'The Lion King' turns 20: Celebrating Disney's greatest musical moments

'The Lion King' turns 20: Celebrating Disney's greatest musical moments

Can you still feel the love for The Lion King? It's been 20 years since Disney released what would become its highest grossing animated feature ever (that is, until Frozen overtook it recently), and to this day, it still stands proud as one of the Mouse House's greatest ever films.

One of the most important aspects of the film was of course, the music composed by Elton John. The magnificent Circle Of Life, the romantic Can You Feel The Love Tonight (which won a Best Song Oscar), the joyous I Just Can't Wait To Be King, the sinister Be Prepared, and of course, the hilariously catchy Hakuna Matata - almost every single song in the movie is a classic.

With the film turning 20 on Sunday, and The Little Mermaid also hitting 25 this year, we've come up with a list of the most memorable and most powerful Disney musical moments ever.

We could of course, fill the list with songs from The Lion King or with the numerous love duets ranging from Cinderella to Tangled, but we've tried to go for a more unconventional list instead.

Since The Lion King was such a powerful, moving movie, we decided to select songs that are not only pivotal or powerful moments in the movie, but also tend to give you goosebumps or make you tear up every time you watch it.

Of course, this is by no means a definitive list. Songs such as You'll Be In My Heart, and Colours Of The Wind may have won Oscars, but somehow the scenes didn't quite accommodate the songs as well.

Circle Of Life (The Lion King, 1994)

What better way to start this list than with one of THE greatest opening sequences in ANY movie, let alone a Disney animated feature?

From the joyous cry accompanying the rise of the sun, to the herds, flocks and groups of animals making their way to Pride Rock, all the way to the majestic reveal of Mufasa standing majestically atop the rock, this is sheer movie magic.

But that's not all, the quiet background chanting as Rafiki the mandrill shaman walks his way towards the young heir to the throne, and the gradual build-up to the iconic presentation of Simba to the denizens of the Pride Lands is without a doubt, one of THE most powerful scenes in Disney's animated features, rivalled perhaps, only by the death of Bambi's mother.

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