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