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"The Lion King" Soundtrack Was The Most Important Soundtrack Of Our Childhoods

How could you NOT feel the love tonight?

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So we can all agree — The Lion King was a seminal part of our childhood, right? RIGHT?

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OK, good.

But Disney's masterpiece is more than just an epic film that had us cry...

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...and laugh...

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...and feel all the feels...

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...it also has the BEST movie soundtrack of ANY movie, EVER.

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Timon is us all, dancing to The Lion King soundtrack.

Don't believe me? ZAZU, BRING THE RECEIPTS.

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Let's start with the opening track of the movie, "Circle of Life." PLEASE HIT PLAY.

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First you're hit with the POWERFUL opening lyrics, which we totally butchered trying to sing along as kids.

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For the record, it's "Nants ingonyama bagithi baba / Sithi uhm ingonyama." Don't forget it! And in case you were wondering (we know you were) it means "Here comes a lion, Father / Oh yes, it's a lion."

You see the sweeping scope of the lion's kingdom...

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Everything the light touches!

...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.

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THE DAMN START!!!

Because next up, there's the soundtrack's resident BANGER, "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", aka the anthem of goal diggers EVERYWHERE:

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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.

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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."

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Of course, we can't forget the song that terrified an entire generation, Scar's "Be Prepared":

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Seriously, you were half rocking out, half covering your eyes in terror.

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I actually danced around the house to this song, but I'm weird like that.

Also, the hyenas were TERRIFYING when they weren't making you laugh.

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But Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed were pretty good on percussion!

So yeah, "Be Prepared" is a great song, but it also terrified elementary-school-aged you.

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Hopefully, the reminder of it won't give you nightmares.

How about the seminal classic "Hakuna Matata", which taught us a phrase that's helped us get through the worst of days:

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The first time you heard it, you were all like, "Hakuna ma-what-a?"

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But determined 10-year-old you learned those lyrics pretty damn fast!

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What a wonderful phrase!

And you definitely practiced Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa's head toss like this:

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The instrumental part was pretty boss!

Really, we may have had some worries for the rest of our days...BUT THIS SONG HELPED A LOT.

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And then perhaps Disney's greatest love song EVER, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight":

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It didn't even occur to you as a kid that two lions were ~about to get it on~...

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...because this song basically taught you what love IS.

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Seriously, it took two big cats to teach you about romance.

Which was only made better when Sir Elton John sang it...IT EVEN WON AN OSCAR!!!:

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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.

So case closed, all other movie soundtracks can go see themselves to the exit.

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And this is ALL OF US while we're listening to The Lion King soundtrack:

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Worries? NONE.

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