Here is a list of every. single. Disney. song. ever, all listed from worst to best . . . this post at COS was written by Allison Shoemaker and Dominick Suzanne-Mayeron, but I don’t know whether they personally ranked all the songs.
Things make a real, lasting mark on your brain when you’re a kid. That encompasses the fears, loves, insecurities, dreams, and other things one will likely describe to a therapist as an adult, but other things stick, too. Songs, especially. The impulse children have to press “play” over and over and over again can leave all kinds of wonderful and sometimes useless things stuck in your head. It’s part of why creating entertainment for children can be so meaningful, because with some talent and skill, it’s possible to give a young person a song they’ll carry with them for decade after decade. Well after they’ve stopped thinking about the works of A.A. Milne as anything but some stories they liked when they were young, one can hear the phrase “Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood” and know immediately what comes next, and what comes after that. That stuff lingers. It lasts. It matters.
Okay, I must admit I don’t remember “Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood” at all. Maybe I would if I played the video. Which I could, because if you click through you will find that videos of each song are embedded in this very long post.
There are 267 songs total, of which the one at the bottom is “Kanine Krunchies” from 101 Dalmatians. I don’t remember it and nothing about the title inspires me to play the embedded video. Let me jump way ahead and look at the top twenty . . . where do you suppose “A Whole New World” is ranked? I got pretty sick of it personally, seemed for a while like you couldn’t turn around without hearing it . . . ah, #17. Yeah, even I kind of like it again now that I’ve recovered form my serious song-overdose.
I see “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King is listed as #19. Well, I hated that song, but then I didn’t like anything about the movie except the animation. Yeah, “The Circle of Life” is #4 and I hated that one too. I know, kind of Bah, Humbug, but there it is.
“Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast is #16. Now, that one I loved. Lots of great songs in that movie. Yep, I see several more are listed here in the top 20, including the one at #2, “Beauty and the Beast.”
“Let it Go” from Frozen is #9. Someday I really must actually watch Frozen. By the time I get around to doing that, I may be the actual last person in the country to see it. Okay, well, now at least I’ve watched the video of “Let it Go,” so that’s something, right?. Fine song, but not melodically the equal of most of the songs from Beauty and the Beast, imo. Honestly I think Beauty and the Beast has to be counted the overall standout when it comes to the songs.
Anyway, great post, especially if you have time to click through and watch some video snippets.