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TOP 100 DISNEY SONGS

After popular countdowns on Disney's Animated Classics and Live Action Films, in the spring of 2004 UltimateDisney.com began polling for a third countdown. The focus for this was songs from Disney movies, both animated and live action. First, a list of 129 nominees was devised by forum members. Then, sixty-two site visitors compiled lists of their favorite Disney songs from the nominees.

From these votes, we bring you the 100 Top Disney Songs. Each weekday, for four weeks, we counted down 5 songs, all the way to #1.

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75) "Give a Little Whistle" (Pinocchio)
Jiminy Cricket is a spirited companion, and with this song, he begins his task as Pinocchio's conscience. Good morals can be catchy, this song proves.
Available on Pinocchio Soundtrack (out of print) / Pinocchio: Platinum Edition DVD Review


74) "He Lives in You" (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride)
This song was first released on Rhythym of the Pridelands, a follow-up to the ultra-popular Lion King soundtrack. In Lion King II it sets the tone for one of the better direct-to-video sequels Disney has made. It is also put to dramatic use in the Lion King Broadway musical adaptation.
Available on Rhythm of the Pride Lands: Music Inspired by The Lion King (out of print) / Original Broadway Cast / The Lion King II: Special Edition DVD Review

73) "All in the Golden Afternoon" (Alice in Wonderland)
"Alice’s inquiring and wondrous personality is typified in the single song that occurs before she goes into Wonderland. It’s lackadaisical, easy-going nature truly does feel like something from a “golden afternoon." - Jack Seiley
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / The Garden / All In the Golden Afternoon
Available on Alice in Wonderland Soundtrack (out of print) / Alice in Wonderland: Special Un-Anniversary Edition DVD Review


72) "Son of Man" (Tarzan)
With Tarzan, Disney decided to stray from the traditional musical, but there's no doubt that the film makes wonderful use of songs. "Son of Man" marks Tarzan's growth, and it's one of a number of memorable Phil Collins tunes from the film.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Son Of Man
Available on Tarzan Soundtrack / Tarzan: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Review / Tarzan: Special Edition DVD Review

71) "Gaston" (Beauty and the Beast)
Leave it to Alan Menken and Howard Ashman to take such distasteful characteristics and turn them into an infectious and funny musical number. "Gaston" defines the Beauty and the Beast antagonist's personality concisely and without feeling like exposition or a detraction.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Gaston
Available on Beauty and the Beast Special Edition Soundtrack / Beauty and the Beast DVD Review

70) "True to Your Heart" (Mulan)
This is an exciting conclusion to Mulan, an enchanting grand finale that brings in both 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / True to Your Heart
Available on Mulan Soundtrack / Mulan: Special Edition DVD Review

69) "Candle on the Water" (Pete's Dragon)
Whether they considered it "a stunningly moving song" (awallaceunc) or simply "a '70s ballad that brings warm fuzzies" (snowbot),
many users included this Oscar-nominated Pete's Dragon number in their lists. As the much-missed Disney Guru put it, "A song to listen to when you want to listen to a song that isn't to happy!"
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Helen Reddy - The Woman I Am: The Definitive Collection - Candle On the Water
Available on Pete's Dragon Soundtrack (out of print) / Pete's Dragon DVD Review

68) "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" (Lilo & Stitch)
Kram Nebuer proclaims this harmonic song the "Best Song to Listen to When Your Snowed In."
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus & Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu - Lilo & Stitch - Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride
Available on Lilo & Stitch Soundtrack / Lilo & Stitch: 2-Disc Big Wave Edition DVD Review / Lilo & Stitch 2 DVD Review


67) "The Unbirthday Song" (Alice in Wonderland)
"Burrows into my brain and stays there for a week on every listen. Possibly the most catchy of all the Disney songs." - Jack Seiley
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / The Unbirthday Song
Available on Alice in Wonderland Soundtrack (out of print) / Alice in Wonderland DVD Review

66) "Honor to Us All" (Mulan)
This song playfully brings to life the harsh realities of the ancient Chinese world.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Honor to Us All
Available on Mulan Soundtrack / Mulan: 2-Disc Special Edition DVD Review


65) "Let's Get Together" (The Parent Trap)
What makes this song stand out from the countless other tunes penned for Disney films in the '60s and '70s by the Sherman Brothers? The answer may very well be Hayley Mills (and, yes, Hayley Mills) who makes this fun number all the more charming. It's one of the most memorable scenes from one of Disney's finest live action films.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Let's Get Together
Available on Classic Disney Vol. 1 (out of print), Let's Get Together with Hayley Mills (out of print)
Related UltimateDisney.com Links: The Parent Trap and The Parent Trap II: 2-Movie Collection DVD Review / The Parent Trap (1998) DVD Review / The Parent Trap in the Live Action Countdown

64) "I'm Still Here" (Treasure Planet)
For some, this song performed by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, was the most memorable part of this 2002 film which set Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure in space. It stands out as one of the most atypical Disney songs on this list, and yet, its high ranking is a testament to how rather well it works in context.
Available on Treasure Planet Soundtrack (out of print) / Treasure Planet DVD Review

63) "Portobello Road" (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
For Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Sherman Brothers wrote a number of spirited songs, and several are honored on this list. But the most immediately infectious one has got to be "Portobello Road." James Reader likes the "playful lyrics."
Available on Bedknobs and Broomsticks Soundtrack (out of print) / Bedknobs and Broomsticks DVD Review

62) "Strangers Like Me" (Tarzan)
Phil Collins' songs may sound alike, but they all stay in your head long after his end credits themes are over.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Strangers Like Me
Available on Tarzan Soundtrack / Tarzan in the Animated Classics Countdown / Tarzan: Special Edition DVD Review / Tarzan: The Broadway Musical CD Review


61) "Zero to Hero" (Hercules)
Fast-paced and funny, this song blends with a montage to illustrate Hercules' rise. It's energetic and extremely catchy; you might even say it puts the "oomph" in Herc's triumph.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Zero to Hero
Available on Hercules Soundtrack / Hercules DVD Review


60) "On My Way" (Brother Bear)
Of the three Brother Bear songs to make the cut, this one earns the highest ranking. Phil Collins' "On My Way" takes the journey--a device familiar to film--and infuses it with a spark and spirit to stand out from others.
Available on
Brother Bear Soundtrack / Brother Bear DVD Review

59) "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" (The Aristocats)
This rousing, colorful sequence brings together Scat Cat and all his musically-inclined friends. The lyrics are secondary to the rhythm, which is so delightful as to make it this song the highlight of the film.
Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat
Available on Songs From The Aristocats (out of print) / The Aristocats: Special Edition DVD Review

58) "Substitutiary Locomotion" (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
"A great example of the clever wordplay and catchy tunes that made us love the Sherman Brothers." - awallaceunc
Available on Bedknobs and Broomsticks Soundtrack / Bedknobs and Broomsticks DVD Review

57) "Bella Notte" (Lady and the Tramp)
"This could pass for music piped in at the Olive Garden, but it's more than that. It whisks you away to Italy, or to a childhood memory of two dogs falling for each other over a plate of pasta." - snowbot
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Footloose & Collar-Free / Bella Notte
Available on Lady and the Tramp Soundtrack (out of print) / Lady and the Tramp: Platinum Edition DVD Review / Lady and the Tramp and Friends CD Review


56) "Be Prepared" (The Lion King)
As far as villain songs go, it's tough to top this one. Jeremy Irons performs "Be Prepared" with the same vocal quality that makes Scar both very despicable and highly intriguing. The colorful scene of hyenas marching and lava bursting aptly sets up the dramatic events to come.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Be Prepared
Available on The Lion King Special Edition Soundtrack / The Lion King DVD Review

55) "In a World of My Own" (Alice in Wonderland)
"It's a whimsical little tune, just right for the imaginative type such as Alice to sing." - pinkrenata
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Pay Attention / In a World of My Own
Available on Alice in Wonderland Soundtrack (out of print) / Alice in Wonderland DVD Review

54) "Winnie the Pooh" (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
This opening song stands out from the delightfully simple other tunes from the Hundred Acre Wood. It introduces most of the principles, and like "Peter and the Wolf", a different instrument accompanies each character. The laid-back pace perfectly sets a comfortable tempo for Pooh and his friends.
Available on Best of Pooh & Heffalumps Too / The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh DVD Review


53) "Why Should I Worry?" (Oliver & Company)
With Billy Joel cased as the artful Dodger, Oliver & Company undoubtedly presented an opportunity for the popular singer to belt out a tune. The resulting song is a wonderfully upbeat way to introduce the street-wise dog. One never notices the shortage of lyrics, but rather their catchiness and the perfect mix that ensues with its unparalleled energy and irresistible beat.
Available on Oliver & Company Soundtrack (out of print) / Oliver & Company: 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

52) "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (The Little Mermaid)
The team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken wrote some great songs together in such a short time. "Poor Unfortunate Souls" may not be one of their very best, but it's an excellent example of advancing plot in an exciting way, with music. Ursula, the wretched sea witch, appeals to Ariel's desires, in spite of her apparent cunningness. Her powers are intriguing, and the case she makes in this song is quite convincing.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Poor Unfortunate Souls
Available on The Little Mermaid: Special Edition Soundtrack / The Little Mermaid: Platinum Edition DVD Review


51) "Whistle While You Work" (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Most of Snow White has an operatic quality to it, with its frequently rhyming dialogue and musical character movements. It's impossible to imagine this tidying scene working at all, without this song set to it.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com
Available on Snow White Soundtrack (out of print) / Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVD Review

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