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By Akanksha Kar
The first Disney movie I ever watched was “The Lion King.” I was sitting on the floor of my living room with my parents beside me, and I had no clue what was happening because for starters, I did not even pick the movie. My dad did. On top of that, I was 6 years old.
Ever since then, I did not look back. I am now 21-years-old, and I still fan-girl over anything Disney, and I still cry when I watch
“The Lion King.”
To anybody who thinks Disney is overrated, they are wrong. Disney has put a smile on my face on my gloomiest days, helped me focus on studying even in college with some of their songs and never made me prouder to be a fan when I walked around in Disney merchandise.
In the summer of 2017, I went to Disneyland in Florida, and I am not afraid to say that I cried when the fireworks show went through all the songs and movies of my childhood in the Magic Kingdom.
Having said that, in no particular order, these are some of the best Disney songs so far.
1. “You’ll Be In My Heart” sung by Phil Collins in “Tarzan”
What a tear jerker. I love this song not only because Phil Collins sang it but also because it reminds me of my mum and dad. Having moved away from family to college when I was 16 was tough, so this is definitely a song that reminds me of them. Other than that, the words are simply touching and a little heartbreaking, but at the same time, it motivates me to keep moving forward no matter what.
2. “Kiss The Girl” sung by Samuel Wright, in “The Little Mermaid”
This is actually one of my all-time favorite songs from Disney. “The Little Mermaid” is also my favorite Disney movie, and Prince Eric will forever be my crush. Also, I want to be a mermaid. But, that is beside the point. This song is quite different from all the others that Disney has created because it is upbeat but at the same time, very mellow and chirpy. It is incredibly cute and very relatable to anyone. Plus, the background vocals in the song are so melodious. The beauty of this song is that even though the singer(s) are not Celine Dion, the song works so well in its originality!
3. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Ernie Sabella, Joseph Williams, Kristle Edwards, Nathan Lane and Sally Dworsky in “The Lion King”
My absolute number one over everything else. This song is so incredibly beautiful with its harmonies, background vocals and the way the music video was made– there is a whole sense of unity with everything in this song. The mood is warm and loving and inviting, and it is a perfect song to cuddle to (especially with dogs). Just pretend s/he is Simba or Nala.
4. “My Lullaby” by Suzanne Pleshette, Crysta Macalush & Andy Dick in “The Lion King 2”
As far as villain theme songs go, this is one of my favorite ones from “The Lion King 2.” The lyrics are so dark as they outright talk about being exiled, starvation and getting revenge like it is no big deal. Plus, the melody is all in minor so it gives a rather dangerous vibe to it and adds to the whole villain theme.
5. “Be Prepared” by Jim Cummings in “The Lion King”
The Lion King movies have done so phenomenally with their music scores. This was the original villain theme song that usually tops all the Disney villainous songs. I say, “My Lullaby” (mentioned prior) is the second counterpart to this song. This is a much more celebratory song of future success rather than simply getting revenge. Moreover, it has a mix of major and minor keys which makes it almost sadistic. Also, who can forget the implicit reference to Hitler when the hyenas were marching.
6. “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” by Donny Osmond in “Mulan”
Apart from it being a bit sexist in that only men can do tough things, its got a great tune to it, and it is very catchy. Also, the music video is commendable in that a woman worked incredibly hard to get her physical strength up there.
7. “Hakuna Matata” by Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver and Nathan Lane in “The Lion King”
What. A. Classic. Its got everything. A positive vibe, catchy tune, colorful video, Timon and Pumba, escalating melody and a grand finish.