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Best Mulan Songs of All Time

Updated on July 12, 2020
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Ray has been an online music writer for over two years. Having sung in multiple competitions as a youth, he has a passion for the art.

List of Best Songs from Mulan
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Mulan, is an American film based on Chinese legends, is one of the best Disney movies ever made. It was the 9th animated film and 36th animated feature produced by Walt Disney. It features a strong female who disguises herself as a man and joins the army in replacement to her weak father. The movie released an album featuring great songs from the film. Below is the list of the best Mulan songs ever.

1. "Reflection"

According to some music critics, "Reflection" is the film's biggest song. The song delivers a strong and significant message. It made a variety of discussions about being true to yourself and women empowerment. It has appeared to several music charts, entertainment media industries, and even movies.

"Reflection" is Mulan's song of honor to her family. The song expresses Mulan's frustration and disappointment about herself. She performed this song after she failed to fascinate her matchmaker with her skills. The song exposes her desire to be who she wants to be but frightened to disappoint her family. It shows the emotional battle she is experiencing at that moment. At the end of the song, she removes her makeup, reveals her true self, and promises she would no longer pretend.

Who is that girl I see

Staring straight

Back at me?

Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Trivia About "Reflection"

  • It is a song produced and written by Matthew Wilder, an American producer, and David Zippel, an American musical theatre lyricist.
  • Lea Salonga, a Filipina singer, and actress sang the original version of "Reflection."
  • Christina Aguilera recorded her version of this song and became her debut single when she was 17. She sang this song at the 2019 Disney Legends Ceremony. It is a program for people with an exceptional contribution to The Walt Disney Company.
  • The writing on the temple stones is the names of the Disney animators of the film, written in ancient Chinese.
  • Since the moviemakers wanted to save time, they cut and deleted some parts of the song.
  • There are more than 40 versions of "Reflection" worldwide.

2. "I'll Make a Man Out of You"

"I'll Make a Man Out of You" is a song of encouragement and character strength. Captain Li Shang sang this song during the training of Mulan and other male trainees in their boot camp. The scene explores Captain Shang's efforts to train his recruited incompetent soldiers. He wants them to become the brightest and most skilled army. The song implies that to be a man, you must learn how to fight. Without any clue that Mulan is a lady, Shang continues to give masculine duties to them. The musical number is a captivating way of narrating the training process of Shang's army. By the end of the scene, Mulan and other soldiers have developed their skills and abilities.

Be a man

We must be swift as the coursing river

Be a man

With all the force of a great typhoon

Be a man

With all the strength of a raging fire

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon

Trivia About "I'll Make a Man Out of You"

  • "I'll Make a Man Out of You" is another Mulan song composed by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel.
  • Donny Osmond, an American singer, and actor is the singing voice of Captain Li Shang.
  • In some parts of the song, other characters like Mulan, Yao, Ling, and Chien Po have their lines.
  • "Don't Call Her the Cavalry Issue 1," a lovely one-shot Marvel comic reference for this song.
  • During the first draft of making this song, its title was "We'll Make the Man Out of You." They came up with the present song title when Stephen Schwartz departed from the project.

3. "Honor to Us All"

"Honor to Us All" is a musical number of Mulan, her grandmother Fa, and several older Chinese women from her family. This song is Mulan's preparation for the evaluation of the matchmaker. It introduces Mulan's character while illustrating different Chinese traditions like gender roles and cultural expectations of women. They do this to sustain one's family's heritage. The lyrics' lyrical content instructs Mulan on how to become an ideal bride for her to find a suitable husband. Finally, Mulan gets her make-up done and joined a line of several identical young women. It is a parade going to the matchmaker's evaluation place.

Wait and see

When we're through

Boys will gladly go to war for you

With good fortune

And a great hairdo

You'll bring honor to us all

Trivia About "Honor to Us All"

  • "Honor to Us All" is an East-Asian influenced song that includes Asian instrumentation. Some examples are Chinese flutes and pentatonic scales.
  • Lea Salonga (Mulan) and Marni Nixon (Mulan's grandmother) recorded the song's studio version.
  • Stephen Schwartz had a song written called "China Doll." It was the song designated for the scene but changed to "Honor to Us All" when he departed from the project.

4. "True to Your Heart"

"True to Your Heart" is the finale song of the movie Mulan. This upbeat Mulan song is the film's theme song. In 1998, this song ranked 51st on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. It became famous because of the line "You must be true to your heart," which became a quotable quote from the movie. Disney released different versions of this song in different languages. It includes Canadian, Greek, Polish, Brazilian, Spanish, and French versions.

True to your heart

You must be true to your heart

That's when the heavens will part

And, baby, shower you with my love

Open your eyes

Your heart can tell you no lies

And when you're true to your heart

I know it's gonna lead you straight to me

Trivia About "True to Your Heart"

  • Stevie Wonder and 98 Degrees recorded the original version of "True to Your Heart."
  • Raven-Symoné and Keke Palmer sang their version of this song on Disneymania. Disneymania features different artists singing classic Disney songs.
  • Raven-Symoné sang a different rendition of the song of this song. It was for the 2004 Miramax fantasy romantic comedy film Ella Enchanted.
  • Disney released a Mulan makeup set named after this song. The makeup set consists of a makeup palette and three shades of lipstick.

5. "A Girl Worth Fighting For"

"A Girl Worth Fighting For" is a Disney ironic comedy song. It is a musical number by the army members as they question the type of woman they will marry. The soldiers try to forget the pain of marching by wondering about their dream girls. In the lyrical content, the soldiers' ideal women types are much to the aversion of Mulan.

Hey, think of instead

A girl worth fighting for

Huh?

That's what I said

A girl worth fighting for

Trivia About "A Girl Worth Fighting For"

  • "A Girl Worth Fighting For" starts in the key of E major with the tempo of a "walking march."
  • Harvey Fierstein (Yao), James Hong (Chi Fu), Jerry Tondo (Chien Po), Matthew Wilder (Ling), and Lea Salonga (Mulan) sang this song in the film.
  • It is one of the few Disney songs without a proper closing.
  • As they record this song, Wilder became the stand-in vocalist for Watanabe's character.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Ray

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