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My Top 10 Favorite Classic Disney Songs

Updated on August 13, 2015

My Top 10 Favorite Classic Disney Songs


Music and Disney are two of my favorite things in life. Ever since I was a child I've been a fan of Disney music. Disney songs bring back wonderful childhood memories for me, and they always put a smile on my face. If you really listen to the words, Disney songs can be quite inspiring as well. Although most Disney songs put you in a good mood there are some that will bring tears to your eyes. This list features my favorite classic Disney songs. It was hard for me to narrow down this list because there are so many Disney songs that I love. But, after much deciding, I was finally able to put this list together. Here is a list of my top 10 favorite classic Disney songs along with some interesting facts about them. Enjoy!


10. "Grim Grinning Ghosts" Theme Song From The Haunted Mansion Ride At Disney Theme Parks

"Grim Grinning Ghosts" is the theme song for the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney theme parks. This song is sung to you by the ghosts as you go through the ride. This song was written and composed in the late 1960s by Buddy Baker and Xavier Atencio. The group of men that sing this song are Thurl Ravenscroft, Jay Meyer, Chuck Schroeder, Verne Rowe, and Bob Ebright. The title of this song actually comes from William Shakespeare's poem Venus and Adonis.

This song is about how all of the ghosts in the cemetery come out and socialize in the late hours of the evening. This is just a fun, spooky song and it has always been one of my favorites.


9. "Yo Ho (A Pirates Life For Me)" Theme Song From The Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride At Disney Theme Parks

"Yo Ho (A Pirates Life For Me)" is the theme song from the famous Pirates of The Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. This song is sung to you by the pirates as you go through the ride. This song was written and composed in 1967 by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio. Unfortunately I could not find any information on who sings this song. "Yo Ho (A Pirates Life For Me)" is loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's sea shanty Dean Man's Chest from his 1881 novel Treasure Island.

This song pretty much describes what it's like to be a pirate and all the bad things that they do. I've always loved this song. It's really catchy, and fun to sing along to. I really don't care for sea shanties but this is my one and only exception.


8. "In A World Of My Own" from Walt Disney's Alice In Wonderland

This day-dreamy tune was written and composed by Bob Hilliard and Sammy Fain. "In A World Of My Own" is sung by Kathryn Beaumont, who was the singing and speaking voice of Alice in the film. Kathryn's lovely, youthful voice suits this song perfectly. In this song Alice describes just the way things would be in a world of her own.

This is my favorite song from Alice In Wonderland. I love this song partly because I can relate to it. When life gets hectic and things aren't going the way I hoped, I like to imagine the way things would be in my own wonderland. I, like Alice, would love to be able to talk to the flowers when I am lonely, and wouldn't it be adorable to see cats and rabbits in fancy clothes? I guess you could say I'm a daydreamer just like Alice. It's fun to imagine and dream about things like that. You know those types of things could never happen but they are nice, happy thoughts you can escape to when you're feeling down.



7."Little April Showers" from Walt Disney's Bambi

"Little April Showers" was written and composed by Larry Morey and Frank Churchill. I couldn't find any information on who actually sang this song, the group is only listed as Bambi Chorus. The group that sings this song have such beautiful voices and they sing the song perfectly. I love the way the orchestra uses their instruments and the way the chorus uses their voices to mimic the sounds of a rainstorm. "Little April Showers" is such a beautiful song and it works perfectly with the scenery in the movie. This song makes me want it to rain. It makes me want to hear the rain pitter-pattering on the ground, and to just observe how beautiful the rain really is. It also makes me realize we should be thankful for the rain and for everything it brings to us.


6. "Once Upon A Dream" from Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty

"Once Upon A Dream" was written and composed in 1959 by Jack Lawrence and Sammy Fain. This song is based on The Garland Waltz from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet. Mary Costa and Bill Shirley sang this song as a duet for the film. They were the speaking and singing voices for Aurora and Prince Phillip in the film.

I think this is a beautiful love song, and it is also from my favorite scene in Sleeping Beauty. This song is about dreaming about meeting the person of your dreams and wondering if they are really out there. Then once you meet that special someone you realize they are exactly the way you imagined them to be.

Mary Costa's beautiful, operatic voice fits this song perfectly. and Bill Shirley's voice pairs perfectly with hers. A few artists have covered this song, most recently being Lana Del Rey for the 2014 film Maleficent. I am a big fan of Lana Del Rey and I love her haunting take on this song. I love the original and I love Lana Del Rey's version as well.


5. "Baby Mine" From Walt Disney's Dumbo

"Baby Mine" was written and composed in 1941 by Frank Churchill and Ned Washington. "Baby Mine" is sung by Betty Noyes. This song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1942 Oscars but sadly did not win.

This song makes me cry every time I hear it. Even though I am not a mother, I can't help but cry when I hear this song. It is so sweet and it perfectly describes a mother's true love for her child. The scene in Dumbo where this song is played is so sweet but it is also sad. I always bawl like a baby during that scene. "Baby Mine" is a beautiful love song from a mother to her child.

Several artists have covered this song from Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, and Bette Midler just to name a few. I love the original and I would have to say Bette Midler's version is my second favorite. Bette Midler sang "Baby Mine" for the 1988 film Beaches.


4. "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" From Walt Disney's Cinderella

"A Dream Is A Wish You Heart Makes" was written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston for the film Cinderella. The song is based on Franz Liszt's Etude No. 9 Ricordanza of the Transcendental Etudes. "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" is sung by Ilene Woods who was the singing and speaking voice of Cinderella in the film.

This song teaches you to never stop dreaming. That even though you are going through a tough time in your life to hold on and keep dreaming. Hold on to hope and keep believing because things will get better and your dreams will come true.



3. "Someday My Prince Will Come" From Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

"Someday My Prince Will Come" was written and composed by Larry Morey and Frank Churchill for the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. "Someday My Prince Will Come" was sung by Adriana Caselotti who was the singing and speaking voice of Snow White in the film. Adriana's beautiful voice adds a touch of sweetness and innocence to this song.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is my favorite Disney movie, and this is my favorite song from the film. It's a beautiful love song about dreaming and waiting for the prince of your dreams to come and whisk you away. This may sound corny to some people but not to me.

Several artists have covered this song such as Miles Davis, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Barbra Streisand. Out of all the artists that have covered this song, Barbra Streisand's version is my favorite. She definitely does this song justice.



2. "The Second Star To The Right" From Walt Disney's Peter Pan

"The Second Star To The Right" was written and composed by Sammy Cahn and Sammy Fain for the 1953 film Peter Pan. "The Second Star To The Right" is sung by The Jud Conlon Chorus and The Mellomen. The melody of this song was taken from a song called Beyond The Laughing Sky that was originally written for the film Alice In Wonderland but was never used.

The vocals in this song are so beautiful, I just love the way they sound. This song has a very nostalgic feel to it. "The Second Star To The Right" is about not giving up on your dreams and never losing hope because your dreams can come true. That is definitely a recurring theme in Disney songs and that is one reason I love them so much. I like to listen to this song when I am feeling down because it gives me a good dose of hope and inspiration.


1. "When You Wish Upon A Star" From Walt Disney's Pinocchio

"When You Wish Upon A Star" was written and composed by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for the 1940 film Pinocchio. "When You Wish Upon A Star" was sung by Cliff Edwards. Cliff Edwards was the singing and speaking voice of Jiminy Cricket in the film. Cliff Edwards was a very popular jazz singer from the early 1920's through the 1930's.

Pinocchio won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1941. It was the first Disney song to win an Oscar. The American Film Institute ranked this song 7th in their 100 Greatest Songs In Film History list. This song is considered to be the theme song to Disney. It is heard in the Walt Disney Pictures opening sequence before every Disney film and it's also played throughout the Disney theme parks as well.

The message of this song is to never give up on yourself. You can make it through anything. This is my absolute favorite classic Disney song. It's such a beautiful and inspirational song.

Several artists have covered this song including Glenn Miller, Gene Simmons of KISS, and Linda Ronstadt. The Glenn Miller version is beautiful, and the Gene Simmons version is actually pretty good. However, the original version sung by Cliff Edwards is my favorite.


Thank you so much for reading my top 10 list. I know that not everyone will agree with my choices but these are my personal favorites. I hope that you enjoyed reading about the songs and listening to them. Hopefully they brought back good memories or if they are new to you maybe you will be inspired to watch the films that these songs are featured in.

I highly recommend this box set if you would like to add some Disney music to your personal collection.

© 2014 Danielle

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    • VintageGirl90 profile imageAUTHOR

      Danielle 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks for reading! I'm glad you like the list :D

    • Aaron Seitler profile image

      Aaron Seitler 

      4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      I generally find Disney a bit soppy but I really connected to your song choices especially Gene Simmon's version of "Wish Upon a Star"!

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