21 Outrageously Underrated Disney Songs

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There's a spot in every generation's heart for the music of Disney, whether it be "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella, "A Whole New World" from Aladdin or "How Far I'll Go" from Moana.

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But for every musical masterpiece that comes out of the House of Mouse, there's a handful of numbers that fall by the wayside. Some of these songs, however, are woefully underrated and deserve the same shine as Disney's finest, including the 22 exceptional earworms below.

1."Go The Distance" from Hercules

2."Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" from The Aristocats

"The Aristocats"

Featuring supporting vocals from acting/singing legend, Scatman Crothers, this musical number from The Aristocats is one of the more energetic and jaunty of its era, which makes it surprising that it has yet to receive a second wind in popularity.

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3.“Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from Lilo & Stitch

4.“A Whale of a Tale” from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

Possibly best known to younger generations for being briefly referenced in Finding Nemo, this toe-tapping song performed by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea star, Kirk Douglas, feels like an authentic sea shanty, which increases the odds of it becoming quickly burned into your memory.

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5.“Touch the Sky” from Brave

6.“Let Me Be Good to You” from The Great Mouse Detective

"The Great Mouse Detective"

Perhaps the most risque original song that Disney ever produced, this ragtime siren song has an old-school charm and grandeur that makes it a fan favorite from this film, though the two musical numbers sung by Vincent Price in the film are pretty great on their own merits.

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7.“I See The Light” from Tangled

8.“Scrooge” from Muppets Christmas Carol

"Muppets Christmas Carol"

Muppets Christmas Carol sneakily features a number of bangers on its soundtrack, but none is more deserving of praise (and reappraisal) than the song that kicks it off, "Scrooge."

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9.“The Headless Horseman” from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

"The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad"

Though it comes from one of Disney's creepiest animated features, "The Headless Horseman," as performed by Bing Crosby, will have you bopping your noggin from beginning to end... as long as it stays on your neck, that is.

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10.“That’s The Life” from James and The Giant Peach

"James and The Giant Peach"

It may be a little stilted as it jumps between different styles, but you'll be hard-pressed to not be caught in the whimsy and charm of the trademark song of Henry Selick's sophomore directorial effort.

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11.“U Know What’s Up” from Turning Red

12.“It’s Not Easy” from Pete’s Dragon

"Pete's Dragon"

Pete's Dragon has a wealth of good, if not particularly memorable, songs, but this stellar heartwarming ballad seems sadly buried among Disney's more bombastic musical library.

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13.“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan

14.“Proud Corazon” from Coco

15.“Welcome To The Forty Thieves” from Aladdin and the King of Thieves

"Aladdin and the King of Thieves"

Believe it or not, one of Disney's most catchy tunes spawned from the second direct-to-video Aladdin sequel, though its quality certainly matches that of the company's finest compositions.

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16.“You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan

"Tarzan"

Although this extraordinarily tender song may be reputable as the most recognizable track from Disney's Tarzan, there's little denying that the song hasn't suffered from Tarzan's lack of contemporary popularity in Disney's oeuvre as well as Phil Collins' character assassination on South Park as a result of winning an Academy Award for the song.

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17.“When We’re Human” from The Princess and The Frog

18.“Happy Working Song” from Enchanted

19.“Why Should I Worry?” from Oliver and Company

"Oliver and Company"

Though it has the added benefit of a spirited performance from Billy Joel, Oliver and Company's somewhat meager legacy in the grand scheme of Disney's animated classics only undercut the momentum of this otherwise awesome pop track.

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20."I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” from Hercules

21."Stand Out" from A Goofy Movie