My Favorite Disney Songs: #75-71
All right — tier 2. Or, I guess tier 3. Since tier 1 would be 1-25. So tier 3 of the songs. 75-51. Here’s where some heavy hitters start coming up. We were relatively light on the “big” names yesterday. Today’s where they start coming off the board.
As for this list specifically — it’s pretty solid all around, this section. Two major films get introduced here (one twice, even), another film has what must be its third or fourth entry on the list and we throw in a great song from a non-animated Disney film that most people probably wouldn’t think to pull from.
It’s going to be fun. (P.S. 80-76 are here.)
Here are 75-71:
75. “The Work Song,” from Cinderella
This is one of those songs — I don’t love it in terms of play count (I won’t put it on that often), but it’s so embedded in my conscience I had to show it some respect. It’s a good song — and I love when songs have a bridge like this one, where they go into “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” before segueing back into the music. (“Happy Working Song” does something similar. I love that.)
What I like about this song is that it’s catchy, classic, and it moves the plot along. This song is literally working alongside the plot. That’s a big plus for me. I’m not crazy about the squeaky voices, but you get used to it.
It is catchy as hell, though. (Also, is it really a surprise that all the best Disney movies have five or six great songs in them?)
Actually, is this our first Cinderella song? I think it is. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more where that came from.
74. “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” from Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke and that accent…
This song is catchy as hell, which is why it’s as high as it is. I have no idea what any of the songs in this movie are actually about, but they’re really catchy, which is really 80% of the battle.
I can’t put this any higher than I have, simply because I hate that damn accent. (And because what the fuck is with all these made up words?)
73. “Sing, Sweet Nightingale,” from Cinderella
This song is so wonderfully subtle in its characterization. (And by wonderfully subtle, I mean, not. But it is great characterization.) I love how they juxtapose the stepsisters, who fail at just about everything except being raging cunts, with Cinderella, who is perfect.
This song really gets points with me for being so sweet-sounding. Plus that visual with the bubbles going alongside the multiple voices is incredible.
It’s very simple, but it gets the job done. Great song.
72. “A Whale of a Tale,” from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Listen to the song. You’ll hear exactly why it’s here.
It’s amazing. The first cousin of the drinking song — the “campfire” song, where one person starts and everyone joins in. I love it.
Granted — there’s not much here. It’s basically Kirk Douglas singing about all the girls he’s fucked. Which is great, but I can’t really put this that high just because it’s catchy. (Though the coincidence with all the girls having alliterative names is quite impressive.)
And huge bonus points for the deep-voiced guys. I love when songs do that.
Also, his best friend is a seal. That earns at least this high.
71. “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” from The Little Mermaid
Not Disney’s best villain song (we all know which one that is), but it’s a close second. (I’m talking songs sung by the villain, not songs like “Cruella De Vil.”)
Honestly, the reason this isn’t higher is probably because this movie came out when I was 1, and I was watching it from a very young age, and Ursula scared the shit out of me. How can she not? I was fucking two.
But the song is great. This is a classic villain song. They don’t get much better than this. It’s actually weird that they don’t often give the villains songs in these movies. Which makes sense. But it’s still weird.
I also love how Ursula is like, “Men up there don’t care about words. Just go put your tits in his face and shake your ass!” Which, is actually good advice. Plus she looks like that one old lady neighbor we all have who smokes two packs a day and has that raspy-ass voice. You know the one. (P.S. I love how her Latin words are basically just random words that sound like voice. “Laryngitis,” she throws in there.)
Also — I love when the song crescendos with “the boss is on a roll!” That’s great writing. I love you, Alan Menken.
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Coming up in the next section —
Mary Poppins pops up one more time, another major film gets introduced, we have another non-animated entry and, just so it’s not left out, some good old-fashioned Disney racism!
It wouldn’t be Disney without some racism.