After spending the last few days immersing myself in the brilliant song-writing skills of Alan Menken (thanks to Tangled and Enchanted) I felt like sharing a few of my favorite Disney songs with all of you. Of course, this list represents only a tiny fraction of all the Disney (and Pixar!) tunes I love – and don’t get me started on instrumental scores. Basically, if it’s Disney (and especially if it’s Menken or the Sherman brothers) chances are I’m going to love it.
10. ‘Be Our Guest’ – Beauty and the Beast
This song truly makes me feel welcome, if that makes any sense, and it never fails to put a smile on my face.
9. ‘Reflection’ – Mulan
The first time I watched Mulan, I shook my head inwardly at ‘Reflection’ and categorized it as “just another Disney princess song”. But Lea Salonga’s impassioned singing and the words themselves now tug at my heartstrings. Just a little bit.
8. ‘Once Upon a Dream’ – Sleeping Beauty
A sweet moment in the film and one of Disney’s most iconic love songs.
7. ‘How Far I’ll Go’ – Moana
I haven’t seen Moana yet, but this song always gets to me. The melody, Moana’s voice, the quiet (though building) desperation…Disney’s “I want” songs might be cliched, but they can also be wonderful.
6. ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ – Mulan
LISTEN to this song. Isn’t it just about the most epic thing you’ve ever heard???
5. ‘A Whole New World’ – Aladdin
My mom said that this song was the ‘Let It Go’ of the 90’s and I can believe it. And it is a beautiful Disney love song, one of their best.
4. ‘Something There’ – Beauty and the Beast
Weird opinion here: I like this song better than ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It’s feelsy and, y’know, beautiful and such a good example of how a relationship can realistically develop (instead of insta-love).
3. ‘Feed the Birds’ – Mary Poppins
The only song on this list from a live-action Disney film. This one always makes me cry, mostly from the incredibly emotional connections to Saving Mr. Banks. And apparently it was Walt Disney’s favorite song. ❤
2. ‘I See the Light’ – Tangled
I just watched Tangled last night and just…YES. It blew me away all over again. In my opinion, Eugene and Rapunzel are Disney’s best couple and ‘I See the Light’ is the most romantic Disney song/moment ever. I love everything about it so much.
1. ‘Go the Distance’ – Hercules
Though I don’t much care for the movie as a whole, this song is my favorite Disney song. It’s inspiring and all-around awesome.
So, there’s my list. What are some of your favorite Disney songs?