Best Love Song? Most Magical? Here Are Superlatives for 16 Classic Disney Songs

Cinderella, "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"
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Cinderella, "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"

No matter what era you were born in, there is nothing like some good old nostalgia. And thanks to a practically countless number of classic animated movie musicals, every generation can come together to enjoy some classic Disney hits.

With the March 17 release of the newest live-action Disney installment, a remake of 1991's Beauty and the Beast, just around the corner, it's likely millions of people around the world are cranking up Disney playlists and getting in that magical, youthful mindset -- or at least we are here at Billboard.

To commemorate the latest Disney occasion, we decided to put together a list of some of the most beloved tunes from the Disney catalog and give them a fun mock award. And if you don't see one of your favorites on the list, keep in mind that we've already ranked all of the songs of the Disney Renaissance, so we had to give some other Disney jams some love... with a few exceptions for must-have Renaissance songs, of course.

Check out our list of Disney song superlatives below.

Sounds most like a radio hit: "Stand Out," A Goofy Movie

Plenty of Disney songs make for a good bop, but not a lot of them could actually translate to current radio. A Goofy Movie sure delivered one with "Stand Out," though -- performed by real-life '90s R&B star Tevin Campbell which is quite possibly the most boy band-esque track that wasn't actually recorded by one. Can’t you just see One Direction totally owning this?

Funniest lyric: "For The First Time In Forever," Frozen

“Don't know if I'm elated or gassy
But I'm somewhere in that zone!”

Enough said.

Best love song: "I See the Light," Tangled

While it's tough to hold a candle to Aladdin's "A Whole New World," Tangled offered up some lanterns in attempt to match the epic love story on a magic carpet ride -- and it totally worked. The swoon-worthy duet is arguably the canon's best ballad since Aladdin, and the scene is easily one of the most breathtaking. 

Most iconic: "Circle of Life," The Lion King

Okay, okay... we couldn't go without including perhaps the most beloved Disney musical of al-time. There is no denying that The Lion King's opening is one of the most dynamic openings of a Disney movie, and its coinciding song is just as epic, if not more so.

Most adorable moment: "Scales and Arpeggios," The Aristocats

So the kitties of Artistocats aren't necessarily the greatest of singers. But their high-pitched voices are so precious (along with their little paws all over piano keys) that even if you’re not a cat person, there’s no way this song and scene doesn’t bring a smile to your face.

Best karaoke duet: "A Whole New World," Aladdin

If you've ever been to a karaoke bar, you've likely witnessed a couple either totally rock or completely butcher this romantic classic -- but no matter what shenanigans occurred, it probably inspired you to grab a partner and try your hand at it.

Most quintessentially Disney: "When You Wish Upon a Star," Pinocchio

If there is one song to pinpoint as iconic Disney, Jiminy Cricket's wishful tune is definitely the first to come to mind. The lighthearted ditty has served as the brand's anthem for decades, adding a little magic to any situation. 

Best song to listen to while swiping on Tinder: "Someday My Prince Will Come," Snow White

Because when society has made you think that online dating is your last resort, you need a little Disney to give you a glimmer of hope.

Best bromance tune: "You’ve Got a Friend In Me," Toy Story

Although we labeled it a bromance tune, let's be honest -- you don't have to be a dude to love this song. All you need is a Woody to your Andy to make you sway and sing along with this classic -- though hopefully your best friend is an actual human.

Single-ladies anthem: "Almost There," Princess & the Frog

Tiana had enough of hearing about how she needs to find a man, which is exactly what resulted in this song. While "Almost There" is an indication that she's hopeful she will one day find love, she made it known that for the time being, she's content doing her own thing. You go, girl.

Best life lesson: "Bare Necessities," The Jungle Book

Before "Hakuna Matata" was even a thing, Baloo gave some of the best advice for those worrywarts watching: Forget about your worries and your strife, and focus on what's really important.

Most feels: "You’ll Be in My Heart," Tarzan

Disney has mastered the art of bringing a tear to your eye, whether it's a happy cry or a straight up mascara-streaming sobfest. In this case, it's a feel-good cry, which likely happens every time no matter how many times you've heard the Tarzan track. This didn't win a best original song Oscar for nothin'.

Creepiest song: "The Siamese Cat Song," Lady and the Tramp

The Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp are mysteriously vile as it is, but once they sing this all-too-eerie song together -- while doing simultaneous movements that make the song even more chilling in the scene -- it's clear these are two characters you don't want to mess with.

Best motivational speech: "Go the Distance," Hercules

Feeling a bit downtrodden or discouraged? Don't worry, at one point Hercules was, too. Sing this song, though, and suddenly you'll feel invincible. (Side note: For those who weren’t around for the Hercules era, Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” is definitely the latest and greatest version of this.)

Most entertaining to challenge a drunk person to sing: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," Mary Poppins

This superlative is a mouthful in itself, but just wait until you get a couple of beers in your best friend and tell them to sing this Mary Poppins classic. And if shots are involved, challenge them to singing the 34-character word backwards.

Most magical: "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo," Cinderella / "You Can Fly," Peter Pan (yes, it’s a tie)

Frankly it almost seems unfair to grant this title to any one specific Disney song, as practically every song from more than 90 years of the beloved animation studio is magical in its own way -- which is why we felt it wa only right to at least hand the mock award to two. Between turning pumpkins into carriages with one flick of a wand and flying with the help of pixie dust, it doesn't get much more magical than these. 

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