Julian Koonce has graduated, I’m in, and now that his reign over the entertainment page is over, I’m here to take over the Top 5 list.
Melodies foreshadow great betrayals. Tunes inciting the voodoo spirits. The complete unraveling of an archdeacon’s sanity.
These are the Top 5 Disney Villain Songs.
5) “Love is an Open Door,” “Frozen” (2013) – “Frozen” boasted $1.28B in the box office, but “Love is an Open Door” had little to do with that. It was overshadowed by show-stoppers “Let it Go” and “For the First Time in Forever,” the anthems of the movie. However, “Love is an Open Door” is only on this list because it represents the poster child of plot twists.
4) “Mother Knows Best,” “Tangled” (2010) – Gothel is an antagonist so wicked that she raised a child to get what she wanted, and she would probably do it again. This song is Gothel’s desperate attempt to keep her treasure in its chest, to trap her prey, to reel in a victim with her siren song. “Mother Knows Best” is so unnerving because the villain has already won.
3) “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “The Little Mermaid” (1989) – Ursula took the lowest hanging fruit a Disney villain could: She took advantage of the naïve princess. It’s a cheap shot, but we have to credit Ursula for doing it in style, she didn’t just sing it. She danced around her cave, too. She’s a quadruple threat: acting, dancing, singing and villainy. She’s simply too stunning to ignore, but not quite evil enough to peak on this list.
2) “Friends on the Other Side,” “The Princess and the Frog” (2009) – Dr. Facilier incites fear and voodoo spirits with this iconic anthem. He lures you into the song with deep, entrancing words before completely flipping the mood on its head and starting into a fast-paced, Louisiana swing that makes you want to snap along. He gets bonus points for dancing and his sick outfit.
1) “Hellfire,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996) – “Hellfire” is the desperate cry of an unravelling man torn between a deep-rooted belief system and his repressed feelings. It’s the deeply unsettling tune of a man so unfamiliar with his emotions that Claude Frollo quickly attempts to demonize them by blaming them on a woman and focusing his hate into the destruction of her people. Claude Frollo is the most wicked of Disney villains because his story is so realistic. An archdeacon struggling with feelings that he had been taught to hate and repress is far too feasible in the real world that it affects a different part of the heart than the others on this list. It deserves No. 1.