The Disney Classics Rate (The End.)

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Hiya friends, welcome to the Disney Classics Rate!


Really, does it get much more iconic than this? 2017 marks 80 years since Walt Disney Animation Studios changed the game with the first ever feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and damn what a ride it’s been since. For almost a century now, Disney films have been a constant, immovable presence in households the world over, capturing the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike with each and every release. Show me someone who says they don’t have any emotional attachment to any of these films and I’ll show you a fuckin’ liar. I mean, Dreamworks hew? Illumination what? Legends only, please. Disney animations have always been a cut above the rest, teebs; sure, they’ve suffered their fair share of Britney Jeans and Bionics over the decades, but on the whole we’re talking about a pretty damn amazing collection of films here – and at its heart, some undeniably incredible music. And that’s where we come in.

We’ve rated hundreds of discographies. We've rated X Factor judges. We’ve rated fast food chains. We’ve rated Pokémon. We’ve rated Big Pop Girls. We’ve rated Small Pop Girls. It’s time we rated Disney Pop Girls. And boys, demigods, cats, dogs, lions, satyrs, genies, sea witches, anthropomorphised household objects, etc. etc. you get the idea. The soundtracks accompanying Disney animations are arguably just as iconic as the films themselves, and as mature, intelligent pop culture scholars, it’s our job to decide which single song in this pantheon of classics deserves the highest honour of them all – being crowned Popjustice’s favourite.

In the following post, you’ll find a list of the songs competing for that coveted neon pink sash and sceptre combo. Now, I know 95 songs seems like a daunting task at first glance, but I assure you – a lot of these are probably songs you already know by heart, songs you practically grew up with. And besides, by their very nature most of ‘em are relatively short and easy to listen to; you won’t find any Inuit throat singing or gravity-operated pendulums in this Animalia rate, no ma’am. So, let's leave pointless, cyclical arguments about the state of the charts at the door, let's call ceasefire on the endless stan wars, and let's celebrate the glorious, undying legacy of Disney music. I mean, the amount of love and nostalgia associated with so many of these songs surely means we can't have anything but a joyous, peaceful time in here.


... Right?


The Rules

- Rate each song on the list on a scale from 0 to 10.
- Half points are allowed.
- You can award one song - your favourite - the treasured 11/10.
- Commentary to go with your scores is both welcomed and much appreciated.
- Send me all this via PM and voila! Your job is done.













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The music is only half the story. It’s high time we banded together as one, combining our analytical savagery and overwhelming homosexual energies to finally answer one of life’s biggest questions:

What is the best Disney film?

So, along with your song scores, I’m also asking you to send me an ordered list of your five favourite Disney Animated Classics*. Your #1 will receive five points, your #2 will receive four, and so on until we’ve built a chart of Popjustice’s Favourite Disney Films to count down after we’ve crowned our winning song! If y’all thought choosing your 11 was gonna be hard enough… well… good luck, y'all.

* Meaning the 56 films listed in the next post. If anyone tries to vote for a film not on this list (e.g. Pixar, Anastasia, Mary fucking Poppins, etc.), I will feel no guilt whatsoever in awarding those points to my fave instead teebs.


And there we have it, folks. Come on in, stay a spell. There will be laughs! There will be tears (likely my own, once I realise how much work I’m signing myself up for, again)! There will be fancy artwork I’ve spent far too long making when I should have been dealing with a whole host of actual-real-life-problems! There will be ruthless dragging of hideous, unapologetic racism!


Fun for all the family.
 
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Snow White & The Seven Dwarves

Whistle While You Work
Heigh-Ho
Someday My Prince Will Come

Pinocchio

When You Wish Upon A Star
Give A Little Whistle
I've Got No Strings

Dumbo

Baby Mine
Pink Elephants On Parade
When I See An Elephant Fly | Reprise

Cinderella

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

Alice In Wonderland

All In The Golden Afternoon
The Unbirthday Song

Peter Pan

You Can Fly!
What Made The Red Man Red?

Lady & The Tramp

The Siamese Cat Song
Bella Notte
He's A Tramp

Sleeping Beauty

Once Upon A Dream

101 Dalmatians

Cruella De Vil

The Jungle Book

The Bare Necessities
I Wan'na Be Like You
Trust In Me

The Aristocats

Scales & Arpeggios
Thomas O'Malley Cat
Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat | Reprise

The Fox & The Hound

Best of Friends

Oliver & Company

Once Upon A Time In New York City
Why Should I Worry? | Reprise
Streets of Gold | Soundtrack Version*
Perfect Isn't Easy

The Little Mermaid

Part of Your World | Reprise
Under The Sea
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Kiss The Girl

Beauty & The Beast

Belle | Reprise
Gaston | Reprise
Beauty & the Beast
Be Our Guest

Aladdin

One Jump Ahead | Reprise
Friend Like Me
Prince Ali | Reprise
A Whole New World

The Lion King

Circle of Life
I Just Can't Wait To Be King
Be Prepared
Hakuna Matata
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

Pocahontas

Just Around The Riverbend
Mine, Mine, Mine
Colours of the Wind
Savages | Part II

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Out There
Topsy Turvy
God Help The Outcasts
Heaven's Light | Hellfire
A Guy Like You

Hercules

The Gospel Truth | Part II | Part III
Go The Distance | Reprise
One Last Hope
Zero To Hero
I Won't Say (I'm In Love)
A Star Is Born

Mulan

Honour To Us All
Reflection
I'll Make A Man Out Of You
A Girl Worth Fighting For

Tarzan

Two Worlds | Reprise
You'll Be In My Heart
Son of Man
Strangers Like Me

The Emperor's New Groove

Perfect World

Lilo & Stitch

Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride

Brother Bear

On My Way

The Princess & The Frog

Almost There | Reprise
Friends On The Other Side
When We're Human
Dig A Little Deeper
Ma Belle Evangeline

Tangled

When Will My Life Begin? | Reprise
Mother Knows Best | Reprise
I've Got A Dream
I See The Light

Frozen

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?
For The First Time In Forever | Reprise
Love Is An Open Door
Let It Go
In Summer
Fixer Upper

Moana

Where You Are
How Far I'll Go | Reprise | I Am Moana
We Know The Way | Reprise**
You're Welcome
Shiny
An Innocent Warrior | Know Who You Are**

* Only half the song made it into the film, but the full thing's on the soundtrack. Rate whichever version you fancy.

** These videos are just a wee bit spoilery for the end of Moana, so if you haven't seen it yet, here [1 | 2] are pure audio links instead.


Snow White & The Seven Dwarves
Pinocchio
Fantasia
Dumbo
Bambi
Saludos Amigos
The Three Caballeros
Make Mine Music
Fun & Fancy Free
Melody Time
The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
Cinderella
Alice In Wonderland
Peter Pan
Lady & The Tramp
Sleeping Beauty
One Hundred & One Dalmatians
The Sword in the Stone
The Jungle Book
The Aristocats
Robin Hood
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Rescuers
The Fox & the Hound
The Black Cauldron
The Great Mouse Detective
Oliver & Company
The Little Mermaid
The Rescuers Down Under
Beauty and the Beast
Aladdin
The Lion King
Pocahontas
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hercules
Mulan
Tarzan
Fantasia 2000
Dinosaur
The Emperor's New Groove
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Lilo & Stitch
Treasure Planet
Brother Bear
Home on the Range
Chicken Little
Meet the Robinsons
Bolt
The Princes & the Frog
Tangled
Winnie the Pooh
Wreck-It Ralph
Frozen
Big Hero 6
Zootopia
Moana


Also, the lovely @Alouder98 has made a Spotify playlist with most of the songs on it - in a lot of cases the soundtrack versions are mastered differently and/or have dialogue taken out, so I’d recommend checking it out. Thanks again sis!

As for songs with multiple parts (Savages, Heaven's Light/Hellfire, The Gospel Truth, How Far I'll Go), and/or those with reprises, we'll be treating the combined parts as a single song for the purposes of the rate, so listen to each part if possible please.

Whistle While You Work
Heigh-Ho
Someday My Prince Will Come

When You Wish Upon A Star
Give A Little Whistle
I've Got No Strings

Baby Mine
Pink Elephants On Parade
When I See An Elephant Fly

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

All In The Golden Afternoon
The Unbirthday Song

You Can Fly!
What Made The Red Man Red?

The Siamese Cat Song
Bella Notte
He's A Tramp

Once Upon A Dream

Cruella De Vil

The Bare Necessities
I Wan'na Be Like You
Trust In Me

Scales & Arpeggios
Thomas O'Malley Cat
Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat

Best of Friends

Once Upon A Time In New York City
Why Should I Worry?
Streets of Gold
Perfect Isn't Easy

Part of Your World
Under the Sea
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Kiss the Girl

Belle
Gaston
Beauty and the Beast
Be Our Guest

One Jump Ahead
Friend Like Me
Prince Ali
A Whole New World

Circle of Life
I Just Can't Wait To Be King
Be Prepared
Hakuna Matata
Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

Just Around the Riverbend
Mine, Mine, Mine
Colours of the Wind
Savages

Out There
Topsy Turvy
God Help the Outcasts
Heaven's Light / Hellfire
A Guy Like You

The Gospel Truth
Go the Distance
One Last Hope
Zero To Hero
I Won't Say (I'm In Love)
A Star Is Born

Honour To Us All
Reflection
I'll Make A Man Out Of You
A Girl Worth Fighting For

Two Worlds
You'll Be In My Heart
Son of Man
Strangers Like Me

Perfect World

Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride

On My Way

Almost There
Friends On The Other Side
When We're Human
Dig A Little Deeper
Ma Belle Evangeline

When Will My Life Begin?
Mother Knows Best
I've Got A Dream
I See the Light

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?
For The First Time In Forever
Love Is An Open Door
Let It Go
In Summer
Fixer Upper

Where You Are
How Far I'll Go / I Am Moana
We Know The Way
You're Welcome
Shiny
An Innocent Warrior / Know Who You Are


Oh, and for the sake of averages and other ~super fun~ stuff like that, we'll be splitting the songs into these fairly arbitrary "eras":

The Golden Age (From Snow White -> The Jungle Book)
The Bronze Age (From The Aristocats -> Oliver & Co.)
The Renaissance I (The Little Mermaid -> Pocahontas)
The Renaissance II (The Hunchback of Notre Dame -> Tarzan)
The 21st Century (The Emperor's New Groove -> Moana)

~

Voting is open until May 17th.

HAVE FUN!
 
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95. What Made The Red Man Red? (1.71)
94. The Siamese Cat Song (3.81)
93. When I See An Elephant Fly (4.10)
= 91. Give A Little Whistle (4.73)
= 91. Trust In Me (4.73)
90. Scales And Arpeggios (5.00)
89. Best of Friends (5.11)
88. The Unbirthday Song (5.18)
87. All In The Golden Afternoon (5.21)
86. Thomas O'Malley Cat (5.31)
= 84. Fixer Upper (5.39)
= 84. In Summer (5.39)
= 82. Mine, Mine, Mine (5.44)
= 82. Ma Belle Evangeline (5.44)
81. Pink Elephants On Parade (5.50)
80. Baby Mine (5.56)
= 78. Whistle While You Work (5.60)
= 78. A Guy Like You (5.60)
77. When We're Human (5.63)
76. Bella Notte (5.66)
75. Someday My Prince Will Come (5.68)
74. Perfect Isn't Easy (5.71)
73. Perfect World (5.73)
= 71. I've Got No Strings (5.74)
= 71. Shiny (5.74)
70. You Can Fly! (5.85)
69. Topsy Turvy (6.01)
= 67. Friends On The Other Side (6.10)
= 67. On My Way (6.10)
66. Streets of Gold (6.11)
65. Once Upon A Time In New York City (6.15)
64. Heigh-Ho (6.20)
63. I've Got A Dream (6.25)
= 61. He's A Tramp (6.29)
= 61. Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat (6.29)
60. A Girl Worth Fighting For (6.31)
59. Dig A Little Deeper (6.38)
= 57. Savages (6.40)
= 57. Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride (6.40)
56. Why Should I Worry? (6.43)
55. An Innocent Warrior / Know Who You Are (6.46)
54. Out There (6.48)
53. One Last Hope (6.54)
52. Love Is An Open Door (6.56)
= 50. Son of Man (6.61)
= 50. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (6.61)
49. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (6.66)
48. Heaven's Light / Hellfire (6.71)
47. Strangers Like Me (6.75)
46. Where You Are (6.78)
45. Two Worlds (6.89)
44. We Know The Way (7.00)
43. God Help The Outcasts (7.01)
42. I Wan'na Be Like You (7.03)
41. A Star Is Born (7.08)
40. Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? (7.13)
39. Go The Distance (7.26)
38. Gaston (7.31)
37. Mother Knows Best (7.33)
36. The Bare Necessities (7.35)
35. You're Welcome (7.38)
= 33. Almost There (7.40)
= 33. Honour To Us All (7.40)
32. For The First Time In Forever (7.49)
31. One Jump Ahead (7.56)
30. When Will My Life Begin? (7.60)
29. Cruella De Vil (7.65)
28. You'll Be In My Heart (7.73)
27. When You Wish Upon A Star (7.75)
26. I See The Light (7.76)
= 24. Friend Like Me (7.80)
= 24. Just Around The Riverbend (7.80)
23. Let It Go (7.81)
22. Once Upon A Dream (7.84)
21. Be Prepared (7.90)
= 19. Prince Ali (7.95)
= 19. The Gospel Truth (7.95)
18. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (8.18)
17. Hakuna Matata (8.19)
16. Kiss The Girl (8.34)
15. Poor Unfortunate Souls (8.40)
14. I Won't Say (I'm In Love) (8.50)
13. I Just Can't Wait To Be King (8.56)
12. How Far I'll Go / I Am Moana (8.58)
11. Zero To Hero (8.59)
10. Under The Sea (8.61)
= 8. Be Our Guest (8.64)
= 8. I'll Make A Man Out Of You (8.64)
7. Belle (8.69)
6. Part of Your World (8.95)
5. Beauty & the Beast (9.04)
4. A Whole New World (9.15)
3. Circle of Life (9.24)
2. Reflection (9.29)
1. Colours of the Wind (9.48)
 
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1st
138 Points | 19 Voters

The Lion King

2nd
118 Points | 16 Voters

The Little Mermaid

3rd
106 Points | 16 Voters

Mulan

4th
98 Points | 17 Voters

Beauty & the Beast

5th
90.0 Points | 14 Voters

Hercules

6th
80.0 Points | 14 Voters

Aladdin

7th
44.8 Points | 7 Voters

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

8th
36.8 Points | 7 Voters

The Emperor's New Groove

9th
28.9 Points | 8 Voters

Sleeping Beauty

10th
28.5 Points | 6 Voters

Wreck-It Ralph

11th
19.2 Points | 7 Voters

Zootopia

= 12th
16.9 Points | 4 Voters

One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Lilo & Stitch

= 14th
15.6 Points | 4 Voters

The Aristocats
Frozen

16th
11.7 Points | 4 Voters

Pocahontas

17th
10.8 Points | 3 Voters

The Fox & The Hound

18th
9.9 Points | 2 Voters

Bambi

19th
9.8 Points | 5 Voters

Tangled

20th
8.4 Points | 3 Voters

Peter Pan

= 21st
6.6 Points | 2 Voters

The Jungle Book
The Rescuers

= 23rd
5 Points | 1 Voter

Moana
Fantasia

= 25th
4.4 Points | 2 Voters

Pinocchio
The Princess & The Frog
Atlantis: The Lost Empire

28th
3.3 Points | 2 Voters

Fantasia 2000

= 29th
3 Points | 1 Voter

Dumbo
Lady and the Tramp
Alice In Wonderland

32nd
2.2 Points | 2 Voters

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

= 33rd
1 Point | 1 Voter

Cinderella
Big Hero 6

 
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This is intriguing. I'm assuming I'm familiar with most, but it's been a while since I last heard them. I'll be doing this during my spring break, I think.

I'll Make A Man Out Of You for the win.
 
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Disney had a real issue with racist depictions of Siamese cats in the middle of the last century. "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat" would probably be my favorite song here if not for the terrible lines that come out of the Siamese cat.
 
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My Mom is a HUGE Disney stan and will be sending in scores for this as well. Probably not commentary because she always says "I don't get that part or what to say" but yeah, I'll be letting her know to start today.

Your Mom is all kinds of iconic. And I'm guessing you must've had the best Disney collection.
 

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