Top 5 Oscar Winning Disney Songs


Now that you’ve all seen Idina Menzel Adele Dazeem perform the Oscar winning Disney song, ‘Let It Go’, I think it’s time to look back and see the greatness that came before it.

I’ll admit that this post is probably a little atypical for Theezy Knows Best. It’s happening for 3 reasons –

1. I need more time to process Pharrell’s G I R L. Expect a review tomorrow. Firs thoughts, “I’m a huntah”

2. My article yesterday mentioned a few Disney songs, which sent me down memory lane. I listened to each one of the winning songs and realized how epic some of the songs were.

3. Because I want to*

*Also, Theezy Knows Best, so…..

We all know the travesty that occurred last night when ‘Let It Go’ beat ‘Happy’. Darlene Love was happy when she sang her speech, but I doubt she was to see Pharrell lose. Still, ‘Let It Go’ now joins the elite club of Disney winning songs, and whether it should have or not it did.

To welcome a new member into the group I decided to list the top 5 Oscar winning Disney songs of all time.

My (probably only) Disney post below:


5. You’ll Be In My Heart – Tarzan

Phil Collins, served us some 80’s pop star realness didn’t he?

Tarzan wasn’t the typical Disney movie since none of the characters were doing the singing. That didn’t prevent the soundtrack from being one of the best in the Disney catalogue.

I mean, does anyone remember the first song?



‘You’ll Be In My Heart’ was the highlight of the movie, and was clearly written to be much more than a pivotal moment in the film; it was a hit single. Collin’s did a phenomenal job on the soundtrack, and I would argue that Tarzan was a more memorable movie for it.

Plus my wife danced to this with my father-in-law at the wedding, so I gotta keep it in the family.


4. A Whole New World – Aladdin 

How many proms do you think that this was played at?

Scarier question, how many weddings?

The song actually hit number 1 on the Hot 100, making it the only Disney song from an animated movie to hit number 1.

‘A Whole New World’ is one of Disney’s best moments. Aside from the magic carpet ride, the song also has one of the best melodies. It doesn’t hurt that Brad Kane and Lea Salonga really sang the song. Their voices are beautiful, and perfectly compliment that pop feel the song was going for.


3. Beauty and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast

Mrs. Pott’s was basically your grandmother, so this song was not only a beautiful moment, but a lesson of love.


Love transcends looks.


Love will prevail.


Beauty and the Beast.


2. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? – The Lion King

First off, the whole soundtrack to the Lion King is amazing. As far as music goes, it easily has the best.

Be honest, how many times have you practiced the beginning of ‘The Circle of Life.’


Elton John’s presence in the music was the best decision Disney could have made at the time. The man not only has a great voice, but impeccable writing ability. ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ is one of his shining moments as a songwriter.

Like, ‘You’ll Be In My Heart’, the pop star appeal only added to the song. It made the crossover from children’s movies to pop hit flawlessly.

The song hit number 4 on the charts, making it one of John’s biggest hits.


1. Colors of the Wind – Pocohontas

Wait, wait.

I know that some of you guys are pressed because you’re right, this isn’t the catchiest or most melody friendly song. It also isn’t from the best Disney movie. ‘Colors of the Wind’ will never be known as the best Disney hit, but it should be; two words – that chorus.


Song builds with each note leading up to that final chorus. It’s a natural progression, making it a moving song to listen too. Judy Kuhn does the song justice by easily singing through each transition. Aside from the melody, lyrically it’s one of Disney’s best songs, creatively weaving the themes of the movie throughout the song.

It really makes you question things –

Have you heard the wolf cry?

Have you asked the grinning bobcat why he grins?

What is life?


And in case you don’t know, this is a #progressive anthem.

For whether we are white or copper-skinned 

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Pocohontas was fighting racism before you’re family was even here in the states. The legend lives.




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