The most ubiquitous song of 2013 will be remembered as “Let it Go.” But, there was a time when Disney songs regularly made Top-20 lists and Best-of mix tapes. Once, you couldn’t turn on the radio without the voices of Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, or Celine Dion belting out their end-credits version of a Disney song. Peabo Bryson was the voice of love in my childhood.
Even before the Disney Renaissance, movies like Jungle Book and Aristocats were busting with toe-tapping modern rhythms.
When did that stop? Let’s face it, before Frozen, it has been a while since we’ve had a soundtrack that was more than just “meh.”
We (actually, I) may not care for pop music, but it’s an inevitable force in society. Having now made 50 “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilations, the franchise is tapping into the buying power of Disney-lovers with Now That’s What I Call Disney 1 and a sequel NTWICD 2. Also, a princess version, which has a bit of an awkward title, since “princess” isn’t a non-count noun like “music” or “Disney.” Unlike the standard version, though, this won’t be filled with the newest and hippest songs, but the old classics that fans already love. If you own the Greatest Hits or the Ultimate Collection or the Princesses Singing to Birds compilations, these CDs will have very little to entice you. They also continue to overlook some of my favorites, like Candle on the Water, So This is Love, and Duck Tales (oo-woo-oo).