With The Princess and The Frog having made a good first step on the road back to the magical world of Disney musicals, it’s time to look back some of the best songs from Disney’s animated classics.
5. “The Circle of Life” from Disney’s The Lion King – This song never fails to stir up the emotions in me. In part from my memory of seeing the opening few minutes of the movie at a special screening (with Disney’s Jungle Book I believe). But also because it anchored the wonderful Lion King Celebration parade at Disneyland.
4. “Once Upon A Dream” from Sleeping Beauty – A classic song, taken from Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite, matched with some of the best animation Disney’s ever produced. As usual from the talented hand of Marc Davis.
3. “Some Day My Prince Will Come” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – There are only seven songs in Walt Disney’s first (and still the best) animated classic. Six of them rank among the top 25 or so Disney songs ever, so it’s tough to choose one for this list. I picked “Some Day My Prince Will Come” because it’s iconic for the whole company.
2. “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio – This song earned Disney their first Best Song Oscar. It still plays in the entrance to Sleeping Beauty Castle and it sums up the feeling all Disney fans are searching for in their love of the Disney brother’s creation.
1. “Home” from Beauty and the Beast, the musical. Yeah. This is a bit of a cheat. If I have to pick one from the movie it would be “Be Our Guest” (closely beating out the opening number “Belle”). Be Our Guest signifies everything the Walt Disney Company stands for when it invites the audience in to be a part of its stories. Home is the perfect song at that moment in the story; sung by Belle who is totally ready to sacrifice herself for her father even if it means she’ll never see home again. Definitely Disney’s most powerful song.
Of course, these are just my opinions. List your five favorite songs in the comments below.