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Top Ten Greatest Disney Songs

Updated on September 22, 2013

Hey Everyone!

So I'm a HUGE Disney fan. I grew up watching the greats like The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Hercules. A lot of people don't realize the significance of what Disney accomplished in the 90s. Did you know that those aforementioned movies were a part of the Disney Renaissance. It was when animation came back alive and brought something to the masses. Animated movies were nearly dead as the Dodo before Disney Pictures made these awesome and very memorable films. The point is, these movies made an imprint on the people who watched them. But nothing is more memorable than the music. So I thought I would share with you my Top Ten, Most Memorable Disney Songs. Let's start with #10.

Number: 10

Song: "You've Got A Friend In Me"

Movie: Toy Story

Year: 1995

Who remembers this song? The opening of Toy Story is fun and just plain awesome as we watch Andy play with his toys. It's just the greatest moment of childhood and innocence portrayed in a Disney film. Toy Story was right there in the middle of the Disney Renaissance, bringing us an original and one of the greatest original songs, "You've Got A Friend In Me".

Number: 9

Song: "Zero To Hero"

Movie: Hercules

Year: 1998

"Zero To Hero" has to be one of the funnest Disney songs ever with awesome rhyming and singing from the narrators of the story. What's greatest about this song is the montage as Hercules fights enemy after enemy sent by Hades. There are even some pretty funny moments that mirror the popularity of celebrities today. No one can help but to sing along to this one!

Number: 8

Song: "Make A Man Out Of You"

Movie: Mulan

Year: 1998

"Let's get down to business, to defeat the Huns!" Oh my, this is one of the fiercest songs in all of Disney. This song is about being a warrior and fighting a war against the Hun Army. This song is also a montage of clips as Mulan attempts to be a fierce warrior in the place of her father. Things seem difficult for her, but she soon finds the courage and determination to be an equal among the men in her troop. The audience is moved by her and we love the song.

Number: 7

Song: "The Bare Necessities"

Movie: The Jungle Book

Year: 1967

Mowgli and Baloo have an awesome time singing and dancing in this Disney classic. Baloo tries to teach Mowgli a little bit about surviving in the jungle. It's so funny watching this lanky kid follow this big bear around in the jungle and hilariously attempt to eat ants from under a rock. This song has always and will always be a favorite of those who love the classics. I am definitely one of them.

Number: 6

Song: "Beauty and The Beast (Tale As Old As Time)"

Movie: Beauty and The Beast

Year: 1991

This one of the most memorable songs in Disney history. The scene where Belle and the Beast dance together really brings the reality into play that the two of them are meant for one another. When Belle comes out in her yellow dress, the audience is mesmerized by her beauty and soothed by the gentle voice of Mrs. Potts. Generations will hold this song dear to them. Especially if you were of the girls wishing she were Belle.

Number: 5

Song: "A Whole New World"

Movie: Aladdin

Year: 1992

"A Whole New World" has been reproduced many times by many singers who love the idea of the song. Aladdin sings this to Jasmine on a magic carpet ride in order to show her the world outside of the palace. This song will always be in the hearts of Disney fans who remember what it felt like to see Aladdin show Jasmine the world for the very first time. We feel a sense of wonder and fascination from this song. It's definitely a fan favorite.

Number: 4

Song: "When You Wish Upon A Star"

Movie: Pinocchio

Year: 1940

This song is the quintessential Disney song. I say this because even to this very day, the song is featured at the opening credits of nearly all Disney Pictures films. "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires, will come to you." This is Walt Disney's vision of his production company and it is featured in Pinocchio as the blue fairy grants Geppetto's wish for a son to love. It is the belief that you can make anything happen.

Number: 3

Song: "Colors of The Wind"

Movie: Pocahontas

Year: 1995

"Colors of The Wind" is a very emotional song as Pocahontas tells John Smith the beauty of nature. It's simply an adventure and showing John Smith how great the world is around him. John Smith is filled with empathetic emotions about the nature land that his people had come to destroy. The song is beautiful and a favorite of those who love this song. It is one of Disney's finest songs.

Number: 2

Song: "Part of Your World"

Movie: The Little Mermaid

Year: 1989

Nothing is as awesome as a mermaid singing about the wonders of the human world. Ariel is one of the most popular Disney princess as the mermaid simply looking for love. "Part of Your World" is Ariel's curiosity about the world above. This song is well written, well sung and one of the most memorable songs to Disney fans. Ariel's journey is what began the Disney Renaissance back in 1989.

Number: 1

Song: "The Circle of Life"

Movie: The Lion King

Year: 1994

"The Circle of Life" is written like no other song in Disney history. The song features real Swahili lyrics. The song is featured in the opening of The Lion King with the rising sun and all the animals traveling to see the birth of their new king, Simba. This song is the most passionate of all the Disney songs. Till we find our place on the path unwinding... what a beautiful lyric! The Lion King is still the highest grossing traditionally animated film of all time and The Circle of Life opens the wonderful story of Simba and his journey in becoming the true king of Pride Lands. There is no other opening song in any other Disney film as memorable as this one.


Thanks for reading! If you'd like to dispute anything, let me know! I'd love to start a dialogue on what Most Memorable means and if any if these songs reach that caliber! Let me know what you think! :)

Which Song Is Your Favorite?

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    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Aww! Thanks so much for your feedback! :-)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Disney is classic no matter what he does (I use present tense even if Walt Disney has passed away, because Disney as a company still does everything with excellence). Simply because it's my generation, I am so partial to When You Wish Upon a Star. But all of the songs you mentioned are beautiful, and The Lion King is a wonderful movie but I really loved Hakuna Matata.

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks a lot! The Lion King is my favorite too.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I love Disney movies, You have a great list. I chose The Circle of Life. The Lion King is one of my favourites.

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      :) No problem! Thanks for stopping by! I love Disney!

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      5 years ago

      I love Disney movies, especially the classic ones. The ones you mentioned are the most memorable to me as well. Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite. Thanks for writing this hub!

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Aww thanks! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A Whole New World was my fave :) I smiled as I read through the great selections here.

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      :) Yay! Thanks for reading Lisa. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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      Lisa Chronister 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I love Disney, movies! It was very hard to pick a favorite , but I finally decided! thanks for sharing, this brought a smile to my face. I voted up.

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      No problem!

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Some wonderful songs here and thank you so much for sharing.

      Voted up and shared.


    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Sue!

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      5 years ago

      Hi Aubrey,

      Wonderful hub my friend.

      My favorite song on your list is "When you wish upon a star"

      It shows us if we should never give up on our dreams and desires. I love the following lines from the song

      " If your heart is in your dream

      No request is too extreme"

      Voted up and sharing.

      Take care :)


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