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The Definitive Ranking Of The 102 Best Animated Disney Songs

It’s time to put “Let It Go” in its proper place in the Disney canon.

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There are tons of amazing Disney songs. Here’s some criteria we used to narrow this list down:

1. All songs are from animated films that were released to theaters.
2. All songs are sung by a character in the film. (This is why the brilliant and otherwise top five-worthy “Circle of Life” is not included.)
3. No straight-to-video releases or sequels.
4. All of these films are made by Walt Disney Studios. So, no Pixar movies (like
Toy Story). Skellington Productions films (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) are included, however, as the studio was owned by Disney.

102. “Yodel-adle-eedle-idle-oo” — Home on the Range
101. “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life for Me)” — Pinocchio
100. “Thomas O’Malley Cat” — The Aristocats
99. “Siamese Cat Song” — The Lady and the Tramp
98. “Madam Mim” — The Sword in the Stone
97. “All in the Golden Afternoon” — Alice in the Wonderland
96. “Reindeer Are Better Than People” — Frozen

95. “I’ve Got No Strings” — Pinocchio

Pinocchio’s moment of self-triumph became an anthem for showing off an incredible feat, and the sweet, singsong nature of the song is deeply embedded in the childhood memories of many who grew up with the classic. Disney / Via no-strings-on-me.tumblr.com

94. “Scales and Arpeggios” — The Aristocats
93. “Good Company” — Oliver and Company
92. “When I See an Elephant Fly” — Dumbo
91. “Eating the Peach” — James and the Giant Peach
90. “One Last Hope“— Hercules
89. “The Work Song” — Cinderella
88. “In Summer” — Frozen
87. “I’m Wishing” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
86. “Give a Little Whistle” — Pinocchio
85. “On the Open Road” — A Goofy Movie

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84. “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” — Cinderella

The original movie makeover scene needed a magical song to accompany it, and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” instantly became synonymous with transformation. Disney / Via metro.co.uk

83. “A Guy Like You” — The Hunchback of Notre Dame
82. “Love Is an Open Door” — Frozen
81. “Family” — James and the Giant Peach
80. “Mine, Mine, Mine” — Pocahontas
79. “Perfect Isn’t Easy” — Oliver and Company
78. “That’s the Life for Me” — James and the Giant Peach
77. “A Smile and a Song” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
76. “Mother Knows Best” — Tangled
75. “Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale” — Cinderella
74. “A Girl Worth Fighting For” — Mulan
73. “Fixer Upper” — Frozen

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72. “Topsy Turvy” — The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The town chorus song is overwhelming, loud, and zany — perfectly capturing the spirit of the chaos in the square. Disney / Via theres-goodnoosetonight.tumblr.com

71. “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” — The Aristocats
70. “I Wonder” — Sleeping Beauty
69. “Streets of Gold” — Oliver and Company
68. “If I Never Knew You” — Pocahontas
67. “For the First Time in Forever” — Frozen
66. “Friends on the Other Side” — The Princess and the Frog
65. “One Song” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
64. “Stand Out” — A Goofy Movie
63. “Bring Honor to Us All” — Mulan
62. “The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” — The Great Mouse Detective
61. “Nobody Else But You” — A Goofy Movie
60. “I See the Light” — Tangled
59. “The Bells of Notre Dame” — The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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58. “Dig a Little Deeper” — The Princess and the Frog

Mama Odie sings about looking within our own souls — instead of to material goods — for happiness, while a chorus of claps and tambourines keep the beat rocking. Disney / Via giphy.com

57. “A Pirate’s Life” — Peter Pan
56. “He’s a Tramp” — Lady and the Tramp
55. “Heigh-Ho” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
54. “God Help the Outcasts” — The Hunchback of Notre Dame
53. “Following the Leader” — Peter Pan
52. “Listen with Your Heart” — Pocahontas
51. “Oogie Boogie’s Song” — The Nightmare Before Christmas
50. “Ma Belle Evangeline” — The Princess and the Frog
49. “So This Is Love” — Cinderella

48. “In a World of My Own” — Alice in Wonderland

Alice dreams of escaping reality and into her imagination in this classic song from the 1951 film. Disney / Via weheartit.com

47. “Your Mother and Mine” — Peter Pan
46. “Something There” — Beauty and the Beast
45. “After Today” — A Goofy Movie
44. “Friend Like Me” — Aladdin
43. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” — Cinderella
42. “When We’re Human” — The Princess and the Frog
41. “Be Our Guest” — Beauty and the Beast
40. “Whistle While You Work” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
39. “Out There” — The Hunchback of Notre Dame
38. “I Wan’na Be Like You” — The Jungle Book
37. “Do You Want To Build a Snowman” — Frozen
36. “Kiss the Girl” — The Little Mermaid
35. “Sally’s Song” — The Nightmare Before Christmas
34. “Gaston” — Beauty and the Beast
33. “One Jump Ahead” — Aladdin
32. “Bella Notte” — Lady and the Tramp

31. “Jack’s Lament” — The Nightmare Before Christmas

Every song in The Nightmare Before Christmas is a gem, but “Jack’s Lament” is particularly special. Composer Danny Elfman plays the singing voice of Jack in the movie, and his voice is able to be both menacing and sweet, conveying the immense sadness of the character. Disney / Via perfectdisney.tumblr.com

30. “Hellfire” — The Hunchback of Notre Dame
29. “Just Around the Riverbend” — Pocahontas
28. “Zero to Hero” — Hercules
27. “Prince Ali” — Aladdin
26. “Go The Distance” — Hercules
25. “Baby Mine” — Dumbo
24. “What’s This?” — The Nightmare Before Christmas
23. “Hakuna Matata” — The Lion King
22. “Belle” — Beauty and the Beast
21. “Once Upon a Dream” — Sleeping Beauty
20. “Under the Sea” — The Little Mermaid
19. “Almost There” — The Princess and the Frog

18. “Be Prepared” — The Lion King

One of the best Disney villain songs of all time, Scar’s call-to-arms is both sinister and appropriately theatrical. The singing chorus of hyenas adds to the drama, making it all the more epic. Disney / Via wifflegif.com

17. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” — The Little Mermaid
16. “Bare Necessities” — The Jungle Book
15. “Someday My Prince Will Come” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
14. “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” — Hercules
13. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” — Mulan
12. “Why Should I Worry?” — Oliver and Company
11. “Cruella De Vil” — 101 Dalmatians

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10. “Reflection” — Mulan

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Christina Aguilera owes her career’s start to “Reflection,” but it’s the film version by Lea Salonga that really connected with Disney fans. Taking its title literally, the song is about self-examination and the desire to be true to oneself. This is one of the rawest ballads that Disney ever released, and its message still resonates just as strongly as it did in 1998.

9. “Colors of the Wind” — Pocahontas

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Sung by Judy Kuhn, who voices Pocahontas in the film, “Colors of the Wind” was yet another Oscar-winning song for Disney. Though its lyrics were not the most historically accurate (a blue corn moon is not a thing), it encouraged people to appreciate the world around them and to seek to understand others before judging them.

The Lion King’s most buoyant, happy number had a young Simba running around and imagining his destiny, still wide-eyed and full of hope. A theme song for growing up and wanting more independence, it’s also insanely infectious. Just try to keep those feet still as the drums start up. (You can’t.)

7. “I-2-I” — A Goofy Movie

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A Goofy Movie is an often overlooked Disney film with a devoted cult following, in no small part thanks to its amazing soundtrack. “I-2-I” is the film’s climax, a legitimate high-octane banger that’s oozing with feel-good vibes. Plus, singer Tevin Campbell’s vocals sound like a cross between Michael Jackson and Prince.

6. “Let It Go” — Frozen

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“Let It Go“‘s wild popularity is no secret — the song has been holding steady at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been charting for 20 weeks. The power of the song lies in its hope for catharsis: It’s a life mantra perfect for anyone holding on to a feeling that’s holding them back. The song is brilliantly delivered by Idina Menzel, whose powerhouse voice has just the right edge and grit to make it an anthem for the ages.

5. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” — The Lion King

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This Oscar-winning song, written by Elton John and Tim Rice, is maybe the most grown-up of the Disney canon, silky and — dare I say it? — sensual. The harmonies are gorgeous, and the song never veers into cheesy or over-the-top territory. And is there a better line than “the world, for once, in perfect harmony” to describe the magical feeling of being in love?

4. “Beauty and the Beast” — Beauty and the Beast

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Though the commercial pop version of “Beauty and the Beast,” sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, is great, the film version — performed by Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts — is even better. Tender and warm, this one also won an Oscar, and it tugs at all the right heartstrings to get your eyes a little misty.

3. “A Whole New World” — Aladdin

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Disney’s most romantic song is also one of its most prestigious, winning the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1993. Voiced by Disney favorites Lea Salonga and Brad Kane, “A Whole New World” has become a modern classic, capturing the sense of adventure, excitement, and wonder of new love. It’s also an all-around foolproof choice for theater auditions and karaoke.

2. “Part of Your World” — The Little Mermaid

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“Part of Your World” is not only The Little Mermaid’s hallmark song, it’s also an anthem for anyone who has ever felt they were on the outside, looking into a place, a group, or a station in life that they yearned to be a part of. And Ariel voice actress Jodi Benson absolutely nails the bigger-than-yourself vocals that make this song endlessly satisfying to belt out alone, with friends, in your car, in the shower, and on the street. A true power ballad.

1. “When You Wish Upon a Star” — Pinocchio

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The theme song from the 1940 film has become an iconic anthem for the Walt Disney Company at large. It’s used in the opening logo sequence of all Disney films and during parades and shows at Disney’s theme parks and cruises. And not for nothing — the song is truly a mission statement for Disney: Dreams are for everyone, no matter who you are.

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