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People have been voting for the best Disney song of all time and 'Circle of Life' from The Lion King came out on top.
'Circle of Life' was composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice for the 1994 animated feature The Lion King. Performed by Carmen Twillie and featuring Zulu language vocals by Lebo M. it is the film's grand opening number.
The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song with two other songs from The Lion King - 'Hakuna Matata' and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight'. The latter, performed by Elton John, won the award.
Since it came out in 1994 the song has become a certified Disney classic and has been featured in dozens attractions at Disney theme parks and parades.
A slightly tweaked version of 'Circle of Life' was recorded for Disney's 2019 remake of The Lion King, featuring vocals by Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, the actress who performed as Rafiki in the London stage adaptation from 2005 to 2018.
One of the most joyous songs from the Lion King soundtrack, 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King', is the second song from the movie in the top 10. Performed by a young Simba, voiced in the original film by Jason Waver, the song is an ode to wanting to do whatever you want once you gain power.
The other Disney classics rounding out the top 10 include the beautiful ballad 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin and 'Part of Your World' and 'Under the Sea' from The Little Mermaid.
Rather surprisingly there are no songs from Frozen in the top 10. Not even 'Let It Go'. The most recent song in the top 10 is 'How Far I'll Go' from 2016's Moana.
The oldest song in the top 10 is 'When You Wish Upon a Star' from Pinocchio. It is heard in the opening credits and in the final scene of the 1940 film. The song has since become the representative song of the Disney company as a whole.
You may also remember when the 2011 X-Factor finalists, including the eventual winners Little Mix, covered the song for the Marks and Spencer Christmas advert.
You can find the full list here
In other Disney soundtrack-related news, several Disney movies trended on Twitter after a user posted a poll and said, rather threateningly, "one soundtrack has to go". Yikes.
one soundtrack has to go
- Ariam (@iambrattyb) November 14, 2020
The four Disney movies that were included in the poll were: Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch, Mulan and Hercules.
Over 320,000 people voted in the poll, with Lilo and Stitch's soundtrack sadly getting the boot with 43.9 per cent of the vote.
Lilo & Stitch is not known of its original music and sadly proved no match to some of the most iconic movie songs of all time, such as 'Reflection', 'A Whole New World' and 'Go the Distance'.
Twitter obviously had a lot to say on the matter.
One Lilo & Stitch fan said, "to the ppl who voted Lilo & Stitch... just admit you couldn't sing along to "he mele no lilo". Another person responded to the results of the poll and said, "Lilo [&] Stitch had the BEST soundtrack 42 [per cent] of you are uncultured and have bland taste. Get well soon!!!"
To the ppl who voted Lilo & Stitch..just admit you couldn't sing along to "he mele no lilo" https://t.co/n3Ov4NcW3p
- :spider_web::spider_web: (@ssanchezxo) November 14, 2020
Lilo and stitch had the BEST soundtrack 42% of you are uncultured and have bland taste. Get well soon!!! https://t.co/0CptesA79g
- white boy silencer (@sowenzswag) November 14, 2020
Another passionate Disney fan said: "Clicked the trend because I thought "Ah, I'm sure people are saying ALADDIN is the BEST Disney soundtrack." But I'm actually seeing people arguing that LILO AND STITCH has a better soundtrack than ALADDIN, HERCULES & MULAN?! These have to be bots. Nobody ACTUALLY believes that."
Clicked the trend because I thought "Ah, I'm sure people are saying ALADDIN is the BEST Disney soundtrack."
But I'm actually seeing people arguing that LILO AND STITCH has a better soundtrack than ALADDIN, HERCULES & MULAN?!
These have to be bots. Nobody ACTUALLY believes that. pic.twitter.com/cE10JSTrAn
- RogersBase (@RogersBase) November 14, 2020
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