10 Disney Songs That Cheer Me Up On A Bad Day

Everybody goes through hard times, but the important thing is how we rise from them. Disney exemplifies this in their films and music all the time. Sometimes you just need a happy little tune to lift your spirits. These are ten Disney songs that cheer me up on a bad day:


1. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

“Where is that bluebird?” This song cheers me up even when things are not going my way. This song gives the simple reminder of perspective. Even if things are hard, the sun still shines, the sky is still blue, birds still sing, and everything will be okay.

2. Go the Distance

This is my power anthem, man. Hercules was having a pretty bad day when he belted this ballad: he had no friends, he didn’t belong, and he didn’t know who he was. But he persevered. This song cheers me up by helping me to believe that there’s more out there, and more in me, to discover.

3. Under the Sea

I think it’s humanly impossible to not bob your head when you hear this song. Ariel is pretty bumming when Sebastian sings her this song. But, honestly, it’s just such a fun melody that it instantly cheers me up. It also helps that when I listen to it, I can picture the full scene of the fish band and Sebastian’s killer orchestration.

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4. Hakuna Matata

It means no worries! Timon and Pumbaa are the ultimate go-to guys for cheering up. Hakuna Matata is a song that always puts a smile on my face. Maybe it’s not the most practical tune for solving life problems, but it’s happy and simple and fun. Plus Timon and Pumbaa have keen observational skills: “He looks a little blue.” “I’d say a golden brown!”

5. I’ve Got a Dream: This song certainly cheered up Rapunzel. She was majorly conflicted about leaving home and scared about being on her own when the patrons of the Snuggly Duckling cheered her right up. Even on really bad days, focusing on our dreams can help reorient us. Rapunzel knew this, and so do I.

6. How Far I’ll Go

This song is a killer, kick-butt, empowering ballad. Moana had a lot of bad days growing up, knowing that she belonged somewhere far from her island. But she knew to keep the faith and preserve until she got there. I love to belt this song on bad days. Because bad days go away, but I’ll never know how far I’ll go.

7. Spanish Version of You’ve Got a Friend in Me

I can almost hear the plunky guitar riff. Everybody knows and loves this classic song from Toy Story, but in the third movie they revamp it up a bit with Buzz’s Spanish mode (“My what?”). This version is so ridiculous and fun and silly that I can’t help but smile and pretend to sing along, even on bad days.

8. How Does She Know?

“We don’t have to sing, we can just walk…” Well, singing it out or not, I love this song. This fun bop from Enchanted reminds us of the more romantic side of life. I love listening to this one on bad days because I can totally picture Giselle and Robert running around Central Park singing about the joys of love. It’s fun, happy, and uplifting. Perfect to turn a bad day around.

9. Almost There

Tiana had a hard life. Her bad days added up. But she never doubted herself or the truth that good days were ahead of her. That’s what this song is all about. Things might be tough right now, but we’re almost there to good days soon. It’s amazing what a little faith and hard work can accomplish. And Tiana is a shining example of that!

10. Bare Necessities

Here’s another song that puts things into perspective. A lot of the time, when life gets hard or we have bad days, it’s because we’ve overcomplicated things – we’re too busy or we’re focused on the trivial. Baloo reminds us to take a step back, take a deep breath, and focus on the bare necessities. Don’t worry too much and enjoy what you do have – but you don’t have to eat ants!


Park Music: I love having WDW Park music on in the background of my entire life. It’s great for hanging out or working, but especially for cheering me up. Park Music instantly transports you to the best place ever: Disney. Shout out to The Voices of Liberty, the Soarin’ theme music, the Tree of Life area music, and so many others!

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."