My Favorite Disney Songs: #20-16

Time for the top 20.

This section — well, let’s just say, the songs in this section fit perfectly within this section. They can’t go any higher, and they’re definitely ones that should be ranked higher than the stuff in the previous section (which, 25-21 can be found here).

There’s also one song in this section that I love so so much. To the point where it completely transcends its film. I’m not even going to waste time. Let’s get right into it.

20-16, here we go:

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20. “Belle,” from Beauty and the Beast

Do character introductions get any better than this?

“There goes the baker, with his tray like always…” I can do this song from beginning to end, even with the different inflections on all the “Bonjour”s.

Always Marie, with the baguettes…

The writing is just so good. They set up Belle, the town, Gaston — it’s all there.

And that  “Oh, isn’t this amazing…” section setting up for the “Something There” reprise late — oh… it’s perfection.

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#19 is a real classic. The kind of song you may not immediately think of it off the top of your head, but once you see what it is, you’ll understand.

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19. “Winnie and the Pooh,” from The Many Adventures of Winnie and the Pooh

Right?

What else do I need to say? It’s “Winnie the Pooh.”

If this doesn’t make you happy, you have no soul.

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#18 might be one of the only Disney songs that was used as a sample in a rap song.

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18. “I’ve Got No Strings,” from Pinocchio

So simple and so brilliant. The melody is just so great.

These were the days, weren’t they?

Oh, by the way, the rap song this was used as a sample in is Immortal Technique’s “Freedom of Speech.” I love that song.

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Oh, #17. In terms of how often I listen to Disney songs, this is a top five. No joke. I love this song so much.

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17. “I 2 I,” from A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie is one of those movies that’s not that good except for the fact that we all remember it from when we were kids. That counts for a lot.

But this song — it’s the climactic moment of the film, it’s catchy as hell, it’s brilliantly written, and it has a great message to it. There’s nothing bad about this song.

And there’s a key change. Who doesn’t love a good key change?

I dare you to say this song doesn’t belong here. I dare you.

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Oh, #16… maybe it belongs top 15, but, shit happens. An alum from my school wrote this song. Won an Oscar for it, too.

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16. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” from Song of the South

Forget the racism. The song itself is incredible. They don’t get much more happy-go-lucky than this song. This is the gold standard for the happy-go-lucky tune.

Plus, whenever Disney puts out albums of their most classic songs, this is always on it. If Disney had to list their top ten songs of all time, this would be on it. So there’s no way this song isn’t in the top 20 on anyone’s list of the best Disney songs.

Honestly, the only reason this isn’t in my 15 is purely because of the word “my.” I love the song, but I just had 15 other songs I like better.

This song also led to a great SNL short from the 90s.

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Okay, next is the top 15.

It’s good. It’s real good.

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