I’m not sure about you but I can’t reminisce about my childhood without thinking about Walt Disney films. They were less cartoons, more animated movies and they served as the background to my childhood. It’s probably the reason why I can’t ride bikes now. I was always in the house watching movies and whatnot. Yes. That’s exactly it. (O__o). Not only were the films awesome with their Happily Ever After, but their characters resonated with adults as much as children. But as good as the films were, the music they set to them were even more amazing.
But, for THE BEST Disney movie Soundtrack, I’ll have to obviously go with:
The Lion King
This is arguably the best Disney film in terms of EVERYTHING! Storyline, cinematography, and study in haters (Scar was THE KING of all Haters). On top of all of that, the soundtrack was EVERYTHING!!!
I could have 5 out of the top 10 Disney songs ever come from this movie. Most folks know all the words to “Hakuna Matata” and I dare it to come on without you busting it out. One of my twitfam folks said she went on a safari in Africa and sang it when she saw a warthog. LMAO! And I don’t know about you but “Circle of Life” gets me slightly misty. As those animals bowed to Simba, my thug is murked! i won’t lie. I was wondering why folks ain’t show me that respect when I was born. Oh. I’m not an heir to the throne to rule a whole land? Oh ok then. (-__-)
“Can you feel the love tonight” is also another thug tears-inducing song. It touches my soul on the inside part. “I just can’t wait to be King” was perfectly flashy like a true African. My favorite part is when Simba goes “Everybody look left, everybody look right. Everywhere you look i’m standing in spotlight.” He might as well have said “Wipe me Down.” YOU SEE HIM and he KNEW you saw him. Other songs I love: “He Lives in You”, “Be Prepared.” I was at the busstop yesterday JAMMING to “He Lives in You” and before I knew it, I was two-stepping. The people on the stop with me were giving me side-eyes but I cared none.
Yeah, the Lion King BEATS! Disney and Elton John put their FOOT in it. Lion King had the best soundtrack of all the Disney movie. If you disagree, you are wrong.
Random trivia: Although Jonathan Taylor Thomas was Simba’s speaking voice, Jason Weaver was his singing voice.
Another dope soundtrack:
The Little Mermaid
This is probably my second favorite Disney movie, and it’s soundtrack was also on point. It may have to do with the hilarity that was Sebastian the crab. His smile bears a striking resemblance to mine, showing ALL the teefs. I also stan for Triton, who was paid homage to Poseidon from Greek Mythology (I’m a geek for it). I ain’t gon lie either. Triton was all buff and stuff. He looked like Fabio with fish legs.
My favorite song in “Little Mermaid” was “Under the Sea,” which is a good time put to song (I do a great impression of Sebastian singing it). And you know Disney can’t have a movie without sappiness. “Kiss the Girl” was all romantical. It was like teenage dating anxiety set to song. iSwoon. All the song is missing is someone interjecting with “BOOM CHICKA WAH WAH” and some PG-13 #heaux-sh*t may have gone down. Ok, well, I guess that may not be appropriate for a kiddy flick. But it’s Disney. Same folks who had “SEX” spelled out in the smoke in a scene in the “Lion King.”
Sidenote: Ok let me quit spreading decade-old rumor. Word on the street is that it isn’t “SEX” but “SFX” which the Special Effects team put to give themselves props. I don’t know though. They may need more people. Anyway, back to Little Mermaid…
Oh, and “Poor Unfortunate Souls” is scary at me. It’s the perfect villain song. Ursula was perfectly evil! *Whispers* AM I the only one who thinks the muse for Ursula is Roseanne? *crickets* Fine. I’ll stand alone. HMPH!
To round out the top 5 movie soundtracks, I’ll say Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast and Pocahontas. I’ll even make a list of my Top 10 FAVORITE Disney movie songs. I picked these songs because they are the ones I find myself humming subconsciously. Or I know all the words.
My Top 10 Disney Songs
1. Hakuna Matata - Lion King
2. A Whole New World – Aladdin
3. Circle of Life - Lion King
4. Tale as Old as Time – Beauty & the Beast
5. Under the Sea – Little Mermaid
6. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Lion King
7. Reflections - Mulan
8. Colors of the Wind – Pocahontas
9. You’ll be in my Heart - Tarzan
10. Prince Ali – Aladdin
Yeah I’m pretty sure that Disney has a monopoly on my childhood. This reminds me. I must go download all of these songs to my iPod can sway with me. Just hope that I don’t bust out a rousing rendition of “Hakuna Matata” while commuting on the bus o_O. Also of note is that I have both versions of “A Whole New World” on my mp3 player. The movie version and the duet by Celine Dion and Peabo “Gumby” Bryson. I’m not ‘shamed.
So do you think my list rocks? Did I leave some essentials out (which I’m sure I am)? What’s your top 5 Disney soundtracks of all time?