Disney theme songs have created some of the most celebrated and memorable moments in the history of musical cinema. When Mickey Mouse's Steamboat Willie broke the sound barrier in 1928, no one could have imagined the colorful musical history that Disney films would create over the next century. Download your favorite Disney tunes so you can relive the magic of these great films.
Finding Disney Classics Online
Although there are no legal ways to download free tracks of songs from Disney movies, Disney has made the following songs readily available on paid download sites. These songs are classics from some of Disney's earliest offerings.
|1.||When You Wish Upon a Star||Pinocchio||Released in 1940, this musical film's most memorable moment is the lovable character Jiminy Cricket singing When You Wish Upon a Star. Vocalist Cliff Edwards's performance of this track marked the high point of his professional career.||$.99 for original version, $.89 for instrumental|
|2.||Fantasia||Fantasia||According to the 1998 winter issue of Disney Magazine, Walt Disney loved classical music and, at his direction, this 1940 film featured a wide array of classical masterpieces all of which were new recordings conducted by Leopold Stokowski. One of the tracks even includes the entire orchestra having a "jam session" and improvising without the conductor present.||$.99 per song for the classical pieces available for download|
|3.||Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo||Cinderella||Cinderella's Oscar-nominated Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo was considered a novelty song because it featured lyrics comprised of all gibberish.||$.89 for the original soundtrack recording|
|4.||I'm Late||Alice in Wonderland||This 1951 animated classic features many eclectic songs, but none more memorable than White Rabbit's caffeine and sugar-fueled I'm Late, voiced by Bill Thompson, who also did voice work for the films Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty.||$.89 for the original recording|
|5.||You Can Fly!||Peter Pan||Jud Conlon, the conductor and arranger for the Peter Pan soundtrack, might have felt at home with the rowdy fraternity-like Lost Boys in Peter Pan. According to Volume 74, Issue 4 of The Record, a publication of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Jud Conlon, a member of the fraternity, wrote its official anthem.||$.99 for original recording|
|6.||Never Smile at a Crocodile||Peter Pan||This catchy melody has been covered by a variety of artists ranging from Jerry Lewis to The Muppets. The superb soundtrack from Peter Pan helped it become a smashing success. According to the book Second Star to the Right: Peter Pan in the Popular Imagination by Lester Friedman and Allison Kavey, the film increased Disney's revenue that year by 10% and, on opening day, 17,500 people had seen the film by late afternoon at New York's Roxy Theater.||$.99 for original and $.99 for kids sing-along version|
|7.||Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious||Mary Poppins||According to Richard Lederer's book Crazy English, the song's famous title can be translated by combining roots of words: super - "above," cali - "beauty," fragilistic - "delicate," expiali - "to atone," and docious - "educable," which, when put together, means "To atone for educability through delicate beauty."||$.99 for original Julie Andrews version and $.89 for kids sing-along version|
|8.||Chim Chim Cher-ee||Mary Poppins||Mary Poppins was a critical success for Disney, especially its song Chim Chim Cher-ee, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.||$1.29 for original and $.89 for instrumental piano version|
It only took a handful of songs like these to establish Disney firmly in post-WWII popular culture. These legendary melodies built a solid foundation for the gold rush of Disney hit songs that would come later.
Finding Songs from Disney's Golden Years
The late 1980s and 1990s period of Disney's history could also be referred to as the Alan Menken years. Menken's songwriting produced a remarkably successful string of commercial and critical hits during this new golden era for the company. Lyricists who collaborated with Menken through this period included Stephen Schwartz, Tim Rice, and the late Howard Ashman. Pop superstars like Elton John also contributed to Disney's success in this era.
|1.||Under the Sea||The Little Mermaid||Disney's relationship with Alan Menken began with 1989's The Little Mermaid. The film's whimsical song Under the Sea, performed by Vanessa Williams, won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1990.||$.69 discounted cover version from Kidszone and $.99 for film version|
|2.||Beauty and the Beast||Beauty and the Beast||Released in 1991, the title track to Beauty and the Beast featured Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion, and won Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal, Duo or Group and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture.||$1.29 for Celine Dion's version from film and $.89 for instrumental version with orchestra|
|3.||A Whole New World||Aladdin||Once again featuring Peabo Bryson, the hit single A Whole New World found him paired with Regina Bell. The song won an Oscar for Best Song and a Grammy for Song of the Year and was the only Disney theme song ever to reach number one on the Billboard Pop Chart.||$1.29 for original version from film|
|4.||Can You Feel the Love Tonight||The Lion King||Disney's golden touch continued in 1994 with the smash success of The Lion King, which would go on to sell over 10 million copies. The multi-platinum ballad Can You Feel the Love Tonight performed by Elton John earned him a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.||$.99 for Elton John's original version and $.69 discounted version in ballet instrumental style|
|5.||Colors of the Wind||Pocahontas||The Menken magic continued in the 1995 film Pocahontas. Vanessa Williams' performance of Colors of the Wind won an Oscar for Best Original Song.||$.89 for an instrumental version and $.99 for the original movie version|
|6.||Reflection||Mulan||According to Christina Aguilera: an Unauthorized Biography by Anna Louise Golden, after Aguilera secured the opportunity to record this song for Disney by hitting an impossibly high note on an audition tape, RCA signed her to a record deal and financed her recording sessions for her debut album Christina Aguilera, which would go on to sell over fourteen million copies worldwide.||$.99 for Christina Aguilera's original recording of the song|
|7.||You'll Be in My Heart||Tarzan||This smash-hit recorded by pop superstar Phil Collins topped the Adult Contemporary Charts in 1999 and won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2000.||$.69 discounted version from a quality cover band or $.99 for the original Phil Collins version|
|8.||You've Got a Friend in Me||Toy Story||This 1995 blockbuster film opened the floodgates for Pixar and the advanced computer animation era that would come later in the 2000s. Pop star Randy Newman wrote You've Got a Friend in Me and he would go on to write the songs for the entire Toy Story franchise that would come later.||$1.29 for Randy Newman's original version|
The wildly successful run of Disney films above ensured that every modern household in the world had been filled with a Disney melody by the end of millennium.
Disney Themes on Streaming Radio
If you prefer to simply click play on a streaming radio station and have a pre-programmed playlist with a variety of classic Disney songs, these stations have just what you need:
- Last.FM's Disney Music: Listening to Last.FM does not require a login, and this fabulous mix of songs will play both early Disney classics and modern wonders from more recent Disney hit films.
- Pandora: Though this site requires you to register to create a free profile, once you do the process is simple. Just type in the name of the Disney movie song you'd like to hear and Pandora will take it from there to create a station full of Disney classics.
The Magic of Disney Theme Songs
Disney music has provided warm memories and quality entertainment for millions of families around the world. From the classics of the early years like Pinocchio and Fantasia to the magical Alan Menken run of hits in the 1990s, Disney has consistently managed to create magic with its music.