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"Rotten to the Core" is the opening song from the Disney Channel movie, Descendants, sung by Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos. It serves as the introduction to the villainous descendants as they wreak havoc throughout the Isle of the Lost.

Lyrics

Mal: They say I'm trouble
They say I'm bad
They say I'm evil
That makes me glad
Jay: A dirty no-good
Down to the bone
Your worst nightmare
Can't take me home
Evie: Ugh, so I've got some mischief
In my blood
Can you blame me?
I never got no love
Carlos: They think I'm callous
A low-life hood
I feel so useless
All:
Misunderstood!

Mal and Evie: Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world!

Chorus: I'm rotten to the core, core
Rotten to the core
I'm rotten to the core, core
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothing like the kid next, like the kid next door
I'm rotten to the, I'm rotten to the
I'm rotten to the core

Mal: Call me a schemer
Call me a freak
How can you say that?
I'm just... unique!
Jay: What, me? A traitor?
Ain't got your back?
Oh, we're not friends
What's up with that?
Evie: So I'm a misfit
So I'm a flirt
I broke your heart?
I made you hurt?
Carlos: The past is past
Forgive, forget
The truth is
You ain't seen nothing yet!

Mal and Evie: Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world!

(Instrumental bridge)

Chorus: I'm rotten to the core, core
Rotten to the core
I'm rotten to the core, core
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothing like the kid next, like the kid next door
I'm rotten to the, I'm rotten to the
I'm rotten to the core

Let's set it off, oh yeah...

Mirror, mirror, in the night, show a girl a little light!

They say I'm trouble
They say I'm bad
They say I'm evil
And that makes a glad

A dirty no-good
Down to the bone
Your worst nightmare
Can't take me home

So I got some mischief
in my blood
Can you blame me?
I never got no love

They think I'm callous (Ugh)
A lowlife hood (Oh yeah!)
I feel so useless
Misunderstood...

Hey!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world...

I'm rotten to the core!
Rotten to the core!
I'm rotten to the core!
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothin' like the kid next, like the kid next door!
I'm rotten to the (core!)
I'm rotten to the....
Core!

Listen up now
Call me a schemer
Call me a freak
How can you say that?
I'm... I'm just unique

What me, a traitor?
Ain't got your back?
Are we not friends?
Ugh, what's up with that?

So I'm a misfit
So I'm a flirt
I broke your heart?
I made ya hurt?

The past is past
Forgive, forget...
The truth is...
You ain't see nothin' yet.......!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world!

I'm rotten to the core!
Rotten to the core!
I'm rotten to the core!
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothin' like the kid next, like the kid next door!...
I'm rotten to the (core!)
I'm rotten to the...
Core!

Ooh ooh ooh ooh...

Original...

Ooh ooh ooh ooh...

Unusual... (Oh, yeah!)

Ohh ooh ooh ooh...

You could say what you want
but we'll always be...
Rotten to the core,
rotten to the core...

Rotten to the core.
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothing like the kid next, like the kid next door!...
I'm rotten to the... (core!)
I'm rotten to the...

I'm rotten to the core!
Rotten to the core!
I'm rotten to the core!
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothing like the kid next, like the kid next door!...
I'm rotten to the... (core!)
I'm rotten to the...
Core!

Mal:
They say I'm trouble, they say I’m bad
Fire in my belly, so don't make me mad

Jay:
A  dirty no-good, down to the bone
I'll take that trophy, back to my zone

Evie:
So I’ve got some mischief in my blood
My  fashion's wicked? Hands off my gloves

Carlos:
They  think I'm callous, a low-life hood
The times are changing, bad is the new good

Mal and Evie:
Mirror,  mirror on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world

All:
I'm rotten to the core, core
Rotten  to the core
I'm rotten to the core, core
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothing like the kid next, like the kid next door
I'm rotten to the core, I’m rotten to the
I’m rotten to the core

Uma:
Long as I'm leader, of this lost isle
There’ll always be a little evil, behind my smile

Harry:
Don't double cross me, I'll get you hooked
You think I'm kidding? Just take a look

Audrey:
I’m not a sweetheart, I'm not your friend
But you better invite me, or taste revenge

Celia:
I'm on the hustle, take what I can get
Show me the money, you ain't seen nothing yet

Girls:
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world

[Instrumental Bridge]

All:
I'm rotten to the core, core
Rotten to the core
I'm rotten to the core, core
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothing like the kid next, like the kid next door
I'm rotten to the, I'm rotten to the
I'm rotten to the core, core
Rotten to the core
I'm rotten to the core, core
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothing like the kid next, like the kid next door
I'm rotten to the, I'm rotten to the
I'm rotten to the core

Trivia

  • Instrumental versions can be heard as Jay and Carlos try out for the tourney team, and when Mal vows to get the wand after being humiliated at Family Day, and in Descendants 2 when Mal returns to the Isle of the Lost.

Videos


v - e - d
Descendants Logo
Media
Films: DescendantsDescendants 2Descendants 3

Shorts: Under The Sea: A Descendants Story
Web Series: School of SecretsDescendants: Wicked World
Video Games: Descendants: Isle of the Lost Rush
Music: DescendantsDescendants 2Descendants 3
Books: Disney Descendants: School of Secrets
Descendants Novels: The Isle of the LostReturn to the Isle of the LostRise of the Isle of the LostEscape from the Isle of the Lost

Characters
Descendants: MalJayEvieCarlos De VilBenAudreyLonnieJaneChad CharmingDougBelleBeastFairy GodmotherSnow WhiteQueen LeahMaleficentJafarThe Evil QueenCruella De VilCoach JenkinsMr. DeleyDude

Descendants 2: UmaHarry HookGilDizzy TremaineUrsula
Descendants 3: Dr. FacilierCelia FacilierSqueaky & Squirmy SmeeHadesLady TremaineMr. Smee
Descendants: Wicked World: JordanFreddie FacilierAllyCJ HookZevon
Novels: Shenzi, Banzai, and EdHerculesMegaraHerkieClaude FrolloClaudine FrolloMother GothelGinny GothelAnastasia TremaineAnthony TremaineMadam MimMad MaddyShere KhanRatiganYen SidClaytonClayLuciferBeelzebubIagoOthelloDiabloJasper and HoraceJaceHaroldFlotsam and JetsamLagan & DerelictLeFouLeFou DeuxAzizGrumpyPongoPerditaArthur PendragonArtieMary

Episodes
Season One: "Evie's Explosion of Taste" • "Mal's Digi-Image Problem" • "Audrey's New Do? New Don't!" • "Careful What You Wish For" • "Voodoo? You Do" • "Lamp Sweet Lamp" • "Genie Chic" • "Puffed Deliciousness" • "Good is the New Bad" • "Spirit Day" • "I'm Your Girl" • "Mash It Up" • "All Hail the New Q.N.L.B." • "Mad for Tea" • "Carpet Jacked" • "The Night is Young" • "Neon Lights Out" • "Hooked On Ben"

Season Two: "Slumber Party" • "Odd Mal Out" • "Pair of Sneakers" • "Wild Rehearsal" • "Chemical Reaction" • "Talking Heads" • "Steal Away" • "Evil Among Us" • "Options Are Shrinking" • "Party Crashers" • "Mal-lone" • "Trapped" • "Face to Face" • "United We Stand" • "Celebration"

Objects
Mal's Spell BookMagic WandSpinning WheelMagic MirrorJafar's Snake StaffHeart BoxMagic CarpetMaleficent's Staff Birthright JewelsJordan's LampUrsula's NecklaceGenie of Agrabah's Genie's LampCinderella's Glass SlipperHades' Ember
Songs
Descendants: Rotten to the CoreEvil Like MeDid I MentionIf OnlyBe Our GuestSet It OffBelieve

Wicked World: Night Is YoungGood is the New BadI'm Your GirlRather Be With YouEvilBetter Together
Descendants 2: Ways to Be WickedWhat's My NameChillin' Like a VillainSpace BetweenIt's Goin' DownYou and MePoor Unfortunate SoulsKiss the Girl
Descendants 3: Good to Be BadQueen of MeanDo What You Gotta DoNight FallsOne Kiss My Once Upon a TimeBreak This DownDig a Little Deeper
Miscellaneous: Genie in a BottleStronger • Keep Your Head on Halloween

Locations
Isle of the LostDragon HallAuradon PrepAuradonNeverlandUrsula's Fish and ChipsLady Tremaine's Curl Up and Dye
See Also
Anti-Heroes Club
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