Music is hugely important to me, and so picking just one Disney song is a bit tricky – so I have a top 10. Is that OK? (Also no particular order, because I can’t commit to this. Damnit.) Also, I left out villain songs and love songs because they’re coming up in the next couple of posts…
10. Under the Sea – Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid was one of my favourites when I was little – my Gran used to plonk my cousin and I in front of it, and we had hours of entertainment. This song is the best by miles, and one of my favourite shower songs. Come on, we’ve all tried to mimic Sebastian.
9. Perfect Isn’t Easy – Oliver and Company
Bette Midler is a wonderful human being. Her character in Oliver and Company, is a vain, narcissistic bitch (no really, she’s a dog). The song Perfect Isn’t Easy is a song about why she makes an effort with her appearance, in a humorous take on her vanity (“not for my vanity, but for humanity”). I truly believe Oliver and Company is vastly underrated, from the soundtrack by Billy Joel (Why Should I Worry, should be in here too, but I didn’t think it fair to put two songs from the same film) to the cuteness of little Oliver himself. SUCH A GOOD FILM.
8. The Bare Necessities & I Wanna Be Like You – Jungle Book
I actually couldn’t choose between these, both have a right to be in here, but like with Oliver and Company I couldn’t give them different places in the same top 10. Both for dancing, both for jazz and both for reminding you how much fun being a Disney character would be…
7. When We’re Human – The Princess And The Frog
I only watched The Princess And The Frog for the first time around 3 months ago – and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to watch it. A really lovely film that encourages girls to work hard and be themselves, not to wait for their Prince Charming to show up and do the work for them. Based in New Orleans, it meant the soundtrack would have to be predominantly jazz – and this song is such a good example of that. From a singing crocodile to a few gorgeous little melodies, it’s a really catchy and upbeat song.
6. When Will My Life Begin & I’ve Got A Dream – Tangled
Tangled has a great love song AND a great villain song, so I won’t touch on those for now – the two I’ve picked both have a sense of humour, as well as great catchy melodies. Both follow the same theme – Rapunzel is a bit disenfranchised with her life, and needs to do something else. Voiced by the lovely Mandy Moore, two lovely songs.
5. Let It Go -Frozen
I don’t even HAVE to go into why this is so good, but I will. Idina Menzel, the Queen of broadway. A sassy attitude of “giving no fucks” and a gorgeous blue dress. Hey, the cold never bothered me either, Elsa.
4. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King – Lion King
This is my favourite Lion King song – it’s playful and cute as well as having some great lyrics in it. The part between Zazu and Simba is amazing (“Kings don’t need advice from little Hornbills for a start”). I actually thought it was the weakest part of the stage musical though – while the staging of it is great, the child actors voices hadn’t quite developed well enough to be able to pull it off. So definitely the film version and not the stage version…
3. EVERY SONG IN MOANA -Moana
No, that’s a bit of a stretch, but between How Far I’ll Go and I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors), this music had me in bits. Fair play, Lin Manuel Miranda, you’re a genius. Similarly to The Princess and the Frog, Moana is about a girl who knows what she loves, has a goal and is a strong independent woman who don’t need no prince. (Except for those weird fans who thought she should have got with Maui? Like, ew.) If you haven’t seen it yet, Moana is definitely worth a watch.
2. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast
I watched Beauty and the Beast far too late in life – so never loved Belle like every other little girl – although that yellow dress is iconic, right? Be Our Guest is definitely the best song in there, although shout out to Beauty and the Beast for it’s lovely little melody that gets stuck in your head for daaaaaaaaays.
- Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Mary Poppins
I couldn’t have chosen anything else. While I’m basing this challenge mostly on purely animated Disney films, Mary Poppins is my favourite film of all time, and Let’s Go Fly A Kite is the song my best friend and I sing at each other when we’re drunk. Or message each other a line from out of the blue to make each other happy. Feed the Birds is another great one, but I had to give me heart to Let’s Go Fly A Kite.