Disney films are beloved for their enchanting stories and unforgettable characters, but it’s often the music that truly makes these movies magical. To celebrate the release of The Little Mermaid’s remake, scored once again by the legendary Alan Menken, let’s dive into a sea of memories with a countdown of the top 10 Disney soundtracks that have defined generations.

Starting off at number 10 is **The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)**, a mature adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. Alan Menken’s dramatic score, featuring powerful choral chants and heartfelt string arias, combines masterfully with songs like “Out There” and “God Help the Outcasts,” co-written with Stephen Schwartz. Their work earned them Oscar nominations and still resonates deeply with fans.

**Frozen (2013)** takes the ninth spot. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez created an anthem for the ages with “Let It Go,” performed majestically by Idina Menzel. The song, which won an Oscar, perfectly complements Christophe Beck’s snowy and adventure-filled underscore, making it impossible to simply “let it go.”

In eighth place, **Aladdin (1992)** whisks us away to a world of Middle Eastern enchantment. Robin Williams’ irresistibly energetic performance as the Genie shines through tracks like “Friend Like Me.” Alan Menken’s collaboration with Tim Rice, following Howard Ashman’s passing, produced the Oscar-winning “A Whole New World,” a timeless classic in Disney’s rich musical tapestry.

**Mulan (1998)**, at number seven, benefits from Jerry Goldsmith’s epic score, blending bold brass with electronic flourishes to elevate Mulan’s heroic journey. The soundtrack stands out with songs by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, including the empowering “Reflection,” famously performed by Christina Aguilera.

Coming in sixth is **The Lion King (1994)**, with Hans Zimmer at the helm. His orchestral work, infused with African rhythms and powerful choral arrangements, earned him an Oscar. The collaboration with Elton John and Tim Rice on songs like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” adds emotional depth, making this soundtrack unforgettably triumphant.

At five, **The Little Mermaid (1989)**, heralded a new era for Disney with Menken and Ashman’s exceptional compositions. The vibrant Broadway-inspired score, complete with calypso flair, revitalized Disney’s musical landscape and paved the way for the studio’s renaissance.

In fourth place is **Fantasia (1940)**, a groundbreaking musical anthology that introduced audiences to classical masterpieces through stunning animation. Conducted by Leopold Stokowski, this innovative approach brought Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” to a wider, younger audience.

Ranking high at number three is **Beauty and the Beast (1991)**, another gem by Alan Menken. The magical waltz to Angela Lansbury’s rendition of the title song is one of Disney’s most romantic moments. Menken’s score, both light-hearted and deeply emotional, continues to enchant listeners.

At number two, **Mary Poppins (1964)** showcases the Sherman Brothers’ lyrical genius, brought to unforgettable life by Julie Andrews. From the whimsical “A Spoonful of Sugar” to the touching “Feed the Birds,” the soundtrack remains a quintessential part of Disney’s musical heritage.

Topping the list at number one, **The Jungle Book (1967)** blends foot-tapping jazz with Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories. With timeless tracks like “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You,” the film’s funky and fun score is an indelible part of Disney’s legacy, thanks to composer George Bruns and contributions from the Sherman brothers and jazz luminaries like Louis Prima.

These soundtracks not only define the movies they accompany but also transcend them, becoming anthems of our childhoods and beyond. Share your favorite Disney soundtrack in the comments below and let’s reminisce about the music that brings magic to our lives.