My Favorite Disney Songs?

Guten tag! I’m a big Disney fan and definitely not ashamed of it. Disney movies, I think, are what link everyone in some way, shape, or form (maybe take out those last two, huh?) to musicals. But… at any rate, I thought that I’d talk about my top twenty Disney songs today. And man… it’s going to be hard to narrow this down. But… I’ve got my BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CD rolling and a huge cup of hot cocoa (I’m still a kid at heart) so… I guess I’m ready to go!

1. A CHANGE IN ME from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – I think that this might’ve been the first musical theatre song that I really, really fell in love with when I first saw BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on stage (I’ve since seen it many, many more times). There’s always been something so special about this song to me. The character development and emotion is amazing in this song.

2. IF I CAN’T LOVE HER from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – If there’s any song that I wish was in the movie version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, it’s this one. I feel like the Beast’s character gets so much more development through this scene and I think that it’s such a beautiful song. It gives so much insight and man… it’s such a heartbreaking song but it’s so good at the same time.

3. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Die Schöne und das Biest) from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – So… here we’ve got “Beauty and the Beast” / “Die Schöne und das Biest” (The Beauty and the Beast). This song is absolutely enchanting. You may be wondering why the German version is included here and well… it’s not that I first fell in love with this song through German—I first watched BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in English—but rather that some of the lyrics are absolutely entrancing in this version. Take, for example, “Märchen schreibt die Zeit” (“Time writes fairytales”) and if that’s not beautiful, I don’t know what is.

4. BELLE + BELLE (Reprise) from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – I’ve always loved ensemble numbers and I’m 98.99% sure that this was my first exposure to ensemble numbers and definitely one of the first that I fell in love with. The reprise is just utterly beautiful and spoke to my wanderlust as a child (and still does).

5. STORIES from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS – I’ve always been a reader. And this song always spoke to me as to why I loved reading so much and now, it holds more meaning to me as a writer and hopeful author. Belle’s amazing and this song just brings out her wonderful bookishness that we all have grown to love about her.

6. AS LONG AS THERE’S CHRISTMAS from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS – A bit late/early to be talking about Christmas? Well… maybe. But… this song needed to be on this list. As you might be able to tell, I’m a fan of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS (the sequel to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and I just love this song (especially when Bernadette Peters gets to sing the reprise).  

7. I WON’T SAY I’M IN LOVE (Ich Will Keine [Mann]) from HERCULES – A little-known fact about me is that HERCULES is probably my second-favorite Disney movie, falling right behind BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I think that this was always my favorite song from the movie. The German version’s listed here too because I love some of the remarks Megara makes in German such as “Männer Spinnen!” (“Men are crazy” / “Men are bonkers”). Meg is one of my favorite Disney heroines and I absolutely adore this song.

8. I CAN GO THE DISTANCE from HERCULES – “I Can Go the Distance” is a song that I only more recently grew to appreciate, probably because its message was a little too thick for me as a five year-old kid to understand to the extent that I do now. It just hold a lot of meaning to me now and I love that.

9. I CAN’T BELIEVE MY HEART from HERCULES – “I Can’t Believe My Heart” was replaced by “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” in the final cut of the movie as “I Can’t Believe My Heart” was deemed too much of a ballad to fit Meg’s character. And that makes sense. But I still really like the emotion that this song brings to Meg.

10. MOTHER KNOWS BEST from TANGLED – “Mother Knows Best” is probably my favorite Disney villain song just as Mother Gothel is probably my favorite Disney villain of more recent years. TANGLED is my favorite more recent Disney movie and I’ve always loved this scene. “Mother Knows Best” is just fun in this weird way and I can’t help but sing along (much to my little brother’s dismay).

11. I’VE GOT A DREAM from TANGLED – Yet another great scene from TANGLED is “I’ve Got a Dream”. Man… this scene always makes me smile and I just think that this would be such a great scene to perform. Love, love, love it. I also just like the theme of everyone having their own unique dreams despite their appearances and I think it’s so fun. It’s also great comic relief. Man… I need to watch this movie again.

12. WANN FÄNGT MEIN LEBEN AN (When Will My Life Begin?) from TANGLED – So… I’m specifically talking about the German version here (not that I don’t love the English version). There’s something so fun about the German version that I feel just isn’t in the English one. I don’t know what it is. Also, if I’m to be completely honest, I love when Rapunzel says “Klar” at the beginning. Because… “Klar” is one of my favorite words.

13. GOD HELP THE OUTCASTS from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME – I think that THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is definitely one of the most underrated Disney movies ever. And “God Help the Outcasts” is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard from a Disney movie. It’s touching, it’s moving, and man… I makes me cry.

14. OUT THERE from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME – Everyone who really, really knows me knows that I love tenor voices and that I also love “I Want” songs. And this song’s got both. So, naturally, this had to be on the list. Quasi is one of my favorite Disney characters and I think that this song just gives his character the perfect texture that it needed to be complete.

15. PART OF YOUR WORLD from THE LITTLE MERMAID – THE LITTLE MERMAID was never one of my favorite Disney movies because my dad had always read me the Hans Christian Anderson original and I just couldn’t get over how different it was but I watched it thousands of times because it was my little sister’s favorite. And I did grow somewhat fond of it though it’s still not in my top five. There’s something about this song that I’ve always loved, though and I think that it definitely deserves a spot on this list.

16. A WHOLE NEW WORLD (In Deine Welt) from ALADDIN – There was this one year in which my siblings and I watched ALADDIN every day for about a week. It’s a marvel that our parents didn’t go absolutely insane after all of that. I have distinct memories of going to this park with my brother and sister and whenever there was no one around, we’d sing this song on the top of our lungs. The German version of this song is also included because I think that the translation is absolutely beautiful and I just couldn’t leave it out.

17. PALACE WALLS from ALADDIN – “Palace Walls” is a part of the stage production of ALADDIN and it’s an absolutely amazing song. You know how I talked about how “Belle (Reprise)” really just fed my wanderlust as a kid? This effectively did and still does the same thing. I love this song. I just love it. Love, love, love it.

18. PROUD OF YOUR BOY from ALADDIN – “Proud of Your Boy” is a song that I think got cut from the movie and added to the stage production (I could be wrong but I know for sure that this song isn’t in the movie) and man… I love this song. I just love the little bit of extra texture it gives to Aladdin’s character.

19. ALMOST THERE (Ich Bin Ganz Nah Dran) from THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG – So… THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG has some pretty great songs but… I’m running out of room on this list and so we’re going to limit myself to this one today. “Almost There” is the perfect “I Want” song and its German translation, “Ich Bin Ganz Nah Dran” is one of the best English-to-German translations of a song that I’ve heard. Not to mention that the German voice actress was phenomenal.

20. IF I NEVER KNEW YOU from POCAHONTAS – As a history geek, I can’t watch POCAHONTAS and retain my sanity. Those things don’t combine. But… this song is just too good to pass up. “If I Never Knew You” was cut from the movie but man… it’s a beautiful song. I still wouldn’t like the movie very much with the song in it but I just love this song so much. It’s kinda hard to explain, really.

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And so, that’s it for me! What are some of your favorite songs from Disney movies? What are some of your favorite Disney movies? Tschüss! 

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20 thoughts on “My Favorite Disney Songs?

  1. I agree that lots of peoples first exposure to musicals is Disney itself. From musicals like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, the only thing I remembered was “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”. I have revisited all of these musicals and was surprised at what I had completely forgotten about. I once forgot how much I loved certain Disney musical movies.

    The Disney musicals of my early years defiantly had an impact on me that would help form a foundation of what I see a musical to be.

    The newest Disney musical to become a part of my life was Newsies and it has become meaningful. The intimate relationship between Jack and Crutchie and the relationship that all the Newsies have for each is part of what makes that musical meaningful. Also the lyrics “Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when face our fear”, has become a line that have entered my heart.

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    1. I think that the great thing about Disney is that everyone–or at least a vast majority of people–have some sort of knowledge of Disney.
      My cousin invited me to see the new live-filmed movie for Newsies with her this week and I’m really excited because it’ll be my first time really seeing Newsies

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      1. Hope you enjoy seeing that version of Newsies. I saw it with my family in August and it was incredible. It has such a strong plot especially because it was based off of a true story. Love that the songs in Newsies represent both positive and negative emotions.

        Love songs like “Carrying the Banner”, “The World Will Know”, “Something to Believe In”, “Letter from the Refuge” (written for the tour for Crutchie), “Santa Fe” and “Seize the Day”.

        As a matter of fact, forgot about “Letter From the Refuge” the first time I saw it. But eventually rediscovered that song and actually recognized one line from it so I didn’t completely forget about that song.

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      2. I’ve heard a lot of the songs before and seen a part of the older movie version so I’m pretty excited. My cousin’s a big fan of the show so I’ll be tagging along when she and her husband go to see it on Wednesday!
        I think that my favorite song that I’ve heard on Pandora and such had been “Seize the Day” but I can’t wait to hear the other songs! I’ve only ever heard good things about it so I’m really looking forward to it

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      3. “Seize the Day” is my favorite song as well. The dancing is mind-blowing. I first became exposed to Newsies when the songs started playing on Pandora. Seeing Newsies in August was the perfect way to end Summer Break

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      4. I had wanted to see Newsies when it was in Seattle but I wasn’t in town when it came by. It seems like such a fun musical–I’m especially looking forward to seeing all of the dances. I’ve been forcing myself not to watch clips from the movie and stuff so that I’m surprised but man… it’s tough.

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      5. In my opinion, the dancing in Newsies is like the price of the ticket alone. It is just that incredible. It really shows why it won best choreography in the Tonys. Newsies is the only musical I have ever only cast that is basically all boys and like four or so girls.

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      6. Yeah, that’ll be something new for me too! I’ve been doing a bit of reading up on the Newsboys Strike of 1899 and it’s really interesting–it kind of interlaps with the time period of my WIP–and I kinda wish I’d written a paper on the event in history years ago because we had a project that would have perfectly worked with this one

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      7. I am not a big fan of history and I usually just appreciate history. But there are moments of actual historical events that I do like that the Newsboy strike of 1899. Even love early 19th century France.

        Those two time periods have one thing in common. They take place during two different setting of two meaningful musicals of mine. Musicals can teach you about history and they can cause you to learn more about the actual time period

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      8. Definitely! I’ve always had a strong attachment to history and could spend hours just reading about random events online. But history-based musicals are so fun for me to go through because they offer unique perspectives on events I think

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      9. It’s a good way to learn about history especially when primary/secondary documents get boring! I think that historical musicals also bring the event to live and introduce the gray-area that is so often the answer in history

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      10. History just seems boring to me. But musicals sometimes uncover forgotten pieces of history, which the ones that are learned about in class. The June Rebellion of 1832 and The Newsboy Strike of 1899 are two of those types of events

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      11. The June Rebellion was one that I’d never really come across until Les Miz and I’d talked with my Civics teacher about it for hours and he said that I should write a paper about it. Unfortunately, though, there just wasn’t enough information about it. I’m glad that Les Miz has shed light upon the event though so that people know more about it

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      12. When someone tells me that Les Mis takes place during the French Revolution, I always have to correct them and say that it takes place during the June Rebellion, which is June 5th and 6th in 1832. The French Revolution was 1789-1799.

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      13. The June Rebellion definitely had French revolutionary influence. I think that they’re very different events with similarities and parallels but most certainly different. There’s a lot about the French Revolution that goes unknown by a lot of people and it’s kinda sad because I wish that people like Camille Desmoulins were better-known but what can ya do? The June Rebellion definitely deserves more recognition for what it was though.

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      14. Victor Hugo actually witnessed part of the event, which was why it ended up in his novel. As shown by the musical, the June Rebellion was highly unsuccessful. These students took a stand and stayed passionate to the end. They were so hopeful, but after the first death on the barricade, they realized what they were up against and felt completely hopeless, but never lost their passion.

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      15. I had a prompt to write a paper that was “Taking a Stand in History” this year and I wanted so badly to write about the lesse known revolutions following the French Revolution but I just couldn’t find information. I got maybe half a page on those events in this huge 1000 page book that I bought and that really showed me how much the June Rebellion is just unheard of

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