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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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.)

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.

"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.

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?

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.

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.

"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.

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.