Every ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ Song Ranked

10. By the Sea – Mrs. Lovett & Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd at the Beach

Much like Pirelli’s “The Contest”, this song is just a little bit silly.

Lovett and Todd look so out of place on the sunny pier, and Mrs. Lovett’s fantasies have clearly run away with her. Perhaps this is why the song has been remembered as one of the film’s most enjoyable? That is, at least, in its own quirky albeit twisted way.


9. Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir – Toby, Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett

Sweeney Todd Movie Still

Perhaps one of the more upbeat songs in the film, “Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir” gives us our first glance of Toby (and his glorious mop of hair). This song is comical and catchy, and has serious narrative intention; what’s not to love?


8. Johanna – Anthony

Anthony Sweeney Todd Film

What is it about this film and weird obsessions?!

Anthony glances at a woman for all of two minutes before declaring he wants to ‘steal her’. She’s not a bag of sweets… you can’t just nick her from the shop, mate.

“Do they think that walls can hide you? // Even now I’m at your window // I am in the dark beside you // Buried sweetly in your yellow hair.”

It’s creepy! The only reason this song ranks as it does is because it’s almost annoyingly catchy and you can dramatically belt it out as you’re watching along.


7. Epiphany – Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett

Johnny Depp Epiphany Performance

Narratively, this is one Sweeney Todd’s most important musical numbers; it’s the moment the titular character clearly loses his marbles.

Flipping between tunes from earlier songs, he dramatically stalks down the streets of London hunting for a victim.

If you didn’t believe Todd was a drama queen from the song I mentioned before, then this should prove it.




6. Not While I’m Around – Toby & Mrs. Lovett

Helena Bonham Carter Sweeney Todd

Poor Toby.

He’s oblivious that Mrs. Lovett is in on the whole thing. He even vows to protect her from the villainous Mr. Todd. As the songs ramps up in drama, it captures one of the saddest moments in the film. We come to understand, just as Mrs. Lovett’s face changes, exactly what has to happen next, and heartbreakingly it does.

Sophie Grant

Currently a psychology student with a crazy range of interests. I'm a massive book lover and I'm always overjoyed (and terrified) when I find out one of my favourites is about to hit the big screen. I won't lie, I'm horribly picky when it comes to book to film adaptions. But hey, you'll learn to love it!

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