Top 10 Songs by Disney Princesses - From "Let It Go" to "Speechless"
Disney Princesses are not only admirable and spirited, they have given the world some of the best songs in the history of cinema, too.
Ever since Snow White, the very first ever Disney Princess, advised us to "Whistle While You Work" in 1937’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, other Disney princesses in various Disney animated and live-action feature films have also delivered some of the most memorable songs in cinema history.
With Princess Jasmine being the latest Disney Princess to belt out an Oscar-worthy power ballad that literally left us "Speechless" in Guy Ritchie’s hit live-action remake of Aladdin (which impressively surpassed $1 billion at the global box office), we figured this is as good a time as any to compile a Top 10 list of the best Disney Princess songs ever.
Ranked from the best at #1, the following list contains primarily solo songs sung by a Disney Princess in either an animated or live-action film.
1. ‘Frozen’ (2013) – “Let It Go”
The moment Elsa belts out this song in the film, it has Oscar gold written all over it. Sensationally sung by Wicked star Idina Menzel, the powerhouse ballad about the young ice queen embracing her magical powers and letting her go of her fears is not only empowering, it is downright infectious. Written by Broadway stalwarts Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the song won an Oscar, a Grammy, and a host of other awards, with the single selling 10.9 million copies in 2014 alone.
2. ‘Aladdin’ (2019) – “Speechless”
Princess Jasmine finally gets her own solo song in the live-action remake of 1992's Aladdin, and what an empowerment anthem it is. Standing up against the villain Jafar, the princess declares, “I won’t be silenced/ You can’t keep me quiet/ Won’t tremble when you try it/ All I know is I won’t go speechless.” Written by original Aladdin composer Alan Menken, with lyrics by Pasek and Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), actress Naomi Scott’s soaring vocals are nothing short of outstanding. A forerunner for the Best Original Song Oscar, watch the video at the end of this article.
3. ‘Pocahontas’ (1995) – “Colors of the Wind”
“Can you sing with all the voices of a mountain/ Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?” This is an inspirational number with poignant lyrics that direct listeners to the beauty of nature and the environment around us. Written by lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken, the evergreen song won an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe. Sung by Pocahontas actress Judy Kuhn in the film, the version by Vanessa Williams was a huge Billboard Top 10 hit.
4. ‘Mulan’ (1998) – “Reflection”
A Disney Princess by virtue of her heroism and filial piety, Chinese maiden Mulan’s emotional ballad tugs at the heartstrings as she laments about not being able to prevent her ailing father from being conscripted into the army, before becoming the legendary lady warrior that she was destined to be. Brilliantly performed in the film by Broadway star and Mulan's singing voice, Lea Salonga, the track was also Christina Aguilera's debut single that launched her stellar pop career.
5. ‘The Little Mermaid’ (1989) – “Part of Your World”
Overshadowed by “Under The Sea” and “Kiss The Girl” at the Oscars, “Part of Your World” is nonetheless a beautiful and endearing power ballad in which mermaid princess Ariel expresses her fascination with the human world. Alluringly sung by Ariel actress Jodi Benson, the track is written by Howard Ashman (lyrics) and the incomparable Alan Menken (music).
6. 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) – “Whistle While You Work”
It’s fascinating that it takes a Disney Princess to show us how to make light of household chores, or when one is slogging away in real-life workplaces for that matter, by simply whistling while we work. With music by Frank Churchill and lyrics by Larry Morey, the deliriously happy tune by Snow White actress Adriana Caselotti is still as infectious today as it was over 80 years ago.
7. ‘Frozen’ (2013) – “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?”
Princess Anna has a few great songs in Frozen, but this solo number is unique as it is a three-parter—which she sings to older sister Elsa outside her bedroom door—that starts cheery before ending on a sad tone. Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the highly catchy song is second on the list of the all-time best-selling Christmas/Holiday singles in the USA with 1.6 million downloads.
8. ‘The Princess And The Frog’ (2009) – “Almost There”
This jazzy, breezy tune by Oscar-winning Randy Newman is one of the liveliest numbers ever sung by a Disney Princess. In a fabulous Art Deco-styled sequence, the ambitious Tiana—voiced with gusto by actress and singer Anika Noni Rose—is joyously singing to her mother that she is “almost there” in terms of realizing her dream of opening her very own restaurant. This song is rightly deserving of its Best Original Song Oscar nod.
9. ‘Moana’ (2016) – “How Far I’ll Go”
Dreams do come true if you are brave enough to venture afar. American actress and singer Auliʻi Cravalho breathes zest and feistiness into Moana, especially in this hope-inspiring, Oscar-nominated track—written and produced by Broadway and Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda—as the ocean princess sets sail into the unknown in order to save her island people from a life-threatening curse.
10. ‘Cinderella’ (1950 & 2015) – “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
Charmingly sung by Cinderella actress Ilene Woods in the 1950 animated version, this lovely song about having faith in your dreams receives a new lease on life when performed by British actress Lily James for the soundtrack of 2015’s live-action Cinderella. Oddly, the latter version only appears in the closing credits and not in the film’s narrative itself, but still, it's a wonderful rendition nonetheless.Honorable Mention:
‘Sleeping Beauty’ (1959) & ‘Maleficent’ (2014) – “Once Upon A Dream”
With its dreamy melody based on a waltz from Tchaikovsky’s 1890 ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora’s timeless ditty—about meeting a handsome stranger in a dream and sung by Aurora actress Mary Costa—has stood the test of time. For proof, check out Lana Del Rey’s darker and haunting version for Angelina Jolie's 2014 live-action Maleficent, where the perspective is changed to the evil mistress’ fascination with Princess Aurora. And no, though Prince Philip sneaks in a line at the end of the 1959 version, we don't regard this as a duet...
Check out Aladdin's Naomi Scott's stirring studio rendition of 'Speechless' in the video below: