While the real success of the movie soundtrack didn't really explode until the eighties there is one genre of movie that has always used music and song to good effect.
Of course it is the animation movie genre and Disney which has been making us smile for decades with their upbeat and quirky songs and soundtracks to accompany their films.
Over the years Disney have brought us some of the most memorable songs including Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid, Friend Like Me from Aladdin and The Circle of Life from The Lion King.
But, naturally, there have been songs that have stood out and become classics of the animation genre of film. So FemaleFirst has looked back over seventy years of Disney movies to find some of the best.
- The Bare Necessities - The Jungle Book
"Look for the bare necessities. The simple bare necessities.Forget about your worries and your strife."
It's fair to say that The Jungle Book, which was released back in 1967, is one Disney movie that brought us song treat after song treat, the songs are just as famous as the movie itself.
But it's The Bare Necessities that is perhaps the most popular as Baloo tries to teach Mowgli about jungle life.
Written by Terry Gilkyson it was the only song that wasn't re-written by the Sherman Brothers when they took over the writing of the songs for the movie.
The Jungle Book remains one of the most popular, as well as one of the most fun, Disney movies of all time.
- A Whole New World - Aladdin
"I can show you the world shining, shimmering, splendid. Tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?"
Released in 1992 Aladdin was the thirty first Disney movie to hit cinema screens and was one of the most successful Disney soundtracks of all time.
Composed by Alan Aenken and written by Tin Rice A Whole New World and, along with A Friend Like Me, is one of the film's most popular songs.
Sung between the movie's two main characters Aladdin and Jasmine A Whole New World went on to win Best Original Song at the 1992 Oscars, a third win for Alan Menken.
When the song was released as a single it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, ending the fourteen week reign of Whitney Houston. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
- Heigh Ho - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
"Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho. It's home from work we go"
Back in 1937 Walt Disney was told that a full length animated movie was impossible, it's a damn good thing he didn't listen as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the best ever released.
Heigh Ho is the most famous song from the movie and is sung by the seven dwarfs as they work in the mine digging for diamonds and rubies.
- Under the Sea - Little Mermaid
"Under the sea. Under the sea. Darling it's better down where it's wetter take it from me. Up on the shore they work all day. Out in the sun they slave away. While we devotin' full time to floatin'. Under the sea"
Released in 1989 The Little Mermaid is credited with breathing life back into the animation movie genre and kicked off a string of major Disney successes.
Under the Sea was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman. Sung by crab Sebastian he uses the song to plead with Ariel to remain in the sea.
Under the Sea won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989.
- Can You Feel The Love Tonight - The Lion King
"And can you feel the love tonight. It is where we are. It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer that we got this far. And can you feel the love tonight. How it's laid to rest. It's enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best."
We could have chosen any song from The Lion King's soundtrack to make our list of the best Disney songs and it wouldn't have looked out of place.
But we have plumped from Can You Feel The Love Tonight which was composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice.
And it was yet another Academy Award winner for Disney as the song picked up Best Original Song at the 1994 Oscars.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw