My Favorite Disney Songs: #90-#86
The previous portion of the list, #95-#91 (which you can see here), had our first instance of a song I feel people would want to go higher. This portion won’t have that. This portion consists of either songs from lesser-known Disney films, or songs that are just plain forgotten (for the most part).
So instead of being in critical mode for this section, this one is more about discovery. You get to discover (or rediscover) some great songs that most people wouldn’t immediately think of to put on their “Best of” Disney songs list.
Starting with #90:
90. “The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down,” from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
There’s something to be said about the narrative song, the one that basically explains what’s going on at that exact moment on screen. (Just ask Randy Newman.)
I like this because it’s catchy. “The rain rain rain came down down down…” It’s the kind of song you can’t help but get stuck in your head. That’s important. Plus, all the Pooh songs are so innocent and pure…
I don’t know. I just felt like this was the right place for this song. Granted, it’s only #90, but I still put it ahead of some other songs that might be considered “better” in terms of a ranked list. But I like it. I think it fits here.
89. “Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly),” from So Dear to My Heart
You have to be a real Disney music person to know this one. (Or you really love Burl Ives, both of which are attractive characteristics.) I love that Burl Ives does this song. I will literally listen to that man sing about anything.
So Dear to My Heart is one of the most obscure Disney movies out there. It’s not really out there on DVD, and most people probably don’t even know it’s a Disney movie. But, it is, and this song is in it.
It’s a good song. I have no idea what it means, but I like it. 60% of it has to do with Burl Ives, and the other 40% has to do with the melody. It’s a nice song. The kind that makes you sway your head back and forth and smile approvingly.
I’ll admit, though — a few too many “dillys” in there.
88. “Ichabod,” from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
There’s a triple score bonus here. First we get “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which is one of those Disney segments I remember very well from when I was a child, specifically the very end, when Crane is chased by the Horseman. Second — the song is catchy. You might not know the song, but it is definitely catchy. And third — Bing Crosby. I love Bing Crosby. So this is a perfect fit here, to me. (Bing will be showing up again later on the list.)
I like when they introduce a character via song (see: “Belle,” “Cruella De Vil”). Plus, like I said, it’s catchy. It more than makes up for the fact that the film is so uneven. Barely anyone remembers the “Mr. Toad” portion of the film.
87. “Once Upon a Time in New York City,” from Oliver & Company
When Huey Lewis does a Disney song, you take notice. (Note: I’m so sad I wasn’t able to include Tom Jones’s Disney song on this list. But I can mention it here and link to it. So that’s something. That song was also written by Sting.)
God, I love Huey Lewis. “The Power of Love.” What a song. Anyway — this is a great song. It’s a nice way to start the film. It has the perfect touch of 80s to it. You can hear this and immediately know what decade it’s from. To me, that counts for something.
Plus, again, Huey Lewis is singing this song. I’d have done the same with Billy Joel’s song if it were better written. (Note: Neither Billy nor Huey wrote their songs, so let’s not think I’m attacking them in any way here.)
You can literally boil down my ranking this here to, “Oh my God, Huey Lewis performed a Disney song! (Oh, and it’s a pretty good song, too.)” I see no problem with this, whatsoever.
86. “Whistle-Stop,” from Robin Hood
There are no lyrics in this song, which made me want to put it in the 100-90 range, but you know, the more I listen to it, the more I like it.
It’s so damn catchy. Right?
You hear this song and you want to whistle it. And honestly, I think that puts it ahead of almost all the other songs on this list so far. I’m trying to take everything into account here — the song itself (lyrics and music and catchiness), its message (or just generally what it’s about. If it’s a “Wish Upon a Star” or a “Yodel Song”), the film it’s in and how well it works in context, and just general likability. And based on all of that — I just felt this was catchy enough to warrant this spot.
Go ahead and tell me you won’t have that stuck in your head for the next thirty minutes.
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So that’s 90-86. The next set of songs will mostly be recent (though there will be two repeat films coming up. See if you can guess which they are — hint, both of them appear in this article).
Actually, to give an even bigger tease — let’s see (for your own personal satisfaction) if you can guess the five films in the next article: two are repeats from this list, two were released within the past five years, and one is a Pixar film. Check back soon to see if you were right.