Everyone knows the Disney classics: A Whole New World, The Circle of Life, I’ll Make A Man Out of You… We can go on and on. But there are certain songs that are great but somehow don’t get as much attention. It may be because the movie wasn’t that good, or maybe there were other songs from the same movie that became bigger hits. Either way, we’re here to present our top five most underrated Disney songs.
Hercules is one of those oft-forgotten Disney movies, maybe because it didn’t feature a traditional princess-type figure that we’re used to thinking of. But upon watching, you’ll quickly realize how great of a movie it was, accompanied by a lot of great songs as well. “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” is the perfect song about denial, which we’re pretty sure you could’ve related to at one point or another. The muses in the background win this one!
The late Robin Williams truly gave a performance to remember in Aladdin. And while most only remember “A Whole New World,” this song’s dynamics and the various voices Genie sings with make it a song to remember. We love you, Lea, but how we wish we had a friend like Genie!
“Bare Necessities” is a cute, jolly song that reminds us to keep life simple. Baloo the bear sings, “When you find out you can live without it /And go along not thinkin' about it / I'll tell you something true / The bare necessities of life will come to you.” Well, that sure is a lot of wisdom for a bear. The original film was released in 1967, but its’ remake was just released this week with Bill Murray as Baloo, and we can’t wait to hear their version of it!
On a bit of a darker note, we go to “Not One of Us” from Lion King 2. While the sequel might not have been as popular as the original, we have to admit there were some high points to it as well. While the song shuns poor Kovu away from the Pride Lands, it’s always epic to see the variety of animals in the film coming together to sing this kind of an anthem.
This song just makes us feel like we’re by the beach, relaxing, taking in the sun, and surfing! If you know how, that is. Lilo and Stitch had a great soundtrack, incorporating Elvis Presley songs with original songs. Performed by Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu and the Kamehameha Schools children's chorus, this song in particular gave us a true sense of the music in Hawaii. Now, we just need the sand, the sea, and maybe a couple of drinks!
Did we miss any of your favorite underrated Disney songs? Leave a comment below!
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