Disney, the company that pioneered musical animations and the source of many unforgettable childhood memories. In the late 1930s, a small company (at that time), helmed by a guy named Walter Elias Disney, started production on a feature animated picture called Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Walt's vision wasn't met as well as he thought. Many criticized his ideas and even called it "Walt's Folly." Yet nearly a century later, Disney still produces animated movies of high quality with some of the best musical songs ever.
Especially during the #Disney renaissance, we've seen a number of incredible #musical songs that would forever be inscribed in our childhood memories. So without skipping a beat, let's jump right into the five most unforgettable Disney songs of all time
5. 'Mulan' — 'I'll Make A Man Out Of You'
First, off the bat, we have a fun one. #Mulan was a Disney movie that has many fun and memorable songs. From the emotional "Reflections" song to the awkward "Girl Worth Fighting For," one song stood apart — "I'll Make A Man Out of You." A very catchy song that sticks in the minds of its listeners, "I'll Make A Man Out of You" is also one of the best-utilized songs in a Disney movie. It introduces key characters, creates the tension that would later escalate in the movie, and in a little more than two minutes, it develops the character of Captain Li Shang. A song about determination and perseverance, it's one of the few Disney songs that break the romantic song stereotype.
The song was written by David Zippel, Composed by Matthew Wilder and performed by Donny Osmond. (The Chinese version is performed by Jackie Chan)
4. 'Frozen' — 'Let It Go'
Our second pick is a song that took the world by storm. "Let It Go," a later addition to the Disney animation roster, is a song performed in the recent animated movie Frozen and is one of the most successful animated musicals to date. Nominated for nine awards and winning six, including an Oscar, "Let it Go" would be considered a very successful song even as a standalone. A song about letting go of your worries and concerns, and letting your true self shine through, the song resonated with many people, young and old.
The song was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and performed by the talented Idina Menzel.
3. 'Beauty And The Beast' — 'Beauty And The Beast'
Taking our third spot is a song about love transcending the boundaries of physical appearances. The song being a small retelling of the movie itself, it is accompanied by a beautiful and very romantic dance between Belle and the Beast as they slowly fall in love. A song nominated for seven awards and winning five of them, "Beauty and the Beast" claims a position on the list for its success alone. "Beauty and the Beast" shows, in a matter of minutes, the true unyielding power of love, encompassing everything the movie stands for.
The song was written by Howard Ashman, composed by Alan Menken, first recorded by Angela Lansbury and later performed by Celine Dion.
2. 'Aladdin' — 'A Whole New World'
Our penultimate pick is a love song to the adventurous spirit. "A Whole New World" is a beautiful duet that combines romantic tension with a thirst for adventure. Another very successful Disney song, winning a number of awards (including an Oscar for best Original Song and topping the US billboard Hot 100), "A Whole New World" is one of the most commercial Disney songs to date, second only to "Let it Go." When listening to this song you feel like you right there with Aladdin and Jasmine on that magic carpet ride.
The song was written by Tim Rice, composed by Alan Menken and performed in a duet by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga.
1. 'The Lion King' — 'Circle Of Life'
There is nothing to be said about this song that hasn't been already said a hundred of times before. It's a deeply existential song about everyone's place in the world in the circle of life. In this song, Rafiki baptizes young Simba by showing him to the animal kingdom. The song is deep and touches people on a whole other level. Nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Song, it is also one of Disney's songs that has held its own over time. Plus, who can forget those Zulu vocals?
The song was written by Tim Rice, composed by Elton John and performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M. (Zulu vocals)
These were my five most unforgettable Disney songs. Do you think I missed any? Tell me which in the comments below.