Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Favorite Disney Songs

I got in a phase earlier this week of listening to a whole bunch of "Top Disney songs countdowns" on YouTube.  I agreed with some but disagreed with a lot. To be fair, there are a lot of Disney movies that I never watched a kid and there are some that I watched once as a kid but don't remember because that was the only time I ever watched them.  Most notable ones that I haven't watched or don't remember watching that I know have songs that people love are The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch, Princess and the Frog and Mulan. I am thankful that my parents were selective on what movies we watched and they had various reasons for not letting us watch those. Recently I have become familiar with a lot more Disney songs from movies that I still haven't seen but I enjoy the songs.  So here is my list.  I know you may not agree with me but there it is, I didn't agree with the others either.  I have these kind of in three tiers of greatness and then a fourth tier of ones that I still enjoy even though they aren't exactly "great".  Within the tiers, the songs are not in any order.

1. There is no way one could pick the best, so these are just four very dear favorites.

  • Under the Sea, The Little Mermaid
  • Kiss the Girl, The Little Mermaid
  • The Silly Song, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast
2. Just a step below those above... a very little step.
  • Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast
  • Belle, Beauty and the Beast
  • Whistle While you Work, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • Heigh Ho!, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • I Wanna be Like You, The Jungle Book
  • Bear Neccesities, The Jungle Book

3. Still very high up there but not quite as great.
  • Mother Knows Best, Tangled
  • And at Last I See the Light, Tangled
  • I've Got a Dream, Tangled
  • When Will my Life Begin, Tangled
  • Gaston, Beauty and the Beast
  • Bella Notte, Lady and the Tramp
  • Something There, Beauty and the Beast
  • Cruella DeVil, 101 Dalmations
Other Favorites
  • I'll Make a Man out of You, Mulan
  • Be Prepared, Lion King
  • I Won't Say I'm in Love, Hercules
  • Part of Your World, The Little Mermaid
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls, The Little Mermaid
  • Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh
  • Heffalumps and Woozles, Winnie the Pooh
  • The Unbirthday Song, Alice in Wonderland
  • Trust in Me, The Jungle Book

    You will have noticed that to resist a musical quandary I did not include Disney Pixar music or music from non-animated Disney films (aka Mary Poppins).
    Please comment and let me know if I missed any greats or how you agree or disagree with my list. :)
Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.


  1. Wait, why is Tangled towards the bottom of the list??? and what about 'A whole new world' from Aladdin or 'Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah' from Song of the South and 'Everybody wants to be a cat' from Aristocats??

  2. Well a certain brother and I had a long conversation about this last evening and he... I mean we.... decided that they just aren't quite as classic as the others. However, I think I probably sing them more than the others on the list. As for "A Whole New World" I like the tune but the words just leave something to be desired. I do like Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah and I didn't think of that one because I haven't seen that movie (I know the song from Sing Alongs). As for anything from Aristocats, I haven't seen the movie so I wouldn't know. :)

  3. and what about ' I just can't wait to be king' from the Lion King, 'Friend like me' from Aladdin,and 'Why should I worry' from Oliver and Company?

  4. My family is not a fan of The Lion King. I have heard "I just can't wait to be king" and I don't mind the song but it isn't a favorite. Aladdin is also a movie I have never watched (at least that I can remember). Again, I have heard "Friend like me" and I think it is terribly catchy and fun song but I don't appreciate the video that goes with it. And I have never seen Oliver and Company.
    I do plan in the future sometime when I have tons of time on my hands (which I have not clue when that will be) to go back and watch all of the Disneys I never watched.

  5. We never Watched the Lion King or Aladdin as kids either, but I like the music.


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