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Disney's 50 Best Children's Songs

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Some of our greatest songs were written for children. Here are 50 of Disney's best!

Some of our greatest songs were written for children. Here are 50 of Disney's best!

Disney songs play a big role in developing children's imaginations and morality, while usually being danceable and fun. These songs significantly impact the formation of their values and carry the enchantment of their childhood with them as they grow older. Here are 50 of the best songs heard in Disney movies.

1. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Toy Story)

Artist: Randy Newman

Year Released: 1995

Facts About "You’ve Got a Friend in Me"

  • As the title indicates, the song talks about being able to rely on someone during even the most difficult situations because they’re a true friend. At first glance, it appears to be about Andy becoming Woody's friend.
  • "You've Got a Friend in Me," like many other Disney theme songs, has been covered throughout the franchise.
  • It's sung as a duet between Newman and Lyle Lovett in Toy Story.
  • It's sung by Robert Goulet in Toy Story 2 and also reprised as an instrumental by Tom Scott—using essentially the same background music as Goulet's cover.
  • A Spanish-language version by the Gipsy Kings appears in Toy Story 3.
  • An Italian-language version is sung by Riccardo Cocciante in Toy Story 4.

2. “Let It Go” (Frozen)

Artist: Idina Menzel

Year Released: 2013

Facts About "Let It Go"

  • It's one of the most powerful and poignant Disney songs. It addresses Queen Elsa's difficulties with her ice-cold powers and how painful it became for her to keep them hidden.
  • "Let It Go" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, a Critics' Choice Award for Best Song, the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Song, and the 2014 Radio Disney Music Award for Favorite Song From a Movie or TV Show.
  • The song became popular not only because of its high pitch but also because of its message.
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez co-wrote "Let It Go."
  • "Let It Go" is one of the most well-known songs from Frozen, an animated music drama based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, "The Snow Queen."

3. "Beauty and the Beast” (Beauty and the Beast)

Artists: Ariana Grande and John Legend

Year Released: 2017

Facts About "Beauty and the Beast"

  • Celine Dion first performed this Disney song in the 1991 animated feature.
  • Legend stated they wanted to rework "Beauty and the Beast" while still paying homage to the original.
  • Two versions of the song are present in the movie. One is the single featured on the soundtrack and used in the music video, and the other is an alternate version used for the film's final trailer.
  • Dave Meyers directed the video, which features Ariana Grande in an oversized red dress approximating the center of a rose, while dancers represent the petals.
  • "Beauty and the Beast" has a tempo of 81 BPM. The song lasts 3 minutes and 48 seconds, is in the key of F#, and is relatively danceable.

4. “Under the Sea” (The Little Mermaid)

Artist: Samuel E. Wright

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Year Released: 1989

Facts About "Under the Sea"

  • It was modeled after "The Beautiful Briny," a song from the 1971 film Bedknobs & Broomsticks.
  • "Under the Sea" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
  • "Under the Sea" is one of the most well-known Disney songs, and it's sung by Sebastian the crab in an energetic Caribbean style.

5. “Part of Your World” (The Little Mermaid)

Artist: Jodi Benson

Year Released: 1989

Facts About "Part of Your World"

  • This is one of the most memorable and romantic Disney songs ever.
  • "Part of Your World" is sung by Ariel about wanting to become human. In a bigger sense, it's about chasing something we can't have.
  • Lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken collaborated on "Part of Your World."

6. “Un Poco Loco” (Coco)

Artists: Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Angel Gomez Jaramillo

Year Released: 2017

Facts About "Un Poco Loco"

  • It is performed by Miguel and Héctor at a music competition in the Land of the Dead.
  • "Un Poco Loco" means "A Little Crazy."
  • Héctor originally wrote the song for Imelda, Miguel's great-great-grandmother.
  • "Un Poco Loco" has 32 bars. The improvisation on the original album was based on a single scale rather than a chord series.

7. “Reflection” (Mulan)

Artist: Lea Salonga

Year Released: 1998

Facts About "Reflection"

  • In the film, we hear "Reflection" when Mulan returns home after failing to impress her matchmaker.
  • Matthew Wilder, an American singer, songwriter, and producer, wrote "Reflection." Other than the Mulan soundtrack, he's best known for "Break My Stride," a Top 5 pop hit in 1984.
  • Christina Aguilera received permission from Disney to release a version of "Reflection" as her debut single simultaneous with—and technically, competitor to—the release from the Mulan soundtrack.
  • "Reflection" has a tempo of 119 BPM, lasts 3 minutes and 40 seconds, and is in the key of A.

8. “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas)

Artist: Judy Kuhn

Year Released: 1995

Facts About "Colors of the Wind"

  • It's a ballad about animism and the need to honor nature. It's a gentle reminder that humans are responsible for caring for the environment, including the creatures who exist alongside us.
  • "Colors of the Wind" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
  • "Colors of the Wind" has a tempo of 109 BPM, lasts 3 minutes and 50 seconds, and is not very danceable.

9. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” (Frozen)

Artist: Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez

Year Released: 2013

Facts About "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

  • It's a song composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez for Disney's 2013 animated film Frozen. After accidentally hurting Anna because she hadn't yet learned to control her ice powers, Elsa quarantines herself from her sister. "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" is a three-part ballad sung by Anna to Elsa, and it tracks their isolation from one another as kids, teens, and, following the death of their parents, as young adults.
  • The song was almost cut from the film, but staffers working on the film demanded that it stay in.
  • One of the most beloved Disney tracks of recent memory, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" had 1.6 million downloads within three years of its release, a number only exceeded by Mariah Carey's 1994 hit single, "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
  • "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" has a tempo of 145 BPM. The song lasts 2 minutes and 34 seconds, is in the key of A, and isn't meant for dancing so much as crying.

10. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Lion King)

Artist: 1994

Year Released: Elton John

Facts About "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

  • One of Disney's greatest ballads, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is sung by Elton John and appears in the 1994 animated film, The Lion King.
  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" shows the emotional and heartfelt attraction between an adult Simba and Nala. The song was originally going to be more comical, but Elton didn't like that. He thought the song should follow in the great tradition of Disney love songs.
  • The song was a massive hit for John, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

11. “Love Is an Open Door” (Frozen)

Artist: Santino Fontana, Kristen Bell

Year Released: 2013

Facts About "Love Is an Open Door"

  • It's another song co-written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez for Frozen and is sung by Anna (Kristen Bell) and Hans (Santino Fontana).
  • "Love Is an Open Door" occurs early in the film, when Anna meets Prince Hans during Elsa's coronation. It's sung as a romantic, "meet-cute" duet, and it was supposedly inspired by Ralph Macchio's and Elizabeth Shue's date in The Karate Kid (1984).
  • Anna assumes that she has finally found true love. At the song's end, Hans proposes to Anna, and she excitedly accepts.
  • Prince Hans sings, "I've been looking my whole life for my own place," gesticulating to Arendelle. The song's lyrics were purposefully written to be a traditional Disney villain number cleverly disguised as a love ballad.

12. “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)

Artist: Auli'i Cravalho

Year Released: 2016

Facts About "How Far I’ll Go"

  • It's a song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for Disney's 2016 animated film Moana.
  • "How Far I’ll Go" follows in the tradition of Disney "I Want" songs, where early in the first act the protagonist sings about wanting to break beyond the limitations of their world. In this case, Moana wants to explore beyond the reef, but her father insists it's unsafe.
  • "How Far I'll Go" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2017 Academy Awards and Best Original Song at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, but lost both to "City of Stars" from La La Land.
  • "How Far I'll Go" has a moderate tempo of 82 BPM. The song lasts 2 minutes and 43 seconds and starts out in E, but it changes key midway through to F.

13. “You’re Welcome” (Moana)

Artist: Dwayne Johnson

Year Released: 2016

Facts About “You’re Welcome”

  • "You're Welcome" is another Moana song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Dwayne Johnson performs the number as the demi-god Maui, hilariously bragging about his contributions to humanity.
  • During the song, Maui uses traditional Polynesian tattoos as a narrative device to explore the theology of Moana's people.
  • Jordan Fisher and Lin-Manuel Miranda duet on "You're Welcome" during the end credits.
  • "You're Welcome" has a tempo of 135 BPM. The song lasts 2 minutes and 44 seconds, is in the key of F, and is very danceable.

14. “The Family Madrigal” (Encanto)

Artists: Stephanie Beatriz and Olga Merediz

Year Released: 2021

Facts About “The Family Madrigal”

  • "The Family Madrigal" is from Disney's 2021 animated musical film Encanto. At the start of the movie, Mirabel Madrigal (Stephanie Beatriz) sings this song to welcome the viewer to Encanto. Mirabel introduces the audience to the Madrigal family—the film's main characters—and each of their unique "gifts."
  • A vallenato tune, "The Family Madrigal" is powered by an accordion, as well as indigenous Colombian instruments like the caja vallenata (a hand drum) and guacharaca (a scratchy percussive instrument similar to a güiro).
  • According to Miranda, the music in Abuela's verse is identical to that of "Dos Oruguitas," another track on Encanto. "Belle," the theme song from the 1991 Beauty and the Beast, served as inspiration for the music.
  • "The Family Madrigal" has a tempo of 141 BPM. The song lasts 4 minutes and 17 seconds, is in the key of C#, and has considerable dancing potential.

15. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” (Encanto)

Artists: Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitán, Stephanie Beatriz, Diane Guerrero

Year Released: 2021

Facts About ”We Don’t Talk About Bruno”

  • This song is from Disney's 2021 multimedia musical feature film Encanto and was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • "We Don't Talk About Bruno" is a compendium of stories and anecdotes about Mirabel Madrigal's shunned uncle, Bruno, for whom the ability to see the future has been connected with catastrophe. This power has also left him estranged from the Madrigal family.
  • "Bruno" combines Latin music traditions, including salsa, guajira, and a cha-cha-chá rhythm. Miranda adds pop and dance music components. Sung powerfully by an ensemble, the song culminates in a polyphonic outro.
  • "We Don't Talk About Bruno" spent five weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and was a hit worldwide. It's Disney's longest-reigning Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper and the studio's first-ever song to top the UK Singles Chart. It also broke the record for the most acknowledged singers on a Hot 100 chart-topper (seven).

16. “Surface Pressure” (Encanto)

Artist: Jessica Darrow

Year Released: 2021

Facts About “Surface Pressure”

  • "Surface Pressure" is from Disney's 2021 animated musical film Encanto.
  • This is a cumbia-influenced dance song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by American actress Jessica Darrow (Luisa Madriga). "Surface Pressure" depicts Luisa's challenges as she wields the magical "gift" of super strength and bears the stresses of being the dependable older sister in her family.
  • "Surface Pressure" hit number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, making Encanto the first Disney film to have two top-10 singles on the chart.
  • "Surface Pressure" has a tempo of 180 BPM. The song lasts 3 minutes and 22 seconds, is in the key of D, and is reasonably danceable.

17. “Lead The Way” (Raya and The Last Dragon)

Artist: Jhené Aiko

Year Released: 2021

Facts About “Lead The Way”

  • "Lead the Way" is a track from Disney's 2021 computer-animated fantasy film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Jhené Aiko performs the song during the end credits.
  • A music video for "Lead The Way" was directed by Carlos López Estrada, one of Raya and the Last Dragon's co-directors.
  • "Lead The Way" was sung in different languages in Asia as part of Disney's promotional campaign for the movie.
  • "Lead the Way" has a tempo of 101 BPM. The song lasts 3 minutes and 44 seconds, is in the key of E, and is very danceable.

18. “Into The Unknown” (Frozen II)

Artist: Idina Menzel and Aurora

Year Released: 2019

Facts About “Into The Unknown”

  • Clark Spencer, the director of Disney Animation Studios, claims that children and adults alike may relate to this Disney song in which you are encouraged to follow your calling.
  • At the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, it won Best Original Song.
  • It received Best Original Song nominations at the Academy Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Satellite Awards.

19. “Sugar Rush” (Wreck-It Ralph)

Artist: AKB48

Year Released: 2012

Facts About “Sugar Rush”

  • Sugar Rush is a fictional arcade game that Ralph accesses while flying the out-of-control shuttle from a different arcade game, Hero's Duty.
  • Sugar Rush is a kart racing game with candies, cookies, and other sweets as tracks. It's also where Ralph meets Vanellope Von Schweetz and a slew of other characters.
  • "Sugar Rush" has a tempo of 132 BPM. The song lasts 3 minutes and 15 seconds, is in the key of B, and was made for dancing.

20. “When Can I See You Again?” (Wreck-It Ralph)

Artist: Owl City

Year Released: 2012

Facts About “When Can I See You Again?”

  • A fast-paced dance-pop and synth-pop track, "When Can I See You Again?" includes singer/songwriter Adam Young's "light vocals over a bed of pounding percussion and twinkling synths."
  • On October 26, 2012, Matt Stawski published the music video for "When Can I See You Again?" It includes "fun video game themes" and Wreck-It Ralph clips.
  • Young said of writing "When Can I See You Again?" for Wreck-It Ralph: "I felt like it was incredibly tough to attempt to live up to the Disney history. Growing up, I was a tremendous admirer of Disney animation movies."
  • "When Can I See You Again?" has a tempo of 128 BPM. The song lasts 3 minutes and 38 seconds, is in the key of B, and is very danceable.

More Disney Songs for Children

Disney Song TitleDisney MovieArtist

21.“Remember Me”

Coco

Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade

22. "Hawaiian Roller Coaster”

Lilo & Stitch

Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomal and the Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus

23. “I See the Light”

Tangled

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi

24. “Almost There”

The Princess and the Frog

Anika Noni Rose

25. “He Mele No Lilo”

Lilo & Stitch

Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu and the Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus

26.”When You Wish Upon a Star”

Pinocchio

Cliff Edwards

27. “Be Our Guest”

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty And the Beast chorus, Jerry Orbach, and Angela Lansbury

28. “Wannabe”

Chicken Little

Joan Cusack and Steve Zahn

29. "You’ll Be In My Heart”

Tarzan

Phil Collins

30. “In Summer”

Frozen

Josh Gad

31. “That Time of the Year”

Frozen

Josh Gad

32. “Can't Help Falling In Love”

Lilo & Stitch

A*Teens

33. “Hakuna Matata”

The Lion King

Nathan Lane, Jason Weaver, Ernie Sabella, and Joseph Williams

34. “Spirit”

The Lion King

Beyonce

35. “Somethings Never Change”

Frozen II

Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad

36. “Under the Sea”

Little Mermaid

Samuel E. Wright

37. “Go the Distance”

Hercules

Roger Bart

38. “Baby Mine”

Dumbo

Betty Noyes

39. “Prince Ali”

Aladdin

Robin Williams

40. “Fixer Upper”

Frozen

Maia Wilson, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff

41. “Life’s a Happy Song”

Muppets

Barbara Streisand

42. “Everybody Wants to be a Cat”

The Aristocats

Floyd Huddleston and Al Rinker

43. “Belle”

Beauty and the Beast

Paige O'Hara and Richard White

44. “Heigh-Ho”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Gerard Rinaldi, Bernard Alane, Michel Mella, Jean Loup Horwitz, and Jean Donda

45. “Zero to Hero”

Hercules

Sounds of Blackness

46. “Friends on the Other Side”

The Princess and the Frog

Keith David

47. “In a World of My Own”

Alice in Wonderland

Kathryn Beaumont

48. “Jessie’s Song”

Toy Story

Randy Newman and Sarah McLachlan

49. “Sing"

Sing

Tori Kelly

50. “Shiny”

Moana

Jemaine Clement

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