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Remakes of the 7 Best Disney Cover Songs Ever Made… You’ll Love the Modern Sound

 

You might have heard thousands and thousands of songs all your life, but for sure, only a few of them made a mark. And although you have your own choice of music – either ’90s R&B classics or pop tunes, you cannot deny the fact that there are certain songs that can easily get your attention.

While many classic songs are still music to your ears, others have been added with a contemporary touch to make it more appealing to the modern day listeners. Hence, cover songs are born. Among all covers, the Disney songs have become very much recognizable. This is because they don’t only have catchy lyrics, they are also sung by our favorite Disney characters themselves. So, here we compile the best Disney covers in history.

Check them out:

7. “When You Wish Upon a Star” by NSync

Movie: Pinocchio

Written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline, “When You Wish Upon a Star” is a song composed for Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio. It was originally sung by Cliff Edwards. The song can be heard over the opening credits of the film and also in the final scene.

Since it was used in the film, it has become an icon of The Walt Disney Company. In fact, it is still played in the opening credits of all Walt Disney anthology television series.

Due to the song’s popularity, it has been covered by various artists, including Glenn Miller, Horace Heidt, and Guy Lombardo. But, among all, NSync’s acapella version has been the favorite of many.

6. “Kiss the Girl” by Colbie Caillat

Movie: The Little Mermaid

Originally recorded by Samuel Wright, “Kiss the Girl” is a song written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken for the 1989 Disney feature film, The Little Mermaid. It was sung by the character Sebastian to encourage Prince Eric to kiss Ariel before it’s too late.

The song has received positive responses from listeners and was nominated for both Golden Globe and Academy for Best Original Song. Sad to say, it lost to “Under the Sea,” which happens to be another song from the same film.

Several cover versions of “Kiss the Girl” has been released. But, Colbie Caillat‘s rendition has amassed the most number of views and shares. Maybe this was because she’s the only person who can sing the song as smooth as Sebastian.

5. “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Ray

Movie: Maleficent

“Once Upon a Dream” is a song written for the 1959 animated musical fantasy film Sleeping Beauty. It was performed by a chorus as a finale.

It was originally performed as a duet by Bill Shirley and Mary Costa, who were cast in the roles Prince Philip and Princess Aurora. Later on, it was covered by No Secrets, an American girl group, as well as Emily Osment.

Lana Del Ray covered the song for the 2014 dark fantasy film Maleficent, which served as a prequel to the original Sleeping Beauty film. Angelina Jolie, who played the title role Maleficent, chose Del Ray to perform the song.

4. “Tale as Old as Time” by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson

Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, “Beauty and the Beast” is the original motion picture soundtrack for Walt Disney Pictures’ 1991 animated feature film Beauty and the Beast. It narrates the blossoming romantic relationship between the Beast and Belle.

Originally sung by Angela Lansbury, an English actress who voiced the character of Mrs. Potts, the song’s lyrics basically implies that the feeling of love is a “tale as old as time”. In the same year the film was released, the song was recorded as a duet by American singer Peabo Bryson and Canadian singer Celine Dion.

Although Lansbury’s version was praised by critics and won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, the duet version by Dion and Bryson also became an international success, winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo.

3. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” by Disney Channel Circle of Stars

Movie: Frozen

“Do You Want to Build a Snowman” is an original song by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez, sung in the Disney animated feature film Frozen.

It was sung in the beginning of the movie when Elsa kept herself locked in her room because her parents were afraid that she might lose control of her powers and hurt Anna.

The song has been translated to different languages, all of which have been successful. But, the version that really caught the attention of the masses is the version of Disney Channel’s Circle of Stars.

2. “Let It Go” by Demi Lovato

Movie: Frozen

Composed by real-life couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Let It Go” is a song from the 2013 animated feature film by Disney – Frozen. It was originally performed by American singer and actress Idina Menzel.

The song was played when Queen Elsa abandoned her kingdom after her powers were discovered by her people. She walked her way up the mountains, where she realized she no longer needs to hide her magical abilities.

“Let It Go” won several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2015. It has since gained international acclaim, becoming one of the most globally recorded Disney songs. It has even got lots of covers, including Demi Lovato’s pop rendition, which has now amassed almost 400,000,000 views.

1. “Reflection” by Christina Aguilera

Movie: Mulan

Written and produced by David Zippel and Matthew Wilder, “Reflection” has been featured in the 1998 Disney animated film, Mulan. Lea Salonga, who played Fa Mulan, performed the song originally.

Also in the same year the film was released, Christina Aguilera released her own rendition of the song, which was also very successful. Before she was given the opportunity to record her own version, she was asked to hit a certain musical note.

Because of this, she spent several hours recording a cover of “Run to You” by Whitney Houston. This was her way of practicing in hitting the note. When she was able to sing it perfectly, she then called it “the note that changed my life” for she was granted the chance to record her version of “Reflection”. Aguilera was then asked to perform on television, where she got the attention of songwriter Diane Warren.

Apparently, Disney isn’t just focusing much of their efforts on film-making. They’re also devoting time on music. Based on this list, plenty of their songs gained international acclaim and brought home some awards. So, in the near future, maybe we can expect more iconic songs from them that are music to our ears.

 

 

 

Holly Bissonnette

A marketing writer for several years, I have recently shifted my focus into entertainment. I have been working as a freelance writer for Explore Talent for more than a year now.

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