This list contains a list of the best Disney songs of all time.
The one thing that most Disney fans agree on is that Disney songs never go out of style. But when it comes to creating a Disney songs playlist, you want to include only the best songs. Lucky for you, we’re here to help. In this entry, we give you 51 of the best Disney songs of all time.
1. Beauty and the Beast – Angela Lansbury
Why not start the list with the good old Beauty and the Beast soundtrack? It is one of the best songs from the movie. If you want to make a playlist for your child or yourself, this is a must have.
There is a reason this masterpiece won The Best Song Written For a Motion Picture award. It is emotional, lyrical, and with a series of interesting similes building up the theme of the song and the movie.
2. Something There – Angela Lansbury
This is a fun and cool song from Beauty and the Beast too. It is about realizing your perception of another person may be limiting. The song encourages you to allow yourself some room to let people reveal themselves to you, even a beast. This is one of the best Disney songs in our opinion, for sure!
It is in dialogue form with different characters communicating through song, a quality that gives it depth.
3. Part of Your World – Jodi Benson
“Part of Your World” is from The Little Mermaid. It is one of the ‘I want’ Disney songs. These are songs in which the character, usually the main character, expresses their desires which indicates the overarching plot for the movie.
In this particular one, the little mermaid is singing about her longing to be among other people. This is a song all members of your family can enjoy.
4. Under the Sea – Samuel E. Wright
This is yet another beautiful song from The Little Mermaid. The movie is among the few that gifted us with several entertaining and lively songs. You can enjoy the song alone, with family, or with your child. You will especially love it if you are into calypso style music and great reggae songs.
The song’s beauty was unrivaled when it debuted, earning it the Best Original Song Academy Award in 1989. It is an encouragement song to Ariel who wanted to live on the other side of the world with two legged people.
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Studio Cast Recording – various artists
This album has a total of 22 songs. A few examples are Made of Stone by Michael Arden, Someday by Andrew Samonsky, Renee, and Ciara, Flight into Egypt by Neal Mayer and Michal Arden, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame Ensemble.
It is a collection of the best voices you will ever find in one album. The songs blend in with the ongoing themes and circumstances in the movie. If you loved the movie you will love this album.
6. How Far I’ll Go – Auli’I Cravalho
This one was played in Moana and is about the resilience of Moana. It is a good tune for kids and sums up Moana’s story perfectly.
As far as inspiring songs go, this one is so good at encouraging listeners to find their true selves no matter the circumstances and uncertainties they face. If you love to sing along to How Far I’ll Go, you are not the only one.
7. You’re Welcome – Dwayne Johnson
You’re Welcome is from Moana too. It is lively, upbeat, and fun to listen to. Beautiful voices sing the best songs, and Dwayne Johnson happens to own a beautiful voice.
Listen to this song with your child and there is a very solid chance they will love it. The character Maui in the movie sang the song as a dedication to his daughter Tiana.
8. We Know The Way – Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuael Miranda
The beats and the tune of the song speak tropical vibes like the movie itself. We find the artists have powerful voices delivering a feel good song that gives hope. The fact that it is sang in different languages gives it a strong character.
Stanza one is in Samoan, the chorus in Tokelauan, and the rest in English. There is always an appeal to a language you do not understand, which makes this an interesting pick on our list.
9. Baby Mine – Aurora
Baby Mine from Dumbo is a perfect song for children. It is peaceful and the artist sings it with an amazing voice. Aurora sings the 2019 remake of Baby Mine.
Betty Noyes sang the original version, but we prefer this version. The writers for this composition are Frank Churchill, Lance Hushe, and Oliver Wallace, all of whom are considered lyrical geniuses.
10. Lava – Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy, and Napua Greig
Lava is from the short Disney Pixar film, Lava. This song is monumental to say the least. If you love myths and a good metaphor, it is the most beautiful one you’ll ever hear.
It is a song about two volcanoes in Hawaii destined to be together. However, it took them millions of years to meet. Are you a fan of Hawaiian music? This one is one of the good ones.
11. He Mele No Lilo – Kamehameha
This is another lovely Hawaiian themed song. It is from the opening scene of Lilo and Stitch. It will inspire you to wake up and join in the song, the dance, and the merriment.
If it does not, well, your own children will make you do it. He Mele No Lilo translates to “a song for the generous ones” in English.
12. A spoonful of Sugar – Julie Andrews
Mary Poppins is a delightful movie and so is its soundtrack. This is a song you and I need to listen to from time to time. It reminds one about the importance of gratitude.
The message is that if you notice the bad, try to notice the good too. If that is not the perfect recipe to stay happy and take every day at a time, I do not know what is.
13. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
This one is a fabulous song from Toy Story. Include it in your playlist for family activities like a road trip. It is one of those infectious songs that every member of the family loves.
It passes a great message of friendship, which is appropriate for children. After all, they need guidance any chance available to learn how to relate with others inclusively.
14. I Won’t Say (I’m In Love) – LaChanze, Susan Egan, Cheryl Freeman, Vaneese Thomas, and Lilias White
Hercules gave us this creation to love and to cherish. The movie was beautiful and so is this song and the other songs in the album. It is the featured love song from the movie.
It’s about Meg and Hercules. Songs have always been the perfect medium to express emotions and feelings, especially complicated ones. This one does it so well.
15. Go the Distance – Roger Bart
Hercules was a great movie with great songs. With this piece, the movie creators sought to inspire their audience. We all need a little inspiration from time to time to overcome the complications we encounter in our daily routines.
Inspiration is the fuel encouraging you to keep going.
16. Reflection – Lea Salonga
Reflection from Mulan should not be absent in your Disney song playlist. If you enjoyed Mulan, you will love Reflection. You can listen and enjoy it on road trips, doing house chores, background music during brunch, or while relaxing.
The beautifully sang piece is perfect for different contexts.
17. I’ll Make a Man Out of You – Donny Osmond
This is another masterpiece from Mulan. Some of the best Disney songs are from the earlier movies. Mulan was released in 1998, and this song is a hit to date. It is wonderful, catchy, lively, and fun.
Fun music is so versatile. You can listen to it doing anything, alone, or in group activities, and it will blend well with everything.
18. Let It Go – Idina Menzel
Let It Go from Frozen took over in a massive way because it is stunning, has amazing lyrics, and Idina’s voice is priceless. It just had to be heard. A blessing from Disney to all of us who like sentimental and inspiring songs.
We will never quite tell if children love it more than adults do. It is one of the best songs narrating the journey of a disappointed person, to rediscovering oneself, and establishing a continuous momentum of acceptance and growth. It has won a number of awards since its release in 2013.
19. Into the Unknown – Idina Menzel and Aurora
This is another notable song from Frozen. It is about going beyond your comfort zone. It is an encouraging song to listen to for both adults and children.
It explores the worried state when a person wants to try something new, the fear of the unknown, and why it is worth it to just do it.
20. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
This is a third gem from Frozen. You might have overlooked it when Let it Go took over, but now it is on your radar.
It is typical of how smaller siblings request older ones to spend time with them in normal everyday life. In this case young Ana wanted Elsa to assist her build a snowman using her powers.
21. Bella Note – George Givot, Bill Thompson, and Disney Chorus
This beautiful song sang on a beautiful night is from Lady and the Tramp. It is highly lyrical and a true mood booster. Pump yourself up on your way to work or to buy groceries by singing along to Bella Note.
It will make you happy, just try it. Bella Note will make you feel the goodness of the music from the 1950s. It is the first song of the sound track in Lady and the Tramp.
22. You Can’t Stop the Girl – Bebe Rexha
It was one of the songs in Maleficient 2, the 2019 Disney film. If you like energetic songs with the ability to refresh you, wake up to this one. Set is as your ringtone, alarm tone, part of your work out playlist, or drive to work playlist, and feel the energy.
It is an inspiring song for your daily activities and a perfect tune to sing along with your friends on game night or when you go out for Karaoke night.
23. An Unusual Prince | Once Upon A Dream – Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, and Chorus
This song from Sleeping Beauty will not make you sleepy at all. Instead, if you like randomly dancing gracefully in your living room with whomever happens to be crossing your path when a song comes up, this is the perfect tune to do just that.
Aside from being the perfect break into a dance material, it is also nice to listen to as you go about your daily duties. It is one of the best from the classics as well.
24. Almost There – Anika Noni Rose
Almost There from The Princess and the Frog takes you through Tiana’s encounters and life as she turns into a frog trying to find her prince charming.
It is a good piece that reminds us you can get what you desire finally. Sometimes, it does not come easy, and you’ll need to make some sacrifices and be uncomfortable albeit temporarily. With time, your perseverance may actually pay off.
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25. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo – Helena Bonham Carter
Cinderella will have you singing to lyrics you did not think you knew because it captures your very soul with its catchiness.
The movie is addictive and so are the songs. If we were to pick one song only from all that exist to label it melodious, this one would fit the description.
26. A dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Ilene Woods and Mice Chorus
This is one more melody from Cinderella. If you like the songs on Cinderella and you would like to relive some of the scenes, this song is one of the great reminders.
It is reminiscent of good old memories, especially if you watched Cinderella some time back. It is always good to reminisce, even as you make new memories of course.
27. Spirit – Beyoncé
Beyoncé has been known to sing spectacularly and Spirit did not disappoint. It was part of the songs in the remake of The Lion King.
As a result, it received the Best Original Song at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival among other awards.
28. Circle of Life – Carmen Twillie and Lebo M.
This one will put you in a happy mood every time you hear it playing. It is one of those easy to love songs you include in your everyday playlist just because it makes you feel good.
Sometimes, good music is all we need to enjoy our stay on earth, and this tune will have you feeling good about life!
29. When You Wish Upon a Star – Cliff Edwards and Disney Studio Chorus
Pinocchio the musical is a great movie with great songs including When You Wish Upon a Star.
It is an excitement filled song reminding you of all the little but good things in life, which make life fun and worth living. The American Film Institute ranked the song among the top ten in their list of 100 greatest songs in film history.
30. I’ve Got No Strings – Dickie Jones
Released in 1940, I’ve Got No Strings is sang by Pinocchio when he joins a puppet show and sings and dances without strings. It is totally fun to sing along to this one.
The movie was released in 1940, but the song is relevant today because good music is difficult to forget. It is also enjoyable to watch as Pinocchio dances with the puppets.
31. When Can I See You Again? – Owl City
You know a song is going straight to your soul if it is by Owl City. This particular one from Wreck-it Ralph delivers all the good things Owl City is popular for. It is upbeat, cheerful, and electronic.
As such, anyone can listen to it, sing along, and dance to it. Such are the songs that make the movie so much fun to watch.
32. Hakuna Matata – Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, and Joseph Williams
Hakuna Matata is one of the songs we adore from The Lion King. Hakuna Matata is Swahili for no worries. It is about moving from the past, especially one riddled with hurt, despair, or worries.
This is an appropriate theme for the song because the past is something no one can change. It is among the Top Movie Songs of All Time.
33. Colors of the Wind – Judy Kuhn
Pocahontas was one of those engrossing Disney movies, which when you begin watching, you would not want to pull your eyes away for anything. Colors of the Wind has the same effects.
If you love nature, this song is the perfect Disney song for you. It advocates for caring for the environment we live in. It was first released in 1995, but you will still listen to it and like it today.
34. Everybody Wants to Be a Cat – Scat Cat and Thomas O’ Malley
Is there a song title truer than this? The song is from The Aristocats. Listen to it to find out why you want to be a cat and why the cats feel good being, well, cats. We believe this is one of the best songs about cats ever!
This is an excellent one for cat lovers and an interesting one for kids. It is number four in the entire Aristocats Soundtrack album.
35. Remember Me – Nick Pitera
Remember Me from Coco is the embodiment of the emotional movie song. It carries within it the level of feelings you get watching Coco. It is about living life with loved ones and how they are present if you let them be part of your life.
It is a great one to understand why family is important. Relive the scenes from the movie when you listen to the song.
36. I’ve Got a Dream – Mandy Moore, Brad Garrett, Zachary Levi, and Jeffrey Tambor
This soundtrack from Tangled is good for everyone. It is the song you hum to in the shower, sing while driving, and it will play in your head as you wait in line for your coffee because it is addictive. If you think it is a great song for your child, you are at risk of loving it too.
It is about having a dream, which translates to having a purpose. Anyone can have a dream, which explains why this song is relatable.
37. I see the Light – Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi
This is another blessing we received from Tangled in the form of a well sang song. The artists did a beautiful thing and we get to listen to the masterpiece of their creation. If that is not lucky, I do not know what is. Part of the reason the song is so good is because it talks about betterment and breakthrough, and we all need a bit of improvement in various sectors of our lives from time to time.
It is a relatable song because once in a while, we get a light bulb moment on how to solve issues. We also gain knowledge accidentally or intentionally, which helps us in some way to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
38. When will My Life Begin – Mandy Moore
This a third song you will enjoy from Tangled. If you are always looking for child-friendly music, this is it. It is not for the child only; it is also for you. Remember a happy child means a happy parent. Less fussing and more singing together.
It is a warm family-friendly song, just like the movie. It is the most notable song in Tangled (in our opinion), where Rapunzel expresses her longing to get out of the tower and live. Getting out is the beginning of freedom for her, and to have freedom is to live.
39. Try Everything – Shakira
Are you a Shakira fan? If you are, you will enjoy Try Everything from Zootopia. It is a cheerful song aligning with the message in the movie. If you want a daily reminder to be happy and stay positive, the song is fit for the job.
Play it when you are doing the most difficult exercise, it will motivate you to keep trying. Accomplishing goals is a good feeling, and that is why this song is timeless. Songs have the ability to lift our spirits, and this one does just that.
40. On My Way – Phil Collins
This is a calming song from Brother Bear to listen to after a long day at work or on your way to anywhere. It is relaxing and perfect for situations that call for serenity.
You can make it your background tune for a slide show or make it the sound that carries all your memories as you travel or play fun games with family. It is a great song to celebrate and appreciate being alive. It gives you the urge to do all one can do in one lifetime.
41. A whole New world – Lea Salonga and Brad Kane
The appeal of this song might be that we all want to experience something other than the routine and mundane. And why not do that with a person who gets you? The song is a feel nice jam by Jasmine and Aladdin from the movie Aladdin.
It is an award winning song and we understand why; it never gets old. It’s also a good song to walk down the aisle to. It is one of those duets you cannot tell whose voice sounds better because they both do. As such, it was Song of the Year at the 36th Grammy Awards.
42. You’ll Be in My Heart – Phil Collins and Merche Macaria
This is a Tarzan masterpiece. It is meant for you if you like songs that make you cry. Emotional songs like this one are great for reflecting on similar emotional situations in your own life.
It conveys the journey of having a friend, a partner, a parent, or a child in this life and being there for them when they need you the most.
43. Two worlds – Phill Colins and Mark Mancina
This is another classic from Tarzan. It was released in 1985 and explains the life of Tarzan as a human who was raised in the forest. It narrates how he adapts to the situation of coming from one world and living and growing in another.
It is an encouragement song for anyone trying to understand their origin or find where they fit in best in their family structures.
44. The Bare Necessities – Phil Harris and Sebastian Cabot
The Jungle Book gave us this beautiful song. It is lighthearted and lovely to play when you are with friends or family on a picnic, a day at the beach, baking or grilling together, and as a backdrop for playing games with the closest people to you in your life.
The song encourages you to find happiness in the little things. It also motivates everyone to appreciate what is available to them. This can be nature, family, or your home.
45. Friend Like Me – Will Smith
Aladdin did it again with Friend Like Me. The latest version of the song is catchy and contemporary. The best thing about it is its cool entertaining beats. The second best thing about it is the lyrics. After all, who wouldn’t want to experience everything of their heart’s desires.
Take yourself back in time to when you watched the movie by listening to Friend Like Me. It is funny, nice, and a great sing a long piece.
46. Let’s Go Fly a Kite – David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke, and The Londoners
Playing this song might convince you to try out kite flying all over again. But whether you get to fly the kite or not, you can be sure to enjoy listening to the song. It is a gift to all of us from Mary Poppins.
Play it when you are having fun with your children or alone working on different chores. It is lively enough to keep you energized from the beginning to completion of tasks.
47. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Chorus
If a song is titled so majestically, what about the song itself? The songs in Mary Poppins are among the elements that made the film so good and entertaining. Going down memory lane with beautiful songs like this one will remind you just how good the movie was.
This one is the perfect song for a person who enjoys a good rhyme. It might remain in your head if you listen to it, but that is a small price to pay after being thoroughly entertained.
48. Poor Unfortunate Souls – Pat Carroll
Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid gives you the perfect flashback of the scene when Ariel visits the witch Ursula. If you do not mind a melody from a villain this is for you.
This great song introduces us to the interesting character, Ursula. It is a plot builder and is likely to remind you of your favorite scenes in The Little Mermaid.
49. Friends on the Other Side – Keith David
This is a pleasant song from Princess and the Frog. Dance to this one as you prepare your dinner to build up an appetite. It is vibrant and lively for singing along as you engage in other duties.
Your child will love it too. If you need to distract them for a few minutes to get something else done, why not play the song for them.
50. Un Poco Loco – Anthony Gonzalez and Gael Garcia Bernal
This one is also from Coco the Disney Pixar. It is catchy and warm and feels like a hug when you listen to it. You and your young children, if you have any, will appreciate this one.
It might give you enough nostalgia to keep re-watching the movie as well. Both the movie and the song are amazing.
51. Heigh Ho – Dwarf chorus
Lastly, we could not end this list without including a Snow White classic. The dwarfs sang “Heigh Ho” as they went about their lives in the movie. If you enjoyed this song in your childhood, you will be thrilled to know it is still in style.
Its repetitiveness makes it a good memorable song for children. As such, you can bond with your babies as you sing the song together.
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