• Zoe Lim

Top 10 Disney Songs

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Following the release of Disney's live action movie, Mulan 2020, we are inspired to take you on a trip down the memory lane with our favourite Disney songs!

Whether you are a Disney fanatic or not, chances are you have heard one or two of the Disney classics. So, without further ado, let's dive right in!

  1. Pinocchio's When You Wish Upon a Star

The most iconic song that defines Disney as a whole is Pinocchio's When You Wish Upon A Star. Dating all the way back to 1940, the song still lives on and has been used by Walt Disney in the opening sequences of all the editions of the Walt Disney movies and television series. It has become the main theme for Disney and arguably the most popular Disney song of today.

2. Aladdin's A Whole New World

"A Whole New World" is Disney's magic carpet ride of wonder and fantasy. Lyrically, the song describes Aladdin showing Princess Jasmine a life of freedom and the pair's acknowledgement of their love for each other as they ride on a magic carpet. Easily one of the most memorable songs of Disney, Aladdin's A Whole New World won both an Oscar for Best Original Song and a (Disney's first and only!) Grammy for Song of the Year , beating out legendary musicians such as Billy Joel and Neil Young.

3. Lion King's Circle of Life

The song is well known for its opening line, sung by South African composer Lebo M. in Zulu. Translated to English, the lyrics in the opening line are ," Here comes a lion, father/Oh yes it's a lion ". Due to the film's great impact on popular culture, the song "Circle of Life" was also propelled to fame and was often referenced in other media such as the Doctor Who series, the film Chicken Little and A Bug's Life. In 2011, President Barack Obama spoofed a conspiracy theory that he was born outside of the United States, rather than this birthplace in Hawaii using the opening chant of Lion King's Circle of Life.

4. Pocahontas' Colors of the Wind

Written by Disney god Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, "Colors of the Wind" is about animism and respecting nature. It also touches on the issue of prejudice and the pain of having their native land taken away by colonists. As the lyrics go, "You think you own whatever land you land on/The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim". For a Disney movie, the main theme for Pocahontas is not afraid to bring forth an important message in the voice of the American Natives. The genius of the lyrics is what makes this song so iconic and important, even in today's context. It has also won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

5. Mulan's Reflection