Love songs! Was it any surprise who of the two of us would cover this topic? (Spoiler alert: it’s me, Jen, resident romantic.) I love a good love song, I am addicted to romance, and so without further ado I would like to present the best songs from each of these categories I just made up:
Platonic Love Song
Runner up goes to When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2, because whose heart didn’t break just a little when Jessie tells her story of being left behind?
Winning is You’ll Be In My Heart from Tarzan. An anthem of parental love. Part the mastery of Phil Collins, part tragic backstory and orphaning, part surprise new baby for super loving gorilla mom, mostly because I have yet to make it through this without shedding tears.
Nice Songs With Misguided Messages
Runner up is the truly lovely True Love’s Kiss from Enchanted. Don’t we all want to find somebody with whom to finish our duet? Giselle’s wishing for some sweet kiss action and the “prince [she’s] hoping comes with this” ends up happily incorrect when she meets a great guy who wants to go on actual dates, no crown needed.
Winning is Love Is An Open Door from Frozen. Super catchy, super fun and super singable, like a sweet reject from the High School Musical empire, this song rocks. What isn’t so rocking is the fact that Hans is a total turd. With great messages to come about not marrying somebody you just met, and real-life karaoke fun forever, this song is a bag of misguided joy.
BUT HOLD THE DOOR ONE SECOND
this important new piece of evidence has come to my attention, and now I can’t get it out of my head: is Hans REALLY the villain in Frozen?! Spoiler: maybe no, what if it’s actually troll magic at work here: http://www.cracked.com/blog/you-really-have-no-idea-who-villain-frozen-is/
Love Song Sung By Supporting Characters
In second place, Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King. Originally going to be a duet between Timon and Pumbaa (and we still want to hear that), composer Elton John disliked the comical nature of it, declaring the song was intended to follow “Disney’s tradition of great love songs”. Thank you Elton, for follow that tradition it did.
Winning here is Tale As Old As Time from Beauty and the Beast. Hello Angela Lansbury, you are awesome and this song is too. Lansbury wasn’t initially keen on recording this song because of the unfamiliar style, and worries about her ageing singing voice, and suggested the studio find somebody else to do the song. She’d done her own vocals for Bedknobs and Broomsticks and was more accustomed to singing uptempo songs. She agreed to record a version of it, to be used if they couldn’t find somebody else. On the day she was supposed to record, her flight was delayed due to a bomb threat and she ended up hours late to the recording session. Ultimately, Lansbury recorded the song in one take, moved everybody in the studio to tears, and her voice is the one we hear in our heads every time we are gently crooning, “Beauty and the Beeeeeeeast…”.
Honourable mention to Kiss The Girl from The Little Mermaid. Sooo catchy, but even I can see that a song about smooching isn’t exactly the same as a song about truuue looove.
Love Song Sung By Main Character/s
This was a difficult one, there’s a lot of choice and competition was tough. In second place, I Won’t Say I’m In Love from Hercules. Please, the music in this movie is killer, so Meg’s anti-love-but-secretly-yes-it’s-love song beat out the others.
Winning this category is A Whole New World from Aladdin. A Whole New World is not only catchy, moving and totally singable (and duetable [real word?] if you have a pal!), it received wide acclaim and chart success. It is also still the only Disney song ever to make it to number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (for comparison: Let It Go from Frozen only made it to number 5). The fans have spoken. A Whole New World owns this one.
Honourable mentions go to Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty (classic) and I See The Light from Tangled (just beautiful, and not just their flawless faces). Ahhhh…