My Favorite Disney Songs: #25-21

Have you been keeping track so far? Do you know what songs haven’t come off the board yet? (If you want to recap, you can find the previous section here.)

We’ve reached the top 25. I’m going to do my best to provide adequate space in between each song, so that you get the full benefit of surprise and excitement when each one comes up.

In terms of what’s in the top 25 — you can really only haggle with me about one song. I guarantee you that if you were to make your list of top 25 Disney songs, at least — 20, to be liberal — would be the same as mine. It’s just obvious which ones are the best.

This section skews heavily toward one decade in particular, and songs that I felt, while some of the best they’ve ever done, do have some added help by the fact that they came out when I was a child. So while I grew up with Disney, I really grew up with these songs. They’re just not as universal as the rest of the stuff on the list. But, on the other hand — we all know they’re amazing. So this section will be the ones that, while of top 25 distinction, easily fall to the bottom of this particular tax bracket.

It’s the top 25, people. Get excited.

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25. “I’m Wishing,” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The very first Disney song, ever. (Feature song. Let’s not argue semantics here. You know what I mean.) That counts for a lot. Plus, it’s the gold standard for what the princess song should be: young girl wishing for someone to love. “I want love.” It doesn’t get much simpler or more evocative than that.

Also, I’d like to point out that this song (as you can see in this video) is always paired with “One Song.” I think of them as two completely separate songs. One “Hers” and one “His.” They have to be considered separate, even though they’re back-to-back, since you have to have the Princess song and the Prince song. So that’s why I’m only considering that one here and why “One Song” is featured back earlier in the countdown.

Obviously this song isn’t amazing in terms of its lyrics. But the fact that it’s the first Disney song and would set the standard for all Disney Princess songs to come (a standard that you’ll see has been surpassed more than once) pretty much demands that it go in the top 25. It has to.

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Next is #24. You ready?

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Are you… prepared?

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24. “Be Prepared,” from The Lion King

The quintessential Disney villain song. Without question. Go ahead and name me a better villain song. (Some people might say #23 counts, but I say nay.)

Jeremy Irons destroys this song. Plus we all know the lyrics. Once the “…. hum…. hum…. hum…” part comes in, we can quote this shit beginning to end. You know we can.

But this songwriting is fucking incredible. This is legit broadway songwriting, with the breaks in between for dialogue. It’s perfect, from beginning to end. How do you not put this top 25?

Also, ten points for the Gone With the Wind reference.

Plus, goose stepping hyenas. Someone had to say it.

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Here comes #23…

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Can you guess what it is? Your hint is “eggs.”

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23. “Gaston,” from Beauty and the Beast

I think my thoughts on this one can be summed up by one verse:

When I was a lad, I ate four dozen eggs
Every morning, to help me get large
And now that I’m grown, I eat five dozen eggs
So I’m roughly the size of a barge.

He’s especially good at expectorating, too.

They don’t write ’em much better than this. Also, to start a count — that’s the second Alan Menken song in the top 25. Don’t worry, there will be much more than that.

But is there anyone that will argue with this? It’s “Gaston.” (And just to clarify my feelings about this not being a villain song — I don’t really think Gaston becomes the villain until the very end. Mostly he’s just an insufferable prick for most of the film. Also, he’s directly comparable to Brom Bones from the Sleepy Hollow section of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.)

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#22, coming up…

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It’s Menken again… #3 for him in the top 25…

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22. “Be Our Guest,” from Beauty and the Beast

They wrote a Busby Berkeley musical number into a Disney movie. I love them.

Also, it’s “Be Our Guest.” Of course this is top 25. Do I really need to say anything more?

Just listen to it and be happy. That’s all you need.

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#21 coming up, and one of my personal favorites of everything they’ve ever done. So much so that I desperately want to rank this higher now.

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21. “I Wan’na Be Like You,” from The Jungle Book

I fucking love this song. Just put on that video and tell me it’s not infectiously catchy.

I can’t actually put this higher because there’s not too much in the way of lyrics (and the top 20 is packed with songs. Just wait and see), but goddamn do I love this song.

I dare you to listen to this and not be happy.

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All right, top 20 coming up — it gets really fun now. Really fun. Keep going. You made it this far. Now you get the best of the best of the best.

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One response

  1. Chinoiserie

    There is Gone With The Wind reference in Be Prepared? Seriously? Why cant’t I hear it?

    July 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

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