Ranked: 22 Of The Most Iconic Love Songs From Animated Movies
Animated movies have given us some of the most memorable love songs of all time. Here arsete some of the best animated love songs of all time.
The Best Animated Love Songs: Ranked
22. "Love Is an Open Door" from Frozen
Sure, it's a catchy song that's super fun to sing and duet with your BFF, but this song is based on nothing but LIES. Dear Prince Hans:
21. "Far Longer Than Forever" from Swan Princess
Swan Princess was a fun movie, but man, it did not age well. "Far Longer Than Forever" is sappy, it's oversentimental, and so over-the-top that it feels like a parody of its genre. Fast-forward to 1:14 for a back-to-back emotive sequence that screams early 90s, followed by a key-change and split-screen sequence. Hella entertaining, but the romance does not translate through the ridiculousness of it all.
20. "Bella Notte" from Lady and the Tramp
The spaghetti and meatballs scene from Lady and the Tramp is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history, but its accompanying song, while appropriate for the scene, is a little lacklustre. Plus, it's not even really saying anything — "bella notte" means "beautiful night" in Italian, so the dude's singing "This is the night, it's a beautiful night, and we call it [beautiful night]." Kay.
19. "Love" from Robin Hood
Robin Hood is a highly underrated Disney film with a foxy (literally and figuratively) lead who stole our hearts before we were old enough to question why a fox could be so goshdarn attractive. But that aside, its love theme "Love" isn't too memorable, although it has the distinction of sounding very 70s.
18. "Looking Through Your Eyes" from Quest for Camelot
Let me be blunt: Quest for Camelot was a pretty terrible movie, but it gave us some really iconic songs ("The Prayer", anyone?). Now, the lyrics of "Looking Through Your Eyes" are a tad too saccharine for our taste, but is somehow redeemed by Andrea Corr (yes, from The Corrs) and Bryan White's vocals.
17. "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White
Whether you like Snow White's warbly singing voice or not, "Someday My Prince Will Come" is simply a classic. It also set the bar for all animated love themes to come, so there's that.
16. "Once Upon a Dream" from Sleeping Beauty
Two words: Prince. Philip. Most dreamy Disney prince ever. Don't @ me.
15. "Let Me Be Your Wings" from Thumbelina
"Let Me Be Your Wings" teeters dangerously on the line between romantic and overly cheesy, but there's just something about Prince Cornelius' voice that just makes us melt and wish we could be held by a fairy prince as he flies rings around a pumpkin patch.
14. "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" from Hercules
Meg is probably one of the most relatable Disney heroines (why doesn't she qualify as a princess, Disney?!) ever. The song just pefectly captures the panic and vulnerability of someone who's been hurt but is learning how to love again, and the sass and the backup vocals just makes this song absolutely perfect.
13. "Soon" from Thumbelina
Even though "Let Me Be Your Wings" is the big love theme in Thumbelina, "Soon" is just so beautifully written and wistful that it'll make you sigh and pine away for your One True Love (even when you're already in a happy relationship).
12. "At the Beginning" from Anastasia
Though this song wasn't really in the movie (it appeared in the closing credits), anybody who grew up rewatching Anastasia to death knows this song by heart. We can't say the same for other closing credits songs, which goes to show how impactful "At the Beginning" is, and is why it made our best animated love songs list.
11. "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2
Though not a romantic love song, "When She Loved Me" is one of the most powerful and emotional songs in the history of Disney. If you didn't bawl through the song the first time you watched Toy Story 2, you weren't watching it properly. Watch it again. Now.
10. "Something There" from Beauty and the Beast
Here we've got the classic boy-meets-girl story where the two leads initially hate each other only to later develop feelings for one another. Sure, the most cynical folks can chalk this up to Stockholm Syndrome, but that doesn't stop us from getting butterflies when the Beast sings, "And when we touched she didn't shudder at my paw."
9. "A Whole New World" from Aladdin
All girls have dreamed of being whisked away by a handsome almost-stranger to exotic places, so watching Jasmine live out that dream is cathartic and oh-so-so satisfying.
8. "Fly Love" from Rio
In this scene, Jamie Foxx's character Nico attempts to set the mood for two awkward lovebirds, and though his plans fell through, he did succeed in turning the every theatregoer's hearts into mush.
7. "I See the Light" from Tangled
The song that made sky lanterns mainstream, "I See the Light" showed us that Disney still knew how to tug at our heartstrings with a love duet. Why they ever stopped making musical movies, we'll never understand, but we're glad that the songs are back.
6. "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast
Everything about this song is just magical — how they look at each other, the tenderness in the way the Beast holds Belle's waist, the game-changing animation, and yeah, the singing teapot.
5. "If I Never Knew You" from Pocahontas
Though this song didn't make it to cinemas (it got cut after test audiences thought it was too boring — WTF right?), we're thankful we were able to see it in the 10th anniversary edition of the movie. Historical inaccuracies aside, it's just so tragic and painful that you just can't help but feel all the feels.
4. "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid
At this point of the movie, we're all dying for Eric to finally make his move, and when Sebastian launches into this song, it just makes the anticipation even more intense. And yeah, the percussion, strings, winds, and words are and nice and all, but what really takes this song to the next level are the fireflies and willow leaves. So romantic in theory, (probably) so itchy IRL.
3. "So This Is Love" from Cinderella
Though it's a little slow and low-key as far as the best animated love songs go, "So This Is Love" is peak fairytale: it's a waltz, she's in a sparkly ballgown, and the animation is absolutely dreamy. That part where she runs her fingers across the night sky's reflection on the water as they sing "I'll touch every star in the sky" in perfect harmony? Simply enchanting.
2. "You'll Be In My Heart" from Tarzan
The second non-romantic love song on this best animated love songs list almost tops it because Phil Collins really went all in with this soundtrack. Whoever says they haven't felt a lump in their throat while listening to this is lying.
1. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King
This is the love song that all love songs aspire to be. How can you beat lyrics like "Can you feel the love tonight / It is where we are"?
A: You can't. It's just not possible. We're done here.
Do you agree with our ranking of the best animated love songs? Which song is your number one?