Top 5 Disney Animated Film Scores
It’s safe to say, many of us grew up with Disney. The films are as captivating as they are inspiring—encouraging us to never to grow up, to follow our hearts, and to never stop chasing our dreams.
The animation has also been visually striking—from the early days of Snow White to the modern and picturesque visuals in their newer 3D animated films.
However, the music has also been an equally strong component of what makes a Disney film tug at our heartstrings.
So if you’re in need of a relaxing score to study or relax to, here are the top five Disney film scores you can listen to.
#5 – Hunchback Of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame has always been one of the riskier Disney animated films. It explores adult themes like lust, damnation, and the effect a disability can have on a person.
The music is epic and suits the dark tone of the film perfectly, making it land the final spot on this list.
#4 – The Lion King
The sounds of the Lion King are so distinct to Disney fans of all ages. This is thanks to world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer, who carefully crafted these pieces for arguably one of the greatest animated films of all time. It’s a score that transports us to the pride lands.
#3 – UP
You would be lying if you said you could listen to Micheal Giachinno’s ‘Married Life’ and not have your heart break into a million pieces. This single piece of music is a masterpiece, taking us through all the struggles and triumphs of husband and wife, Ellie and Carl’s, married life together in a matter of five minutes. That’s pretty powerful.
It’s a soundtrack that reminds us that adventure is indeed out there.
Listen to this score when you have some extra tissues lying around.
#2 – Coco
Disney Pixar’s Coco was acclaimed for not only celebrating Mexican culture, but portraying it in such a beautiful, colorful, and accurate light. The soundtrack is no different. With the warm sounds inspired by traditional Mariachi musical, it serves as an intimate reminder to always remember those we have lost. It’s bright and filled with hypnotizing trumpets, Spanish guitars and even a grito or two.
Play this score when you’re in the mood to be transported to the surprisingly lively Land of the Dead.
#1 – Mulan
Mulan is the ultimate feminist tale.
It’s a story about the brave and selfless warrior, Mulan of the Fa family, after she takes her father’s place in the Chinese military and is tasked with saving all of China.
It’s a 90’s classic and odds are, you probably owned the VHS tape.
Mulan is a compelling story that deserves a loud and proud musical score. Composer Jerry Goldsmith delivers with music that is both empowering, unafraid, and true to the Chinese culture it’s representing.
Play this score when you’re in the mood to get down to business.