I’ve watched a few Ms Mojo Youtube videos lately (don’t judge me, I was bored in the bath), and one that popped up was ‘Top 10 Underrated Disney Songs‘, although a few of my favourite Disney songs appeared on that list, it had me thinking about all the other songs I love but never get the recognition they deserve *cough* the whole Tarzan soundtrack *cough*. So here’s my list of my favourite and underrated Disney songs:
Lion King II, Simba’s Pride – We Are One:
Unpopular opinion.. please don’t kill me.. Lion King II is the best film of the three films. It’s so good that I couldn’t pick just one song. I was only four when this film was released but I remember getting up early most weekends to watch it on video at my grandparent’s house with my cousin. We Are One is such a beautiful song, it is one I will show my future children so they can understand that love and acceptance have no boundaries. It also explains how the circle of life works in a fun and catchy way.
“If there’s so much I must be, can I still just be me, the way I am?”
Lion King II, Simba’s Pride – My Lullaby:
It upsets me that barely anyone knows this song exists, it’s one of the most dramatic and macabre songs in the Disney universe. My Lullaby is Zira singing to baby Kouvu while he sleeps about her plot for him to kill Simba and how proud it would make her if he would become King.
“Trouble is, I know it’s petty but I hate to let them live”
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – God Help the Outcasts:
Esmeralda has always, and forever will be, my favourite non-princess female character. I used to dress up as her as a kid and I also think her relationship with her pet goat Jolly made me love goats. The biggest reason I loved her was her passion and drive to save her people, there is nothing more amazing than a passionate person. God Help the Outcasts was Esmeralda’s plea to God to save her fellow Roma Gypsy and other outcasts from the racist hands of Judge Claude Frollo.
“I ask for nothing, I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I”
Tarzan – Strangers Like Me:
In my opinion, Tarzan has the best soundtrack of most Disney films. Legendary Phil Collins wrote and provided vocals for all the songs on the soundtrack. This song is about Tarzan’s growing fascination with Jane, Professor Porter, Clayton and the unknown Human world. In the film this song is played during one of my favourite Disney scenes ever, where Tarzan takes Jane up to the tree canopies to see the Parrots that keep flying away from her and it’s the moment that us as the viewers see their friendship turn to something more -ugly cries-.
“Beyond the trees, above the clouds, I see before me a new horizon”
Tangled – When Will My Life Begin:
Tangled has one of the best soundtracks of CGI based animated Disney films (yes, even better than Frozen). But due to Frozen coming out a few years after, Tangled really didn’t get the recognition it deserves. When Will My Life Begin is the opening song to Tangled, it goes through the daily routine of our heroine Rapunzel 24 hours before her 18th birthday. This song follows a similar theme to Belle from Beauty & the Beast where the protagonist wishes for a way out of their current life to something more exciting.
“Stuck in the same place I’ve always been. And I’ll keep wonderin’ and wonderin’
And wonderin’ and wonderin’… when will my life begin?”
Beauty & The Beast – Belle:
Similar to When Will My Life Begin from Tangled, Belle is one of the opening songs. I find this song so interesting as it involves all the other village folk singing their thoughts on Belle and her father while Belle has her head stuck in a book, seemingly oblivious to everyone talking about her.
“Look there she goes, that girl is strange, no question”
Hercules – I Won’t Say (I’m in Love):
I honestly think Hercules is my favourite Disney film, I have been obsessed with it since I was old enough to understand the basics of Greek Mythology. I Won’t Say (I’m In Love) is so different from other lovey dovey Disney songs as it is basically a parody of traditional romantic songs and it shows how soft our usually strong willed Heroine Meg really is. The gospel-styled backing vocals of the sassy Muses really add a whole new level to this song too.
“My head is screaming ‘get a grip girl’, unless you’re dying to cry your heart out”
Brother Bear – On My Way:
Another soundtrack composed by Phil Collins, maybe I’m just biased and love what Phil Collins brings to Disney songs. I only watched Brother Bear for the first time last year, feel silly for missing out on such a lovely but sad film all these years. On My Way was the one song that really stood out to me, the lyrics can be interpreted as being about going on adventures with new friends.
“And the stories that we tell will make you smile, oh it really lifts my heart”
The Nightmare Before Christmas – Kidnap the Sandy Claws:
The Nightmare Before Christmas is my favourite film ever, it ignited a deep love of stop motion animation and a fascination with all things macabre. Kidnap the Sandy Claws isn’t as well recognised as ‘This is Halloween’ or ‘What’s This?” but is still a huge hit , even the band Korn made a cover of this song for Nightmare Revisited.
“We’re his little henchmen and we take our job with pride. We do our best to please him and stay on his good side”
Thanks for reading! What is your favourite underrated Disney song?