Top 5 Tuesday: Underrated Disney Songs
Happy Top 5 Tuesday, everyone! This week I’m feeling nostalgic, so I’m tallying up my top 5 underrated Disney songs. I love me some “Hakuna Matata,” but these are five songs that I think deserve a little more attention every once in a while…
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” (Mulan) – This song is like the cult classic of Disney songs. Sure, it’s no “Circle of Life” or “A Whole New World,” but anyone who grew up in the Mulan era can tell you that it is physically impossible to not sing along when you hear those first dramatic drum beats, followed by Donny Osmond singing, “LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS…” (Also, I apologize, because I know that song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day now. Might as well watch the clip of it here.)
“I 2 I” (A Goofy Movie) – A Goofy Movie is easily overlooked Disney movie, but “I 2 I” (get it? “Eye To Eye”?), which is sung in the movie by the Michael Jackson-esque pop icon Powerline (voiced by Tevin Campbell) is an unforgettable song that makes a great sing-along song during road trips. (Not that I’ve ever done that…) Hear “I 2 I” and the equally good “Stand Out” in this video.
“Two Worlds” (Tarzan) – Sure, Tarzan‘s soundtrack won an Oscar for best song for “You’ll Be in My Heart,” but I still think Tarzan is a very underappreciated soundtrack. I can’t remember hearing any of its songs anywhere besides my iPod and my pediatric dentist’s waiting room. Maybe it’s my fondness for Phil Collins, or maybe it’s that the Tarzan soundtrack was the first cassette tape (yes, those were a thing once) I bought for myself, but I think Tarzan has one of the best overall soundtracks in Disney history, and “Two Worlds” makes me tear up every time I hear it. (Listen to it here to refresh your memory.)
“I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” (Hercules) – Who isn’t in love with this fabulous song about the frustration of falling in love? Meg is arguably one of the best Disney heroines, and her resistance to Hercules’ charms is one of the things that makes her so awesome. The other great thing about this song is of course the Greek chorus that joins her. You can watch/listen/sing along as Meg denies her feelings for Hercules here.
“I’m Still Here” (Treasure Planet) – If you don’t remember this less-than-famous Disney adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Treasure Island, you’re not alone. I usually forget the movie ever existed until I hear this amazing song come on my iPod. “I’m Still Here” was written and performed by Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik, and it’s a beautiful testament to growing up and finding your place in the world. If you don’t remember this song, do yourself a favor and watch the video, and then download this song.
That’s it for this week’s edition of Top 5 Tuesday! What about you? What are your favorite underrated Disney songs? Leave them in the comments section, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus.