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10 Best Disney Songs That Everyone Forgot About
10. When Can I See You Again
I bet most of you have never even heard this song before - this catchy, upbeat song plays at the end of Wreck-It-Ralph during the credits. For once, a Disney song that isn't sung by a character about being in love, being heartbroken, or being misunderstood. Instead, it's about friendship and the importance of being an individual, and enjoying life on your own without worrying about defining yourself by someone else. Owl City (most famously known for his song "Fireflies") provides the vocals and arrangement for the tune.
Christina Aguilera sings this beautiful ballad as the voice of Mulan, expressing over her inability to be accepted by society and her family. It's about recognizing the difference between your external and internal selves; what you're projecting to others and who you think you are on the inside. Being true to yourself is the most important thing a person has regardless of what everyone else wants to see. In terms of Mulan, and women in her position, her inner self was the only thing she had control over, and "Reflection" is a reminder to never lose it.
8. You Can Fly You Can Fly You Can Fly
When I hear this song, I'm instantly transported to Main Street U.S.A in Magic Kingdom and I can practically feel the Florida sun on my back. Most people don't actually realize how inspirational this song is taken out of the context of literally flying. This song contains some of my favorite lyrics: "Think of all the joy you'll find when you leave the world behind and bid your fears goodbye." Never Land is a place of no worries or regrets or concerns, but outside of that, this song encourages you to find your place like that - to find your Never Land.
7. Strangers Like Me
As Jane teaches Tarzan how to be a human rather than an ape, we are taken through a journey of wonder, amazement, curiosity, and enlightenment. That's what this song is about: a new experience and new beginnings. It's also about mutual understanding and respect, and the development of another part of you through self-exploration. "Come with me now and see my world, where there's beauty beyond your dreams. Can you feel the things I feel, right now, with you? Take my hand, there's a world I need to know."
6. Friend Like Me
Sung by the late Robin Williams, this number has countless accents and references along with a beat that'll keep your foot tapping. A friendship with a genie is unmatched in every comparable way, and Genie thoroughly convinces all of us that a big blue friend to grant you three wishes sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime. It's really where Aladdin and Genie's friendship started, which ultimately leads to Genie getting his greatest wish. And really, what other song can you think of with the word "buklava" that actually rhymes?
5. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
The Lion King
Anything by Elton John is a guaranteed classic, and this is no exception. Coupled with the beautiful landscapes of Africa, the lyrics talk about love on an existential level, and how valuable it is in a world so filled with negativity. The love between Simba and Nala is so powerful that you can feel it. In addition, considering that The Lion King is based loosely off of Hamlet, this song reflects Hamlet's soliloquoy about death being the great equalizer. Only in the film, it's not death that all men eventually succumb to, but love.
4. Never Knew I Needed
The Princess and the Frog
Like a lot of Disney songs, this one comes during the credits of the film, but it is by no means any less enjoyable or significant. To me, to need someone is completely different from any other emotion. (And I'm talking about the healthy relationship kind, not the clingy psycho kind.) When you meet that special person that you need, it's not a loss of indepedence but gaining a second part of yourself that you need, which is why, as the title indicates, you never knew about it. How can you know you're incomplete until you find the part that makes you whole?
3. Zero to Hero
You can't hear this song and NOT try to sing along with the Fates' fast tempo and quick words. Nor can you help but smile when you hear it. It's interesting that Hercules is being praised for a hero when all he wants is to be a god, and the distinction between the two aren't made until the end of the film when we see what being a hero really means. I guarantee if you listen to this song when you're feeling having a bad day, you'll go from zero to hero just like that. *snaps fingers like the Fates*
2. I See the Light
This songs is kind of like the climax of the film, especially if we're measuring that trajectory in songs only. It's the culmination of dreams coming true and experiencing happiness that only love can produce. For the first time, Rapunzel and Flynn don't have to be on the run or locked up in a tower. They're free to just float on the water and enjoy the lanterns and each other's company, and finally, in that moment, they realize that life is more about seeking riches and blind obedience. It's about the ultimate freedom, and the courage to pursue it.
1. When Somebody Loved Me
Toy Story 2
The Toy Story trilogy was making everyone cry wayyyyy before the third one. In the second one, Jesse tells Woody about her past owner, Emily, and it's as sad as you can imagine. Maybe even sadder. Sarah MacLachlan lends her voice to this beautiful lament and even though it makes you want to hide in your pillow and eat icing with a spoon, it reminds us that abandonment is one of the most painful things for anyone to experience, and that a heart is not as mendable as we think. Everyone has their own battles that they're struggling through no matter how much they show it on the outside.