All right, in the interest of fairness I thought I'd do a comparison of hero and villain songs (or at least try to). There's been some debate over what exactly qualifies as a hero song. We obviously know what a villain song is, but what about a hero song? Is it all songs that aren't a villain song? I personally don't think so. A villain song exemplifies the villain, his/her theme, and his/her motivation, so by contrast a hero song should do the same for the hero, right? Let's take the Lion King for example.
Circle of Life - Overall theme of the movie. Wouldn't really qualify it as a hero song.
Just Can't Wait to be King - Now this is what I would call the hero song. It's all about Simba and it explains and exemplifies his dreams and motivations.
Be Prepared - Villain song
Hakuna Matata - Fun, side character/comic relief song
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - The love song
So yeah, I'd say, if you look at it that way, there can be one (maybe two) songs per movie that would count as a hero song. Of course this is just my interpretation and I'm completely open to debate. As a side note, I've noticed that most, if not all, hero songs usually occur around the beginning of the movie, usually even before the villain song. But I suppose that makes sense since it gives us the chance to get better acquainted with and understand the character.
So anyway, here's some comparisons among a few choice movies. Which are the better, the hero or villain songs? You be the judge. Although we all know the villain songs are fuckin' tops.