Inspired by Entertainment Weekly’s Best Disney Song Bracket this month, we rounded up our staff and jotted down thoughts on our favorite Disney tunes. It was challenge to pick just one song, as there are so many classics to choose from. Take a look:
A Whole New World (Aladdin, 1992)
Ezra Jacobs: A Whole New World is the greatest romantic musical number ever animated, by far.
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Aharon Nissel: Everyone thinks that what they have is not enough. Everyone wants something else. This song is Ariel’s version of expressing that. It’s a beautiful ballad about how no one is, or feels, complete.
You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story, 1995)
Jack Faivish: It’s a classic song from the best Disney trilogy of all time. It truly epitomizes Toy Story‘s lessons.
Hakuna Matata (The Lion King, 1994)
Jon Ben-Zvi: My favorite part of my favorite childhood movie. I remember constantly trying to get this earworm out of my head. I still find myself humming it sometimes. Timon and Pumbaa: Can you name a more a iconic duo? “Hakuna Matata” represents the happiness in life that everyone should seek. It represents an idealistic, no-judgement world. Especially for someone like myself, “Hakuna Matata” is a song representing hope. What a wonderful phrase!
How Far I’ll Go (Moana, 2016)
Moey Berkowitz: Confession time. I’m really not a Disney buff. I’ve never seen classics like Mary Poppins. But Moana really captivated me late last year, especially Lin-Manuel Miranda’s beautifully written ballad of a girl longing to explore the world.
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South, 1946)
Elazar Abrahams: Although the movie is embarrassingly racist, South’s central song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” is synonymous with the Disney brand itself. Plus, Splash Mountain is an amazing ride!
Let It Go (Frozen, 2013)
Shua Sinensky: Sorry not sorry. While I’ll admit it has been extremely overplayed, Idina Menzel’s rendition of “Let It Go” is simply amazing.
Friend Like Me (Aladdin, 1992)
Judah Teitelbaum: Legendary composer Alan Menken wrote this hilarious song, performed famously by Robin Williams’ Genie. It may not be the most emotional or heartwarming Disney song, but sometimes a laugh is all you need.