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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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50) "So This is Love" (Cinderella)
"So This is Love" captures the dreamlike and romantic quality of Cinderella. - pinkrenata
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Reception at the Palace / So This Is Love (The Cinderella Waltz)
Available on Cinderella: Special Edition Soundtrack / Cinderella in Animated Classics Countdown
Cinderella: Platinum Edition DVD Review / Cinderella: Collector's Gift Set DVD Review / Interview with Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella

49) "Two Worlds" (Tarzan)
Phil Collins' opening credits theme brings the power and vitality that Tarzan the character and Tarzan the movie so strongly display.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Two Worlds
Available on Tarzan Soundtrack / Tarzan: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Review / Tarzan: Special Edition DVD Review / Tarzan: The Broadway Musical CD Review

47) Baby Mine from "Dumbo"
47) (tie) "Baby Mine" (Dumbo)
Mrs. Jumbo's song to her son has brought about tears for over sixty years.
Available on Dumbo Soundtrack (out of print) / Dumbo: Big Top Edition DVD Review / Dumbo: 60th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

47) (tie) "Arabian Nights" (Aladdin)
This mood-setting opener has undergone lyrics changes, but the people are still crazy about it.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Arabian Nights
Available on Aladdin Special Edition Soundtrack / Aladdin: Platinum Edition DVD Review

46) I Wonder from "Sleeping Beauty"
46) "I Wonder" (Sleeping Beauty)
Although often overlooked entirely by the more popular "Once Upon A Dream," "I Wonder" has a beautiful quality also found in the rest of Tchaikovsky's score. - pinkrenata
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Do You Hear That / I Wonder
Available on Sleeping Beauty: 50th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack / Sleeping Beauty: Platinum Edition DVD Review / Disney Princess Sing-Along Songs, Vol. 2 DVD Review

45) "What's This?" (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
While Nightmare's status as a "Disney" film is questionable, voters agreed that "What's This?" was a great tune any way you look at it.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / What's This?
Available on The Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Special Edition Soundtrack / The Nightmare Before Christmas: 3-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Review / The Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Special Edition Soundtrack CD Review / Interview on Nightmare 3-D with Producer Don Hahn

44) "The Second Star to the Right" (Peter Pan)
Originally written as a different song for Alice in Wonderland, "The Second Star" became the perfect opening theme to Peter Pan, capturing the imagination that pervades the film.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Main Title (The Second Star to the Right) / All This Has Happened Before
Available on Peter Pan Soundtrack (out of print) / Peter Pan: Platinum Edition DVD Review

43) "Out There" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Like everything about The Hunchback of Notre Dame, there's just more of an edge to this song than the typical Disney fare. There's a wonderful contrast between Frollo's harsh words of 'friendship' and Quasimodo letting loose.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Out There
Available on The Hunchback of Notre Dame Soundtrack (out of print) / The Hunchback of Notre Dame DVD Review

42) Just Around the Riverbend from "Pocahontas"
42) "Just Around the Riverbend" (Pocahontas)
The protagonist's song of hopes is done well in this uplifting and uniquely-sung number.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Just Around the Riverbend
Available on Pocahontas Soundtrack (out of print) / Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD / Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

41) "Let's Go Fly a Kite" (Mary Poppins)
This song just feels like the perfect way to end a practically perfect movie. Its appeal to free spirits provides a merry aspect to a somewhat bittersweet conclusion.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Lets Go Fly a Kite
Available on Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Soundtrack / Mary Poppins: 45th Anniversary Edition DVD Review / Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

40) "God Help the Outcasts" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Like other Hunchback songs, this one has a Broadway and choral feel to it. What makes Esmerelda's song stand out from the others is its tenderness.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / God Help the Outcasts
Available on The Hunchback of Notre Dame Soundtrack (out of print) / The Hunchback of Notre Dame DVD Review

39) You've Got a Friend in Me from "Toy Story"
39) "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Toy Story)
The very first song in a Pixar film establishes the computer animation studio's belief in films with music (not musicals) and singer/songwriter Randy Newman.
Newman's unmistakable voice marks this and the two other Toy Story songs, but it is his lyrics that strike a chord. While it happens to be about a boy and his favorite toy, the song can apply to any friendship and has all the familiarity and effectiveness of the most beloved Disney anthems.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / You've Got a Friend in Me
Available on Toy Story Soundtrack (out of print) / Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

38) When She Loved Me from "Toy Story 2"
38) "When She Loved Me" (Toy Story 2)
Not unlike the last entry, this Oscar-nominated song aptly captures a toy/owner relationship. It differs by taking a more melancholy approach to growing up, something that works well with Sarah McLachlan singing.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / When She Loved Me
Available on Toy Story 2 Soundtrack (out of print) / Toy Story 2: 2-Disc Special Edition DVD Review

37) "If I Never Knew You" (Pocahontas)
Intended to be part of the film, "If I Never Knew You" was scrapped after test audience screenings and relegated to an end credits theme, of the pop variety performed by Jon Secada and Shanice. The scene with the original performance of the song has found new life in ABC airings which restore it. It will also find its place on the long-awaited Pocahontas Special Edition DVD, coming May 2005.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / If I Never Knew You (End Title)
Available on Pocahontas Soundtrack (out of print) / Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

36) "I'll Make a Man Out of You" (Mulan)
This powerful training song is a surprising success. Defying all expectations, Donnie Osmond delivers a Disney song which is inspiring and endlessly catchy. The blend of witty lyrics and an impressionable beat makes it stand out in Mulan.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / I'll Make a Man Out of You
Available on Mulan Soundtrack / Mulan: 2-Disc Special Edition DVD Review

35) "Cruella De Vil" (101 Dalmatians)
101 Dalmatians may have just two songs, but "Cruella De Vil" clearly ranks up with the best. The playful lyrics and simplicity of this make it such a memorable theme.
Cruella De Vil
Available on 101 Dalmatians Soundtrack (out of print) / 101 Dalmatians DVD Review

34) "One Jump Ahead" (Aladdin)
There's an unparalleled energy to this song, and the animation which accompanies it. As Aladdin breathlessly reveals his situation, we're treated to just about the quickest and most delightful character exposition ever. It may be the finest Disney song which doesn't feel forever tied to a particular scene or movie.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / One Jump Ahead
Available on Aladdin Special Edition Soundtrack / Aladdin: Platinum Edition DVD Review

33) Something There from "Beauty and the Beast"
33) "Something There" (Beauty and the Beast)
To take a hideous beast and make him appealing requires effort. It also requires time to allow for the transformation. And yet, in this just-over-2-minute song, we come to appreciate Beast and first see the potential for Belle and him.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Something There
Available on Beauty and the Beast Special Edition Soundtrack / Beauty and the Beast DVD Review / Disney Princess Sing-Along Songs: Vol. 2 DVD Review

32) "Prince Ali" (Aladdin)
Contrast that with "Prince Ali", a song which follows a transformation and marks a new, regal Aladdin. Like much of Aladdin, this number provides a showcase for Robin Williams to spin his frantic comedy. As such, we're treated to a variety of voices and the scene is aptly compared to a modern-day Thanksgiving parade.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Prince Ali
Available on Aladdin Special Edition Soundtrack / Aladdin: Platinum Edition DVD Review

31) "The Bells of Notre Dame" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
At nearly 6 minutes, this is one of the longest songs on the Top 100 list. It is a grand, atmospheric way to open one of Disney's darker and more dramatic animated films.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / The Bells of Notre Dame
Available on
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Soundtrack (out of print) / The Hunchback of Notre Dame DVD Review

30) "Friend Like Me" (Aladdin)
The character of Genie distinguishes Aladdin from Disney's other fairy tales. With an incredibly lively performance from Robin Williams, Genie actually assumes countless personalities. Through all of them, a good-humored spirit emerges. Part of that spirit can be seen in "Friend Like Me," the energetic revelation of his great powers to his new master. There's at least a dozen different voices, all belonging to Robin Williams, who really brings the character to life with this song.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Friend Like Me
Available on Aladdin Special Edition Soundtrack / Aladdin: Platinum Edition DVD Review

29) "You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!" (Peter Pan)
One of the most interesting traits of the free-spirited hero of J.M. Barrie's classic story is his ability to fly. The magic of Disney songs makes Peter's lessons to Wendy, John, and Michael all the more exciting and endearing. The old-fashioned chorus effectively underscores one of the most memorable scenes. Though the tale may be timeless, the film is undeniably a product of the 1950s, a decade that saw six beloved animated films come from the Disney studio.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
Available on Peter Pan Soundtrack (out of print) / Peter Pan: Platinum Edition DVD Review

28) Go the Distance from "Hercules"
28) "Go the Distance" (Hercules)
Uplifting and genuine, Hercules' contemplative song figures largely in the film. The catchy "Go the Distance" underscores the protagonist's dreams of heroism. And it was nominated for a Best Song Oscar.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / Go the Distance
Available on Hercules Soundtrack / Hercules DVD Review

27) I Wan'na Be Like You from "The Jungle Book"
27) "I Wan'na Be Like You" (The Jungle Book)
With this delightful number, King Louie affirms his status as "the king of the swingers." For a significant part, the song ditches lyrics and proceeds with scatting, whistling and a variety of catchy melodies. While he may be retired these days, King Louie is just about as colorful and fun as any Disney character, and Louis Prima's unmatched voice is the driving force behind this song. Of course, Baloo may have his own well-loved song, but his part here helps make it what it is.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
Available on The Jungle Book Soundtrack / The Jungle Book: Platinum Edition DVD Review

26) "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" (Hercules)
Hercules is an interesting Disney film, one which manages to both poke fun at and adhere to the studio's animated film conventions. Meg sings merrily, backed by the Muses, about resisting clichèd romance. It's an atypical Disney song, and one that site members love for its uniqueness.
Download MP3 from Amazon.com / I Won't Say (I'm in Love)
Available on Hercules Soundtrack / Hercules DVD Review

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