111 Awesome Disney Songs, Part 9

111 Awesome Disney Songs, Part 5

Ryan Dosier – Welcome back to the penultimate installment of 111 Awesome Disney Songs! We’re nearing the end of our countdown, so cross your fingers that your favorite song makes the list, if it hasn’t already!

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89.)   “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins

Dick van Dyke’s chance to shine in Mary Poppins is his performance in this number, dancing and singing across the rooftops of London. When he’s joined by the spectacular Julie Andrews, the song is elevated over the top. “Chim Chim Cher-ee” is a sweet, beautiful performance from two sweet, beautiful people. It’s one of Mary Poppins finest moments throughout the entire film, and a Sherman Brothers tune for the ages. Favorite Lyrics: “Up where the smoke is all billowed and curled/’Tween pavement and stars is the chimney sweep world/Where there’s hardly no day, nor hardly no night/There’s things half in shadow and halfway in light.”

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90.)   “The Three Caballeros” from The Three Caballeros

One of the most insanely catchy songs from the Disney songbook is this great number by Donald Duck, Panchito, and Jose Carioca. One of the very few highlights of The Three Caballeros film is this moment where the three friends perform together. It should be the end of the film, but it’s not… but that’s another discussion. The song has since been used to great success on House of Mouse and in EPCOT’s Three Caballeros themed attraction. It’s a fun, joyful ditty. Favorite Lryics: “We’re three happy chappies/With snappy sarapes/You’ll find us beneath our sombreros!/We’re brave and we’ll stay so/We’re bright as a peso/Who say so?/We say so!/The Three Caballeros!”

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91.)   “When We’re Human” from The Princess and the Frog

One of my favorite songs from The Princess and the Frog is this great group number. It’s a shame that we don’t get more group numbers in Disney animated films. Most of the songs performed are either solos or duets, not often are more than two voices featured. “When We’re Human” is so great for this and many other reasons. The voices of Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Bruno Campos (Naveen), and Michael-Leon Wooley (Louis) all blend so beautifully. It’s a lively, immensely enjoyable song. Favorite Lyrics: “If I were a human being/I’d head straight for New Orleans/And I’d blow this horn so hard and strong/Like no one they’ve ever seen!”

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92.)   “So Close” from Enchanted

One of the greatest Disney unrequited love ballads from any film. The song plays as the two main characters, who simply can’t be together, are dancing and falling deeper in love than they already are. It’s a beautiful slow dance of a song with outstanding music and lyrics coupled with beautiful dancing on screen. It’s an explosion of romance. Favorite Lyrics: “So close to reaching/That famous happy end/Almost believing/This one’s not pretend./And now you’re beside me/And look how far we’ve come/So far we are so close…”

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93.)   “Woody’s Roundup” from Toy Story 2

An expertly written melody coupled with deceptively simple lyrics makes “Woody’s Roundup” a perfectly executed 1950s television theme song parody. The song is performed by Riders in the Sky with great ease and it works perfectly both in the film and outside of it. Favorite Lyrics: “Bad guys go runnin’/Whenever he’s in town/He’s the rootinest, tootinest/Shootinest, hootinest cowboy around/Woody’s roundup…

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94.)   “In Summer” from Frozen

One of Frozen’s many song masterpieces is Olaf the snowman’s longing ballad to summer. Josh Gad makes Olaf the snowman into something more than an annoying Disney sidekick and into something charming, delightful, fun, and one of the best parts of the film. There are few moments in Disney animated features as perfect as “In Summer,” so it’s obviously one of the most awesome songs. Favorite Lyrics: “I’ll finally see a summer breeze/Blow away a winter storm/And find out what happens to solid water/When it gets warm…”

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95.)   “Our Town” from Cars

One of the few saving graces of Pixar’s slight misfire, Cars, is its excellent soundtrack. “Our Town,” performed by the legendary James Taylor, was written specifically for the film and it works so incredibly well. The scene coupled with the song in the movie is sad, beautiful, and lovely. It absolutely makes Cars worth watching and it’s a great song to listen to anytime. Favorite Lyrics: “Time goes by, time brings changes/And you change too/Nothin’ comes that you can’t handle/So on you go/You never see it coming/When the world caves in on you/On our town, there’s nothing you can do.”

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96.)   “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin

Absolutely my favorite Disney song is this lively, joyful, jovial, exciting, hilarious tour de force performance from Robin Williams in Aladdin. “Friend Like Me” encapsulates a lot of what Disney represents: magic, wish fulfillment, fun, and joy. It’s a blast and it’s performed so expertly by Robin Williams, it makes you wonder why he didn’t sing more often. There are few songs better than “Friend Like Me.” Favorite Lyrics: “You got some power in your corner now/Some heavy ammunition in your camp/You got some punch, pizzazz, yahoo, and HAH!/Say, all ya gotta do is rub that lamp!”

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97.)   “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?” from The Three Little Pigs

An adorable, delightful earworm from Disney animation’s golden age of cartoon shorts. The song broke through the charts when it was released and became an extremely popular single as well. It’s one of the finest examples of short-form musical storytelling in the Disney cartoon catalogue. Favorite Lyrics: “Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?/The Big Bad Wolf, the Big Bad Wolf/Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?/Tra la la la la!”

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98.)   “Give a Little Whistle” from Pinocchio

Of all the animated features with a personal touch from Walt Disney, I think Pinocchio is my favorite. The music in the film is so much more than the classic “When You Wish Upon a Star.” “Give a Little Whistle” showcases Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio’s wonderful friendship at its budding beginning. Cliff Edwards, the voice of Jiminy, is spectacular in this song, showing off his expert whistle and his swinging voice. It’s magical. Favorite Lyrics: “When you meet temptation/And the urge is very strong/Give a little whistle!/Give a little whistle!”

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99.)   “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3

Randy Newman won the Oscar for Best Original Song for this enjoyable, awesome, delightfully fun song played during the credits of Toy Story 3. “We Belong Together” works so well as a bookend to the Toy Story series. It is on par with “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” for how meaningful and delightful it is. It harkens to the magic that Toy Story first brought to the screens and is another layer making Toy Story 3 the masterpiece that it is. Favorite Lyrics:”When we’re together/Grey skies are clear up/And I’ll share them, till where I’m less depressed/And it’s sincerely, from the bottom of my heart/I just can’t take it when we’re apart.”

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