1. I Wanna be Like You, The Jungle Book (1967)
On the surface, this song is just a swinging good time. But, beneath its seemingly happy-go-lucky veneer of horns, cross-dressing and bee-bop-scattin’ is something deeper, darker… King Louie is a raw nerve, seething with unadulterated rage and covetous jealousy. He wants to be a MAN!!! This is as real as it gets. We’ve all been there - wanted something so bad that it’s driven us to the point of madness but it’s not often these feelings manifest itself in something so seemingly upbeat and… jazzy. It’s this juxtaposition of light and dark that puts it a cut above the rest; offering a depth of soul, music and lyrics that make it the best song in the HISTORY of Disney!
1. I Can Go The Distance, Hercules (1997)
I knew this song was my number one before I even started to work on my list. Strange, because it's a ballad, and those usually aren't my picks. However, the incredibly underrated Hercules still makes me cry during his song of hope and longing to find his place in the world. Isn't that what we all are trying to figure out? As a dreamer, the lyrics "I am on my way, I can go the distance," really resonate with me, as I'm sure they do for any true Disney lover. Excuse me while I go watch it on Netflix for the 1000th time.