Disney's Best Movies for Songs
This is an article which sums up the results of the three Disney related songs countdowns. Each countdown was for a different "era". Here are the timezones of each era:
"Walt's Era"- 1937-1967 (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-The Jungle Book)
"Pre-Renaissance Era"- 1970-1988 (The Aristocats-Oliver and Company)
"Renaissance Era"- 1989-1999 (The Little Mermaid-Tarzan)
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I would also like to see people's input on what they would think the ranks should be and post their opinions of the countdown. So without any ado, here are the results of the three countdowns I posted, and the rank of the best Disney songs of each of these eras. This is for the Renaissance Era.
Renaissance Era Background
Many of Disney’s most popular songs came from the Renaissance Era, the last decade of Classic Disney. Apart from The Rescuers Down Under, all of the films from the Renaissance were musicals with at least four songs, some having as many as eight. Many of the songs in this era, were powerful, epic songs, which were much more common in this time than the prior Disney movies. These included songs like “Circle of Life”, “Out There”, and “Colors of the Wind”. Many of Disney’s most well known songs are also in this era, including “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Hakuna Matata”. The early four films of the Renaissance with songs (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King) in particular are very famous for their songs, and this era has a reputation for very good music indeed.
10. The Rescuers Down Under
The Rescuers Down Under doesn't have any songs.
Lacking songs from its movie entirely, The Rescuers Down Under is the only movie from the Renaissance that was not a musical. Since the Renaissance has many popular songs, the sole movie with no songs was removed with a near-unanimous total.
Shown here: Two Worlds, Son of Man, Strangers Like Me, You'll Be in My Heart
Son of Man
Strangers Like Me
Trashin’ The Camp
You’ll Be in My Heart
Tarzan was the first movie with songs to be removed in the Renaissance section. User reaction to Tarzan’s soundtrack was generally very good, with some users really enjoying the soundtrack. This soundtrack though, is quite different from the others, mostly because uniquely in this movie, Phil Collins, who was not singing for any character, sang most of the songs in this film. The reaction to this soundtrack was mixed, with some loving Phil Collins’s singing, and others wishing that the character sang more.
Shown here: The Gospel Truth, Zero to Hero, I Won't Say I'm In Love, Go the Distance
A Star is Born
Go the Distance
I Won’t Say I’m In Love
One Last Hope
The Gospel Truth
Zero to Hero
With unique peppy songs, Hercules has generally a bright soundtrack with the muses singing multiple songs, such as “Zero to Hero”. Unlike in Tarzan, the main characters do get to sing in songs. Hercules sings in “Go the Distance”, and Megara sings in “I Won’t Say I’m In Love”, arguably one of the most popular songs on Hercules. People like the songs in Hercules quite a lot, but they like the songs from the top seven movies of this very popular musical era even more.
Shown here: Colors of the Wind, Steady as the Beating Drum, Mine, Mine, Mine, Just Around the Riverbend
Colors of the Wind
Just Around the Riverbend
Listen With Your Heart
Mine, Mine, Mine
Steady as the Beating Drum
With this movie, one song in particular is very popular- “Colors of the Wind”. This song endears many, often even those who do not like the film so much, with its thoughtful lyrics and impressive score. The other songs in the movie were generally less popular, and some fans viewed as though the other songs in the movie fell a bit flat in comparison. The songs were not considered to be among the most powerful of the Renaissance, which produced some very powerful songs in the six films above.
Shown here: I'll Make a Man Out of You, Reflection, A Girl Worth Fighting For, Honor to us All
A Girl Worth Fighting For
Honor to Us All
I’ll Make a Man Out of You
This movie features many songs, including the very popular “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” but features less than the typical movie in the Renaissance. The songs in here range from the strongly-toned “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” to the somewhat sad toned “Reflection” to the happy toned but demanding high expectation full “Honor to Us All”. The songs here are very solid, but there aren’t just that many in this movie.
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Shown here: God Help the Outcasts, Hellfire, Topsy Turvy, Out There
A Guy Like You
Court of Miracles
God Help The Outcasts
The Bells of Notre Dame
With very compelling songs, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one movie that truly stands out on its own soundtrack. The tones in these songs vary from a desire song “Out There”, a truly evil villain song, “Hellfire”, light comedy songs “Topsy Turvy” and “A Guy Like You”, a dark comedy song “Court of Miracles”, a sad song, “Heaven’s Light (Reprise)” and a soft ballad song “God Help the Outcasts” . With all of these songs, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was chosen by fans to be the top song from the Renaissance not in the “Fearsome Foursome”. But the general consensus was that while The Hunchback’s songs were good, they were not quite comparable to the songs from the “Fearsome Foursome”.
4. The Little Mermaid
Shown here: Part of Your World, Under the Sea, Part of Your World (Reprise), Poor Unfortunate Souls
Daughters of Triton
Kiss the Girl
Part of Your World
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Under the Sea
The first film of the Renaissance also happens to be among the most highly praised films of the era for its music. This movie features somewhat calypso songs sung by Sebastian “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”, dark songs sung by the villain, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, “Vanessa’s Song”, and probably the most popular songs was Ariel’s sole solo of the movie, “Part of Your World”. The songs here are praised for their power, but they are also felt to have not as much importance as the songs in the movies ranked above.
Shown here: One Jump Ahead, Prince Ali, A Whole New World, Friend Like Me
A Whole New World
Friend Like Me
One Jump Ahead
Many of the songs in this movie are very fast paced like “One Jump Ahead” or “Prince Ali”. However, the one big exception to this is arguably the most popular song in the movie, “A Whole New World”. This popular love song is generally loved by most. However, fans view in general that, while Aladdin has very good songs, there is just no competing with the top two candidates about their music.
2. The Lion King
Shown here: Hakuna Matata, I Just Can't Wait to be King, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Circle of Life
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Circle of Life
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King
With one of what is generally considered the most rip-roaring soundtrack, The Lion King features fun tunes like in Aladdin, (“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata”), a villain song characteristic to the Renaissance era (“Be Prepared”) one of what is often considered to be one of the most romantic of all of Disney’s love songs (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”) and the epic opening “Circle of Life”. The songs here are very popular, and few found many faults with them. Perhaps the fact that this film had not as many songs in general as the top scorer of the Renaissance might have contributed to it not getting the top slot.
1. Beauty and the Beast
Shown here: Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast, Gaston, Belle
Beauty and the Beast
Be Our Guest
The Mob Song
With lengthy songs that take up about a quarter of the movie, Beauty and the Beast has much loved songs in it, including “Belle” and “Gaston”, introducing the characters in their songs to us, “Be Our Guest” being the film’s light number, and a dark number, “The Mob Song”. The film also has two love songs in it, “Something There,” a sweet love song summarizing the changes in Belle and Beast’s relationship, and arguably the most famous and loved of all the songs in the movie, “Beauty and the Beast” with its famous ballroom sequenced. Loved and endeared by many, the general consensus about Beauty and the Beast’s songs is that they are truly wonderful, just like the movie.