Disney films is something that everyone has grown up with. We all have our favourites from childhood, adulthood, and then we watched our kids, grandkids fall in love with those same films.
Disney is ageless. It continues to be a solid part of all our lives and we still continue to learn the lessons that they teach us, even as adults. They’re a comfort to many. What truly makes an excellent Disney film however, is the songs within them. As difficult as it was, we’ve managed to narrow down our favourite songs to just five. It was a challenge and many won’t agree with the list. How could you possibly choose out of so many? But, we’re giving it a try. Here are our Top 5 favourite Disney songs! For easiness sake, we have left out songs from Pixar films. It was an impossible enough task as it is!
5) Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride – Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu – Lilo and Stitch
Lilo and Stitch was released back in 2002, making this year it’s 20th anniversary! Yeah…we feel old too. Even after 20 years, the story of the lonely girl and the cute alien still thrives. You can not enter a shop without seeing Stitch’s face and SOMETHING. You can’t leave the house without witnessing a fellow Disney fan wearing some form of T-shirt or bag dedicated to this iconic film. The story is set in Hawaii, and “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” is an extremely catchy track that perfectly introduces the film.
4) Two Worlds – Phil Collins – Tarzan
We’re taking it back to the 90s now. This may be a bit of a niche choice, one that may not appear on other people’s lists. We feel that the Tarzan soundtrack doesn’t get talked about as much as it should. Like…come on. It’s Phil Collins? Phil Collins of rock band Genesis was asked to help write and produce the soundtrack for Tarzan. And what a terrific job he did. His unique sound added a special, emotional dimension that allows you to fully get emotionally invested with the story. Another track that appears on the film was “You’ll Be in My Heart” which had the honour of winning an Oscar.
3) Circle of Life – Carmen Twillie and Lebo M. – Lion King
This choice should go as no surprise. Lion King is an absolute classic from the 90s, and a heart wrenching film that probably traumatised most of us emotionally, yet we continue to love it. With the help of Elton John, the soundtrack is one of the reasons why this film turned into such a masterpiece. The music was so successful, it later became a West End and Broadway musical which still runs to this day. “Circle of Life” is not just the opening track to one of the best animated films in existence, but a nostalgic track that remains in all our hearts…probably until our dying day.
2) You’re Welcome – Dwayne Johnson – Moana
We won’t lie, this is where we started to get a little bit stuck. Just… so many CHOICES. Yet “You’re Welcome” is just so catchy and satisfying to listen to, we just had to include it. Dwayne Johnson, the voice of Maui, captures the lovable arrogance of the character in the track, making you instantly fall in love with him. The soundtrack was written by none other than musical genius Lin-Manual Miranda…who may or may not have also taken our number 1 spot.
- 1) We Don’t Talk About Bruno – Cast of Encanto – Encanto
Yes, yes we know. You’re probably getting sick and tired of hearing this song…but we’re not which is why the story of Bruno takes our Number 1 spot. The Encanto soundtrack – which was also written by Lin-Manual Miranda – has to arguably be one of the best Disney soundtracks in history. Whether you believe that statement or not, you can’t deny that the song has taken the world by storm since it’s release at the end of last year. “Surface Pressure,” which also appears on the soundtrack and sung by the character Luisa, was also a strong contender for the top spot. However, the way that each character sings their parts in “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is simply mind blowing. Each one showcases their personality and it’s just addicting to listen to. The track also reached Number 1 in the UK – the first time this has happened to since Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” was released back in 1992. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has so much depth that you discover new parts of the story every time you listen to it. It’s truly phenomenal.
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