Having young nieces and nephews has meant that I’ve got to watch and rewatch a lot of Disney movies in the past few years, and one of my favourite things about them is the songs (and I imagine I’m not alone in that!). They’re generally just so fun and catchy, and in the case of some of the older ones, laced with nostalgia.
So here are my favourites, and I’d love to know yours in the comments!
‘When Will My Life Begin’ from Tangled
Personally, I think Tangled is an incredibly underrated film. Whilst it’s popular, it’s nowhere near as big as Frozen or Moana were, but it’s so, so funny and heart-warming!
And I absolutely adore the opening song ‘When Will My Life Begin’. It’s just so wonderfully catchy and upbeat, even though Rapunzel is basically wondering when she’ll ever be allowed to leave her tower.
‘Shiny’ from Moana
Moana is one of the more recent films I watched because of my nieces (who absolutely love it!), and it has so many good songs. Somehow ‘Shiny’ is my favourite though, which might seem like an odd choice!
I just love the unusual beat, and how that crab is just so sassy (and shiny!)!
‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Moana
But of course, of the more serious songs in Moana, ‘How Far I’ll Go’ has to be the best! The vocals are absolutely beautiful, it’s catchy, and it really captures Moana’s longing for the sea.
‘Let It Go’ from Frozen
This has to be one of the most popular Disney songs ever, and for good reason. For one thing it sounds so beautiful and theatrical, but it also has a pretty uplifting message about letting go of the things that have held you back in the past. Only for most of us, it isn’t secret ice powers…
‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ from Frozen
Another incredibly popular one, but it’s just so good! It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s sad…this song has everything, and it’s just such a good transitional song in the movie, as you see Anna and Elsa grow up.
‘I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)’ from Hercules
Hercules was one of my favourite Disney films when I was a kid, and I feel like it’s another one that’s incredibly underrated. I feel like the song ‘I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)’ is also underrated, as it isn’t hugely theatrical, or even as catchy as some other Disney songs. It’s just a damn good song, and I love the story of it, with Meg denying she’s in love, and the Muses constantly chiming in.
‘Zero to Hero’ from Hercules
This is another great song from Hercules! It’s just so bouncy and jazzy, I defy anyone to listen to this and not at least have a bit of a shoulder shimmy!
‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’ from Mulan
Mulan isn’t a film I’ve watched many times (although I did actually go to see it in the cinema as a kid!), but I just really love this song! I love the opening beat, the grandness of the main chorus, and all the voices chiming in…it’s just such a great song!
‘Hakuna Matata’ from The Lion King
I mean, who doesn’t love Hakuna Matata? It’s definitely the best song from The Lion King, and is insanely fun, catchy and has a positive message. Plus it’s sung by everyone’s favourite characters, Timon and Pumba!
So what are your favourite Disney films, and favourite Disney songs? Are there any that you think are underrated (or even overrated?)?