My Favorite Disney Songs: #10-6

Top ten time….

Not much to say here. Everything is perfectly represented. I think we can all agree that these songs are the ten best songs Disney’s ever done. There’s really not that much you could swap. (And if you do think something other than these ten belong in the top ten, I’d be fascinated to find out what it is.)

I don’t need to set this up any further. Just — prepare to get happy:

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10. “The Bare Necessities,” from The Jungle Book

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I’m not even gonna say anything about these top ten, really. They speak for themselves. Let’s just enjoy it.

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If #9 starts playing and you don’t immediately feel yourself becoming flush and smiling in that, “Ohhh…. yeah,” kind of way, you didn’t really have a childhood.

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9. “Beauty and the Beast,” from Beauty and the Beast

Two words: Angela. Lansbury.

Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends
Unexpectedly

Just a little change
Small, to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast

Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise

Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bittersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong

Certain as the sun
Rising in the east
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast.

Angela fucking Lansbury.

Also, I love that “Ever just the same” section. It’s so good. She destroys those notes.

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#8 — they don’t get more universal than #8. I’ll leave it at that. One of the top five most beautiful songs Disney has ever written.

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8. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” from Cinderella

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true

Find me lyrics that good and that concise. There are two “best” Disney princess songs. The second one is coming up next. They can’t be beaten.

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I already told you what #7 is. You should be expecting it.

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7. “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Some day my prince will come
Some day we’ll meet again
And away to his castle we’ll go
To be happy forever I know 

Some day when spring is here
We’ll find our love anew
And the birds will sing
And wedding bells will ring
Some day when my dreams come true

I mostly consider #7 and #8 a tie. The reason this is ranked higher is twofold: this is from the first Disney movie, and this is the one that’s become a jazz standard. That’s impressive. So this is ranked higher. But I consider them a 1 and 1A. They’re both perfect.

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#6 — oh, #6… both versions of this song are perfect. I guarantee it makes you happy.

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6. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from The Lion King

I’m posting the Elton lyrics, just because we all know the film version by heart. These lyrics make the song even better than it already is, which is saying something.

There’s a calm surrender to the rush of day
When the heat of a rolling wind can be turned away
An enchanted moment, and it sees me through
It’s enough for this restless warrior just to be with you

And can you feel the love tonight
It is where we are
It’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far
And can you feel the love tonight
How it’s laid to rest
It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

There’s a time for everyone if they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn
There’s a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours

Perfection. You can listen to the Elton version here.

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You might be thinking, “Damn, what beats those songs?”

Well, don’t worry, you’re about to find out.

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