Villain Songs

WEEK EIGHT PLAYLIST:

Villain Songs

IN MY HEAD TODAY:

“Brimstone and Treacle” from Mary Poppins (music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers, add. songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe)

This week’s Lego number: “The Cell Brick Tango”

Week Eight: Villain Songs! I don’t just mean songs that establish a villain or feel evil. The playlist is open to any song sung by a villain in a musical. As always, mention your favorites in the comments and I’ll add them to the playlist!

I’m currently writing a villain’s number that is musically cheerful rather than minor and dark. As I made this playlist, I tried to come up with some examples of villain numbers that are bright in tone. “Villain song” makes me think of ominous or threatening music, but there are good songs in the category that are the opposite.

“Master of the House” is the most famous example I can think of. It’s a very happy song—basically “L’Chayim” but trashy, and who doesn’t love that?—but it’s also a window into what makes the Thénardiers villainous. It’s been interesting to ponder other songs that work this way. “Mother Knows Best” and “Those Were The Good Old Days” are two examples on the playlist I enjoy for this dynamic.

I’ll write about some of my favorites throughout the week. What are your favorite villain songs of all time? Let me know in the comments!