If there is one thing I am an expert on (and I kind of wish it was something more useful) it is Disney songs; followed closely by my extensive Harry Potter trivia, suffering greatly as I wait to see The Cursed Child. I think I’ve always been one, but ever since I compiled my Disney songs shower playlist, I reached a completely different level of expertise.
I strongly recommend all of you create yourself a Disney songs playlist to listen to in the shower. I mean it. Showers were always amazing, but now, now they are amazing and no one can hear my horrible singing though Elsa letting it go, that’s how loud she needs to be for me to hear her over the all the rushing water noises.
And here are some songs this list should not miss out on, no matter how much your neighbours hate them.
And everyone’s gonna bow down to me
In my book, The Princess and the Frog might be one of the most underrated of all the Disney cartoons. I never understood why it didn’t join the gang of greatest in popular opinion. It had everything one needs – an interesting lead, a prince who was far from likable, wonderful sidekicks in Louis and Ray, a touching love story… Ray and Evangelina’s one, of course, and fantastic, FANTASTIC music.
I feel like jazz is one of these things we should expose children to more than we currently do, even if it is Disney jazz and any true jazz fan would tell me off for that. And definitely something we should see more in musicals and in cartoons.
When we’re human may be the single best shower Disney song. It is fast, catchy, has very simple lyrics that do not require much concentration and since it is sung by three different characters, you can make up as many voices and accent as your heart desires. And for a brief moment of time, well, maybe you can feel like Louis Armstrong too.
Who is that girl I see staring straight back at me?
If you have been here for a while, it will come as no surprise that one of my absolute favourite Disney movies of all time is Mulan. Mulan herself is also one of my favourite characters; one that spoke most to me when I was just a little girl and used to watch it over and over on my VHS. Not because she was so cool and strong and independent – what always drew me to Mulan was how, above everything else, all she ever wanted was to be a good daughter to her father.
Mulan was the ultimate misfit. But contrary to most modern princesses, who want to fight against their duties, she wishes she could be what her parents need her to be. And even when she ultimately breaks all possible rules, she does it out of love and concern, not to prove the world wrong.
And amongst all the great scores in Mulan, Reflection is the one which captures this feeling of being lost and… being a disappointment. I wish one day I will wake up and no longer understand how she feels, but I doubt it will happen. I doubt there are many people who will not.
Still a cat’s the only cat who knows how to swing
Being a cat lady and all, I am almost obligated to love The Aristocats. Luckily, other than starring a bunch of absolutely adorable little balls of fur, it is also a very good cartoon. Otherwise… Otherwise I am not sure what I would do with my broken reputation.
Everybody wants to be a cat is such an anthem for my life. I sing it all the time, everywhere, regardless of circumstances. I believe I can make it funny, sad, cheeky, melodramatic, anything you can ask for. After Never smile at a crocodile (that is not on my list… mostly because I sing it wrong and the correct version annoys me) it is definitely my most sung Disney song of all time. And I spent my whole childhood listening to Hunchback of Notre Dame on repeat.
That look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
I know a great many people dislike Sleeping Beauty and I kind of get their point. Yet no matter how out of date it is now, it will always remain my one and only favourite Disney movie. It is Sleeping Beauty that I also blame my obsession with The Swan Princess on, drawn by the same people but not produced by Disney, and my obsession with dragons too.
The entire cartoon is filled with movie magic, with fairy-tale magic, with everything is so pretty and delicate magic, and Once Upon a Dream may be the very essence of that sentiment. The dance Aurora and Philip-imposter share is just so adorable and sweet, I am ready to pirouette every time I hear it.
I know, it is probably not the safest song for a shower, but I could not go on without it.
Now I’m the king of the swingers, oh, the jungle VIP
Let me just get something out of the way: I don’t like The Jungle Book.
But I do love I wanna be like you. There is just… something in that song, that Bare Necessities, as catchy as they are, doesn’t have. That little swing, I suppose, making it very similar in spirit to When we’re human. That little twist and turn that turns me into a monkey in 5 seconds flat.
I admit that in the past I’ve been a nasty
Taking about movies I don’t like… The Little Mermaid is one of them. I could never understand why people enjoyed it so much. The Jungle Book at least has very likable characters; it is just not my type of film. But this one…?
The only saving grace for me, when it comes to The Little Mermaid, is Ursula. And, of course, Poor Unfortunate Souls, a song so sarcastic and witty and creepy and causing goose bumps all over one’s arms. Everything Ursula sings is so disingenuous, one cannot resist loving such a great example of villainy.
I’ll find her. I’ll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris
I have talked of my obsession with both the Disney cartoon and Notre Dame de Paris itself, both in book and musical form. In a few weeks I am going to see the musical live and I can barely contain my excitement. There was no way at least a single Hunchback of Notre Dame song would not make the list.
It is a creepy listen, while showering, I admit, but Hellfire never disappoints. Although I spent all of my adult life wondering how on Earth I understood it as a child, I have loved this song ever since I heard it for the first time. Ask my mum. She ruined every single cassette with Hunchback I ever owned, because I would listen to the entire movie audio up to six, seven times in a row.
Just listen to it and tell me it does not make you shiver.
What a song.
Trouble is I knows it’s petty, but I hate to let them live
This grand run through villain songs would not be complete without Zira’s My Lullaby. I know, I know that is also not a popular opinion, but I really like The Lion King 2. And I absolutely adore Zira. She is a villain worthy of being Scar’s prodigy. Blind, stubborn, envious, vindictive, full of irrational anger… Oh, she is just wonderful.
And there is nothing that would stop her. Nothing. She is ready to give up her life to achieve what she wants; and, actually, plenty of other lives. Having a villain sing a song about how they want to watch their fellow lions die sounds a bit grim, even for Disney, but… It kind of works for me?
And which of the Disney songs are your favourite? Anything a bit more… unusual or are you sticking to the good old classics?