Yes, absolutely! You can list Disney Songs in your favorite inspirational playlist! I’m in a mood to talk about music so today I will going to share with you some of my favorite inspirational Disney Songs.
Disney is not only known for their good quality of animation characters and movies, but also their songs with inspiring themes. Most of their songs actually have certain meanings, depends on what scene the song is played at. If you grow up with Disney franchises, I’m sure you will have an inspiration boost each time hearing one of their songs.
Well, of course you don’t have to be a fan of Disney to enjoy the songs and be inspired. In this post, I add YouTube videos so you can imagine the scene when the songs are played within the movie. Hopefully, if you never watch the movie or just forget the scene, the video can help you.
Let’s take a look first on my inspirational Disney playlist, shall we?
Inspiration: Be Yourself / Be Thankful of What You Already Have
I choose to categorize the songs based of the inspiration they give to me. The first is about how we should be ourselves. There are many times in my life, and I’m sure yours too, that we are bound to other people’s perspectives. They want us to be ‘perfect’ in their eyes, but we can’t. The person they want to look is not the ‘real’ you.
Usually, I take some of my leisure time listening to these songs. We all have different talent, different gift, and we should use it to make our success, our happiness. Have a faith and confidence in yourself, and let’s take a look for these songs.
1. Let It Go (OST Frozen – Idina Menzel / Demi Lovato)
“Let it go, let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway”
This song may be globally recognized as number one song for a ‘be yourself’ and also a ‘freedom’ song. ‘Let it Go’ was performed by Idina Menzel (voice actress of Queen Elsa) in the movie, while the single (simplified) version was performed by Demi Lovato.
In the movie, Queen Elsa chose to abandon her kingdom when her power was discovered to public and went to the mountains. She realized that she no longer needed to hide her ice power and declared herself free, singing the ‘Let It Go’, and build an ice castle up at the mountains. The song symbolizes her freedom and how she can be her ‘real self’, after for a long time she kept it hidden from the public.
The above iTunes badge will direct you to the Idina Menzel version. For the Demi Lovato version, you can click here to get it on iTunes.
(YouTube Video credit goes to “Disney UK”)
2. Reflection (OST Mulan – Lea Salonga / Christina Aguilerra)
“Why must we all conceal
What we think, how we feel?
Must there be a secret me
I’m forced to hide?”
“I won’t pretend that I’m
Someone else for all time
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?”
This is another song with the ‘why I must conceal myself?’ scent after the ‘Let It Go’ song. Lea Salonga is the performer of this song in the movie version, because she is the voice actress of Mulan. The single version of ‘Reflection’ was recorded by Christina Aguilera.
In the movie version, the song symbolizes Mulan’s feeling about wanting to show everyone who she really is (a bit of tomboyish girl) instead of pretending to be who she is not (a feminine girl wearing so much makeup). However, she is afraid to disappoint her family. In the end, she chose to remove her makeup when arrived at her family temple and then show her true self.
The above iTunes badge will direct you to the Lea Salonga version. For the Christina Aguilera version, you can click here to get it on iTunes.
(YouTube Video credit goes to “Laura Lewis”)
3. Under The Sea (OST Little Mermaid – Samuel E. Wright)
“The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else’s lake
You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin’ for?”
‘Under The Sea’ can be considered as the iconic song of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and performed by Ariel’s best friend Sebastian the crab (voiced by Samuel E. Wright). He wants Ariel the mermaid to stay in the sea and resist her wish to become a human and spend her life with Prince Eric, a human whom she fall in love with. Well, however in the end Ariel still successful to sneak off when the little red crab performing the song.
This song is one of the most ear-catching songs in my playlist. Not only the rhythm make you want to dance (or at least, make your head ‘dance’ a bit), but also the lyric actually has some deep meaning about be thankful of what you have now (despite in the end of the scene of where the song is played, Ariel still choose to sneak off).
(YouTube Video credit goes to “Max Stratos”)
Inspiration: Enjoy Your Life
The second category is about enjoying your life now. Do you ever hear the catchphrase ‘YOLO’, or ‘You Only Live Once’? Exactly, like what it said, we only live once now so we should enjoy our life to the fullest. Below are two Disney songs which may inspire you about YOLO:
1. Hakuna Matata (OST Lion King – Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams)
“Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata, ain’t no passing craze
It means no worries for the rest of your days
It’s our problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata”
Ever heard about the Hakuna Matata phrase? In Swahili, it can be literally translated as ‘There are no worries’. Well, I prefer the translation in the lyric though. No worries for the rest of your days. You only live once, and you should enjoy your days. Although it sounds a bit carefree, I agree that we should learn to move on from troubles. Problems come and go in our life, and so does the happiness.
In the Lion King movie, Hakuna Matata is initially performed by Timon (a meerkat – voiced by Nathan Lane) and Pumba (a warthog – voiced by Ernie Sabella) to teach Simba about letting go his problems. The lion cub Simba (voiced by Jason Weaver) later joined singing the song and the scene continues to adult Simba (voiced by Joseph Williams).
(YouTube Video credit goes to “LionKingsSongs”)
2. Bare Necessities (OST Jungle Book – Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman)
“Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That’s why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life”
This is another song in my playlist that teach you to forget your problem and move on. Life is already complicated, and why we need to complicate it even further by thinking to deep about some problems? Let’s try not to think too much about problems, enjoy your life a bit, and who knows the solution will come in an unexpected time after you have your mind cleared.
An interesting note here, the main performer of this song is a bear named Baloo (voiced by Phil Harris) and a good friend of Mowgli, the jungle kid and the main character here (voiced by Bruce Reitherman). If you already notice the pun of this song and the performer, than you must be beary smart and knowledgeable about Disney
(YouTube Video credit goes to “Welcome”)
This is for now. Can you list Disney songs that inspire you too?
In the middle of writing this post, I decide that it is better to not listing so many songs in one post. Why, you ask me? Because I want you to take some time to think the meaning of each song, and see if you can be inspired with it. If you are overloaded with too many songs, I’m afraid you will forget the deep meaning of earlier songs.
I promise I will post the next batch of inspiring Disney songs for you in the near time. I would like to hear if you have any favorite inspiring Disney song. In case you want to know other inspirational songs, you can click here to read my best inspirational songs all time.
If you have any food for thought of those five songs, please leave a comment below. I will be very happy to reply it
Update: You can read about the second batch of inspiring Disney Songs by clicking here.
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