Top 10 Darkest Disney Songs

Disney movies certainly have some pretty dark songs. The songs in this list don't necessarily have to be villain songs. There are songs that aren't sung by villains that can also be pretty dark.

The Top Ten

1 Hellfire - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

TILL THIS DAY, it gives me chills... Ugh! - mood333

Like fire! Hellfire! This fire in my skin! Hunchback is a pretty dark movie, but this song is definitely enough to give you nightmares. Disney was originally thinking about cutting this song out of the movie because they thought it was too dark. Frollo sings about how he wants Esmeralda to be his or else she will end up in hell. Which is where I'm hoping Justin Bieber will end up. How did this movie ever get a G rating? There are movies with MPAA ratings that I don't understand. Like Toy Story 3 with the incinerator scene. Cars 2 with cars getting blown up. And the Litte Mermaid with Ariel's butt being shown. All those movies are also rated G. Anyway, Hunchback is a very dark but awesome movie and this song is a good example of that. - MegaSoulhero

Bone-chilling,creepy,heavily-religious based and very controversy
Perfect for a religious rants song

2 Be Prepared - The Lion King

Scar is basically warning you to be prepared for the darkness of this song! Scar sings about killing his brother, Mufasa. Because once Mufasa and Simba are out of the way, that means Scar can become king. Of course, the way Scar kills Mufasa is by throwing him off cliff into a stampede. Which is much worse than Dopey falling off a boat at Disney World. No one will get that joke by the way. Scar is one of Disney's most intimidating villains and this song pretty much proves why. He doesn't let anything get in his way and he always tries to get what he wants. - MegaSoulhero

I HATE Scar so much during this stupidly boring song.

3 Savages - Pocahontas

That is so savage! I hate this movie but if there was one thing I liked about, it would be the soundtrack! This movie has some really good songs! Even a really good villain song called Savages where Radcliffe and the others go looking for Pocahontas and the other natives so they can kill them. At the same time, the natives attempt to kill John Smith (played by Mel Gibson). The thing I really like is that the whole scene has kind of a reddish color to emphasize that we entered a dark moment of the movie. This song is very intense because the audience (except me) cares for Pocahontas and John Smith and the idea that the natives are going to kill John and the English people are going to kill Pocahontas makes it very dark. It's a good thing Pocahontas comes in at the very last minute to save John Smith in a deus ex machina kind of way! Well, it's still not as bad as Pocahontas learning English from THE WIND! - MegaSoulhero

4 Worthless - The Brave Little Toaster

I grew up really liking this movie. I think maybe because it is so much darker than most any other Disney film. It wasn't like there was just one demented scene in this movie, there were AT LEAST 5 or 6.

I hadn't watched this movie since I was like 6 years old, but just to give perspective of how dark this movie and this song is, I still vividly remember a couple of scenes. This song is one of them. I definitely remembered the terrifying magnet taking the cars to the smasher. I was genuinely scared by this scene. AND, that is not even mentioning the lyrics, which I really didn't understand until now, since I have grown up. Oh my goodness, I cannot believe they let the stuff slide that they did in this "kids" movie. The cars that are about to get smashed (They are literally compared to people on death row) are singing about their experiences, stories, and younger glory days -- then each stanza ending with how they are accepting their fate.

One car literally ...more

An underrated classic, many people don't know about this movie, and furthermore this song. Basically, the Toaster and gang end up at a place titled "Ernie's Disposal", where they experience several cars getting picked up and smashed into bits by a large machine, metal guts spewing everywhere. The gang watches in horror as each car sings about the highlight of its life before getting destroyed. There is even a car who commits suicide, accepting his fate and plunging onto the conveyor belt. That's some hardcore dark material.

This entire movie genuinely terrified me as a kid, and now watching it as an adult is just total nightmare fuel because now I understand it. What the actual hecc, Disney?!
For the record, this is much darker than Hellfire. The scene it was in definitely did not help anything. The overall theme of this movie is that everyone and everything will be replaced by something newer and better, making them nothing.

5 Poor Unfortunate Souls - The Little Mermaid

I hate Ariel so much! Ursula sings this song when Ariel meets with her, asking for a pair of legs. This song is pretty dark because based on her appearance, we realize that she is the villain of the movie and Ariel is about to make a deal with her while we already know that something bad will happen later on. Why on Earth would Ariel give up her voice just to be with a guy she doesn't even know? By the way, this song was written by Alan Menken who also wrote songs for Aladdin, Hercules, Pocahontas, and most recently Sausage Party. I'm not even joking. There's a Disney style musical number written by Alan Menken in Sausage Party. - MegaSoulhero

I HATE Ursula during that whole scene! She took Ariel's voice making hate her even more.

6 The Mob Song - Beauty and the Beast

Why is called the Mob Song? Why can't they just simply call it Kill the Beast? Basically, this song is about Gaston and a group of people going to find this fantastic Beast. The mob wants to kill him because he's dangerous but Gaston wants to kill him because he's in love with Belle. I hate Gaston so much! It's a good thing he dies at the end. Since we started to care about the Beast at this point in the film, we didn't want him to die. Up until he turned back into a prince. Then I started to despise him. - MegaSoulhero

7 My Lullaby - The Lion King 2

This should be right after Hellfire.

Heaviest Disney song by a *mile*, and easily the most graphic in its depiction of violence. While Hellfire is arguably darker because of its greater realism, it stops short of graphically describing the murder (and perhaps torture or... worse) of a child/cub in the “His daughter squealing in my grasp” line (along with many other clear references to extreme violence). Still, this song falls squarely into the heavy metal genre (I would say an 8-ish out of 10 in heaviness), and how a movie with a textbook murderous psycho as the villain got away with anything less than a PG13 still eludes me. Granted, the same argument can be made about Hellfire talking about hell and forced marriage, but at least it uses a few metaphors that can fly over a kid’s head... My Lullaby, on the other hand, is extremely graphic and downright terrifying, not only for a Disney song.

8 Pink Elephants on Parade - Dumbo

Wow! What did I drink? In the film, Dumbo, we get this whole trippy scene where we see a bunch of random elephants dancing and doing some crazy stuff. This happens after Dumbo and Timothy accidentally drink some champagne causing them to get drunk. And yes! Dumbo gets drunk! That's a good message for children! It is very hard to explain this. It's just so weird! And the strange thing is after it happens, they never bring it up again. I have no idea what the writers were on when coming up with this. - MegaSoulhero

9 Kidnap the Sandy Claws - The Nightmare Before Christmas

This song is strangely catchy. It's sung by Lock, Shock, and Barrel when they are given orders to retrieve Santa from Christmastown. In this song they are coming with ways to torture Santa. They even decide to have Oogie Boogie take care of him and according to them, "Mr. Oogie Boogie is the meanest guy around. If I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town." I bet this is a song children would sing if they don't get what they want for Christmas. This is definitely my favorite song in Nightmare Before Christmas. It is so dark but so catchy! Even the heavy metal band, Korn, did a cover of this song and it sounds pretty good. Definitely a song to listen to during Halloween time. Or Christmas. - MegaSoulhero

10 Friends on the Other Side - The Princess and the Frog

It is so creepy!

The Contenders

11 Not One of Us - The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Did you know that there are good Disney sequels? There's only a few of them but still. Lion King 2 is one of the good ones. The reason why I consider Not One of Us to be a dark song is because it happens after Simba banishes Kovu for betraying them. Simba sentencing him to exile would've been more intense if Matthew Broderick was any good at acting. In this song, the animals of Pride Rock are shaming Kovu for his betrayal. He's a bigger traitor than Finn from the Force Awakens. However, during the song, we can see it on Kovu's face that he is sorry for what he has done. I also want to point out that this is the first time that the animals besides the main characters actually get to sing. They didn't even talk in the first movie. - MegaSoulhero

12 Evil Like Me - Descendants
13 In Summer - Frozen

Wow! You're probably wondering how this is a dark song since it has a happy tone and is sung by an adorable character. You see, Olaf is a snowman. He is singing about wanting to experience summer. When it is summer, the sun comes out and the sun cause snow to melt. Including snowmen. Basically, Olaf is wishing death upon himself! I mean, sure he's unaware of what would happen to him and Elsa does give him a snow flurry at the end so he won't melt. Also, if Olaf is able to melt during summer, then shouldn't the snowgies from Frozen Fever melt too? - MegaSoulhero

14 The Happiest Home in These Hills - Pete's Dragon (1977)

I watched the original Pete's Dragon recently and it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen! It was absolutely annoying and stupid! A boy being friends with an invisible cartoon dragon? What was Disney thinking with this one? The very first song in the movie is called The Happiest Home in These Hills. The title makes it sound like it's a nice song, but the song is actually about a family called the Gogans wanting to kill Pete for some reason. They even mention various ways on how to kill him. This is supposed to be a light-hearted family film but this is a pretty dark song. Whatever, the movie is stupid and I regret ever watching it! - MegaSoulhero

Best Greatiestful Song Ever

15 Lack of Education - The Fox and the Hound

I can't stand this song. It makes me want to blame Sheila Broflovski for all this when it's not even her fault.

That stinking song sucks. Just want to kill that stinking foulmouth nutjob Sheila Broflovski for all this when she's already dead because of when I was screaming and crying when she was on T.V.. Now I hide and forget about this stinking song and pretend it never happened in The Fox and the Hound so I won't have keep blaming stinking Sheila Broflovski for all this when it's not even her fault.

16 The Elegant Captain Hook - Peter Pan

I thought 💭 they were saying the pirate’s up to you

17 The Siamese Cat Song - Lady and the Tramp
18 Mad Madame Mim - The Sword in the Stone

I've always found this song annoying because Madam Mim is the most annoying Sword in the Stone character!

19 For the First Time in Forever (reprise) - Frozen
20 The World's Greatest Criminal Mind - The Great Mouse Detective
21 Trust in Me - The Jungle Book (1967)
22 Cruella De Ville - One Hundred and One Dalmatians
23 Never Smile At a Crocodile (deleted song) - Peter Pan

I thought 💭 they were saying the pirate’s up to you

24 Heffalumps and Woozles - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
25 I Got No Strings - Pinocchio
26 Mother Knows Best (Reprise) - Tangled
27 Painting the Roses Red (The Queen of Hearts's version) - Alice in Wonderland (1951)
28 Home on the Range (McLeach's version) - The Rescuers Down Under
29 Once Upon a Time in New York City - Oliver & Company
30 Prince Ali (reprise) - Aladdin
31 No Way Out - Brother Bear
32 Mother Knows Best - Tangled
33 Rotten to the Core - Descendants
34 Every Little Piece - Pete's Dragon (1977)
35 The Witches - The Black Cauldron
36 Let It Snow - Liv and Maddie
37 Christmas Carol (Deleted) - The Muppets
38 Let It Go - Frozen

This Isn't Dark, It's Garbage - VideoGamefan5

39 Making Christmas - The Nightmare Before Christmas
40 One Song - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
41 Ways to Be Wicked - Descendants 2
42 The Headless Horseman Song - The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
43 Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo - Home on the Range
44 You're Only Second Rate - The Return of Jafar
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Top Remixes

1. Hellfire - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
2. Worthless - The Brave Little Toaster
3. The Mob Song - Beauty and the Beast
1. Hellfire - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
2. Be Prepared - The Lion King
3. Savages - Pocahontas


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