Disney has been a part of our lives since the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie, appeared. The arrival of Snow White introduced the world to Disney music, and music has been a core part of the company’s work ever since. From television shows to movies, the songs of Disney’s various universe have inspired countless albums. Some of the songs are still timeless, such as “A Dream is Wish Your Heart Makes” or “Tale as Old as Time,” and have been covered by everyone from Disney Channel stars (love that corporate synergy) to YouTube singers and even your favorite performers. Are you familiar with these Disney covers?
Louis Armstrong – “When You Wish Upon a Star”
Yes, Louis Armstrong covered Disney songs. In fact, quite a few. Walt Disney asked Armstrong to make the album Disney Songs the Satchmo Way in the 1960’s, and the album was finally completed after Disney’s death. The album contains the last recordings by Armstrong and features not only “When You Wish Upon a Star” but also “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” and “Heigh-Ho.”
Faith Hill – “Part of Your World”
Faith Hill contributed her rendition of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World” for the album The Best Country Sing the Best of Disney in 1996, the same year The Hunchback of Notre Dame hit theaters. The album did well, hitting #17 on the Billboard Country charts.
Marilyn Manson – “This is Halloween”
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson took on the The Nightmare Before Christmas’ biggest song, “This is Halloween” on the reissued soundtrack for the film, as well as Nightmare Revisited, a retrospective album released for the classic’s 15th anniversary.
Korn – “Kidnap the Sandy Claws”
Speaking of The Nightmare Before Christmas, rockers Korn also contributed to the Nightmare cover collection. Their cover of “Kidnap the Sandy Claws,” was the last collaboration before the group’s hiatus.
My Morning Jacket – “Our World”
The Muppets: The Green Album was a 2011 release by Disney featuring a variety of contemporary musicians. Among the featured performers was My Morning Jacket who sang “Our World,” from the Jim Henson special Emmet Otter’s Jug-band Christmas.
Reel Big Fish – “Main Street Electrical Parade”
Longtime nighttime favorite Main Street Electrical Parade was a dazzling display of lights, music and floats at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland since the 1970s, but has now left both parks. Its legacy lives on in the titular song, “Main Street Electrical Parade,” including the cover by Reel Big Fish. The band appeared on the Japanese ska album, Dive Into Disney, an English-language collection of ska versions of Disney tracks — yes, interesting choice for an album.
Kacey Musgraves – “A Spoonful of Sugar”
The country songstress Kacey Musgraves usually has a more cynical and fierce bent to her songs, but she’s sweet as anything with the cover “A Spoonful of Sugar” on the 2015 We Love Disney album.
Jason Mraz – “Rainbow Connection”
Muppet favorite track “Rainbow Connection” has been covered countless times, from Sarah McLachlan to Gwen Stefani, but you may have missed Jason Mraz’s rendition. His take wasn’t on a Disney album, but instead the 2002 charity release For the Kids.