145. Know Who You Are

The haunting, brief “Know Who You Are” occurs in a vital moment within Moana, as our heroine confronts Te Fiti.

144. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

“Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” is as charming as the watercolor designs of the tropical setting.

143. I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)

This solid song utilizes some earlier motifs within Moana, serving as a way for the title character to pick herself up after a low point.

142. The Time of Your Life

“The Time of Your Life,” which plays over this underrated film’s end credits, isn’t Randy Newman’s best, but it is recognizably clever.

141. Substitutiary Locomotion

The title of this charming song refers to the magical words Eglantine Price needs to perform the right spell in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

140. Whistle Stop

The way that the opening credits of Robin Hood play out over Roger Miller’s dry, deadpan “Whistle Stop” makes this works so well.

139. Rumbly in My Tumbly

“Rumbly in My Tumbly” is one of the slight, charming, but not tossed-off songs in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

138. Happy Working Song

This spiky, snappily funny number is as close to self-parody as you’ll get within the Disney canon.

137. Ichabod

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is slim, but having Bing Crosby narrate the Sleepy Hollow section and sing jazzy numbers like “Ichabod” was exceedingly smart.

136. When Will My Life Begin?

You can’t get much simpler with an “I Want” number than this playful song.

135. Reflection

“Reflection” came at the tail end of great “I Want” numbers in the Disney Renaissance. If it was released earlier in the studio’s history, it might have been more remarkable.

134. Steady as the Beating Drum

This approximation of Native American music, sung first by Pocahontas’ tribe, then by her father, is fairly decent seeing as it was written by two White guys.

133. The World Es Mi Familia

As with a couple other songs in Coco, “The World Es Mi Familia” is over too soon, although the lyrics speak to the lead character’s artistic conflicts.

132. A Rather Blustery Day

The best sequence of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is foreshadowed in “A Rather Blustery Day,” with its clever lyricism and Sterling Holloway’s singing style.

131. When We’re Human

The themes of The Princess and the Frog are spelled out in the bouncy “When We’re Human,” sung by amphibian versions of the leads, as well as a jazz-loving crocodile.

130. Le Festin

“Le Festin” is a pleasant little number sung by Camille, a swooning, modern waltz that spells out the film’s conflict in French.

129. The Headless Horseman

In this creepy song, Bing Crosby embodies the beefy Brom Bones, as he scares local schoolmaster Ichabod Crane about “The Headless Horseman.”

128. Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place

“Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place” speaks to a general notion in Disney’s animated films. It’s toe-tapping enough to excuse the brevity.

127. Merrily On Our Way (To Nowhere in Particular)

Any Disneyland fan knows this song as part of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The song is brief, but as jaunty as the title would suggest.

126. For the First Time in Forever

The lyrics of this perky number make no sense — What does “Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy, but I’m somewhere in that zone” mean? — but it manages to still be fun.

125. Oo-de-Lally

The snappy “Oo-de-Lally,” sung by Roger Miller as we watch Robin and Little John go about their rascally business, is Robin Hood’s best song.

124. The Gospel Truth

Hercules starts with this pleasant musical fakeout: Charlton Heston’s stentorian tones are replaced by the vibrant Muses, inspired by gospel singers.

123. Never Knew I Needed

This soulful song, from the closing credits of The Princess and the Frog, is more in the pop/R&B vein than the songs that precede it, yet it’s charming all the same.

122. Portobello Road

This jaunty, if cynical, musical sequence runs very long in the 1971 film. But it still kind of works.

121. What’s This?

The staccato rhythm and Danny Elfman vocals make this upbeat song, where Jack Skellington discovers Christmas Town, stand out.

120. Mine, Mine, Mine

In this goofy number, John Smith explores the natural wonder of the New World while the odious Governor Ratcliffe drools over gold in them thar hills.

119. Colonel Hathi’s March

This distracting song is upbeat and suitably militaristic.

118. Go the Distance

“Go the Distance” is a standard-issue, earnest “I Want” number boosted by Roger Bart’s singing voice for Hercules.

117. Touch the Sky

Brave is creatively conflicted, but its songs are solid. “Touch the Sky” is the standout, as singer Julie Fowlis stands in aurally for the feisty Princess Merida.

116. Un Poco Loco

This rousing duet between Anthony Gonzalez and Gael Garcia Bernal is perhaps a bit too brief, but fits the colorful and dynamic milieu of Coco very well.

115. So Long

Once again: a smart touch of the underrated Winnie the Pooh revival was getting Zooey Deschanel to provide singing vocals.


114. That’s What Friends Are For

The Beatles nearly played the vultures in The Jungle Book. Maybe their song would be better with the Beatles singing it. Mercifully, this song doesn’t ape their sound.

113. Little Black Rain Cloud

This lullaby plays as we watch Pooh try to dress himself up as a rain cloud so he can find a honey-filled beehive. Suffice to say, the song works out better than Pooh’s plan.

112. How Do You Do?

There’s a reason why this shows up almost entirely in the Splash Mountain theme park ride: it’s one of Disney’s snappiest songs.

111. Dig a Little Deeper

This gospel number performed by Jenifer Lewis comes late in The Princess and the Frog, but it’s rousing thanks to her voice work.

110. Love is an Open Door

Come for the romantic duet between new lovers, a relationship that eventually goes south; stay for the random “Arrested Development” reference!

109. A Star is Born

This joyful song shows up a couple times in Hercules, emphasizing how the half-human, half-god Hercules fully embraces his status as a mythically powered man.

108. Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale

When this song begins, it sounds awful. Cinderella’s stepsisters, aside from being mean, have rough voices. When we transition to hearing Cinderella singing, the song becomes effervescent.

107. I Wonder

It’s a shame that Mary Costa doesn’t get to sing more in Sleeping Beauty, because she’s got a lovely singing voice. No wonder Prince Philip falls for Aurora at first sight.

106. Let the Rain Pour Down

This is one of the stronger numbers in Song of the South. Again, it’s impossible to remove the context, but the gospel-tinged song does work.

105. That’s How You Know

Amy Adams is at her best in Enchanted and “That’s How You Know,” a calypso-tinged song paying homage to past Disney animated films, is the film’s vibrant show-stopper.

104. The Life I Lead

David Tomlinson, singing this blustery number with a recurring melody, establishes through the Sherman Brothers’ lyrics the true conflict at the core of this film.

103. Saludos Amigos

Just as Saludos Amigos is barely a feature film (at 42 minutes long), the song bearing its name isn’t complex. However, it’s got a soaring melody and solid vocals to match.

102. Sooner or Later

While it’s the only song given to Oscar-winner Hattie McDaniel, “Sooner or Later” is as close to a seductive number (really!) as you get in Song of the South.

101. Down to Earth

WALL-E, like many Pixar films, has a solid piece of original music playing over the colorful, story-extending end credits, this time courtesy of British rocker Peter Gabriel.


The third and final part of this list, covering the top 100 songs, runs tomorrow.

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