Our Definitive Ranking of the Best Disney Soundtracks
We thought it was time to finally take on an impossible task.
It was probably one of the most difficult things we've ever had to do, but behold, our definitive ranking of the best Disney soundtracks. We dare you to argue.
9. The Aristocats
Let's be real this movie and its soundtrack are totally underrated. With songs like "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat," its impossible not to want to sing and dance along with every character. The big band and swing music contributes to the nostalgia factor of the film, but it's also extremely accessible to every generation. Timeless and fun for all, it only sits at the bottom of our list simply because every other soundtrack on this list is that good.
8. A Goofy Movie
A Goofy Movie is all about the bond, and often friction, that children experience with their parents. Designed around this whole concept, the soundtrack is a mix of pop bangers and classic tunes that include "I 2 I " and "Stand Out." These Michael Jackson-inspired numbers are easily some of the most iconic Disney songs of all time. Don't @ us.
7. Beauty and the Beast
The beauty of this soundtrack lies in its ability to paint an accurate picture of each character. Belle's opening number solidified her as a strong, independent woman who doesn't want to lead the ordinary life that's expected of her. Gaston's song is a bitter reminder of his selfish and pompous ways. These kinds of songs are exactly what help viewers connect to the story and people in it.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton's animation style couldn't have been more thoroughly complimented by the music of The Nightmare Before Christmas. It's not easy making a movie about both Halloween and Christmas, but the incredible team behind it managed to weave the two so nicely together. Our only complaint is that there needed to be more Jack and Sally duets. That is all.
5. The Princess and The Frog
The soundtrack of The Princess and the Frog earns a higher spot for its ability to incorporate the rich culture of New Orleans into its music. Not to mention Tiana, one of Disney's most down to earth princesses. It captured the spirit of a hard-working woman of color who is passionate, driven and goal oriented in a very big way.
This soundtrack has so much power that it climbs higher up onto our list. Standout tracks are obviously "Reflection" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You," but the orchestral numbers are also equally as strong. That's how you know you're in for a solid listening experience.
Pocahontas is one of Disney's most magnificently animated films so it's only fitting that its soundtrack nabs a top spot on our list. Tackling issues like race is never easy, but the powerful connection between the music and theme of the movie make it completely unforgettable. "Colors of the Wind" and "Just Around the Riverbend" are both inspiring and seriously emotional. We don't think we've watched this movie once without crying.
2. The Lion King
Chalked with hit after hit is The Lion King's epic soundtrack. As one of the best-selling animated soundtracks, it's easy to see why this one is number two on our list. If Elton John puts his name on it, you know it's going to be all kinds of amazing.
The Hercules soundtrack has so many fantastic elements to it we don't even know where to begin. For one, "The Gospel Truth" sets the tone for the movie in such a dynamic way that it's hard not to call it one of Disney's all-time best. Meg's "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" is one of the most realistic portrayals of falling in love and relationships in an animated movie that we've ever seen. Last but not least, "Go the Distance" is a hair-raising and uplifting tune that could be a hit all on its own.
Music plays an important role in any film's biggest moments. Check out our ranking of Disney's most heartbreaking ones HERE.