So we can all agree — The Lion King was a seminal part of our childhood, right? RIGHT?
But Disney's masterpiece is more than just an epic film that had us cry...
...and feel all the feels...
...it also has the BEST movie soundtrack of ANY movie, EVER.
Don't believe me? ZAZU, BRING THE RECEIPTS.
First you're hit with the POWERFUL opening lyrics, which we totally butchered trying to sing along as kids.
You see the sweeping scope of the lion's kingdom...
...and you're like, "Damn, I better buckle up my seatbelt, because this is going to be a hell of a movie!"
Simba is us all, being like, "What did I get myself into?!?!"
But guys, "The Circle Of Life" was JUST the START.
If this song didn't have you shaking your butt in your playroom while you watched the movie on VHS, then you don't know how to have fun.
And little-kid you definitely was like, "Wait, when am I going to be king." Also, you wondered why you weren't a lion.
Don't worry. There's still time.
And you DEFINITELY learned the words to the entire song...
...which culminated in you screaming Zazu's "NOT. YET."
Seriously, you were half rocking out, half covering your eyes in terror.
Also, the hyenas were TERRIFYING when they weren't making you laugh.
So yeah, "Be Prepared" is a great song, but it also terrified elementary-school-aged you.
The first time you heard it, you were all like, "Hakuna ma-what-a?"
But determined 10-year-old you learned those lyrics pretty damn fast!
And you definitely practiced Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa's head toss like this:
Really, we may have had some worries for the rest of our days...BUT THIS SONG HELPED A LOT.
It didn't even occur to you as a kid that two lions were ~about to get it on~...
...because this song basically taught you what love IS.
It's sweeping, luscious, and everything you want in a Disney song...
...and let's be honest, you've definitely considered using this song as the first dance at your wedding.
If only you could find a Simba to your Nala.