Top 10 Animated Disney Movies With the Best Music

Which Disney movie had the best songs as a whole? I'm actually not using my own order in creating this list, so it actually kinda "stings" to place Pocahontas so low.
The Top Ten
1 The Lion King

Universally enchanting. It makes you feel a deeper connection to humanity, the earth, our ancestors, and the gods. It's a celebration of Africa and, more generally, nature. I love the musicality of "Circle of Life" and the lyricism in "Be Prepared."

The Circle of Life alone puts this at number one. However, there's also Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Upendi, He Lives in You, We Are One, and Love Will Find a Way. Even both of the villain songs are great.

I knew this would be number one. The Circle of Life would have given this movie the top spot by itself, even without all the other brilliant musical numbers.

2 Aladdin

A movie with a lot of princess action. One of the greatest character intros of all time. Robin Williams was spitballing out amazing works of art.

Oh my god, One Jump Ahead and Prince Ali are so catchy.

3 Beauty and the Beast

Ugh, I love the songs from these movies. Why? I'll tell you:

I like Belle/Bonjour because the tune is amazing. I give credit to Alan Menken for the music. It was really successful, and I cannot stop singing this song.

I like Be Our Guest because it proves they have delicious meals for dinner and invite a very kind guest. Although their dinner is never second best, that's right, Lumiere!

I love Human Again because the tune is great. They are totally dreaming about being human again because they are cursed.

I like The Mob Song because I cannot imagine how Gaston (Richard White) succeeded with its lyrics and tune. It shows that it's time to fight for love, although the prince loses. But I'm telling you, love is not weak.

4 The Little Mermaid

This deserves to be top. Most of The Lion King music was good, but not great (with the exception of The Circle of Life, which is great). And while Aladdin had a couple of really good songs, almost all of The Little Mermaid songs were really good (except for Part of Your World. I didn't like that one). I've yet to watch Beauty and the Beast, however.

This is the best musical ever to grace the screen. Part of Your World and Under the Sea are two of the most beautiful and memorable songs of them all.

Poor Unfortunate Souls and every other song. Better than The Lion King, this should be at the top.

5 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Written by veteran composer Danny Elfman, who has been snubbed countless times for an Oscar, his songs are different in structure compared to other Disney movies. Jack's Lament and Sally's Song don't have a chorus to repeat the title of the song, for instance, which is similar to Epiphany and A Little Priest in Sweeney Todd (another Tim Burton movie). This makes the film feel more like a Broadway show than most Disney films, in my opinion.

This deserves a much higher spot because it is so well put together, and I get chills every time I listen to it. The music is so well written, and every single song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. I especially love Sally's Song. One of my favorites. Way better than Frozen. It has everything: music, horror, love, comedy, Santa Claus, and fantastic visuals. Who could ask for more?

6 Hercules

The Hercules soundtrack is by far my favorite Disney soundtrack because it's not so serious. It's very jazzy. There are fast-paced pop songs like Zero to Hero, The Gospel Truth, and A Star is Born. You have a romantic song, I Won't Say I'm in Love, a funny song, One Last Hope, and a serious song, Go the Distance. These are the main songs, but the reprises and second parts to songs are pretty good too (like Go the Distance Reprise and the other parts of The Gospel Truth). The soundtrack is diverse and doesn't really have a bad song!

7 Tarzan

Phil Collins could fill a greatest hits album with these songs. Better than almost anything he has ever written before. The songs are catchy, well-written, well-orchestrated, and deeply emotional when they need to be. Of course, above all, they're memorable.

This soundtrack brings out more true emotion than any other! You truly feel this soundtrack in your heart.

Why isn't this number one? This soundtrack is amazing!

8 Moana

The music in Moana is a beautiful wedding of South Pacific themes with pop/Broadway influences. The unusual rhyming patterns, along with fresh and heartfelt tunes and lyrics, make Moana, in my opinion, the most unique and impressive Disney musical to date.

Whilst the Disney Renaissance titles reign supreme on this list, Moana tops them all. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'I, and Mark Mancina have created something that should be benchmarked for greatness.

My 1-year-old loves all the songs from this. I play them on Spotify pretty much on loop. We have watched the movie, and it's cute! Best "new" Disney movie, I think.

9 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

All Disney soundtracks are great, but the one for The Hunchback of Notre Dame is just exceptional. I never miss getting goosebumps hearing The Bells of Notre Dame, and Hellfire is without a doubt one of the best villain songs from Disney, just to name some of the movie's songs. The movie itself is great too!

How is this soundtrack so low on the list? It's probably the greatest piece of musical art Disney ever produced, with an epic emotional feel to it. It's one of the few that goes beyond your whimsical sound and can have actual weight and meaning behind each song.

10 Mulan

I am surprised to see this one so high on the list, but I definitely think it deserves it.

"I'll Make a Man Out of You" is the best song ever!

The Contenders
11 Tangled

I love this movie and think that it is completely underrated. I believe it is way more fun and interesting than Frozen.

Grossly underrated and under-appreciated as a movie and for its music. A top 5 Disney movie easily.

Tangled is underrated. Have you heard When Will My Life Begin? or I See the Light? Those songs are better than Let It Go. Also, this was the last great Disney movie (until Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur).

12 Frozen

You can't argue with the incredible music in this movie. Every single song was an instant hit. From "Frozen Heart" to "Fixer Upper," with "Let It Go" in the middle, each song is instantly recognizable. There's a reason this is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

Can't argue with Let It Go. Frozen has some really beautiful music, and although it seems overrated at times, the songs really are incredible.

I love this movie. I have sat down almost every week with my great-granddaughters and we all sing along with all of the songs!

13 The Jungle Book

The main overture is so beautiful, and "I Wan'na Be Like You" is really incredible. "The Bare Necessities" is lots of fun and gives a code to live by (maybe another generation's "Hakuna Matata")!

I could have loved this movie as a kid for the music alone.

I would have loved this movie for its songs alone.

14 Fantasia

This one has way better music than The Lion King. And the best villain (Chernabog, obviously).

Are you joking? Classical music is not something to vote over!

Ah... no. This is the climax of Disney's classical music. This should be at least in the top 10.

15 Big Hero 6

Eh, don't really like Fall Out Boy, but I'd still choose "Immortals" over "Try Everything."

16 Pocahontas

The songs are just beautiful, one of Disney's best indeed. One major highlight is, of course, Colors of the Wind.

Colors of the Wind is one of my favorite songs. It is amazing, and her voice is just beautiful.

Love the music, whether it be from the characters or just the score. Beautifully done.

17 A Bug's Life
18 Monsters Inc
19 Sleeping Beauty

We're not ranking hit pop singles here but the whole soundtrack. This is Tchaikovsky, and it deserves that top spot. The music alone tells a story. The picture makes it even better. 10/10.

Love this movie, and I love the music. Once Upon a Dream is one of my favorite Disney songs.

Exactly how is this ranked below Home on the Range?

20 Coco

I love Coco. The music is great, and it's a movie both the little one and I can agree on.

The songs in this movie are way better than the ones in Home on the Range.

21 Pinocchio

If nothing else, this movie's soundtrack includes "When You Wish Upon a Star," which is THE Disney song.

My only complaint is that the music could have sounded more authentically Italian.

This deserves to be 10 places higher. Each song is embedded as timeless music. And I mean all of the songs.

22 Peter Pan

The only bad thing about it is the racism.

23 Oliver & Company

This should automatically be higher than Big Hero 6 because it has more songs.

I love the songs in this, such as Why Should I Worry, Once Upon a Time in New York City, and Good Company. The film and the songs are brilliant.

24 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The animation is still beautiful. I enjoy that there are songs that don't do anything for the plot but exist to bring the audience joy.

25 Disney's A Christmas Carol
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