If you’re like me, Disney musicals were a huge part of your childhood. There is a Disney song for every occasion and these are some that will take you right back to your childhood.
Disney had brought decades of magic and hit music. From Cinderella in 1950 to Frozen 2 in 2019, the company has a treasure trove of incredible original songs.
Moana, the Frozen franchise, and the new live-action remakes of old films are all packed with songs of their own. However, there is something comforting and uplifting about the original classics that immediately makes us think of easier times.
1. “Beauty and the Beast” From Beauty & The Beast (1991)
The poignant song “Beauty and the Beast” is one that will always bring tears to our eyes. Who can shake the amazing memory of Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) explaining “a tale as old time!”
2. “Part of Your World” From The Little Mermaid (1989)
Lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken created the ultimate soundtrack for “The Little Mermaid.” The film had multiple hits but one of our favorites will always be “Part of Your World.”
3. “Friend Like Me,” From Aladdin (1992)
I love the “Aladdin” live-action remake and Will Smith was a fantastic genie. But there is nothing more heartwarming than Robin Williams as the genie belting out “Friend Like Me.”
4. “Be Our Guest” From Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Only Disney could turn a lonely dinner into a magic-filled evening. The pandemic has had many yearning for some company. So reliving the dazzling Busby Berkeley-style production of “Be Our Guest” might be the perfect way to lift your spirits a little bit.
5. “A Whole New World” From Aladdin (1992)
One of the best Disney duets out there, “A Whole New World” will always be iconic. The ultimate song to beat travel blues and emotional slumps.
6. “Almost There” From The Princess and the Frog
Princess Tiana from “The Princess and The Frog” is the ultimate inspiration for those working towards their goals. The song “Almost There” is just one of the ways she’ll hype you up to push through even the hardest day.
7. “Circle of Life” From The Lion King (1994)
Let’s be honest, you did not live through the 90s if “Lion King” wasn’t a huge part of your life. So it’s no surprise that one of the most epic Disney songs is “Circle of Life.” The popular song is bound to bring back fond childhood memories.
8. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” From Cinderella (1950)
Who can forget this earworm of a song? “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” is the perfect Karaoke tongue twister to have everyone rolling with laughter.
9. “The Bare Necessities,” From The Jungle Book (1967)
Struggling to get through the day? It might be time to watch Baloo the Bear dance his heart out while reminding yourself that life doesn’t need to be so complicated.
10. “Under the Sea,” From The Little Mermaid (1989)
Sebastian’s smooth voice singing “the human world, it’s a mess” definitely strikes a much deeper chord during the pandemic. However, while the uplifting song may have you yearning to live “Under The Sea” it also reminds us to enjoy the little things around us.
11. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” From Mulan (1998)
The original Mulan is one of our all-time favorite Disney films. For many fans, the songs were an important part of the film. Unfortunately, they are to included in the live-action remake however, the movie did contain a musical reference to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”
12. “Hakuna Matata,” From The Lion King (1994)
Given the current pandemic and lockdowns, life has been particularly stressful for most of us. So now might be a good time to rewatch “Lion King” and remind ourselves about the philosophy of “Hakuna Matata.”
13. “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” From Hercules (1997)
“Hercules” is not exactly known for its music. However, no one can deny getting goosebumps when Meg soulfully sang “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” with the Muses acting as her backup singers.
14. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” From Toy Story (1995)
“Toy Story” is another unforgettable classic. The opening credit song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman remained an integral part of the franchise and epitomized the message of lifelong friendship.
15. “Once Upon A Dream” From Sleeping Beauty (1959)
A true epitome of the magic of Disney is the “Once Upon a Dream” song that was written in 1959. It was an important part of the animated musical “Sleeping Beauty.”
16. “Reflection” From Mulan (1998)
Another unforgettable song from the original Mulan is “Reflection.” The soaring ballad left a lasting impression on many who were struggling to live up to expectations and we think it’s the perfect reminder to be yourself.
17. “Kiss the Girl” From The Little Mermaid (1989)
Let’s be honest, for many Disney fans, Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid” is a lyrical genius and the ultimate wingman. “Kiss The Girl” is a great song to set the mood for a romantic evening.
18. “He’s a Tramp” From Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Who can resist the adorable puppy love of “Lady And The Tramp?” Peggy Lee’s smoldering rendition of Peg singing “He’s A Tramp” to warn Lady off is the perfect depiction of your friends warning you about the toxic relationships in your life.
19. “Colors of the Wind” From Pocahontas (1995)
Another great classic, “Pocahontas” is packed with stunning music. However, one of the most memorable songs from the film is the ballad “Colors Of The Wind” written by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.
20. “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” From Lion King (1994)
When little Simba belted out the lyrics to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” he won the hearts of millions. The powerful song was written by Elton John and Tim Rice and proves to be a firm fan favorite.