30. Little April Shower (Bambi, 1942)
Listen to the best Disney songs
Asking you to pick your number one Disney song is basically like asking your parents to choose their favorite child. Disney songs were such a huge part of our childhoods; each one hits you in a totally different warm-and-fuzzy way. Is it nostalgia? Or just a feat of musical genius? But mark my words, it was no easy feat. So the next time you need to add a spoonful of sugar to your day, just cue up one of these best Disney songs.
Thu 18 Jul It is not clear if Little April Shower is supposed to sound as sinister and hallucinatory as it does — the middle section of the song, with its wordless, seasick vocal chorus and surging orchestration seems to cast a pall over its cuter moments. The writer of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda , came up with this homage to the 60s sunshine pop of the Turtles or the Association. And, like the best 60s sunshine pop, something shady lurks beneath the carefree breeziness of its tune: lyrics that offer a masterclass in passive-aggression. A song that can survive being performed a d eux by Peter Andre and Katie Price is clearly a song that is exceptionally well constructed. Meanwhile, Waits in jazz-influenced beatnik mode sounds like an inspiration for this song, from the film that launched a thousand teenage goth backpacks. It works on two levels: as a villain wishing death on his enemies and as an up-yours kiss-off to a former partner.