A Definitive Ranking Of The Most Underrated Disney Animated Movie Songs Of All Time

*Disney’s VHS opening title card song echoes in the distance.*

Still, it’s time for some REALLY good takes, so I’ve taken it upon myself to rank what I humbly believe to be the 13 Most NEGLECTED and UNDERRATED Disney Animated Movie Songs of All Time.

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The rules: These films must be animated and produced by Walt Disney Studios. Also, you won’t see “Let It Go” or “Part of Your World” or any of those songs on this list…not because they’re NOT great. Ironically, that’s because they ARE awesome and appreciated for their true worth (and — in some situations — too much… YEAH, I SAID IT).

So buckle up, Buttercups…let’s go:

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A bit of context: Literally just Thomas O’Malley, an alley cat, introducing himself through song in the most extravagant way possible.

Why it’s great: Um, I wish I had the confidence to write and sing a song I wrote entirely about myself, my life, and how cool I sound out loud in front of a total hottie??? The Duchess totally falls for it, and I do NOT blame her. The swagger here is amazing. Also, why is no one talking about the size dimensions of these cats? Are they huge? Do they look like lions? What’s in the water?!

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A bit of context: Literally just a beautiful song played during a beautiful surf scene in a beautifully underrated movie.

Why it’s great: This song is the definition of chill. If you close your eyes and listen, you’ll ALSO feel like you’re relaxing on a Hawaiian beach with your new alien best friend. It’s like a complete vacation in Disney song form, and I love it.

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A bit of context: Desperate to break the frog spell cast on them, Prince Naveen and Tiana are driven to Mama Odie’s house by Louis, the hilarious alligator, and Ray, the movie’s top character. Fight me. I will never be above her fate…spoilers.

Why it’s great: Mama Odie is NOT getting the RESPECT she DESERVES. This song has everything we all love about Disney tunes: it’s catchy, it’s foreshadowing and it’s fun! IDK why it’s so often overlooked, because it’s one of the best moments in the movie. Plus, Tiana’s dedication to her job is iconic.

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A bit of context: Jessie reveals to a pompous Woody what it’s like to lose your child’s love. It’s one of the worst and most painful committed scenes in cinema and marks the beginning of Pixar’s need to constantly mess us up.

Why it’s great: HELLO THIS IS THE SADEST SONG EVER WRITTEN AND RECORDED. Sarah McLachlan took a break from making us all sad about dogs and making us all sad about toys. Why didn’t anyone stop them?! Why didn’t anyone say “That sounds like a lot for a kids movie, maybe we’ll take it out?” Either way, turn this one on when you feel like a good cry and no other time. You have been warned.

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A bit of context: The whole premise of the song is in the title: Hercules goes from zero to hero. In no time. Zero to hero. Just. As. This.

Why it’s great: Listen… the muses are by far the best part of Hercules (Meg’s existence being a close second). Plus, as you’ll learn from this list, your daughter LOVES a montage, and this one is PERFECT. We don’t need to see scene after scene of Hercules’ hit, since this song does it all in about three minutes.

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The low“, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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A bit of context: After swearing to the very terrifying Frollo that he will NOT come down to the village for the “Fête des Fools”… Quasimodo plans to go anyway (and, ultimately, does) via a song addressed to absolutely all introverts. We love a rebel.

Why it’s great: Hunchback has the best soundtrack of any Disney Renaissance era movie (insert Miranda Priestly “no, no…that wasn’t a question” gif), and it tops my list of hero songs the most underrated in the Disney canon. It’s nice.

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Bright“, Moana

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A bit of context: Attempting to retrieve Maui’s beloved magic hook, the water god Moana is forced to distract the hook’s new owner as, essentially, live bait.

Why it’s great: This is, in my opinion, the most underrated villain song in recent memory. It’s good? It’s so engaging and filled with exhibits about Maui’s past without being too cluttered with information. Also, like, whoever pitched the idea of ​​”David Bowie…BUT LIKE A GIANT CRAB!” deserves a raise and a high five. 11/10.

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A bit of context: Tarzan, desperate to prove himself to his adoptive father, does everything he can to show that he belongs to their family while becoming a human man. It’s “Simba, Timon and Pumbaa crossing the bridge during ‘Hakuna Matata'” from this movie.

Why it’s great: Phil Collins was doing the ABSOLUTE MOST for no reason on this soundtrack, and I love it. If you don’t think this song is going louder than it needs to, IDK finds out for you. Is everything alright? Do you want to talk about it? Also, again, we love a montage.

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A bit of context: After a lifetime of social distancing (though not by choice or government mandate), Rapunzel is brought into a rowdy tavern by Flynn’s “My real name is Eugene and I’m a sweet boi” Ryder in an attempt to scare her up. in turn. It turns around dramatically.

Why it’s great: I don’t think I’m in the minority to believe that Tangled is aggressively underrated overall as a movie. It felt like a real comeback for Disney, despite being one of their first princess movies without hand-drawn animation. This song is an EAR. EARTHWORM. And I also really like the message. For example, absolutely everyone you meet, however unlikely, has a weird dream and hobby, and we should all talk about it more!

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We are a“, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride

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A bit of context: Simba and Nala got it (I guess after she did this face during “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”) and had an early baby Kiara. Kiara isn’t as keen on royalty as Simba was at her age, much to her dismay. He sings this very beautiful song with her on purpose and so on.

Why it’s great: IDK why, but this song makes me cry??? Every time I hear it??? Maybe it’s because Matthew Broderick serves pure vocals? Maybe it’s because it’s about family? Maybe it’s because I’m also a girl who wants to make her parents proud without sacrificing herself??? Who knows! Either way, it’s a great antithesis to “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.” Do not send this message to my therapist, thank you.

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A bit of context: After a life of an orphan, Aladdin finally tracks down his father – who is a certified DILF – and discovers that he is the literal KING of thieves. He and his comrades sing this fun and wild number to welcome Aladdin to their super secret club.

Why it’s great: This movie has a distinct spot on my “It’s a fun movie and I won’t apologize for liking it” list. I watched it a lot when I was a kid and it’s A GOOD TIME. I also like to imagine that these murderous robbers perform this whole song and dance number for every person who joins and they repeat it regularly to refresh themselves. Delicious.

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A bit of context: After helping pup Dodger get his hands on some seriously tasty hot dogs, Oliver gets a lesson in “street savvy” when Dodger refuses to share their winnings. Also, fun fact, I would die for Oliver. He’s the cutest little orange furball I’ve ever seen in my fucking life.

Why it’s great: This song. Has no business. Go as hard. As he does. But what else would you expect from a Billy Joel song, I guess? Sing us a song, you’re the hot dog puppy, sing us a song tonight…

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stand out“, A wacky movie

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A bit of context: Goofy’s son Max is desperate to get the attention of his crush Roxanne. He and his pals hatch a plan to interrupt the principal’s presentation on the last day of school by performing a tune from the beloved fictional band Powerline.

Why it’s great: This whole movie is perfect and I absolutely will not accept any other comments about it. We all already know that the illustrious Powerline’s “Eye to Eye” is ICONIC, but that number is just as important. In my humble opinion, this is the MOST underrated musical sequence in the entire Disney canon. It is, as the children say, a bop. Also, sidenote: YO STACYYY, TALK TO ME, TALK TO ME, TALK TO ME, BABY.

That’s my humble ranking – but what’s YOURS? What do YOU ​​think is the most underrated Disney animated song of all time? Share your pick(s) in the comments below!

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