Favorites List: Top 5 Favorite Disney Songs

I feel like I've written several reviews as of late, so I thought I'd go back and do one of my favorites lists. I've been thinking about Disney music lately and trying to figure out my five favorite Disney songs. This was a very difficult task...even more than trying to figure out my favorite Disney animated movies...just because there are so many of them, So many GREAT ones. I also tried not to go down an easy path. It would be easy to have a list of all the oldest, most famous songs. So, this is my list...
5) Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)
There is something just so visual about this song and I love songs like that. Stephen Schwartz's lyrics just feel like colors. I like the environmental message which could come off as preachy, but because of the amazing melody by Alan Menken, it does not feel so. Judy Kuhn's vocals are just lovely in this beautiful and noble song. And there is something very emotional about the song as well. As the music wells up, so do I.

4) Out There (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
This is another song from Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. I love Disney's "I Want" songs and I think this is my favorite ones. Tom Hulce's performance is just so powerful and yearning. Perhaps I love it because, being somebody who suffers from chronic depression, I often feel trapped within myself, my own personal bell tower, wishing to escape and experience the joy of the world. Unlike songs like "Part Of Your World" and "Belle," it's not adventuring into the unknown, but becoming just wanting to feel normal and join the world..


3) Feed The Birds (Mary Poppins)
This is not just one of my favorite Disney songs because it's Walt Disney's favorite song, but because it is just beautiful. It's hauntingly beautiful. And, it sums up the entire moral of Mary Poppins into one song. That you can find happiness with very little. To me, this is the Sherman Brothers' masterpiece. The lulling melody and Julie Andrews's pitch perfect performance are a perfect combination.

2) He Mele No Lilo (Lilo & Stitch)
Okay, this is not technically an original Disney song. The lyrics are adapted from a Hawaiian chant entitled "Mele Inoa no Kalakaua." The chant was then given a melody by Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu for the movie and named "He Mele No Lilo." So, on some levels, it is original. Just not the lyrics. That said, the music as it opens Lilo & Stitch immediately makes you feel like you're in Hawaii. I love this song as performed by Ho'omalu and the Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus. Say what you will about Disney, but I love the fact that this chorus from a school which is dedicated to preserving Hawaiian history and culture was part of this movie.

1) Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South)
My absolute favorite Disney song without question is Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. As soon as James Baskett launches into the song, from the word "Zip," we are plunged into pure color and joy. You listen to the song and feel like all your cares slip away.


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