Trying to decide the best Disney Song Overall is like trying to pick your favourite child. If I actually had children, I’d probably have a bit more of an idea of what I was talking about here. Anyway, it’s basically impossible. Thankfully, my dear podcast co-host suggested the excellent idea of talking about the songs which won Oscars. Yeah! There are only twelve of them! So, in chronological order (no favouritism here), I proudly present Academy Award Winning Disney Songs:
Rolling in in 1940, we’ve got When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio, written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington, and sung by Cliff Edwards.
In 1946, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah from Song of the South, written by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, and sung by James Baskett.
1964 brings us Mary Poppins, and with it the wonderful Chim Chim Cher-ee, written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, and sung by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. A magical pair!
In 1989, the Disney Renaissance begins and brings us The Little Mermaid. With it, Under The Sea, written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and sung by Samuel E. Wright.
Now they’re coming thick and fast. 1991 gives us the gift of a tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast, from… well, you know what film it is, the title’s right there. Written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and sung by Angela Lansbury. Please check day 3, love songs, for more info about this marvel.
Just one year later, 1992, and we’ve got A Whole New World from Aladdin, written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice, and sung by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga.
Next up is 1994s The Lion King with Can You Feel The Love Tonight, written by Elton John and Tim Rice, and sung by Kristle Edwards, Joseph Williams, Sally Dworsky, Nathan Lane, & Ernie Sabella.
Pocahontas takes to the stage (cliff edge?) in 1995, to educate us about the Colors of the Wind, written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, and sung by Judy Kuhn.
Partying like it was 1999 (maybe), Tarzan is here with You’ll Be in My Heart, written and sung by Phil Collins. Legend.
The millenium has been and gone, and in 2010 Toy Story 3 delivers We Belong Together, written and sung by Randy Newman.
In 2011, The Muppets happened, bringing us Man or Muppet, written by Bret McKenzie (yassss), and sung by Jason Segel and Peter Linz.
Last on the list (so far!), it’s Frozen and that truly inescapable (at least if you have any contact with any children ever) song, Let It Go, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and sung by the one, the only, Adele Dazeem. Kidding. It’s the marvellous Idina Menzel.
Hope this has given you some sweet trivia facts for the future!