We know a bop when we hear it and gosh, has Disney released some over the years! Maybe your favorite Disney song is a favorite because you love the movie it’s from. Maybe you love a certain song from a Walt Disney World ride, and hearing the song takes you back to awesome vacation memories. Regardless, we all have our favorite Disney songs. Did you know that Disney songs are ranked by Billboard Music, just like non-Disney music is? Yep, in fact, today we are jumping into the Disney songs that Made Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Disney Songs list. Some will be familiar favorites and others may leave you surprised.
30. “We Know the Way”
This Moana boating song is one of my favorite driving songs (corny, I know). I can almost see the (later) seaborne village paddling over the ocean waves each time I hear the harmonies in this song. I was surprised to hear that others loved this song as much as I do, because honestly, I don’t hear other Disney fans talking about it!
29. “Show Yourself”
An Elsa power song on the Billboard Chart top 30 Disney song countdown is not that surprising to me. More than one of these Elsa power songs making the list is more impressive and surprising. “Show Yourself” is an inspiring song about Elsa literally stepping into the unknown and growing into her potential during a time when she feels unsure.
28. “Love Is an Open Door”
If you’ve ever met THE one and finished each other’s sandwiches – you are likely a fan of this song. We love an upbeat love song, and “Love Is an Open Door” checks all the boxes to go down in Disney song history. Sure, Prince Hans of the Southern Isles was a dud, but we will always groove to this song from Frozen.
27. “Nobody Like U”
Shock of shocks for me was learning that the boy band 4*Town from the controversial movie Turning Red was on the top 30 list of highest-ranking Disney songs of all time. While I agree that it’s a catchy tune and I enjoyed the movie, this ranking comes as a surprise. Although, Mei and her girl gang would not agree, they would think it should be number one!
26. “All of You”
There is nothing like a fresh start, and this song chronicles the rebuilding of the Madrigal home and the repair of the family unit in Encanto. Talk about a feel-good song. The bridge of the song, when the town joins the family to help rebuild, always gives me chills.
This inclusive song is a perfect juxtaposition to earlier songs in the film when protagonist Mirabel feels out of place in the family. As you’ll see in this Billboard Chart countdown, the Encanto soundtrack was a crowd pleaser.
Big Hero 6
Coming in at number 25 is Fall Out Boy with “Immortals” made popular in the movie Big Hero 6. The song perfectly described the conflict Hiro feels trying to honor his deceased brother Tadashi’s memory. “I’m still comparing your past, to my future” is sung with a lot of electric guitar and thumping bass. Between adorable Baymax and the grief addressed in this animated film, Big Hero 6 has us alternately smiling and crying.
24. “You’re Welcome“
There is nothing like a humble hero. Dwayne Johnson put on such a great performance of “You’re Welcome” in Moana that I hummed it for days. Maui the demi-God tells his origin story/recites his accomplishments to voyager heroine to Moana to a very catchy tune.
23. “Try Everything”
The movie Zootopia has awesome messaging around inclusion, diversity, and those that have big differences becoming close friends. Zootopia pop-idol Gazelle is voiced by none other than Shakira, and man does she jam to the song “Try Everything”. So, it comes as no surprise to me that this fun dance song ranks number 23 on the Billboard Disney hits list.
22. “Into the Unknown”
The 2019 sequel to Frozen had some show-stopping songs that rival the original. “Into the Unknown” was the power song of this album, when Elsa follows the siren call that’s been distracting her. Of course, this call culminates in Elsa finding the place where she’s meant to be, and Anna stepping up to become Queen of Arendelle.
21. “Waiting on a Miracle”
Disney’s Encanto spoke to audiences in a relatable way. Mirabel’s song “Waiting on a Miracle” is relatable for anyone that has ever felt out of place or less than. In this song, ordinarily upbeat Mirabel discloses her insecurities about her lack of special powers and laments how she is sick of “waiting on a miracle”.
20. “How Far I’ll Go”
This Moana power song gives us all the feels. We aren’t the only ones that feel this way. It turns out this Disney song is so popular it’s actually listed in the top 30 greatest Disney hits of all time, twice! Coming in at number 20 is the version by vocalist Alessia Cara. This song climbed the charts in 2017 and became a favorite of Disney lovers everywhere.
19. “For the First Time in Forever”
Tell the guards to open up the gates! This song sets the stage for Anna’s excitement on coronation day while giving viewers another catchy Frozen song to sing. This Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel song hit number 57 on the charts in 2014.
18. “Little Wonders”
Meet the Robinsons
Rob Thomas’ song “Little Wonders” is an emotional ballad from Meet the Robinsons that was number 58 on the Billboard charts in 2014. This emotionally charged song mirrors the confused and sincere hero, Lewis in this movie. This boy hero has his ups and downs but as the song says “It’s the heart that really matters in the end”
17. “Dos Oruguitas”
Yep, number 17 is another song from the 2021 film Encanto. What can we say? Lin Manuel Miranda outdid himself on music for this Disney movie. This emotional song is the soundtrack for the origin story of Abuela and the family miracle. Pro tip: Make sure you have the tissues ready before you watch this scene in the movie.
16. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
Another catchy Disney movie tune that even non-Disney fanatics tend to know, “Do you Want to Build a Snowman?” was number 51 on the charts in 2014. Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez, voiced Anna over the years in this song, and it could not be cuter.
Are You Surprised At These Disney Chart-Topping Songs?! This list just scratches the surface of the awesome music in Disney movies. Don’t miss our next article featuring the top 15 Disney songs of all time on Billboard’s greatest Disney hits list!