and the patrons of her mother's tavern.
    • The third has "Queen of Mean", performed by Audrey, having had enough of being good. "Do What You Gotta Do" could count, in a sense, as well.
  • "Main Hoon Don" from the Bollywood film Don; in a twist, it's sung by someone who has to impersonate the villain. Or so we thought.
  • In EuroTrip, the main character's girlfriend is cheating on him with a member of a rock band, and said member writes a song about how he's screwing her while the protagonist is totally oblivious to it. Then he performs the song right in front of him!
  • Following the Rule of Funny, this turns up at the end of The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, an otherwise non-musical Affectionate Parody that presents him as a likable Villain Protagonist played by Peter Sellers. Not only does he succeed in his quest to create the elixir he needs to regain his youth and strength, he then unleashes his master plan for world domination: rock music (the film is set in the 1930s). The finale has him performing in full Vegas-era Elvis-style garb "Rock-a-Fu", a distinctly early-1980s tune that gets both the goodies and baddies dancing, and forces Nayland Smith (also Sellers) to admit that at last, Fu's won.
  • The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T: In the sole live-action film by Dr. Seuss, Hans Conreid brings on his large ham with the songs "Get-Together Weather" and "Do-Mi-Do Duds", AKA "Dress Me", an unconventional Camp Villain Song, while his many minions and staff of the Terwilliker Institute sing "Terwilliker Academy" and "The Elevator Dungeon Song".
  • Forbidden Zone has three very awesome ones:
  • "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Jason couldn't sing, so he had Alice Cooper do it for him.
  • Shows up in Fury (2014) of all things. The SS show up in the movie being preceded by the sound of them marching and singing the song SS Marschiert in Feindesland. Due to the lyrics of the full version of the song from real life, this is also a clear-cut case of a Card-Carrying Villain song as well, as the beginning part they sing specifically calls it an "evil song".
  • In Adam Sandler's first film Going Overboard, General Noriega briefly sings "It's a Sad Sad World When Your Head Looks Like a Pizza". Yes.
  • The Gremlins in Gremlins 2: The New Batch organize their own rendition of "New York, New York" with the Brain as lead vocals.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack has "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)", which is used by Ego as a metaphor for his feelings towards the universe and as justification towards his Expansion, and and "Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang", which plays when the Sovereign join the Battle on Ego's Planet to exact revenge on Yondu and the Guardians.
  • Hairspray: Like the musical the 2007 film takes its songs from, "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs" is this for former beauty queen Velma.
  • High School Musical: Despite being a very low-level and banal form of evil, Sharpay and Ryan get one in each film, but it's only in Senior Year where "I Want It All" is one of the big show-stopping numbers.
    • And some people prefer these upbeat numbers to the ballads by the protagonists.
  • Highlander: The Kurgan has a theme song entitled "Gimme the Prize", but only part of it is heard in the film proper.
  • The song about The Spanish Inquisition, "The Inquisition", from Creator/Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I. After some opening narration and a brief air of seriousness, it comprises the entire segment.
  • Hobbs & Shaw: The song "Even If I Die". Heard during the London chase scene or the credits. It's written by Idris Elba, who also portrayed Brixton Lore a.k.a Black Superman
  • In the live-action adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Jim Carrey's Grinch sings "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch", which is traditionally an example of "The Villain Sucks" Song.
  • Inbred has "Ee By Gum", sung by the titular clan of twisted inbreds.
  • There's actually one of these in Inherit the Wind, sung by the fundamentalist townspeople who have organized into a lynch mob, and it's set to, of all things, The Battle Hymn of the Republic. "We'll hang Henry Drummond from the sour apple tree!" indeed. Fortunately, nobody actually gets lynched.
  • James Bond:
    • The Living Daylights: Although he doesn't sing it himself, Necros, The Dragon, gets a thoroughly badass Villain Song called, "Where Has Everybody Gone?" It's always playing on his Walkman when he's about to strangle people with the headphone wires. And his Leitmotif is the instrumental version of the song. The song fulfills the criteria of the Villain Song, in that while the Big Bad is a fairly low-key Smug Snake, Necros is the main physical danger to Bond throughout the film, manages to get away with a surprising amount of successful assassinations for a Bond Villain, and gets a spectacular, over-the-top final fight/death scene.
    • The theme for GoldenEye is an interesting cross between a Villain Song and an Obsession Song.
    • And another Bond example: the theme to The World Is Not Enough by Garbage is, after you've seen the film, an obvious Villain Song for Elektra King.
  • The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers has the song "Jeepers Creepers", which the film was named after. He doesn't actually sing it, but he whistles it!
  • Jesus Christ Superstar:
  • The Jungle Book (2016) has two villain songs. The first is "Trust in Me"; a single line of it is in the film proper, but the full version is sung over the end credits by Kaa's voice actress, Scarlett Johansson. The other villain song is "I Wan'na Be Like You", King Louie's song, a bright, jazzy number, sung by Christopher Walken about how he has a desire for man's red fire, so he can take over the jungle.
  • Labyrinth... since the Big Bad is played by David Bowie, pretty much the entire film was designed as a vehicle for villain songs. Dance, magic, dance!
  • Leprechaun in the Hood ends with the titular creature rapping about how bad he is. "Lep in the Hood, Up to no gooooood"
  • The 1972 film version of The Little Prince has "A Snake in the Grass". And with Bob Fosse playing the Snake, the choreography is definitely show-stopping.
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • "Gollum's Song" from The Two Towers soundtrack, sung by Emiliana Torrini. (It was originally written for Björk.)
      • ...which plays as Gollum plots the demise of the hobbits, but the lyrics tell a different story.* "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)" from the New Jack City soundtrack, by Ice-T.
    • The Hobbit (2012 version) featured the Great Goblin singing the Goblin's song from the book. Oh so very badly.
      • The Extended Edition features the full song.
  • The Russian film Masha and Vitja Against the Wild Guitars, contains the villains' introductory song "We Are the Wild Guitars". Notably for being about the only time "hard rock" songs were allowed on Soviet TV (at least in mainstream production).
  • In Mississippi Burning, Agent Anderson playfully recites a Klan song while he and Ward drive into Mississippi.
    Now, I'm listening you communists, niggas and jews
    Tell all your buddies to spread the news
    Cause the day of judgement will soon been nigh
    As the lord in this wisdom looks down from high
    Will his battle be lost by mixing the races
    We want beautiful babies, not ones with brown faces
    Never, never, never, never, I say Cause the Ku Klux Klan is here to stay: Never, never, never, never, I say
    Cause the Ku Klux Klan is here to stay:
    Anderson: I hope these Ku Kluxers are better at lynchings than they are at lyrics.
  • The Muppets/Sesame Street
  • Freddy Krueger had (oddly enough, the rap numbers) "Are You Ready For Freddy?" and "Nightmare on My Street" made to coincide with the release of one of his films.
  • "O Death" sung by the Klansman in Red in O Brother, Where Art Thou??
  • The Russian adaptation of Peter Pan contains, of course, Hook's song. Among other, he comments that he hates all children.
  • Phantom of the Paradise has several, depending on your perspective of who the real villain(s) is (or are).
    • If one assumes that the murderous titular character is the villain, then there's his first song, "Faust", about selling one's soul for love, and "Phantom's Theme".
    • If one considers the antagonist Swan to be the real villain, there's "The Hell of It", which plays over the credits.
    • There's also "Life at Last", sung by drama queen Beef.
  • In Popeye, Bluto sings "I'm Mean" as he tears apart the Oyl household after Olive stands him up. Later on, "It's Not Easy Being Me" is one, sung by Pappy and Bluto.
  • In Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, corrupt fast food tycoon General Lee Roy gets the songs "Generous General", an upbeat folk song where he smoothly denies accusations that his food is unhealthy, and "Murderous General", a dementedly bouncy number where he declares what he thinks the new white meat is to the protagonists.
  • Prom Night (1980) has a surprisingly subtle and dark version of this trope. Pay close attention to the lyrics in the slow song during the credits. It's sung from the killer (Alex)'s point of view, despite having a female singer. "There never was a turning back. Now it's time to fade to black."
  • The Golan/Globus production of Red Riding Hood had two. The Big Bad Wolf gets "Good at Being Bad". The wicked duke (It Makes Sense in Context) gets "Man Without a Heart".
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera has "Gold" for Rotti. "Mark It Up" showcases the villainous Luigi and Pavi, but isn't as much of a showstopper as the others, so it only sort of fits this trope—especially because they're only trying to one-up each other and probably don't even consider themselves that bad.
    • Rotti also gets "Things You See in a Graveyard", complete with plenty of gloating and cackling.
    • Amber has "Come Up and Try My New Parts", in which she proves her willingness to use her body as a tool, as a borderline Villain Song (especially for those fans who want Grave-Robber and Shilo to end up together.) It was actually cut from the theatrical release because it was too good.
    • The Repo Man has "Thankless Job". It's Anthony Head with a voice like Christian Bale gargling broken glass, dancing and twirling away as he sings about organ theft, then gutting a person and using him as a human glove puppet... TO JOIN IN WITH THE SONG. It's preceded by a much more sympathetic "Legal Assassin", in which The Repo Man blames himself for everything he's done and for everything he does now, but eventually gives in to his sadistic nature.
    • "Who Ordered Pizza?" and the following "Night Surgeon" feature the Largos encouraging The Repo Man to kill Blind Mag. And while he eventually refuses, it's not before he slits a random person's throat while singing creepily.
    • Arguably also "We Started This Op'ra Sh*t" for GeneCo as a company; it's certainly the most scenery-chewing number in the film, and features Rotti, Luigi, Pavi and various GeneCo employees and customers generally hamming it up.
  • The Return of Captain Invincible features at least two. "Evil Midnight" is sung about Christopher Lee's character ... Mr. Evil Midnight by him and his nemesis Captain Invincible, and is a combination Villain Song (Mr. Midnight's part) and "The Villain Sucks" Song (Captain Invincible's part). "Name Your Poison is sung BY Mr. Midnight, and is one of the highlights of the film.
  • Return of the Jedi has a possible variant in the form of the song that the Max Rebo Band performs at Jabba the Hutt's palace ("Lapti Nek" in the 1983 theatrical release, "Jedi Rocks" in the George Lucas Altered Version). The band's level of "villainy" is up for debate, but they're part of Jabba's entourage and we see Jabba grooving along too.
  • Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show has "Sweet Transvestite" and "Planet Schmanet Janet". Much of "The Floor Show" could also count, as it is basically Frank singing, dancing and having a pool orgy with our heroes brainwashed by him, but it's pretty ambiguous.
  • The Finnish fantasy film Rolli – Amazing Tales has two villain songs. In the first one, "Roskanheittäjien messu" ("The Trashers' mass"), the Trashers preach how they serve with their littering their hideous deity known as the Great Trash. The second one — "Suuren Roskan tuho" ("Destruction of the Great Trash") — is sung by the Great Trash himself as he's dying and the Trashers' base is crumbling.
    • In another Rölli film, Rollo and the Spirit of the Woods, Lackey is the lead singer of the rolleys' two most malevolent songs: "Lakeijan Manaus" ("Lackey's Incantation") and "Sotaanlähtö" ("To War"), though the latter is just the former with a slower tempo. Though not played in the film, Lackey has in the soundtrack his own song in which he flaunts his superior intelligence compared to the other rolleys, appropriately named "Lakeijan laulu" ("Lackey' song").
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Matthew Patel gets the Bollywood-esque "Slick". It's also the only musical number in the entire film and has the cast gaping in confusion as he performs it.
  • The Russian film, Secret of the Snow Queen, contains the song "I Don't Care", which is about how a person shouldn't care about anything but herself. Subverted later when we find that, while those manipulated by the Queen indeed don't care, The Queen herself actually does care - she is just deeply in denial about it.
  • The film adaptation of the Russian play The Shadow (loosely based on Andersen's fairy tale of the same name) contains the song "Speak To Each In His Own Language" sung by the Living Shadow. In the song, The Shadow explains how wonderful it is to fool and intimidate everyone.
    Shadow: Just lend me your ear,
    And if it's not deaf, I already know what to put in it!
    • Another song from the same song "Shadow Triumphs", sung The Shadow in the Darkest Hour consist of the Living Shadow gloating before his former master in the hammiest, most over-the-top way possible (an approximate translation):
    I crawled through mud and over naked wire without shock or shame,
    I'm not picky at all, I'm so flexible and subtle.
    And I know all about the shadowy side of the world!
    That's why your friends are now my friends!
    That's why your loved one is now mine!
    That's why your head is now in my hands!
    So, who is now prostrated at whose feet?
  • In a similar vein as "Gollum's Song", Shin Godzilla has "Who Will Know", a One-Woman Wail/chorus track that explores Godzilla's emotions that plays in a sequence that culminates with Godzilla using his atomic breath and beams from his spines and tail to destroy the military, the Prime Minister and his cabinet and blackout Tokyo.
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, being a Beatles-based Jukebox Musical, naturally repurposes some of their songs as these: Mr. Mustard gets "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "When I'm Sixty-Four", Dr. Maxwell Hammer gets "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", Reverend Sun gets "Because", Dougie and Lucy get "You Never Give Me Your Money", and Future Villain Band gets "Come Together".
  • Angela briefly raps in Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland.
  • Spaceballs: "We're the Spaceballs" in which, although being a comedy, the placement is deliberately off. It's sung during the evacuation of Spaceball 1.
    Cause what you got is what we need and all we do is dirty deeds
    We're the Spaceballs, Watch Out! cause we're the Spaceballs
  • Spy Kids: The self-titled "Floop's Song" from Alan Cumming's Depraved Kids' Show Host, which doubles as a Disney Acid Sequence.
  • If you view the St. Trinian's students as Villain Protagonists (not all that unreasonable), the "St. Trinian's Chant" would be this. It fits pretty well in any case, with the girls reveling in the mayhem they cause. The original film series' school song also fits:
    Maidens of St Trinians, gird your armor on
    Grab the nearest weapon, never mind which one
    The battle's to the strongest, might is always right
    Trample on the weakest, glory in their plight!

    St. Trinian's, St. Trinian's, our battle cry!
    St. Trinian's, St. Trinian's, will never die!

    Stride towards your fortune, boldly on your way
    Never once forgetting there's one born every day
    Let our motto be broadcast, "Get your blow in first"
    She who draws her sword last always comes off worst!
  • Street Trash: Although he's not a central villain, Nick Duran has a hilarious closing credits song available here. There's not really any spoilers to speak of, since this "plot" has little, if anything, to do with the rest of the film.
  • Suicide Club: The psychopath Genesis sings a downbeat rock song with his minions in an abandoned bowling alley while his other minion rapes and stabs a woman trapped in a bedsheet sack. Good stuff.
  • Team America: World Police has Kim Jong Il sing "I'm So Ronery", which also counts as a Villainous Lament.
  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny features "Beelzeboss", which is amazingly over the top even for the film. The lyrics consist of Satan himself singing about how awesome he is and how he's going to enjoy taking one of the band members back to Hell as a sex slave.
  • That Sugar Film: The documentary ends with a catchy instance of this trope titled "That Sugar Song". Mr Sugar wears elaborate pink outfits and sings about how he's in everything. The music video of it is available on YouTube.
  • Tommy has several, given that the entire thing is sung-through.
    • The main villain, Tommy's wicked stepfather Frank, gets "Bernie's Holiday Camp", which introduces him and his sleazy attempts to mack on Tommy's mother, and a part of the song "Welcome", is about his plan to make Tommy's holiday camp overpriced. She eventually turns out okay, though.
    • As far as supporting villains go, there's "The Acid Queen" for, well, the Acid Queen.
    • For Cousin Kevin, there's "Cousin Kevin".
    • Wicked Uncle Ernie gets "Fiddle About", where he "sings" about molesting the protagonist while he can't see or hear him. Towards the end, Ernie also gets "Tommy's Holiday Camp", where he overprices the fees to get into Tommy's camp and the related merchandise to rip off Tommy's followers.
    • "Pinball Wizard" is a subversion; it certainly seems like it should be one of these, given that it's arguably the most memorable number in the film and it's sung by the arrogant pinball guy opposing the protagonist, but the song is actually about the opponent being impressed by the protagonist.
  • Troll: A song called "Cantos Profane" is performed by Torok's minions.
  • In both the film of Pink Floyd's The Wall and the album that inspired it, the three songs in the third act sung by the fictional Pink's fascist persona: "In the Flesh", "Run Like Hell" and "Waiting for the Worms". In addition to being a comment on the stupidity of fascism and bigotry, using holocaust imagery to show just how far our protagonist has fallen, they are also over-the-top villain songs sung with a sense of insane glee with some of the catchier melody-lyric parings (to the point that you start singing a split-second before realizing that some of the lyrics aren't for polite society).
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Veruca Salt's destructive "I Want It Now" number is the last song not performed by the Oompa-Loompas, possibly because they were too busy at the moment trying to stop her. It also doubles as (yep...) an "I Want" Song, after a fashion.
  • The Wind in the Willows: "Secret of Survival (in a Very Nasty World)", sung by the Weasels to Mole when he's lost in the Wild Wood.

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