Originally By: Gary Jules
Performed By: Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Betty (Lili Reinhart)
Let’s get this one out of the way, shall we? The cover of Jules’ “Mad World” is fine. It’s a little bland and disjointed since it’s sung by three people. The reason this is at the bottom of the list, though, is because of what happened in the show, making this the most notorious musical number in Riverdale history.
First, Archie and Veronica perform that song from Donnie Darko at a gang gathering. Then when Veronica runs out, they get booed — so Betty takes the opportunity to go up and start singing. She also takes the opportunity to do the “Serpent dance,” a ritual where new initiates into the Southside Serpents do a striptease in order to gain access to the gang. It’s something that, by the way, has never been enforced or referred to since.
Betty performs the striptease in front of her boyfriend Jughead (Cole Sprouse). And his Dad, FP (Skeet Ulrich). And her Mom, Alice (Mädchen Amick). Nobody stops her. In fact, she finishes the number, and FP claps for her.
Also at one point she just starts dancing and stops singing, but the singing continues.
Again, the number itself is fine. But in the history of Riverdale, this is one of the most jaw-droppingly weird moments, and it just does not work.