10 Inspirational Disney Songs to Totally Cheer You Up!

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Are you feeling a little blue, a wee bit down, do you need a nice cheery pick-me-up?  Well, we have the antidote for the doldrums, a fail-safe way to turn that frown upside down. We have a collection of the most life-affirming, cheerful, inspirational and happy songs from some of our favorite Disney films. These songs have such strong messages of hope, strength, and silver linings that it is very hard or nearly impossible to not feel better after hearing them. And after listening to them all, you will be positively beaming.

“The Bare Necessities” From The Jungle Book

These lyrics are so inspirational! With lines like Look for the bare necessities the simple bare necessities, forget aobut your worries and your strife,” they definitely remind us to focus on the simpler things in our lives.

“Hakuna Matata” From Lion King

Hakuna Matata, yes, it is a wonderful phrase. This Lion King ditty brings to mind to the message of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, it’s all about being chill and not letting anything get you down. The song defines Hakuna Matata by saying that, “It means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problem-free philosophy.” And really, who doesn’t like a problem-free philosophy?

“Life’s A Happy Song” From The Muppets

You can’t go wrong with The Muppets, you really can’t. One of the happiest Disney songs, so adorable, sweet, and with such a strong message.

“I’ve Got A Dream” From Tangled

We’ve all got dreams! This song from Tangled is so hilarious, so adorable and makes the Snuggly Duckling seem like the cheeriest place to be!


Song of the South may not be popular with the kids these days, but the signature song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” has lived on, and for good reason….it’s so cheery! You can’t go wrong with, “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay My, oh my, what a wonderful day Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay.

“Go The Distance” From Hercules

With words like, ” I will find my way if I can be strong, I know every mile will be worth my while,”
this ballad is arguable the most inspirational song from Disney to date.

“Friend Like Me” From Aladdin

Remember that you have friends, they may not be big, blue and magic, but this song from Aladdin is such a fun ditty that it’s hard not to feel strong and ready to take on the world after hearing it.


Just saying, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” can cheer you up. And add in Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and it’s a smile fest!

“You Can Fly” From Peter Pan

No, we can’t fly, and we aren’t leaving the world behind, but the idea of having a “smile in your heart,” always struck a chord with me as something we should all try to do whenever we can.

“Happy Working Song” From Enchanted

When housework, or work in general is getting you down, this song from Enchanted will totally lift you up. Now if only rodents and roaches would come to your aid!

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