After much anticipation, the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast is almost here. With that excitement comes the thrill of new Disney soundtrack renditions, like Ariana Grande and John Legend’s cover of “Beauty and the Beast,” which we think is just as beautiful as the original.
In fact, we’re so impressed by the new superstar collab that it got us thinking about other famous musicians who’ve performed huge songs for Disney movies, and totally killed it. It was hard to narrow it down, but here’s the list of top five Disney songs performed by celebs.
Oscar-nominated “How Far I’ll Go” is performed by voice actress Auli’i Cravalho in the movie, but the Moana soundtrack features Canadian songstress Alessia Cara performing a slightly poppier version of her own.
Big Hero 6 is a criminally underrated Disney movie and we think “Immortals,” performed by Fall Out Boy, is underrated too. The song’s upbeat rhythm and use of electric guitar perfectly complement the hi-tech, fast-paced plot of the film, which is about a group of young superheroes who use their technological and scientific expertise to save the world.
You didn’t think we could talk about Disney without mentioning Frozen, did you? While Idina Menzel (as Queen Elsa)’s version of “Let It Go” is undoubtedly fierce and won an Academy Award, Demi Lovato’s more emotional, sombre rendition is equally as memorable. Fun fact: “Let It Go” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez specifically chose Demi to sing the instant Disney classic because she “had a past that she’s pretty open about that is similar to Elsa’s journey of letting a dark past and fear behind and moving forward with your power.”
Yep, we forgot this was a thing, too. Lana Del Rey performed “Once Upon A Dream” for Maleficent, Disney’s 2014 live action version of “Sleeping Beauty.” Del Rey’s cover of “Once Upon A Dream” sounds, like most of her other music, dream-like and a little creepy, but her voice is a perfect fit for the dark and mysterious remake.
Pink performed the original song “Just Like Fire” on the soundtrack to Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Tim Burton sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. Pink marches to the beat of her own drum, so it definitely makes sense that she wrote and performed a song for a movie that’s all about travelling to a world where something called a “Jabberwocky” actually exists. Plus, in the video, Pink shows off her envy-inspiring acrobatic skills.
We know this one’s kind of old, but we couldn’t resist. Even if you don’t like the song, do yourself a favour and watch the video so you can reminisce about a simpler time when the Jonas Brothers were still together and Joe had less relationship baggage.