Oh this section is amazing. From here on out, I’ll have less and less to say about all the songs, just because they’re so, so good. The most I’ll have to do is explain why they went here and not higher.
But as for this section — we have a nice Disney female ballad, an amazingly fun love song and probably the strongest song to come out of Disney since — well, another song in this section — one of the best mood-setter songs Disney’s ever done, and the most swingingest song in the Disney catalogue that all the hip cats know where it’s at.
Look, I’ve written like fifteen of these things so far, cut me some slack. I have to keep it fresh somehow.
Here’s 30-26: (more…)
All right — top 35. There’s really only one song left that people would haggle over where I ranked it, and it’s the first song on this list. But like I said in the previous article — I let my childhood be the tiebreaker. One spot is meaningless.
But, man, oh man — the rest of this section is off the fuckin’ chain! (Previous section can be found here.)
The one thing you’ll notice about this section is — the songs (most of them, anyway) either don’t make any sense, lyrically, or they only work as well as they do because of the accompanying scene in their film. You’ll see what I mean when we get to them. But — the songs in this section, while no one would question them being in the top 40 (outside the one I already mentioned, and even then, most people might throw it in there anyway), they do make you think, “Yeah, they really don’t mean anything. And they’re still great. Huh…”
Here are 35-31: (more…)
All right. The top 40. I’m excited. I feel like Top 40 is really where it’s at for music anyway (since, you know — that radio show and all that). So even though the list is the top 100, and seems to be split between 50 and 50, I feel like the top 40 is really the important list. (45-41 are here.)
And we begin our top 40 with — well — actually, you know what? For once, I’m just going to let the songs speak for themselves. We’re going to reset and do a cold opening, get everyone in the mood, and then just get right into the music.
The 41-50 portion of my list will probably be the most contentious part of the list. If we’re going to get into where most people would disagree with my specific rankings, it’ll be here. Because this is really where my personal tastes affect the list most. (50-46 can be found here.)
It’s not that the songs in this section are bad, it’s just — the first three on this specific portion probably won’t appeal to Disney purists, who feel more classic songs should go high on the list simply because they’ve been around for so long. I’m of the opinion — if I love the song, and I listen to it all the time, then it should be ranked higher. So, the first three songs today might not strike everyone as top 50 songs. But you know what? I don’t care. I love them.
Plus, once we get past this section (and you’ll see it start to happen at the end of this section), after this it’s pretty much all legit “classic” Disney stuff. The top 40 is just loaded with amazing song after amazing song. I’m not kidding. Just wait. It’s amazing.
So, indulge me my personal favorites that I feel are top 50 songs, and then after that, we’ll all get to wallow in the amazingness that is Disney at its best.
Here are numbers 45-41: (more…)
Our top 50 begins with stuff that I consider top 50, but also stuff that’s clearly not of the caliber of everything before it (or maybe after it, depending on your perspective). Once you put it in that tax bracket, it clearly falls to the back of it, is what I’m saying. (You can see what just missed out on the top 50 here.)
I’d say that most people would probably swap off two of these five songs if they were to make their lists (replacing them — generally, not in the exact location, number-wise — with, most likely, “It’s a Small World” and “One Jump Ahead.” That would be my guess). But, this being my list — I can do what I want. And I love these songs, so, I’m leaving them right where they are.
The songs on this list include two classics that don’t need any explanation, one song that nobody remembers that I love, a song that I was only introduced from another animated non-Disney film, and a song that somehow spawned a multi-billion dollar franchise that nobody can figure out how it happened.
It’s exciting. Here’s the top 50: (more…)