As an undeniably obsessed Disney fan, I’ve grown up singing along to Disney songs, classic or modern! Disney has been my entire childhood and even today I never say no to watching Disney movies or doing anything that has to do with Disney for that matter! After all, you’re never too old for Disney, and Disney songs and movies are proof that everyone is a child at heart! I myself find it impossible to listen to a Disney song without singing along and even though there are hundreds of them that I love, today I’m going to try to count out my top favorites!
“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.
I want it more than I can tell.”
Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies, with Belle being on the top of my list of favorite Disney princesses! One of my favorite parts about the movie is the musical numbers in it! It’s hard not to sing along to “Belle” at the beginning of the movie when belle wanders through the streets of her village saying hello to everybody but it’s the reprise of the song that I’ve always loved the most! I’m sure we’ve all fantasized about running on hills and singing about our dreams at one point or another, and if you love adventures like I do, it’s not hard to relate to Belle’s “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere”!
Once Upon a Dream
“I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam”
Nothing says Disney like a duet sang by a classic princess and her prince! And what’s more classic than Sleeping Beauty’s duet with Prince Philip? In “Once Upon a Dream” Aurora daydreams of finding true love with the help of her forest friends (in a similar fashion to Snow White’s “Some Day My Prince Will Come”) when she is joined by the actual Prince Philip resulting in amazing vocal harmony! The fact that this one is based on Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet makes it even more magical for me, and it’s a song that every true Disney fan has no problem singing along to, myself included!
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
“A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep”
Another classic sang by Cinderella, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” is one of Disney’s most iconic songs. Who doesn’t love a Cinderella story after all? The song sends a wonderful message about the power of hope and believing that your dreams can come true and is easily a favorite in all it’s harmonic simplicity.
Let It Go
“Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymoreLet it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door”
While I wasn’t impressed by Frozen as a movie (though I did enjoy it) I have to admit I fell in love with “Let It Go” the moment I heard it. Idina Menzel’s strong vocals and amazing voice are probably what made the song for me along with the amazing visual of Elsa building her ice palace and transforming herself into someone new! Of all the songs I mentioned so far, this is probably the one I catch myself singing the most, and let’s just say that when you start it’s hard to let go!
A Whole New World
“A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we’re only dreaming”
Aladdin and Jasmine’s duet of “A Whole New World” is the perfect mix of romance and adventure. It focuses on the two main characters exploring the world from atop a magical carpet making it for a truly memorable, magical and exciting cinematic moment. The reason I love this song so much is because it shows Jasmine and Aladdin letting go for the first time in the movie and seeing each other in a different way! And it’s hard not to enjoy the thrill Aladdin and Jasmine experience through their magical ride!
“Who is that girl I see
Staring straight, back at me
Why is my reflection someone I don’t know”
In my opinion one of the most relatable Disney songs, Reflection is a reveal of Mulan’s inner struggle to fit into a world that she is simply not built for and to reconcile her true self with the role she’s supposed to play in her society. While this one was performed by a young Christina Aguilera, it’s the original movie version that I love the most and the soft music that accompanies the song makes it a truly beautiful one for me!
Colours of the Wind
“Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind”
While I love singing along to Pocahontas’ “Just Around the Riverbend”, it’s “Colours of the Wind” that holds a special place in my Disney heart! It’s a song that sends a wonderful message and teaches a very important lesson about the world around us, introducing us to the native American point of view. As a 10 year old I didn’t pay too much attention to the lyrics of the song and their importance, but listening to it now as an adult, I find myself applauding the way “Colours of the Wind” promotes a very important message about diversity and the fact that we should always try to see the world through the eyes of the others around us.
Part Of Your World
“Out of the sea
Wish I could be
Part of your world”
One of the most famous Disney solos sang by another one of my favorite princesses, Ariel. Part of Your World is another one of Disney’s most relatable songs, since it’s all about Ariel being unsatisfied with her life under the sea and wanting more. I’m sure we’ve all reached that point in our lives once or twice which is why the song is super effective in waking the right feelings inside us and making us root for Ariel’s happy ending. Of course what Ariel doesn’t realize is how many of us would love to be a part of her world!
I See The Light
“And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new”
Rapunzel might not be a classic Disney princess but she’s still one of my favorites! And while I strongly believe that nothing is compared to the old classic Disney movies, Tangled cut it extremely close to reaching them for me! Performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi and composed by Alan Menken, I See The Light truly deserves to be called one of the most beautiful and touching songs ever written. It’s about Rapunzel and Flynn realizing who they want to be and who they want to be with and the thousand floating lanterns accompanying the song wonderfully complement the lyrics and make it for a truly magical moment in the movie!
Beauty and the Beast
“Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast”
Like I’ve said earlier, Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies and its signature song of the same name, is easily one of my top 3! Belle and the Beast dancing has got to be one of my favorite moments in the history of Disney movies and a pretty iconic one at that! While I love the movie version that accompanies the dance scene, it’s Celine Dion’s performance of the song that I’m truly in love with! Celine’s undeniably amazing voice accompanied by Peabo Bryson’s, is truly perfect for bringing the feelings developing between Belle and the Beast to life. After all it is a tale as old as time, and a truly beautiful one! And let me just say that I absolutely loved the way they did the dance scene in the new 2017 version and how close it was to the original!
Circle of Life
“It’s the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love”
The beginning of The Lion King is probably the most iconic one in Disney history and what makes it even more amazing is the song. Performed by Elton John, Circle of Life sends a beautiful message about life and how everything is connected, which is a recurring theme in the Lion King movies. It’s no surprise that The Lion King has ended up on the top of my list. It’s easily my top favorite Disney movie and the amazing songs and beautiful music in it have played a huge part in making it so! I can never resist singing along to Circle of Life, even to the parts of the song that are in a different language. And plus, baby Simba is simply adorable!
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
“Can you feel, the love tonightthe peace the evening bringsThe world for once, in perfect harmonywith all its living things”
Elton John and Tim Rice have hit all the right chords with the songs they’ve written for The Lion King, but it’s the love song of the movie that holds the number one spot in my list! Probably the top Disney love song (at least it is for me!), Can You Feel The Love Tonight is considered the highlight of the movie, has won the Oscar Academy Award for Best Original Song and is hugely responsible for making The Lion King a roaring success, excuse the pun. The song follows Nala and Simba’s first reunion since childhood and perfectly captures the feeling of falling in love and seeing someone in an entirely new way. It’s the ultimate love song and like its lyrics suggest, the beautiful music and powerful vocals bring everything together in perfect harmony.
And that’s a wrap! Let me know your favorite Disney songs in the comments!