Frozen has taken the world by storm, and part of its success can be credited to its catchy soundtrack. Original Disney songs have long been known to entertain audiences, and the mega production studio goes all out when it comes to making these musical numbers. The results are always magical, and many of these original Disney songs become cemented in music history.
It is certain that the Walt Disney Company creates an expert mix of visual delights and breathtaking soundtracks. So below you will find a nondefinitive list of the best Disney original songs of all time:
7 of the Most Popular Original Disney Songs
7. “Let It Go” (Frozen, 2013)
Other than being Disney studio’s highest-earning animated movie of all time, Frozen also made one of the most iconic songs to date. “Let It Go” actually set the Guinness World Record for being the first song to be recorded in a staggering 45 languages and, as a result, became a show-stopping hit in several countries.
6. “Go the Distance” (Hercules, 1997)
Hercules was the first-ever Disney movie to be derived from a mythology, and it was only natural for the studio to go all out in producing its signature musical numbers. Out of all the songs featured in this fantastic film, “Go the Distance” is an all-time favorite.
5. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Lion King, 1994)
Sir Elton John‘s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” has been continuously replayed in weddings everywhere. The African chants, Timon and Pumba’s duet, Simba and Nala’s duet, and the overall scene where it was played just blended so beautifully that it would be difficult to overlook this classic.
4. “Part of Your World” (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
“Part of Your World” is one of the original Disney songs because Jodi Benson sang it with so much emotion, it can even be compared to another classic hit, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The song transcends more than just a girl longing to be with her prince, but more about dreaming of another life away from the one she has right now.
3. “A Whole New World” (Aladdin, 1992)
Aladdin was Disney’s first movie that catered to both young girls and boys. As the years went by, its signature song “A Whole New World” became a Karaoke hit and the fact that a lot of people memorized the lyrics by heart just proves that its one of the best Disney original songs of all time.
2. “Beauty and the Beast” (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
From Belle’s yellow dress to the awe-inspiring ballroom, everything in that iconic Beauty and the Beast scene simply cemented the film as a legendary one. It was also a pivotal point for the plot as it depicted the exact moment wherein Beast finally opens his hardened heart to Belle.
One fun fact is that Beauty and the Beast didn’t just become one of Disney’s most romantic movies ever released, but it also became the first animated movie to get a nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars.
1. “When You Wish Upon a Star” (Pinocchio, 1940)
There are only a few original Disney songs, and “When You Wish Upon a Star” is definitely up there with it. Not only does it capture the whimsical story of Pinocchio but the entire theme of all Disney movies. It also helps that this song is the overall anthem of the studio, and it perfectly depicts everything that Disney represents.