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Top 100 Songs That Make You Feel Like a Villain

This is a difficult one. What is a villain? It can mean different things to different people. In the theater, a villain is portrayed as someone whose bad actions are essential to the plot.

A similar meaning can be applied in everyday life. We meet bad people who we could refer to as villains. But, they won’t all be people who may want to cause you harm. Good songs that make you feel like a villain are hard to come by, but I am going to give it a go.

There seems to be this feeling in some of today’s music that violence is acceptable. Some songs go into quite graphic detail about one person wanting to inflict hurt or harm on another. Let me say at the outset, you won’t find any of that here.


What About A Villain Of The Peace?

Are public disturbances villainous? They could be described as such. Governments often see and describe protesters as “villains of the peace.” People who deliberately get in the way of something you are trying to achieve could also be labeled the same.

Songwriters have written about these emotions that cause us to feel villainous. Some songwriters have even written and sung songs about villains of the past, some rather unsavory characters. We could include a few of those to lighten the mood.

Can songs make you feel villainous? 

They can, and they can take things to extremes, but we don’t need to consider those. Some songs deal with the subject on a lower level. Let’s take a look at a few of the songs that make you feel like the bad guy.

Songs That Make You Feel Like a Villain

Top 100 Songs That Make You Feel Like a Villain

1 Another One Bites The Dust by Queen

This song was written by Queen’s excellent bass guitarist Johnny Deacon. You may gather that from the very bass riff-oriented style. It was included on their album, The Game, released in 1980.

Deacon played most of the instruments on the track. Apart from the bassline, he also played piano and guitar and added some handclaps. Roger Taylor put on a drum loop, and Brian May added some extra guitar sounds.

It became an iconic part of their stage set… 

And Freddie Mercury was always able to whip the crowd up with this song. It reached #7 in the UK and #1 in America and has been recognized as Queen’s best-selling single.

The theme of the song is interesting. It refers to pushing forward with what you want to achieve and not letting people get in your way. In that respect, they become a very villain to only you. The song is saying, if they try to obstruct, just push them aside.

2 I Dreamed a Dream by Chase Holfelder

This song is an interesting take on the famous song from the musical play Les Miserables. It was based on a French song with English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The play was written in 1862 by Victor Hugo.

The story of Fantine is the subject of the original song… 

Fantine is portrayed as a young, ordinary, working-class French girl, or “grisette” in French. She gets pregnant by a rich young student who then deserts her. Subsequently, she has the baby, Cosette, but is thrown out on the street after losing her job and the song is her wishing for a better life.

This is a song that re-imagines the situation but takes the boys’ side. In it, he tries to portray himself as being the one that is misunderstood, just as much as Fantine has been. 

The song is written in a minor key which gives it a slightly disturbing feel as he puts his case. That change to the minor only goes to emphasize his villainous nature.

3 The Hell Song by Sum 41

How could you describe this track from Canadian band Sum 41? Punk with a melody, possibly. It has a Pop-Punk feel about it as they race through the music. 

This song was released in 2003 and taken from their album, Does This Look Infected? It was written by Deryck Whibley and Greig Nori. This is a song about the serious problems that we all have to face. It looks at the image of the “bad man” and considers his motivations and his almost despair at not knowing where to turn.

“Everybody’s got their problems – Everybody says the same things to you – It’s just a matter of how you solve them – But what else are we supposed to do?” The song was inspired by a friend of Whibley who contracted HIV, and it is his take on how he looks at it. A “silent” villain you cannot see.

4 Last Midnight by Meryl Streep

Quite often, you will hear actors, be they male or female, sing songs in musicals. Out of their comfort zone, they can sound like a duck being strangled. Not the case here with Meryl Streep singing this song from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She shows she has a very good voice indeed. 

It is essentially the turning point in the story… 

The witch, played by Meryl Streep, is angry and berates people for not keeping promises. She asks them, “Told a little lie – Stole a little gold – Broke a little vow – Did you?”

In a twist, she turns out not to be the antagonist. Rather, she is a victim. She didn’t mean to lay a curse on the baker’s parents and send them through the woods. And she didn’t plan that there would be giants.

Everyone is laying the blame on her and seeing her as the villain. Whilst her actions did cause the situation, she shows that she is in as much pain as everyone else. A big performance from probably the best actress of this and other generations, as well as one of those songs that make you feel like a villain.

5 Al Capone by Prince Buster

How about we take a quick tongue-in-cheek look at a song about a real-life villain? Although, “villain” isn’t a strong enough word to describe him. People like to pretend they are gangsters today and think they are tough. We even have some politicians with delusions in this area. But the “real deal” is here, and they wouldn’t last five minutes in the company of this man.

The song was written by Prince Buster and released in 1964. This was at a time when there was a growing fascination for Capone and others like him. Not many took that much notice at the time, but in 1967, interest was revived, and it reached #18 on the UK chart.

I have chosen this one because it has a slight backstory… 

In the mid to late-60s, British youth culture saw West Indians in dark sunglasses as villains. They referred to them as “rude boys.” Some West Indians, especially Jamaicans, liked to play up to the image. Al Capone was the song they adopted as their anthem for pretend or, in some cases, actual villainy.

6 Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones

This was a song that caused plenty of controversies when it was released in America in 1968. In the UK, it was taken from the Beggars Banquet album. It is considered to be one of The Stone’s most important works and was one of their better songs. Does it make you feel like a villain? “Villain” is possibly the wrong word. If we return to the “villain of the peace,” then it certainly did for some.

It was written about the anti-Vietnam war demonstrations in America, student riots in Paris, and the protest outside the American embassy in London, which turned nasty. Jagger was at the protest in London and was even charged by police horses attempting to control a crowd of 25,000.

Subsequently, the song was banned from many radio stations in America. When interviewed, Jagger said he was pleased. Commenting, “The last time American radio stations banned a Stones song, it sold over a million copies.”

The song wasn’t written to cause trouble…

But, it was written to highlight issues. Because of that, some with villainous intent made the most of it. It was a confrontational song, although, as its first few lines attest, “Everywhere I hear the sound – Of marching, charging, feet boy – Cause summers here and the time is right – For fighting in the street, boy.”

That is a play on words to the “Dancing in the Street” idea. Clever lyric writing. With a string of American hits behind them, this only reached #48.

7 Bad To The Bone by George Thorogood

George Thorogood and his band, The Destroyers, were a Blues Rock band that seemed to go under the radar a bit. They were pretty good at the basic “white-boy blues” thing, as you can hear on this track. It was a track that was originally on an album of the same name.

The song is a cross between a sped-up version of Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man” and what you might hear from Muddy Waters. Thorogood takes the riff and adds a mean sound to it. The first few chords he plays set the tone and let us know he is “bad.” Which in those days didn’t mean good but meant rather unpleasant. A villainous song if ever I heard one.

Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t a commercial success. It wasn’t made as a Pop song, far from it. However, it was played consistently on the developing MTV for some years, which renewed interest in the song. 

8 Bad Reputation by Joan Jett

Joan Jett had been in a band, The Runaways, but when the group folded, she released this album as a solo project. None of the record companies were initially interested. So, she and her producer Kenny Laguna funded the pressing and released it between them.

The single was released in 1980 and taken from the album of the same name. The album was credited as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, but at the time of recording, the band had yet to be formed.

This is classic British Punk Rock as we know it. The song even featured members of the Sex Pistols, and she came to London to record it. It thrashes away with typical Joan Jett energy and leaves little room for any finesse in lyrics or style. She is telling the world she has a bad reputation, and she is proud of it. She doesn’t care what anybody else thinks.

9 Bad Company by Bad Company

Bad Company was formed in 1973, essentially from the remnants of the band Free with Mick Ralphs added on guitar. Boz Burrell, formerly of King Crimson, was chosen for the bass but wasn’t the first choice at the time. But that is another story. Bad Company was their first and probably best album which gave us the single “Can’t Get Enough.”

If a villain includes killing to defend himself, then this could be an example. It is a song about having to survive in the harshness of the Old West. “I was born, six guns in my hand – Behind a gun, I’ll make my final stand – That’s why they call me – Bad Company, and I can’t deny – Bad Company till the day I die.”

The narrator then tells how he teamed up with others, and they became known as villains, but probably worse. “Now these towns, they all know our name – Six gun sound is our claim to fame.” The song was written by Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, and it has got that melancholic Free sound.

10 The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde by Georgie Fame

Down to the last two songs that make you feel like a villain. But, before we go to my last choice, let’s lighten the mood with this track from Georgie Fame. A song about historical villains. It is the story of the notorious duo and their life of crime that made villains out of others they came into contact with. 

Georgie Fame, a British jazz and blues musician, released the song in 1968. It went to #1 in the UK and #7 in America. It was released on the back of the film that came out in 1967 that told the story.

11 Killer Queen by Queen

This is a track taken from what is, in my opinion, Queen’s best album released in 1974, Sheer Heart Attack. It was their third album, but it is the work that finally convinced the world there was a new standard to try and emulate. It reached #2 in the UK and #12 in America.

The song is about a high-class call girl he meets who is tangled up with the wrong people. Whilst not the villain herself, it is implied she is surrounded by them.

It is a song that has been applied to a variety of people over the years since its release. Wives, girlfriends, and even mothers. It carries an image of a “bad” girl who is out looking for her next victim. “She’s a Killer Queen – Gunpowder, gelatine – Dynamite with a laser beam.”

12 Run This Town by Jay-Z feat. Rihanna and Kanye West

13 Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

14 Blood in the Cut by K.Flay

15 Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd

16 The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band

17 Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses

18 My Way by Frank Sinatra

19 Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

20 You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi

21 I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

22 Dark Horse by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

23 Criminal Mind by Gowan

24 You Know My Name by Chris Cornell

25 Ghost Town by Adam Lambert

26 Iron Man by Black Sabbath

27 God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash

28 Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

29 Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

30 Toxic by Britney Spears

31 Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

32 Lose Yourself by Eminem

33 How to Be a Heartbreaker by Marina and the Diamonds

34 Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

35 Natural Born Killaz by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube

36 I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

37 Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey by The Beatles

38 Seven Devils by Florence + The Machine

39 The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News

40 Barracuda by Heart

41 The Devil You Know by Anthrax

42 The Devil Within by Digital Daggers

43 Mr. Brightside by The Killers

44 Control by Halsey

45 In the End by Linkin Park

46 In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins

47 Mad World by Gary Jules

48 Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin

49 Unholy Confessions by Avenged Sevenfold

50 Take Me to Church by Hozier

More 50 Songs That Make You Feel Like a Villain

    1. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
    2. Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
    3. Killer by Adamski ft. Seal
    4. Closer by Nine Inch Nails
    5. You Don’t Own Me by Grace ft. G-Eazy
    6. Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
    7. Bury a Friend by Billie Eilish
    8. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
    9. Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
    10. House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
    11. Gold Digger by Kanye West
    12. The Man by The Killers
    13. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    14. Master of Puppets by Metallica
    15. Blood // Water by grandson
    16. Antisocial by Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott
    17. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
    18. Heartless by Kanye West
    19. Serial Killer by Lana Del Rey
    20. Psycho by Muse
    21. Backstabber by Kesha
    22. The Night We Met by Lord Huron
    23. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
    24. Burn by Nine Inch Nails
    25. O Death by Ralph Stanley
    26. I’m Not Afraid of You by The Turtles
    27. Maneater by Hall & Oates
    28. Blue Monday by New Order
    29. Bulletproof by La Roux
    30. Glory and Gore by Lorde
    31. Devil’s Haircut by Beck
    32. Psychopath by St. Vincent
    33. Numb by Linkin Park
    34. Murder Was the Case by Snoop Dogg
    35. Me and the Devil Blues by Robert Johnson
    36. The Beast by Tech N9ne
    37. Oh No! by Marina and the Diamonds
    38. Bodies by Drowning Pool
    39. Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was)
    40. Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots
    41. Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson
    42. Love Is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
    43. The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) by John Williams
    44. The Evil That Men Do by Iron Maiden
    45. The Hills by The Weeknd
    46. Killing Strangers by Marilyn Manson
    47. No Light, No Light by Florence + The Machine
    48. Strange Days by The Doors
    49. Enter Sandman by Metallica
    50. Haunted by Beyoncé

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Songs That Make You Feel Like a Villain – Final Thoughts

What is it about villains? There does seem to be a fascination with them. Film companies have been making films about them ever since the very first movies were made. And they still make them. I suppose there is a fascination with that kind of lifestyle.

We have looked at some songs that portray villains differently, some that offer a level of sympathy, and others that just observe. So, I suppose it is a subject that many will always be fascinated by.

Until next time, happy listening.

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About Corey Hoffman

Corey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous bands over the years, some good, some not so good. He has also written countless songs and recorded five albums in professional studios across America. Today he is a hobby musician but still loves the guitar after over 15 years of playing.

He considers his writing as a way to share what he has learned over the decades with younger generations ad always can't wait to get his hands on the latest gear.

He lives just outside New York with his wife Barbara and their two German Shepherds, Ziggy and Iggy.

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