Upbeat Instrumental Disney Music to Get You Moving

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Looking for some upbeat, instrumental Disney music to get you moving? Look no further! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tracks that are sure to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.


Whether you’re headed to the happiest place on earth or just dreaming of a better place, these upbeat instrumental Disney tracks are sure to get you moving. From classic anthems to modern day hits, these songs will transport you to a world of possibilities. So put on your dancing shoes, and let’s get this party started!

“A Whole New World” from Aladdin

Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the 31st Disney animated feature film, and was the fourth produced during the Disney Renaissance. The film is based on the Arabian Nights tale of “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” and follows street urchin Aladdin as he falls in love with Princess Jasmine, befriends a magic genie, and must stop the Grand Vizier Jafar from overthrowing Sultan Amanullah.

“A Whole New World” is a song from Disney’s 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The song is a ballad included on the film’s soundtrack as its lead single, and is also heard during its opening sequence. Originally recorded by singer Bradley Gibson for the UK release of the album, it was later re-recorded by American artists Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle for the US market, who performed it as a duet. In both versions, Liz Callaway served as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine while Brad Kane served as Aladdin’s speaking and singing voice.

The original version of “A Whole New World” was recorded by British-American actor Brad Kane and Lebanese-American actress Lea Salonga in their respective roles as the speaking/singing voices of Aladdin and Jasmine. The song was later included as a part of Salonga’s compilation album entitled The Legacy Collection: Aladdin in 2019 in honor of the film’s anniversary.

“Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast

Be Our Guest is an Academy Award-nominated song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Disney’s 30th animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991). The song was first recorded by English actress Angela Lansbury in her role as Mrs. Potts, the castle’s loving teapot. In an attempt to evoke the style of French singers Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier, Lansbury’s performance was deliberately designed to sound older than her character’s true age. Upon its release, “Be Our Guest” received critical acclaim from music critics, who praised Lansbury’s performance and called the song one of Disney’s best. Lansbury also received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording for her work on the soundtrack.

The song appeared in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) as a holiday remix sung by Mrs. Potts and Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. In 2004, the American Film Institute officially recognized “Be Our Guest” as one of the greatest songs from a Disney film as part of their 100 Years series. In 2011, “Be Our Guest” was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is an upbeat, feel-good song from The Lion King that is perfect for getting you moving. The lyrics are all about the power of love, and the music is incredibly catchy. This is one of those songs that you can’t help but sing along to, and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

“Friend like Me” from Aladdin

This classic song from the Disney film Aladdin is sure to get you moving! The upbeat instrumental music will bring a smile to your face and get your feet tapping.

“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King

“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” is a song from Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King. The music was written by Elton John and Tim Rice, with the lyrics by Rice. The song is sung by Simba, performed in the film by Rowan Atkinson in his role as Zazu.

The song serves as Simba’s first solo in the film, as he dreams of his future as king of the Pride Lands. It is also one of the few songs in the film that is not sung by an animal character; the others being “Be Prepared”, “Hakuna Matata”, and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.

Atkinsons performance was praised by critics, with some calling it one of the best aspects of the film. The song was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but lost both to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. It did, however, win a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan

“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” is an upbeat, motivational song from the Disney film Mulan. The song is sung by Mulan’s father, Fa Zhou, and is meant to teach Mulan the importance of being a strong man. The song has become popular for its catchiness and for its positive message.

“Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid

“Part of Your World” is a song from the 1989 Disney animated feature film The Little Mermaid. Written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, “Part of Your World” is a power ballad in which the film’s protagonist, Ariel, expresses her desire to be a part of the human world.

Since its release, “Part of Your World” has received critical acclaim. Menken and Ashman were awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song for their work on the track. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked “Part of Your World” 58th on its 100 Years…100 Songs list. In 2008, the song was ranked number 49 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time list. It also became a motif for Ariel throughout the film.

Ariel begins singing “Part of Your World” when she is daydreaming about living in the human world and longing for something more than what she has in her underwater home. The song’s verses explore Ariel’s fascination with human objects and her inability to understand humans themselves (“Who’s that girl they find? / So strange and yet so beautiful”). In the film’s climactic finale, Ariel finally earns her place among humans when she saves Prince Eric from drowning and expresses her love for him; as a result, Eric revives her with a kiss and they live happily ever after.

“Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid

“Under the Sea” is a song from Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. It was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1989.

The song is a plea by the crab Sebastian to Ariel, urging her to abandon her dream of becoming human and live life under the sea where she belongs. Sebastian tries to convince Ariel that life under the sea is better than life on land, singing that there are “so many things to see” and “so many things to be”.

With its catchy tune and upbeat message, “Under the Sea” is one of Disney’s most popular songs. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Michael Bolton, Splashdown, Japanese pop singer Hibari Misora, and Filipino singer Chat Bautista.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” is a song written and performed by Randy Newman. The song is used as the opening theme for the Disney¬∑Pixar animated film Toy Story and its sequels Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. It was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but lost both to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. The song has been described as “the signature tune” of Toy Story.

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