Hello, Disney fans. I have written an article with my top fifty Disney classic songs, as well as my favorite five songs from non-classic Disney movies and Disney sequels. Many obscure songs have quite high rankings on my rank, and several very popular songs are omitted entirely on my list, so sometimes if you are looking for a certain song, you won’t find it here! Anyway, here are my lists.
Top Five Sequel Songs
5. For A Moment (The Little Mermaid II)
4. We Are One (The Lion King II)
3. I Didn’t Know That I Could Feel This Way (Lady and the Tramp II)
2. My Lullaby (The Lion King II)
1. Always There (Lady and the Tramp II)
Honorable Mentions: A World Without Fences (Lady and the Tramp II), More than a Dream (Cinderella III), Stories (Beauty and the Beast II)
Top Five Non-Classic Songs
5. You Got A Friend in Me (Toy Story)
4. A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins)
3. When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)
2. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)
1. Chim Chim Cheree (Mary Poppins)
Honorable Mentions: Beautiful Briny Sea (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
On to the classics...
50. That’s What Friends Are For (The Jungle Book)
“That’s what friends are for…”-Shere Khan
What I like most about this song is the light tone it takes about friendship all of a sudden to the evil tones and arrival of Shere Khan. That moment is a classic!
49. Heaven’s Light (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
“It must be heaven’s light!”- Quasimodo
This song is a hopeful song that directly contrasts with the theme of another song, but while this song is optimistic, it turns into a sad theme later on in the movie when Esmeralda is found out to not love Quasimodo.
48. Pink Elephants on Parade (Dumbo)
“Pink Elephants…pink elephants…”-Singer
This song is just one word if you ask me: creepy. That’s why I like the song, and I really like the visual graphics in Pink Elephants.
47. You Can Fly (Peter Pan)
“Every dream that you dream will come true”- Singer
You Can Fly is an optimistic song that screams vintage Disney. It is cheery and optimistic, and is a very fun song in general, which fits in with the rest of the movie.
46. Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)
“At first you think Cruella is a devil”- Roger
This song is creepy and shivery, but is humorous at the same time, and it pretty much sums up one of Disney’s most evil villains.
45. I Wanna Be Like You (The Jungle Book)
“I wanna be like you-u-u”- King Louie
Jazzy and amazingly cool, I Wanna Be Like You is very conforming with The Jungle Book. The jazzy tones of this song are unforgettable, and one could recognize this song within a couple seconds of it.
44. Arabian Nights (Aladdin)
“Arabian Nights…and Arabian Days!”- Singer
Arabian Nights is a very catchy song-within a few seconds, it is easy to be hooked. The reddish desert backgrounds in this song are very vivid.
43. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
“It is true I got biceps to spare”- Gaston
A villain song, but not like many others, because instead of describing their plan like in Be Prepared, this song is all about Gaston’s arrogance and supposed superiority within the town. Almost more memorable than the words though, are Gaston’s behaviors in the song, including expanding his muscles and shooting his gun.
42. The Siamese Cat Song (Lady and the Tramp)
“We are Siamese if you please”- Si and Am
This villain song is really creepy, but easily addictive in Si and Am’s only appearance in the film. The first line is creepy, and this song is much like Pink Elephants is that it is addictively creepy.
41. Just Around the Riverbend (Pocahontas)
“Should I marry Kocoum?”- Pocahontas
This song shows off Pocahontas’s personality, but also shows her two paths of life ahead- the riverbend in her life.
40. Topsy Turvy (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
“ a Topsy Turvy day!”- Clopin
This song is a fast-paced interesting song, but it is somewhat sad as it is in the Feast of Fools. Of course, it is funny to see all of the chaos in the scene.
39. Dalmatian Plantation (101 Dalmatians)
“Where our population can roam”-Roger
Spunky, cheerful, and a good ending, our composer Roger won’t fail to entertain with his short and sweet finale which tells you that all one hundred four in the house will have a happy life.
38. Love is a Song (Bambi)
“Love is a song that never ends”- Singer
A classic song that is unforgettable, this song is beautiful and marks a great introduction into the movie.
37. What is a Baby/ La La Lu (Lady and the Tramp)
“Oh what is a baby, I must find out today!”- Lady
While split up into two segments, this song is a nice, pleasant soothing song that is very adaptable as a lullaby in real life, and is very effective at calming.
36. Why Should I Worry (Oliver and Company)
“I’ve got street savoir-faire!”- Dodger
Talk about an antonym, this song has almost nothing in common with What is A Baby. While the prior one was relaxed, this song is a peppy, quick song that could serve very well as an alarm clock. And it is sung by probably the coolest of all Disney characters!
35. The Bear Necessities (The Jungle Book)
“The bear necessities of life will come to you”- Baloo
This song pretty much shows off Baloo’s personality: funloving, easy going, and totally unstressed. Mowgli’s comic failures during this song help make relaxed Baloo very fun in this song.
34. Out There (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
“I’ll have spent one day out there!”- Quasimodo
A very inspirational and serious song, this shows us Quasimodo’s curiosity and longing to go into the outside world out of his bell tower.
33. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)
“Under the sea!!!!!!!!!!!! Under the sea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”- Sebastian
A jolly song sung by Sebastian, this song is trying to convince Ariel to stay under the sea. However, very unlike Frollo’s song above, Sebastian has a totally different tactic to try to prevent curiousity- a fun song!
32. Goodbye May Seem Forever (The Fox and the Hound)
“But in my heart, the memory, and there, you’ll always be”- Singer
Sob…sob…sob…possibly the very saddest moment of all classics. This song is very sad to describe. When you listen to this, just get the tissues ready.
31. So This Is Love (Cinderella)
“I’m all aglow… mmmmm…”- Cinderella
Cinderella is having the time of her life in this song, and this romantic song makes you feel really happy for Cinderella, now that she is finally out of the clutches of Lady Tremaine… for a bit.
30. The Mob Song (Beauty and the Beast)
“We’re counting on Gaston to lead the way…”- Villagers
This song is evil, but is addicting! Gaston manages to be very charismatic with this song, and if you didn’t know about the movie, it would be easy to chant, “Kill the Beast!” with him because this is addictive!
29. Be Prepared (The Lion King)
“Be prepared for sen-SAY-tional news…”- Scar
Creepy song that really captures Scar’s clever and evil personality well, particularly when Jeremy Irons sings it…then it is really evil.
28. Scales and Arpeggios (The Aristocats)
“You will find your progress is encouraging…”-Berlioz
This song is simple, yet generally happy. It is funny in the beginning when bratty Marie sings, but it gets much more beautiful when Duchess supplies her soft, beautiful voice into the mix.
27. Whistle While You Work (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
“When hearts are high the time will fly so whistle while you work!”- Snow White
A classic Disney song with Snow White’s high pitched cute voice, Snow White shows her fondness for cleaning and her natural leadership over the animals in this song.
26. Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King)
“Why won’t he be the king I know he is, the king I see inside?”- Nala
This song has two parts- first, Simba and Nala’s wonderings about what the other one is thinking and feeling. Then come the classic romantic parts, and by then you do know that Simba and Nala are in love.
25. I Won’t Say I’m In Love (Hercules)
“No chance! No way!”- Megara
A complete opposite of some of Disney’s love songs, this love song is actually a solo. And this song stands out because it is about Megara’s efforts to resist falling in love, only to find herself in the same position as the rest of Disney’s lover heroines.
24. When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
“When you wish upon a star”- Jiminy Cricket
What could be the penultimate Disney song, I adore this song because of the gentle way Jiminy sings it. A very pleasant tune and is one of Disney’s nicest optimistic songs, and is certainly an all time classic- and understandably deserves to be so.
23. I Bring You A Song (Bambi)
“When you’re looking at me, that I’m looking for love”- Faline
An oft-forgotten love song from one of Disney’s earliest films, this song is more slow and less fun than many of its successors, but this love song is really a classic, complete with the background singers that are a staple of Disney’s early films.
22. Poor Unfortunate Souls (The Little Mermaid)
“Take a gulp and take a breath and go ahead and sign the scroll”- Ursula
This is an interesting villain song, and Ursula has a very sneaky voice, you could tell during the song that she’s up to something wrong, but she’s clever enough to sneak her evil around and manipulate Ariel with it. Ursula’s actions during this song are hilarious, particularly when she talks about “body language”!
21. With A Smile and a Song (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
“And life flows along…with a smile and a song!”- Snow White
This song does a very good job at introducing a key aspect of Snow White’s character- her eternal optimism. The cheery words of this song are very happy, and this is a song that has a moral that should be practiced.
20. Everybody Wants to Be A Cat (The Aristocats)
“Beneath the alley’s only light…Where every note is out of sight!” Thomas and Duchess
Jazzy and cute, this song from The Aristocats shows the film at its finest. This song is really neat, and very jazzy. The multiple singers, from Thomas’s to Duchess’s to Marie’s, make this a diverse songs, and the bright colors and wide variety of instruments make this an exciting song.
19. Hellfire (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
“Beata Maria, you know I’ve been a righteous man…”- Frollo
My favorite of all the villain songs is really creepy. And it shows pure hypocrisy, Frollo’s actions show that he is definitely not a righteous man! The visual affects of this song are creepy, with heavy emphasis of black and red and the background singers of this song are creepy.
18. Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale (Cinderella)
“Sing sweet nightingale, high above me…”- Drizella and Cinderella
There are two parts of this song, and they are polar opposites. The first part is comedic, with Drizella trying to “sing”, and the second part shows Cinderella gorgeously singing in a beautiful manner. I love the bubbles that come out of the bucket as Cinderella is washing the floor.
17. Prince Ali (Aladdin)
“Hey you! Let us through, it’s a bright new star!”- Genie
What happens when you combine regality with comedy? The answer is this unforgettable song. The multiple forms of the Genie make this song peculiarly funny, and the look on Jafar’s face once the crowd enters the palace is priceless!
16. Heigh Ho (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
“Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! It’s off to work we go!”- The dwarfs
The dwarfs signature song in the movie shows what they do all the time. With their mining skills and clangs, the dwarfs first talk about their activities in the mine. Then the dwarfs say “Heigh-ho”, and I think we all know what happens next.
15. A Whole New World (Aladdin)
“I can show you the world,”- Aladdin
This very romantic song has sky-high backgrounds and a very uplifting melody, yet this song fits plenty of comedic elements in it. The themes of discovery that are present in the movie are present in the movie, and this is a very beautiful song; it certainly deserves the fame it gets.
14. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King (The Lion King)
“We’ll do it all my way!”- Simba
This song shows the young and naïve Simba singing about his supposed dreams of completely doing things the way he wanted to. Too bad his life worked in such unfortunate events right after that song...anyway, it is a very spunky song that fully shows the personality of the young prideland king.
13. I’m Wishing (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
“Make a wish into the well, that’s all you have to do”- Snow White
Snow White is shown here singing about her dreams and ideals with her future husband. Little did she know that when she was singing this that her true love was… anyway, a sweet simple song with a nice echo effect in it that makes I’m Wishing stand out from other songs.
12. Circle of Life (The Lion King)
“Through despair, and hope… through faith and love!”- Singer
Circle of Life is supremely epic and is a song that sends shivers down my spine. The scene of Simba’s birth is absolutely beautiful, and the singer is totally priceless! This song is a true wonder in my opinion.
11. Part of Your World (Reprise) (The Little Mermaid)
“I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but I know something’s starting right now!”- Ariel
I absolutely adore this song from The Little Mermaid. And I know it may be a bit odd, but I prefer the reprise of this song to the original. The reason is that Ariel is very strong when she states, “something’s starting right now!” and “world!” at the end, along with the wave at the end of the song. A true wonder!
10. Perfect Isn’t Easy (Oliver and Company)
“Not for my vanity, but for humanity”- Georgette
Among the most stunning introductions of a Disney character, this song is often overlooked. The song is filled with the star’s arrogance, but after all, she is perfection! This cheerful and upbeat song features Georgette in all her funny ways in her display of “perfection”.
9. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast)
“Course by course, one by one!”- Lumiere
This song is supremely full of awe and fits the stunning film of Beauty and the Beast. Cheerful and light-hearted, this song shows the singing prowess of Lumiere. The dancing tableware is very entertaining, and this irresistible song really does make it sure as you are the guest to Lumiere’s party!
8. Once Upon A Dream (Sleeping Beauty)
“You loved me at once, the way you did once upon a dream”- Aurora
This romantic duet is a very sweet but comical song, and is generally a soft and happy song that directly contrasts with next scenes of the movie. Aurora’s multiple aspects of beauty are seen throughout the song, and we see one of the most delightful dances of any Disney classic.
7. Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast!”- Mrs. Potts
With the famous ballroom scene taking place during this delightful song, this is among the most romantic moments in any Disney classic. Mrs. Potts has a very pleasant singing voice, and the slow and romantic tone of this song fits the moment beautifully and is certainly unforgettable.
6. Bella Notte (Lady and the Tramp)
“This is the night, and the heavens are right, on this lovely bella notte!”- Tony
This song is a real charmer, and is extremely enchanting and romantic. With the spaghetti on screen, Bella Notte paints a very soft picture and the sparkles in Lady’s eyes in the darkness are priceless. The accordion and Joe’s singing only add to the romantic atmosphere.
5. A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
“If you keep believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”- Cinderella
A beautiful song which emphasizes the good voice of Cinderella, and the soothing and kind music really befit the gentle and sweet Cinderella and her endless idealism. Cinderella’s goals are outlined in this song, and this song is a timeless and soothing classic.
4. Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)
“Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corned moon.”- Pocahontas
Pocahontas’s song telling us to paint with all the colors of the wind is absolutely beautiful. The way Pocahontas emphasizes certain words and sings is really pronounced in this song. The leaves and epic music in the background only add to the total beauty of one of the most distinctive songs of the classics.
3. He’s A Tramp (Lady and the Tramp)
“He’s a tramp, he’s a scoundrel, he’s a rounder, he’s a cad.”- Peg
The jazz and mellow cheerfulness of this song contrast with the harsh words that Peg is saying in this song, but this song has a really addicting beat that could very easily be heard in the background. Peg is also a really superb singer, and the relaxed, cool way that Peg walks around in her cage shows the distinction of this song.
2. Some Day My Prince Will Come (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
“And away to his castle I’ll go! To be happy forever I know!”- Snow White
Snow White’s song shows her dreams of true love and meeting her prince, and this song is very interesting for its very large range of notes in the song, showing Snow White’s very high-pitched voice in all of its glory. This romantic song and the dwarf’s reactions make this song very recognizable.
1. Belle (Reprise) (Beauty and the Beast)
“No sir, not me, I guarantee it, I want much more than this provincial life!”- Belle
My favorite of all Disney songs is actually a reprise to another song in the movie, but there are so many things in this song which make it my favorite of all Disney songs. Belle makes her desire for adventure clear in this song, and it is very clear she doesn’t want to be stuck with Gaston. I love the way that Belle twirls around here, as well as the scenery, as well as when she sings“I want much more than this provincial life,” are all contributing factors to make this my favorite Disney song.
Honorable Mentions: Appreciate the Lady (The Fox and the Hound), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Cinderella (Cinderella), Friend Like Me (Aladdin), God Help the Outcasts (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), The Silly Song (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)