Top 10 Disney Duets
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Script written by Tiffany Ezuma
Top 10 Disney Duets
When two Disney characters come together, magic happens and when they sing it's even better! For this list we're looking at memorable duets in Disney movies, regardless of whether of not they're love duets! We're talking about “Love is an Open Door”, in Frozen, “Once Upon a Time” from Sleeping Beauty, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King, and “So This is Love” from Cinderella.
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Top 10 Disney Duets
Why sing alone when you can have a partner? Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Disney Duets.
For this list, we’re looking at memorable duets from your favorite Disney movies, regardless of whether they’re a love duet or not.
#10: “True Love’s Kiss”
Unlike most other Disney love duets, this one isn’t afraid to poke fun at the earnestness of its characters. When the songwriters penned this tune, they chose to parody similar tunes from their earlier movies such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Cinderella,” which had the protagonist singing about true love above all else. In this version, Giselle and Prince Edward separately sing of the wish to find their true love but ultimately come together with increasingly saccharine lyrics like, “you were made… to finish your duet.” Actors Amy Adams and James Marsden do a great job pulling off the song’s humor, while still making it believable.
“Mary Poppins” (1964)
Even if you can’t spell “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” you can’t deny how fun it is to say! This duet between Mary Poppins and Bert relies entirely on the premise of how fun it is to say this nonsensical word, let alone sing it to an up-tempo beat. Throughout the course of the song, the duet partners play off of one another to define the word as something to say when you have nothing to say. Their banter is playful and their different singing styles make the musical number an instant classic. The song was so popular that this word was later added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 1986.
#8: “If I Never Knew You”
Originally meant to play during the scene where John Smith is imprisoned for the supposed murder of Kocoum, the song was cut from the theatrical release of the movie - but it was restored in the tenth anniversary edition. Now, it’s hard to imagine the film without this powerful duet of love and longing. In it, both Pocahontas and John Smith express their feelings of gratitude in having met the other, and how their lives are more complete by knowing each other. Mel Gibson brings a tenderness to John Smith’s words, and Judy Kuhn’s voice is a sweet contrast to his soothing vocals.
#7: “Love Is an Open Door”
Not your typical love song, this romantic duet has Princess Anna and Prince Hans injecting humor into the musical number. The humor makes it unexpected and fresh as opposed to more straightforward songs like “Frozen”’s other duet, “For the First Time in Forever.” Anna and Hans bond over feeling overlooked and misunderstood by others, and over their love of silly things like sandwiches. They believe having a few things in common makes them a match made in heaven, and their sincerity is hard not to get into, so it’s easy to root for them.
#6: “Once Upon a Dream”
“Sleeping Beauty” (1959)
This classic is pure symphonic perfection. Based on a Tchaikovsky ballet that shares the same name, this duet performed by Princess Aurora and Prince Philip is simple and charming. Princess Aurora starts off the song by recalling a dream where she and her true love were together. She wishes that this dream would come true, and that she’ll meet her true love in real life. Like any good wish fulfillment plot, as soon as she utters the words, the man of her dreams appears in the form of Prince Philip. It’s love at first sight as they sing and waltz around the forest, making their meet-cute utterly romantic and timeless.
#5: “Something There”
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)
Never has an unlikely pair sounded so good together. Serving as the inner monologues of both Belle and the Beast, the lovers are beginning to realize that they’re falling in love with one another as they spend more time together during this tune. The delivery of the lines is crucial since both have doubts about the growing feelings between them. There’s an uncertainty in their voices, especially in the Beast’s, which captures that familiar feeling of trying to figure out if your crush likes you back. A few other characters also chime in later on, but the song’s charm and relatability come from the fact that it makes the couple in question the ultimate in #relationshipgoals.
#4: “So This Is Love”
Sung by Cinderella and Prince Charming, this song is a true meeting of two hearts. Less than 15 lines long, this tune doesn’t need a lot of words to get its sentiments of love across. Cinderella begins the song as the couple dances at the ball, fading away to a moonlight dance and stroll outside. The duet really kicks in when Prince Charming starts singing in his deeper baritone voice, echoing her words until the two voices blend together. There’s something haunting and ethereal to the way Cinderella hums throughout the song to tie it all together, which is sure to give listeners goosebumps.
#3: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
“The Lion King” (1994)
This one has become one of the most recognized Disney songs and a fan favorite, though “Hakuna Matata” with Timon and Pumbaa is also quite popular. Unlike many other Disney love duets, an off-screen Simba and Nala primarily sing the theme instead of the characters directly singing it to one another in the scene. Instead, with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” we get to see how the duo is growing close again while their off-screen voices narrate the growing feelings between them. The technique works well, and as the two harmonize, the love between them grows, giving us all the feels. It’s hard not to feel the love when this track’s playing.
#2: “I See the Light”
Sung during the famous lantern scene, this track serves as both the movie’s love and theme song. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, voiced by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, are emotionally vulnerable as they each sing about their lonely and lost pasts. But as they sing, they find comfort in each other and realize that suddenly, they’re not so alone. It’s a simple moment of clarity for both characters, which makes it both romantic and relatable to audiences. The song – and this moment – makes up the emotional high of the film and is thus unforgettable.
Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
“Love Will Find a Way”
“The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” (1998)
“Nobody Else But You”
“A Goofy Movie” (1995)
#1: “A Whole New World”
This number takes the love duet to new heights. Aladdin and Jasmine sing the ballad as he takes her for a ride in the skies on his magic carpet. What makes this tune work so well is the way their voices and words express the feelings of wonder and awe as well as the incomparable feeling of new love. Sung for the film by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga, the track won an Oscar for Best Original Song and Grammy for Song of the Year, with the latter earning it the distinction for being the first and only Disney song to win the coveted music prize. A single version performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle also became the first and only Disney song to top the Billboard Hot 100. Just like Aladdin and Jasmine’s love, this duet knows no bounds.
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