Top 10 Great Disney Songs & Movie Moments

Sunday, 5 September 2010

star was born in the 1930’s when Walt Disney produced his first
animated feature. The movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the
music was outstanding. Today, the Disney Corporation has expanded to
one of the biggest in the world, but the original music soundtracks are
few and far between. The long lived Academy Award category for Best
Original Song may even be lost in the near future. Here is a list of
some great Disney songs and movie moments.

10. Hercules (1997)

Hercules is the 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The

film is based on the legendary Greek mythology hero Heracles, the son of Zeus, in Greek

mythology. The soundtrack consisted of original music written by composer Alan

Menken and lyricist David Zippel. The title track of the production is Go the Distance,

performed by Roger Bart in the film and by Michael Bolton in the end credits. It was

nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe

Award for Best Original Song, but lost to Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On.

Go The Distance

I Won't Say (I'm in Love)

9. Dumbo (1941)

Dumbo is the 4th film in the Walt Disney Animated series. It was released

during World War II. The story is based on a child's book of the same

name by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl. At 64 minutes, it

is one of Disney's shortest animated features. The original music soundtrack

is great and extremely unique. Dumbo has an intriguing story of love and

friendship. The most well known tune is Baby Mine performed by Betty


Baby Mine

Pink Elephants on Parade

When I See an Elephant Fly

8. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is musical film produced by Disney which

combines live action and animation. It is based on the book The Magic Bed

Knob by Mary Norton. The movie stars Angela Lansbury and David

Tomlinson. The plot revolves around an apprentice witch, three Cockney

war evacuees, and an illusionist conman who travel on a magic bed across

war-torn England and beyond, encountering various inhabitants of London,

football-playing cartoon animals, and Nazi invaders. The soundtrack

includes 12 original songs. The most famous being The Age of Not

Believing, Portobello Road, and Substitutiary Locomotion.

The Beautiful Briny

Substitutiary Locomotion

The Age of Not Believing

7. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the 34th film in the Disney Animated series. The plot

centers on the Gypsy dancer, Esmeralda and Claude Frollo, a powerful and ruthless

minister of justice who lusts after her. Quasimodo is Notre Dame's kind-hearted but

deformed bell-ringer, who adores Esmeralda. It is noted as being one of the few Disney

films to feature adult themes and situations. The songs for the film were composed by

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. The music in this production is different from

most Disney animated movies. Some of the selections have more of a dark tone, but the

writing and musical composition is unmatched.


God Help The Outcasts

The Bells of Notre Dame

6. The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid is the 28th film in the Disney Animated series. The

story is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name.

It follows Ariel, a 16 year old mermaid princess who is dissatisfied with life

under the sea and curious about the human world. With her best fish friend

Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the

ocean to explore. This film marked the start of a series of Disney animated

hits. Alan Menken wrote the Academy Award winning score, and

collaborated with Howard Ashman on the songs. As of February 2007, the

album is certified 6x Platinum.

Part of Your World

Kiss The Girl

Under The Sea

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop motion fantasy film. Walt

Disney Pictures decided to release the film under their Touchstone Pictures banner

because they thought Nightmare would be "too dark and scary for kids.” It tells the

story of Jack Skellington, a being from Halloween Town who opens a portal to

Christmas Town. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Elfman and was nominated

for the 1993 Golden Globe for best original score. This is a film that can be enjoyed by

people of all ages and the musical collection is great. The up pace tempo and lyrical

selection really helps transport this film into something special.

This is Halloween

Jack's Lament

What's This

4. The Jungle Book (1967)

The Jungle Book is the 19th feature in the Disney Animated series. It was inspired by the

stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name by Rudyard

Kipling. It begins when Mowgli is found in a basket as a baby in the deep jungles of

Madhya Pradesh, India. It was the last movie to be produced by Walt Disney, who died

during its production. Most of the songs featured on the soundtrack were written by

Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The score featured 8 original tracks,

including the massively successful The Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You.

This soundtrack is one of the most educational and is great for kids.

The Bare Necessities

I Wanna Be Like You

Trust In Me

3. Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is the 31st film in the Disney Animated series. The story is based on the Arab

folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights. It was one

of the most critically acclaimed Disney pictures and is noted as being one of the first

animated features to use the voice of a celebrity (Robin Williams as the Genie).

Composer Alan Menken and songwriters Howard Ashman and Tim Rice created the

original soundtrack. The album won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for

Best Original Score. All of the character actors showcase their voices in the film,

including Williams. The films love ballad A Whole New World has become the most

famous tune.

A Whole New World

Prince Ali

Friend Like Me

2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast is the 30th film in the Disney Animated series. The movie is based

on the fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. The story

centers around a beautiful young woman named Belle who is kept in a castle by a

horrific beast. The creature is a former prince that must win Belle's love or he will

remain a beast forever. It is the only full-length animated feature film to ever be

nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The music for the film was

composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who also worked on The Little

Mermaid. The movie features many wonderful songs including Be our Guest, Gaston,

Belle, and the title track Beauty and the Beast. The album won the Academy Award and

Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Beauty and the Beast was Disney’s first

animated movie to reach $100 million at the domestic box-office (over 400 million


Beauty And The Beast

Be Our Guest



1. The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King is the 32nd film in the Disney Animated series. The story was strongly

influenced by the William Shakespeare play Hamlet. It takes place and follows the life

of a kingdom of animals in Africa. The mix of incredible animation and great music

helped make this film the highest grossing animated feature of all time until the release

of Finding Nemo. The soundtrack contains songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice.

The score was composed by Hans Zimmer. It won every international award and has

managed to sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. It is the biggest selling soundtrack

created for an animated feature. The opening scene of the movie featuring the song

Circle of Life is incredible. The album spawned many hits including the love ballad Can

You Feel The Love Tonight and the fun loving Hakuna Matata.

Circle of Life

Can You Feel The Love Tonight

Hakuna Matata