Picking a favorite Disney song? Impossible. Stretching from Cinderella in 1950 to Frozen 2 in 2019, Disney has amassed a trove of incredible original songs—and shows no signs of slowing down. With live-action remakes of The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and 101 Dalmatians on their way, Disney is sure to debut some new hummable tunes. For now, the entire backlog of movies (and their original songs) are available on Disney+.
And there's a Disney song for every occasion. Some songs inspire instant dance parties, like "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King. Showstoppers like Frozen's "Let It Go" and "Reflection" from Mulan were born for belting at karaoke. On stressful days, hum "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King or "Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book–both about approaches to a worry-free life. More than anything, though, Disney excels in the art of the love song. "Something There" in Beauty and the Beast perfectly captures the change in perspective that love brings–and so does "I See the Light" in Tangled, released decades later. And has there ever been a better expression of brand new love than "A Whole New World," Aladdin and Jasmine's duet in Aladdin?
Below, we've gathered some of our favorite Disney songs, from the consistently catchy tunes sung by villains, to the the best of the heroes' ballads.
For anyone who's ever had a dream, "How Far I'll Go" is your song. Look toward the horizon, blast the Moana showstopper, and know your journey will take you to marvelous places. "How Far I'll Go" captures the spirit of Moana, brave and able to push past uncertainty.
Wise old Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) knows what's happening to those two crazy kids in the castle: They're falling in love! It's a tale as old time! The poignant "Beauty and the Beast" never fails to make us tear up.
Fun fact: It's almost physically impossible to watch Coco without crying. "Remember Me" is a short cut to the core of the movie's message: Loved ones are always around, so long as you remember them.
"Almost There" is a perfect accompaniment for the rise 'n' grind. Remember: You're working toward a goal, just like Tiana of The Princess and the Frog. Of course, there are always unplanned surprises—like being turned into a frog after kissing an enchanted prince.
"Spirit" is the showstopper of Beyonce's The Gift, an album that accompanied the live-action version of The Lion King. It's like a Super Soul Sunday conversation in a song: "Your destiny is coming close / stand up and fight." "Spirit" is best heard while watching with the song's epic music video.
Perhaps the most epic of all the Disney songs, "Circle of Life" captures the awe and majesty in the everyday endless movement of the world. While listening, it's hard not to feel connected to the world and remember you're part of an ecosystem far bigger than you.
Managing to be a love song with a side of comedy, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is unparalleled in its cleverness. Timon and Pumba narrate as they watch Simba and Nala fall in love. They're happy for him, but can't shake the feeling of being left behind. Relatable.
With "Let It Go," Frozen unleashed the modern Disney anthem. Few can hit that high note as well as Idina Menzel, but many have tried and will continue to try.
As Ursula the sea witch, Pat Carroll unravels her sinister personality with every note. "Yes, on land it's much preferred / For ladies not to say a word," Ursula sings to Ariel, while manipulating her out of her voice. Unfortunately for us "poor unfortunate souls" on land, Ursula's probably not wrong.
In a sense, The Little Mermaid is about a teenage girl prone to crushes. There's the obvious crush: Prince Eric. But "Part of Your World" demonstrates she's also enamored by the entire human race and their things called "legs."
Ah, the song that launched a thousand karaoke duets. Jasmine and Aladdin leave the outside world behind in this Academy Award-winning song, one of Disney's most defining tunes.
First heard in Toy Story's opening credits, Randy Newman's song also shows up in the franchise's subsequent three movies. With its message of lifelong friendship, "You've Got a Friend in Me" is inextricable from Toy Story.
Sometimes, one needs a little nudge to make the first move. In The Little Mermaid, that nudge comes in the form of a singing crab. As Sebastian, the crooning Samuel E. Wright pushes Ariel and Eric toward what has to happen.
In Enchanted, Amy Adams played Giselle, a cartoon princess who lands in New York. With her infectious energy, Giselle soon has even the grumpiest New Yorker believing he's in a fairy tale, too.
In "Colors of the Wind," Pocahontas educates John Smith out of his narrow view on the land. John Smith only sees land for its material value, whereas Pocahontas sees herself as part of the landscape. In no time, he's convinced to her side, and both are flying on the colorful wind. Now, Pocahontas, teach all of us!
"One Jump Ahead" introduces Aladdin, that lovable "street rat," to audiences. Aladdin and Jean Valjean of Les Miserables are the most famous pop culture characters to sing about stealing bread.
This calming yet catchy song features original Hawaiian chants written by Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu, a professional chanter. He also wrote "He Mele No Lilo," a more traditional song on the soundtrack.
Only a master like Julie Andrews could say this nonsensical word over and over again with a straight face. Mary Poppins's signature brand of authoritative whimsy is on full display in this song. "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is one of the most memorable parts of Mary Poppins—that and the flying umbrella.
Meg of Hercules would make for a wonderful rom-com star. She's bold, independent, and terrified of falling in love. After she meets Hercules, she tries to deny any romantic feelings. The song's interplay between Meg and the Muses who can see right through her is hilarious as well as catchy.
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) honors the spirit of the original Marry Poppins (1964), but introduces new songs and a cast. Channeling Julie Andrews's blend of sternness and mischief, Emily Blunt sings "Can You Imagine That" with a wink.
Lumiere the singing candelabra knows how to host a party. Alan Menken, who wrote the music of Beauty and the Beast, didn't intend to use the melody he first came up with for the song–it was just a placeholder. Then, Menken said he couldn't stay away from "that dumb piece of music that I wrote initially because it was just right." Yes, yes it was.
Hercules is best remembered for its excellent music. Coming at the start of the movie, "The Gospel Truth" signals to audiences to prepare for a sonic explosion of joy. As the five Muses, singers Lillias White, Vanéese Y. Thomas, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, and Roz Ryan were the real stars of the show.
Beauty and the Beast tracks the many phases of falling in love. After a few days in the enchanted mansion, Belle realizes the Beast isn't quite as beastly as she'd thought.