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17.

“A Guy Like You”


Disney

From: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sidekick: Laverne, Hugo, and Victor

We all know Quasimodo isn’t going to end up with Esmeralda, which makes this song just honestly really sad. It’s too light for arguably one of the darkest Disney films…it’s also suggested that these are just Quasimodo’s imaginary friends and not actual sidekicks, making it even sadder.

16.

“When I’m Older”


Disney

From: Frozen 2

Sidekick: Olaf

This is a super-funny, tongue-in-cheek song directed at the older audiences for the film, and it’s a lot of fun. However, it doesn’t have an amazing melody or anything, and it’s kind of forgettable within the film.

15.

“In Summer”


Disney

From: Frozen

Sidekick: Olaf

This is another great song filled with dramatic irony, but as great as Josh Gad is, this song just doesn’t do it for me either. It’s definitely the one I skip on the soundtrack.

14.

“Ma Belle Evangeline”


Disney

From: The Princess and the Frog

Sidekick: Ray

This song is really romantic and sweet, but there are just much better songs in the movie, and this one is forgettable.

13.

“Gonna Take You There”


Disney

From: The Princess and the Frog

Sidekick: Ray

I love the jazzy New Orleans flavor of this song, but it’s just not as good as some of the solos and the group number “When I’m Human” (which I’m not including, since both Tiana and Naveen have prominent verses, and it’s much more of a full-cast song). 

12.

“When You Wish Upon a Star”


Disney

From: Pinocchio

Sidekick: Jiminy Cricket

This is a classic Disney song, but it isn’t ranked higher because it’s forgettable in the context of the movie. It doesn’t necessarily fit or give agency to the character, so I don’t even really want to call it a Disney sidekick song.

11.

“I’ve Got a Dream”


Disney

From: Tangled

Sidekicks: The Thugs

Rapunzel and Flynn sing briefly, but this feels like more of a sidekick song. The thugs are only briefly in the story, so while this song is cute, it doesn’t do a whole lot. It’s catchy but kind of forgettable.

10.

“One Last Hope”


Disney

From: Hercules

Sidekick: Phil

I have a soft spot for this song, and I’m not entirely sure why. I’m a sucker for a good training montage (hello, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”), and Hercules’ transformation is especially satisfying. However, it’s Phil’s transformation into hoping again that makes this song really sweet and special to me. This song really gives him his own arc and wishes as a side character.

9.

“A Girl Worth Fighting For”


Disney

From: Mulan

Sidekick: Yao, Ling, and Chien Po

Mulan does sing briefly, but this is really Yao, Ling, and Chien Po’s song. It’s cute and funny, though there are definitely some questionable messages. It also provides a great contrast to the next scene, when they find Li Shang’s father’s camp destroyed. Mulan is definitely sanitized, but compared with other kids movies, it offers a realer look at war and the innocence of young soldiers contrasted with the brutality of war.

8.

“Under the Sea”


Disney

From: The Little Mermaid

Sidekick: Sebastian

From the opening beats of this song, you know it’s going to be a lot of fun. However, a big reason I love this song is the nostalgia factor…and the fact that my chorus group sang it for our fifth-grade concert.

7.

“The Bare Necessities”


Disney

From: The Jungle Book

Sidekick: Baloo

I love a good pun, and this is just such a fun, catchy song. The only reason it’s not ranked higher is that it’s very much similar to “Hakuna Matata” in message, and I like “Hakuna Matata” much better.

6.

“Kiss the Girl”


Disney

From: The Little Mermaid

Sidekick: Sebastian

Sebastian’s got a sort of reggae style to his voice, and I love the slower, more relaxed beat this song has compared with “Under the Sea.” I also think it could exist outside of The Little Mermaid, but it still fits it really well.

5.

“Human Again”


Disney

From: Beauty and the Beast

Sidekick: All the household objects

I debated counting this because it was an addition that came to future releases of the film and was not in the original theatrical version, but I love it so much that I’m adding it anyways. It’s very Broadway, which is my cup of tea.

4.

“Hakuna Matata”


Disney

From: The Lion King

Sidekick: Timon and Pumbaa

This song is a classic in every way. It is catchy and works perfectly as a life motto, and it’s plenty fun to listen to outside of the movie too. 

3.

“Beauty and the Beast”


Disney

From: Beauty and the Beast

Sidekick: Mrs. Potts

Unlike “When You Wish Upon a Star,” this song is obviously irrevocably tied to the movie, and even if it doesn’t have much to do with Mrs. Potts, she’s still the perfect character to sing it. Angela Lansbury is also just incredible, and this song has one of the most beautiful melodies of any Disney song ever. Still, because it doesn’t feel like that much of a sidekick song, I’m not going to rank it in the top two.

2.

“Be Our Guest”


Disney

From: Beauty and the Beast

Sidekick: Lumière (and the other objects)

“Be Our Guest” is an amazing ensemble number, but Lumière really steals the show here. His voice is perfectly celebratory and welcoming, and for the first time, you really feel the warmth of the castle. It’s so theatrical and fun, and the visuals are incredible. It comes at a perfect time in what’s been a somewhat bleak film so far.

1.

“Friend Like Me”


Disney

From: Aladdin

Sidekick: Genie

Robin Williams was absolutely incredible in this song. It has everything: voice, theatricality, visuals, dancing…it’s just perfect from start to finish. It’s also incredibly important to the plot and Genie’s character. It’s an absolute crime that this song is not on Spotify. 

Now it’s your turn! What do you think? Am I way off base? Let me know in the comments what your ranking would be!



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