There’s one big reason Disney songs do so well, and it’s all because those catchy earworm songs have us humming along when we’re doing the dishes. One of the best in the more recent Disney movies was Frozen’s “Let It Go.” It’s catchy, and the lyrics are easy to remember, and for some reason, our kids just ate it up. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are the songwriting couple behind that massive hit. They recently shared their personal favorite Disney songs, and well, they’re kind of a bummer, really.
Anderson-Lopez and Lopez are a married couple who have written several songs for Disney movies, specifically Frozen, Coco, and Frozen II. They won several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Frozen’s “Let It Go” and one for “Remember Me” from Coco. These two are incredibly talented at creating those hit earworm songs that not only help along with the emotions in a Disney movie.
They’re also parents, raising 2 girls, Katie and Annie, who also happened to have voice parts in Frozen, so they have likely watched many, if not all, Disney movies and were asked to share their favorite songs.
It’s hard to do because there are so many to choose from. But, with this being their profession, there was some hope they’d pull something out in their best list that we overlook. Maybe a song that doesn’t get as much love as it should. Instead, they went the predictable route, which is OK, they’re predictable for a reason, I suppose.
The first song on their list was “The Bare Necessities” from the 1967 Jungle Book. “I had the record of that, back before there was a video,” Lopez shares. “I had my mom put it on, and by the time we’d finish with the side, I’d be asleep.”
Next on their list was from the 1964 original Mary Poppins, and it’s a bummer that they chose “Feed the Birds.” It’s not as predictable as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” but this song is as dull as boring can get. While Anderson-Lopez says she loves the song because it’s “just a beautiful melody and beautiful message,” it was one of those parts of the movie we could routinely fast-forward through because it was a nothing scene.
Other songs they included on their list were obvious, too. “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast saying, “the cleverness of ‘Be our guest’ and some of the lyrics,” was the reason it made their list. And they also love “Oo-De-Lally” from Robin Hood.
While there is nothing wrong with their choices, they are memorable songs, and it’s impossible for everyone to agree here, but it’s time for some of those classic songs to stay where they are. Also, where’s the love for my favorite, “One Jump Ahead” from Aladdin?