As some of you might be able to tell, I have been in a very musical mood lately. Along those themes, I wanted to make 2 music countdowns: 1 for Songs and 1 for Scores. I love Disney's music, especially from the team of Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. I almost never like covers of DP songs by Disney Pop stars so unless otherwise mentioned, all versions here are the original ones from the film. Here are my rankings for favorite songs:
With A Smile & A Song - Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs (So positive and uplifting plus an excellent message.) "There's no use in grumbling When the raindrops come tumbling Remember, you're the one Who can fill the world with sunshine When you smile and you sing."
Dig A Little Deeper - The Princess & The Frog (So genuine and upbeat plus an excellent message.) "Don't matter what you look like. Don't matter what you wear. How many rings you got on your finger, We don't care. Don't matter where you come from. Don't even matter what you are"
20. I'll Make A Man Out Of You - Mulan
I love how this is such a great little masculine song thrown into a DP film! I think it was an excellent diverse song from the lovely more feminine songs. I think the lyrics are great and they often will get stuck in my head.
19. Poor Unfortunate Souls- The Little Mermaid
"You're a spineless, pale, pathetic lot. And you haven't got a clue. Somehow I'll make a man out of you."
This has always been such a great villain song to me. I love the way Ursula delivers it as well as the specific words she chooses. (She reminds me a lot of my ex-Stepmom, especially when she sings this song.) This song really shows off how villainous and manipulative Ursula is.
18. Whistle While You Work- Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs
"I admit that in the past I've been a nasty. They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a witch."
I love how this song shows Snow White's positive and genuine nature. I have heard her described as "manipulative" but I don't see that at all, I think she's a very good and decent person who does not try to exploit others to get what she wants. (Her plea for help to the Dwarfs was simply that, a plea from a 14-ish? year old maiden who knew that was the safest place for her and she offered to do her part to stay.) Whenever I am cleaning myself, I always tend to hear this song. Work has to be done and it's best done with a positive attitude.
17. Almost There- The Princess & The Frog
"So hum a merry tune. It won't take long when there's a song to help you set the pace."
I love Tiana's confidence in this song, towards her goal to open up her own restaurant. I love, respect and admire the fact that she doesn't just expect things to fall into her lap, she is willing to do the work to reach her goal. She doesn't let "trials and tribulations" bring her down because she is stronger than that and chooses not to be a victim. I also love the fact that she stands out in her town. She describes the people in New Orleans as being more laid back and easy going, as mentioned in the line "This old town can slow you down, people taking the easy way But I know exactly where I'm going, I'm getting closer and closer every day." This determination and ambitious spirit is displayed beautifully in this song and I love the nod to her father in it as well.
16. Something There- Beauty & The Beast
"Trials and tribulations I've had my share. There ain't nothing gonna stop me now cause I'm almost there. I remember Daddy told me "Fairytales can come true You gotta make 'em happen, it all depends on you."
I love how this song shows Belle & the beast starting to fall in love. It's so sweet and sincere. I think it also very accurately shows how true love plays out from a budding friendship. At some point you just realize that there's "something there" that's more than friendship, the chemistry becomes undeniable. The initial judgments/perceptions are gone and a love has started to develop in it's place.
15. For The First Time In Forever Reprise - Frozen
"There's something sweet And almost kind. But he was mean, and he was coarse and unrefined. And now he's dear, And so unsure. I wonder why I didn't see it there before."
It's been noted many times on this site but it's worth mentioning again, this song does such a beautiful job at showing the contrast and dynamic between Elsa & Anna. Their voices blend beautifully together. This song gets stuck in my head often!
14. Belle - Beauty & The Beast
Anna: "'Cause for the first time in forever," Elsa: "Oh I'm such a fool, I can't be free!" Anna: "You don't have to be afraid" Elsa: "No escape from the storm inside of me!" Anna: "We can work this out together" Elsa: "I can't control the curse!" Anna: "
I love this entire song! I love all of the lyrics and I love how well it explains so much about Belle's character. The fact that she went through hardship, that she is misunderstood, that she finds solace in reading, that she has big dreams for herself, and that she is a classic beauty in her town yet doesn't use it to her advantage or rely on it to exploit others. I even love all of the lyrics sung by various townspeople in it!
13. A Girl Worth Fighting For - Mulan
"Now, it's no wonder that her name means "beauty" Her looks have got no parallel But behind that fair facade I'm afraid she's rather odd Very different from the rest of us She's nothing like the rest of us Yes, different from the rest of us is Belle"
I love how flattering this song is! These men are marching off into war to face some cruel and merciless enemies and protect everyone in their country and the only thing they hope for in return is to find a girl, a love, who makes it all worth it. Some say this song is not romantic at all but I completely disagree. Although I am a woman, I think this song coming from men and their point of view is incredibly romantic. They are willing to face almost certain death with the hopes that a woman will love them, appreciate them and respect them for all of their hard work and effort to keep them going. Plus, what they ask for is no where near unreasonable (specific beauty traits, appreciation of battle scars, cooks well, praise and adoration and laughs at his jokes). They also don't just want a girl by force or circumstance, they want to impress and woo her. I love, appreciate and respect this song. I also appreciate and respect the horrible things that lots of males willingly choose to face as well as their uncanny protection and accommodation for females and children (usually strangers) so that they don't have to deal with the "ugly work". I also love that the song ends abruptly with the reality of exactly why it is these men need these kinds of hopes, for the horrible things they do face and deal with. Catchy too.
12. Part Of Your World/Reprise - The Little Mermaid
"For a long time we've been marching off to battle In our thundering herd We feel a lot like cattle Like the pounding beat Our aching feet aren't easy to ignore Hey, think of instead A girl worth fighting for!"
I love how beautiful and emotional Ariel's voice is in this. It's kind of heartbreaking for me. She sounds so sincere, so passionate with such longing. I think this song is just gorgeous, musically and vocally. This scene/song usually makes me cry because of Ariel's conviction and how gorgeous the song is musically.
11. I Wonder - Sleeping Beauty
"What would I give to live where you are? What would I pay to stay here beside you? What would I do to see you, smiling at me? Where would we walk? Where would we run? If we could stay all day in the sun, just you and me.
I love how gorgeous Aurora's voice sounds. I also love how this song represents Aurora's docile and innocent nature as well as her romantic and idealistic personality. She is so pure and graceful and I think it really comes through in this song. The only way she knows of finding love is the same way as the birds: Through song.
10. Let It Go - Frozen
"I wonder if my heart keeps singing Will my song go winging To someone, who'll find me And bring back a love song to me?"
Yes, I love this song. I think the music is very beautiful and I love the actress' voice in it. I've never really liked the song "Reflection" from Mulan but I'm pretty sure I love this song for the same reason others love that song. I think it's beautifully passionate and earnest, albeit not smartly written. As a song on it's own, I completely understand why it was such a big hit as it immediately stuck with me the first time I saw Frozen. As far as the film goes though, there are definite inconsistencies with the lyrics here and the film's story.
9. Listen With Your Heart - Pocahontas
"It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small And the fears that once controlled me Can't get to me at all! It's time to see what I can do"
I tend to try to find a balance between head and heart but that aside, I love this song. I find it to be so incredibly soothing. The few lyrics that are here are beautiful as well.
8. If I Never Knew You - Pocahontas
"Let it break upon you Like a wave upon the sand."
I don't know why, and maybe someone could clear this up for me, but I remember this song being in the movie and playing when Pocahontas goes to see John Smith while he is being held captive. That was when I watched in on VHS as a child though. Now when I see the movie on Blu-Ray, it's not played until the credits. I do love the version at the end with the credits though by Jon Secada and Shanice, I think it's done beautifully. Anyways, I always thought this was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life, especially lyrically. This song really shows the power and beauty of love; how fragile and precious it is. Definitely this song makes me cry every single time I hear it nowadays because it's so beautiful. Perhaps because I feel the same way about my husband. There's a saying that "It's better to have loved and lost then to have not known love at all" and I think this song embodies that perfectly. link
7. Belle Reprise - Beauty & The Beast
"If I never knew you If I never felt this love I would have no inkling of How precious life can be."
It's very short but I absolutely love and adore it. I can't get enough, it is stuck in my head all of the time. I love how it's distilled to the core of what Belle wants: Adventure away from here
more than anything else. It reminds me of the song "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" by The Animals. I love the concept behind this song.
6. So This Is Love
"I want much more than this provincial life I want adventure in the great wide somewhere I want it more than I can tell."
This stuck always stuck out the most to me from Cinderella, even as a child. It was so beautiful and romantic as well as so pure and innocent. I love the way it accurately resembles love. It accurately represents love to be transcending and heavenly. Definitely will always be a beautiful and heartwarming classic for me.
5. Mother Knows Best - Tangled
"So this is love So this is what makes life divine I'm all aglow, Mmmmmm And now I know The key to all heaven is mine"
This song has been growing on me ever since the first time I heard it! I love it so much as I can really relate to it. I think this song perfectly captures the manipulation and deceit of Mother Gothel. I love how Mother Gothel plays the "Merchant of Doubt" by saying things like "One way or another Something will go wrong, I swear" she uses the line "Me, I'm just your mother what do I know? I only bathed and changed and nursed you" showing how ridiculously manipulative she is. None of that stuff means anything because that's her job yet she's trying to make Rapunzel feel indebted to her for being alive. Personally, this song reminds me of my actual mother and it really captures her villainous spirit (and she is similar to Mother Gothel) so I find this song to be brilliantly realistic and accurate.
4. A Whole New World - Aladdin
"Gullible, naive Positively grubby Ditzy and a bit, well, hmm...vague. Plus, I believe Gettin' kinda chubby I'm just saying cause I wuv you."
My all-time favorite Disney duet! I have always loved this song since I first heard it as a little girl and still find it to be such a romantic and magical feeling song. I love the way it describes young love to be so exciting and full of adventure and mystery. I think it's so beautiful. This is also one of my favorite Jasmine scenes where she finally stops being a shrew for a minute (until the song is over) and just lets herself be happy.
3. Honor To Us All - Mulan
"Aladdin & (Jasmine): A whole new world (every turn a surprise) With new horizons to pursue (every moment red letter)"
I rank this so highly because I catch myself singing it all the time! I think it is so cute and catchy! I also love the dynamic it shows between Mulan and her mother. I also love the "recipe for instant bride" and find it to be fairly accurate. I also love that it does mostly match up with what the men say they want from women. I just feel like women don't really understand men as well as they used to and I don't think enough mothers give their daughters honest and straight-forward advice despite what feelings it may trigger like they used to. I love that Mulan's mother does this for her in this song though. I have the highest respect and appreciation for good mothers and wives so I personally really respect and appreciate this song and the way it holds that role in such high esteem. I see children as the future so I think good parenting is absolutely prime and necessary; One of the most important jobs in society. I still value families as they are still the best environment for children growing up and I love how this song speaks to that.
2. Once Upon A Dream - Sleeping Beauty
"We all must serve our emperor Who guards us from the Huns A man by bearing arms A girl by bearing sons"
I love classical music and I absolutely love Tchaikovsky! Ever since I was a little girl I always liked classical music and I loved this song. It always feels like a dream, sweeping me off my feet and making me want to do Piqué turns etc. all over the room. It certainly sweeps me off my feet and I can definitely see why it swept Aurora off of hers as well. It embodies grace and beauty to me.
1. Part Of That World - The Little Mermaid
"I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream I know you, the gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam And I know it's true that visions are seldom all they seem But if I know you, I know what you'll doYou'll love me at once, the way you did once upon
Nostalgia, nostalgia. Not just for the film but for when I felt just like Ariel and I was "ready to know what the people know, ask them my questions and get some answers". I always wanted to explore and learn new things and have been very curious about other cultures. I think the concept behind this song is so beautiful and inspiring. I also think Ariel's voice is so powerful and feminine at the same time, sometimes it gives me goose bumps. I adore Ariel's voice completely, it's so gorgeous. I think the music behind the song is equally gorgeous. A timeless classic that I sing/listen to often.
"When's it my turn? Wouldn't I love Love to explore that shore up above?"