Disney has a way of taking over, and it’s no different when it comes to the music charts.
Over the years, we’ve seen some big hits from animated Disney films. Plenty have climbed the Billboard Hot 100, from more recent songs, like Frozen‘s “Let It Go,” to tracks from all those classic ’90s movies, like Aladdin‘s “A Whole New World.” Remember when all those Elton John songs from The Lion King were literally everywhere?
Of course, songs from the new movie Encanto are also joining the ranks. A few songs from the magical Madrigals are currently on the Top 100, and they could still see some chart activity. With the success “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has seen so far, it will be interesting to see just how much time the song spends on the Top 100.
Are you curious about which Disney songs are the greatest of all time? And where exactly do the new Encanto songs stand among some of the biggest hits from Disney animated films?
The ranking comes from Billboard. It was based on a combination of chart position and length of time spent on the chart. That means that just ranking the highest on the Billboard Hot 100 isn’t enough to take the no. 1 spot here!
25. “What Else Can I Do?” performed by Diane Guerrero and Stephanie Beatriz – from Encanto
Highest position on the chart: No. 67, 2022
Position 25 belongs to a song from newcomer Encanto. The movie’s soundtrack as a whole went viral and topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first Disney soundtrack in the no.1 spot since Frozen II.
24. “The Family Madrigal” performed by Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz, Encanto Cast – from Encanto
Highest position on the chart: No. 62, 2022
It’s another song from Encanto, and we’re not even talking about Bruno yet! When the Encanto soundtrack topped the Billboard 200, it became one of only six soundtracks of an animated film in history to achieve this feat.
23. “Show Yourself” performed by Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood – from Frozen II
Highest position on the chart: No. 70, 2019
“Show Yourself” was written and rewritten many times, taking around six months to complete. All that work was worth it, though, because the song received acclaim from critics and fans alike, and landed on the Billboard Hot 100.
22. “Love Is an Open Door” performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana – from Frozen
Highest position on the chart: No. 49, 2014
This romantic duet about Anna and Hans finishing each other’s sandwiches was intended to “feel like the perfect date.” Writers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez said they were inspired by the date depicted in the 1984 film The Karate Kid.
21. “Immortals” performed by Fall Out Boy – Big Hero 6
Highest position on the chart: No. 72, 2015
The band Fall Out Boy joined the Disney ranks with this track for Big Hero 6. “Immortals” was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million units sold. There’s also an alternative version of the song that appears on one of the band’s studio albums.
20. “You’re Welcome” performed by Dwayne Johnson – from Moana
Highest position on the chart: No. 65, 2017
If you have ever wondered what a professional WWE wrestler would sound like singing in a Disney film, here it is. Johnson’s voice-over work as Maui is great, and audiences couldn’t get enough of this cheeky song.
19. “Try Everything” performed by Shakira – from Zootopia
Highest position on the chart: No. 63, 2016
Although “Try Everything” is a song by Gazelle in Zootopia, it’s really sung by Shakira. It peaked at no. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
18. “Surface Pressure” performed by Jessica Darrow – from Encanto
Highest position on the chart: No. 8, 2022
“Surface Pressure” is one of my favorite songs right now, and it looks like I’m not the only one. This track, performed by Jessica Darrow as Luisa from Encanto, has peaked at no. 8 on the Top 100.
17. “Into the Unknown” performed by Idina Menzel and AURORA – from Frozen II
Highest position on the chart: No. 46, 2019
“Into the Unknown” is the kind of song that’s just fun to belt out, and its peak at no. 46 proves that audiences agree. It was also nominated for plenty of awards, including Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes, and more.
16. “How Far I’ll Go” performed by Alessia Cara – from Moana
Highest position on the chart: No. 56, 2017
Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara recorded her version of this song for the Moana soundtrack, and it plays during the movie’s credits. It managed to make it to the Billboard Hot 100, but it couldn’t top the version sung by Auli’i Cravalho.
15. “For the First Time in Forever” performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel – from Frozen
Highest position on the chart: No. 57, 2014
Oh, look — another Frozen song! “For the First Time in Forever” was actually composed only five months before the film was released. And you know that line about Anna stuffing chocolate in her face? It was originally “I hope that I don’t vomit in his face” (which is hilarious!) but Disney deemed it unacceptable.
14. “Little Wonders” performed by Rob Thomas – from Meet the Robinsons
Highest position on the chart: No. 58, 2007
Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 fame lent his talents to the soundtrack for Meet the Robinsons. “Little Wonders” is featured in the ending of the film and was released as the second single from the soundtrack. The song debuted at no. 78 on the Hot 100 and then climbed up to no. 58.
13. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez – from Frozen
Highest position on the chart: No. 51, 2014
You’re probably not surprised to see another song from Frozen on this list. You might be surprised to learn that it almost didn’t make it into the film, though. Disney considered removing it because it was too sad, but it was well-received by Disney staff and ultimately stayed.
12. “How Far I’ll Go” performed by Auli’i Cravalho – from Moana
Highest position on the chart: No. 41, 2017
Actress Auli’i Cravalho performed “How Far I’ll Go” as part of her role as Moana. The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
11. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” performed by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz, Encanto Cast – from Encanto
Highest position on the chart: No. 1, 2022
Out of all the songs in Encanto, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is definitely the favorite. Peaking at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s the highest-charting Disney song of the 21st century, and only one of two that have hit no. 1. The only reason it’s not higher on this list is that it’s new. If it sticks around on the charts, though, it could climb to the top of the ranks!
10. “Let It Go” performed by Demi Lovato – from Frozen
Highest position on the chart: No. 38, 2014
Like several other songs from Disney animated films, “Let It Go” got a pop makeover. It was performed by Demi Lovato, and a music video was released. This pop version plays during the movie’s closing credits.
9. “Someday” performed by All-4-One – from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Highest position on the chart: No. 30, 1996
Although “Someday” was originally performed by Heidi Mollenhauer in her role as the singing voice of Esmeralda, this recording was done by All-4-One as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack. It peaked at no. 30 on the Hot 100 in 1996.
8. “You’ll Be in My Heart” performed by Phil Collins – from Tarzan
Highest position on the chart: No. 21, 1999
Not only did Phil Collins’ track for Tarzan peak at no. 21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but it also hit no. 1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. It went on to win both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
7. “Go the Distance” performed by Michael Bolton – from Hercules
Highest position on the chart: No. 24, 1997
This is another song that was given a pop makeover for the charts. Originally performed by Roger Bart, who was the singing voice of Hercules in the movie, it was also recorded by Michael Bolton for the film’s end credits. The Bolton version was the track that was released as a commercial single, which peaked at no. 24 on the Hot 100.
6. “Circle of Life” performed by Elton John – from The Lion King
Highest position on the chart: No. 18, 1994
As the opening song of The Lion King, it has become synonymous with the film. You’ll find it featured in Disney theme parks and parades, and it was also used in Disney’s 2019 remake of The Lion King. The pop version recorded by Elton John was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost to another Lion King track.
5. “Beauty and the Beast” performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson – from Beauty and the Beast
Highest position on the chart: No. 9, 1992
“Beauty and the Beast” is a Broadway-inspired ballad that was first recorded by Angela Lansbury in her role as Mrs. Potts. However, it was then recorded as a pop duet with Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson and was released as the only single from the soundtrack. It saw tons of success, picking up a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and two Grammy Awards.
4. “Colors of the Wind” performed by Vanessa Williams – from Pocahontas
Highest position on the chart: No. 4, 1995
Originally recorded by Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas, Vanessa Williams recorded an adult contemporary cover that was released as the lead single from the soundtrack. It peaked at no. 4 on the Hot 100, making it one of the top-charting songs from a Disney animated film.
3. “Let It Go” performed by Idina Menzel – from Frozen
Highest position on the chart: No. 5, 2014
Frozen sure did make quite an impact! Here’s the most popular smash hit from the Frozen empire. It’s everyone’s favorite, “Let It Go,” sung by Elsa herself: Idina Menzel. This song was the first from a Disney animated movie to reach the top ten on the Hot 100 since 1995. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
2. “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – from Aladdin
Highest position on the chart: No. 1, one week, 1993
Performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, this theme from Aladdin is the first and only (so far) song from a Disney animated film to top the Billboard Hot 100. It is also the only Disney song to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
1. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” performed by Elton John – from The Lion King
Highest position on the chart: No. 4, 1994
“Circle of Life” saw plenty of success, but Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” achieved even more. Not only did it peak at no. 4 on the Hot 100, but it also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and earned John the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Oh, and the song that “Circle of Life” lost the Academy Award to? It was this one.