Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #9 – “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana
9. “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana
This is your classic Disney princess song. Every princess has one, and the films with the best music often have this exact song. “Belle”; “Part of Your World”; “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”; “Just Around the Riverbend”; “Reflection” — you get the idea. They have that song that tells you their desires and dreams that they hope will come true. And, because it’s Disney, they do come true by the end of the film.
This song ranks among all those others as one of the best the studio has ever written. This tells you everything — “I want to be a good daughter and shepherd to my people… but something’s calling me out there on the ocean. And one day, I’m gonna find out what that is, and nothing’s gonna stop me.” It’s all there. This is classic Disney.