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The Top 10 Cartoon Songs
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The Uncle Song
South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
This unprintable piece of filth, from a film that one Christian website called "sinematic cyanide", can be defended on one ground alone - it's as funny as hell. South Park comedians Terrance and Phillip ("Well, what do you expect, they're Canadian!") celebrate sex-crimes, sung to an arpeggio of bottom-burps. Other musical peaks include "Kyle's Mom's A Big Fat Bitch"; Satan's power-ballad "Up There"; and the barking mad "La Resistance", which crashes South Park head-on into Les Mis�rables.

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1 RE: Don't you mean Top 10 Animated Songs? Sorry to be pedantic but it's a peeve of mine.
Posted on Tuesday May 5, 2009, 22:30 by sunnygirly2k4
mebody else who knows of this film! I actually bought the book and the dvd recently to indulge in my childhood nostalgia since I haven't seen it in nbsp;  up watching it after getting home from my birthday night out! And funnily enough just recently I downloaded both The Last Unicorn and Man's Road by America, to remember what they were like.  I'd have to say Man's Road is preferable to the titular song. only ended up watching it for the first time last year(imported the R1 DVD) after being recommended it by a poster on IMDb's Animation board. I loved it. Yeah, I agree actually - Man's Road is better, as the arrangement has that weary, long journey feel to it. In other words, the lyrics and arrangement go together really well. It hasn't dated as well, too. Another one I like from the TLU soundtrack is In The Sea, although I don't reckon it's as good as Man's Road, it just refuses to leave my head :D I also think the main Flight of Dragons song is brRead More

2 RE:
Posted on Tuesday May 5, 2009, 22:11 by sunnygirly2k4
sure about most of them: Where is The Last Unicorn? Disney's Robin Hood Not in Nottingham, the opening track on The Lion King the Circle of Life, American Tail's Somewhere Out There or even There Are No Cats in America... emember Love from Robin Hood? Beautiful, short song. Oh yeah, I was thought about Somewhere Out There. I prefer the now purfunctory end credits version more. Not my fave out of the non Disney/Pixar songs, but a good ballad, nontheless, IMO. Read More

3
Posted on Saturday May 2, 2009, 20:39 by labyrinth4eva
"put that thing back where it came from or so help me, bom bom bom, so help me, so help me, you GUUUUUUYS, put that thing back where it came from or i'll poke myself in the eeeye!!" Mike Wizouski. Nuff said. Read More

4 Typical Empire Top 10
Posted on Saturday May 2, 2009, 12:16 by Hillsman
Stuck up its own Arse that is. As true fans of film, we know where the best cartoon songs are to be found. Yes, dozens of hilarious classics from The Simpsons and Family guy have been overlooked, but if we're going to focus on animated film, then the absence of Aladdin and The Lion King is unforgiveable. Heigh Ho deserves to be there because it is iconic.....though Bare Necessities should've been No. 1. I always agree with the inclusion of Halloween - great songs in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Read More

5 RE: Don't you mean Top 10 Animated Songs? Sorry to be pedantic but it's a peeve of mine.
Posted on Saturday May 2, 2009, 09:27 by Captain Black
Isn't The Last Unicorn performed by Top Gun soundtrack MVP Kenny Loggins?  Read More

6 RE: Don't you mean Top 10 Animated Songs? Sorry to be pedantic but it's a peeve of mine.
Posted on Saturday May 2, 2009, 08:20 by Sway
L: sunnygirly2k4 Anyway, what about the less mentioned films, like: Flight of Dragons by Don McLean from Flight of Dragons t Unicorn from The Last Unicornvie Show from The Brave Little Toaster ow, somebody else who knows of this film! I actually bought the book and the dvd recently to indulge in my childhood nostalgia since I haven't seen it in nbsp;  up watching it after getting home from my birthday night out! And funnily enough just recently I downloaded both The Last Unicorn and Man's Road by America, to remember what they were like.  I'd have to say Man's Road is preferable to the titular song. Read More

7 Worst top ten ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Friday May 1, 2009, 23:06 by marty_mcfly84
OK, to begin with, when you start explaining your choice for The Bare Necessities, right off the bat you say... 'The loosest, breeziest, most fun cartoon song ever...', Now that seems to me, from your choice of words, that it should be your number one choice and not number two. Anyway...no mention at all of anything from Aladdin, lion king, hell not even monsters inc. It stinks of snobbery and to be honest, i just think you are picking these weird films that nobody has seen just so you can get a head up over everyone. I mean how can you include that weird princess monohawk and not put in anything from THe Lion King???????? jesus! wow...you have got me so worked over such a stupid thing. Get it sorted though! Read More

8 HAKUNA MATATA LIONG KING
Posted on Friday May 1, 2009, 16:11 by Tere Lopez
HAKUNA MATATA LION KING Read More

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Posted on Friday May 1, 2009, 15:36 by Dirtyfunkymonkey
I'm not sure about most of them: Where is The Last Unicorn? Disney's Robin Hood Not in Nottingham, the opening track on The Lion King the Circle of Life, American Tail's Somewhere Out There or even There Are No Cats in America... Read More

10 The Little Mermaid
Posted on Friday May 1, 2009, 14:29 by SarahLDean
You've completely missed the Disney film with one of the best soundtracks, which has at least 3 brilliant songs ('Poor, Unfortunate Souls', 'Kiss De Girl' and 'Part of Your World' (I don't actually rate 'Under the Sea' but others below obviously do) plus the Theme from An American Tail. I also agree with the lack of inclusion of Dumbo songs 'When I see an Elephant Fly' and 'Pink Elephants on Parade'. Most importantly you have not mentioned the whole soundtrack from Robin Hood - its so good even McDonalds corrupted it for an advert! Kudos for mentioning To-To-Ro though Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 19:46 by sophieliz90
There are better songs on Beauty and the Beast like Be our Guest. I wanna be like you off of the Jungle Book is another good one you forgot to mention. Some songs from the Lion King should be in there as well. Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 14:45 by berniberni99
Considering half of the songs you mentioned I have NEVER heard / remember I think you are WAY off with this particular top 10. How old are you, 10? The recent No.1 by Alex Burke, "Hallelujah", which was in Shrek, The little mermaid "Under the Sea", A bit controvertial but Mary Poppins (animated / live action) "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Dumbo, "When I see and Elephant Fly"... do you want me to go on? Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 14:42 by berniberni99
Considering half of the songs you mentioned I have NEVER heard / remember I think you are WAY off with this particular top 10. How old are you, 10? The recent No.1 by Alex Burke, "Hallelujah", which was in Shrek, The little mermaid "Under the Sea", A bit controvertial but Mary Poppins (animated / live action) "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Dumbo, "When I see and Elephant Fly"... do you want me to go on? Read More

14 WTF
Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 14:29 by berniberni99
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15 WTF?
Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 14:29 by berniberni99
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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 13:01 by velvet_piratess
If you had to put a Beauty and the Beast song then what about Be Our Guest?.... no? Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 09:22 by Callum Payne
What about the Lion King, its filled with those terribly annoying songs, (you know the ones, they come on. You glower about it, but in your head your singing along....) Or Eight Crazy Nights, These lists need to start coming with an "honorable mention" list... Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 02:35 by broadwayboy79
What about "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio? Disney still uses that song in their firework shows today. Also, A Whole New World from Aladdin. Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 02:32 by broadwayboy79
What about "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio? Disney still uses that song in their firework shows today. Also, A Whole New World from Aladdin. Read More

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Posted on Thursday April 30, 2009, 02:12 by MATT CLAUS
I agree with the comment about cartoons being differrrent from films. Also, any list without the "FCC Song" from Family guy is not complete. Read More

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Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 23:00 by katie_l_f
Really pleased to see Belle in there, but what about Baby of Mine from Dumbo... surely the most touching and one of the most beautiful of all Disney's songs. Read More

22 "Happy...
Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 20:53 by rlabrana
...Anniversary" from the Flintstones has happily bored into my head like an earwig. "...Raise your glass and fill it, Happy Anniversary! But be careful you don't spill it, Happy Anniversary!...OOOOOOOOHHHH, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary..." Read More

23 dumbo
Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 18:52 by f6115504
really why do ppl want the lion king in the list, i mean its probably disneys most famous for my generation but it just doesn't compare to the classics. Bar none the best disney song is when i see an elephant fly from dumbo. Read More

24 Good list with one exception
Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 15:52 by brokenking
I remember when I saw South Park in the cinema, there hadn't been any real big laughs till 'the Uncle song' came on. Once it had the audience were rolling in the aisles within seconds. It still gives me a smile thinking about that day. On the other end of the scale I absolutely hate 'Bright Eyes'. These days if I catch/watch Watership Down I have to skip that segment. I just can't stand it, its so bloody miserble and had I heard far too many times as I child to try and change my opinion. Read More

25 Simpsons or Family Guy???
Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 15:21 by magerk
I gave up The Simpsons long ago, but by God, there had to be at least 10 great songs to choose from in the first 8 years of the show, like "Monorail" or "Who Needs The Kwik-E Mart?", for example. And what about Family Guy? "This House Is Freakin' Sweet!" or "Road To Road Island" or "I Need A Jew", COME ON!!!!! Good for you for at least recognizing a South Park classic. 1 out of 3 ain't bad. Read More

26 uncle fucker
Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 14:58 by Bulletinyourhead
the song is called uncle fucker, not the uncle song. wheres any of the amazing tunes that family guy has produced? Read More

27 These are NOT cartoons
Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 14:46 by foster2468
With the possible exception of South Park, these are ANIMATED FILMS A distinction this magazine should understand Read More

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Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 13:49 by Ali was here
At least something, anything, from The Lion King should be there. Read More

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Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 13:31 by woody1812
Gaston's song? Come on, disney made misogyny mellifluous and hilarious. "When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs every day to help me get LAAARGE, and now that I'm grown I eat five thousand eggs so I'm roughly the size of a BAAAAAARRRRGGEEE!" What a man. Read More

30 Stunning Omission... (you know you'll be singing it to yourself all day!)
Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2009, 12:00 by NorrinR
what rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, rolls over your neighbors dog, it fits on your back, its great for a snack, LOG LOG LOG! its log, its log, its big its heavy its wood! its log, its log, its better than bad, its good! everyone wants a log, your gonna love it log, come and get your log! everyone needs a log! LOG LOG LOG! Read More

31 ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 22:38 by lissi88
How the FUCK could you have so many bullshit songs on there, yet not include classics like ''Unbirthday'' from Alice in Wonderland. Don't even get me started on all the fantastic songs from The Lion King , The Little Mermaid , Sleeping Beauty and ALADDIN. I really want to come down there and beat the shit out of your editor. I used to have such respect for this magazine. Read More

32
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 19:26 by niallc15
HAKUNA MATATA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More

33
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 17:13 by a_osmond
Mea culpa for forgetting that Hazel is Fiver's brother. Somehow they never strike me as brothers, they seem much more like comrades like Frodo and Sam. Read More

34
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 11:45 by Merc
hakuna matata what a wonderful pharse, hakuna matata aint no passing pharse, it means no worries for the rest of your days, its a problme free, philosophy, hakuna matata Read More

35 RE: Too many good songs - how about a top 100 or perhaps 1000
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 11:42 by Shakespeare Girl
I think given the hillarious tiny amount (top 10) for choosing favourite songs will always lead to serious omissions. There's simply too many fantastic songs that will get left out and many songs that aren't that known in the rest of the world (Last unicorn - horribly unknown where I'm from and that's too bad 'coz it's a great work of art). So I'll agree that Snow white isn't the best pick for number one, but nice try and some good choices over all. Read More

36 RE: Cruella
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 10:08 by aloneibreak
Any songs from Aladdin?! 'Prince Ali', 'A Whole New World', and the first song, forgotten what it's called now. I'm with Sally's Song and What's This? from Nightmare. Under Da Sea is awesome!   But i love that Bellevue Rendez-vous made the list. Great film! Read More

37 Cruella
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 09:17 by EdiWan Kenobi
Cruella DeVille surely, what an amazing song! And nothing from Hunchback? Shame on you Empire :-) Read More

38 p.s.
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 09:12 by mosephland
PIXAR SHOULD MAKE A MUSICAL. They have the creativity and the ability. They could make an amazing one if they tried. Read More

39 um...recount anyone?
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 09:09 by mosephland
I rather like the list and its variety until I saw the number 1 choice. Yes yes it's very catchy and gets stuck in your head but not in a very good way. Suitable for children or miners or prison inmates mining but not the greatest cartoon song of all time. I think that there should be another feature: greatest movie songs of all time where the empire readers vote. Not just from cartoons but from any movie. Hard list but at least classics like the genie's "friend like me" and the lion king tunes could make the list. It would also be interesting to see what live action songs make the list. I'm sure "Somewhere over the rainbow" would make it as a default but what about all the quirkier choices? think about it empire; it could be fun. Read More

40
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 07:39 by baileyforcethree
The Aristocats - Everybody wants to be a Cat - oooooh, a rinky tinky tinky.... Read More

41
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 03:47 by Hurdy Gurdy
I spelt 'fiends' wrong on purpose... to create irony... Read More

42
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 03:46 by Hurdy Gurdy
Where the hell is 'Under da Sea' 'Hell Fire' and 'Friend Like Me'? You feinds! Read More

43 Good List
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 02:16 by jessthebored
Obviously they can't all be Disney songs (but they really should be). I recommed people seek out Jack and the Beanstalk (1976) as an early anime film which is as visually terrifying as it is musically genius; and seems to share more in common with a Pink Floyd video than a childrens film. By the way Its on Youtube. Read More

44
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 01:57 by conradthebarbarian2
Totally agree with bleugh07: Lion King has some great songs. Snow White does not. I never liked Prince of Egypt though. I love Jungle Book though and its a tough call between Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You. I personally like Gaston or Be-Our-Guest from Beauty and The Beast but Belle is a good choice. Read More

45 Can't argue with those...
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 00:01 by Lemure
However, special mention should also go to (disneys) Hercules for having such upbeat funky tunes...and Michael Bolton... Read More

46 Don't you mean Top 10 Animated Songs? Sorry to be pedantic but it's a peeve of mine.
Posted on Monday April 27, 2009, 23:08 by sunnygirly2k4
Anyway, what about the less mentioned films, like: Flight of Dragons by Don McLean from Flight of Dragons The Last Unicorn from The Last Unicorn B-Movie Show from The Brave Little Toaster Oh and some obvious classics, IMO: Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid What's This? - The Nightmare Before Christmas Through Heaven's Eyes - The Prince of Egypt A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella Reflection - Mulan Colours of the Wind - Pocahontas Skumps - Sleeping Beauty The Bells of Notre Dame Journey To The Past - Anastasia I Won't Say I'm In Love - Hercules Read More

47
Posted on Monday April 27, 2009, 20:51 by AgentCool
I personally think 'I Wanna Be Like You' is the definitive song in 'The Jungle Book'. Compared to 'The Bare Necessities', it's catchier, more memorable, helps move along the narrative and supports one of the most important underlying themes of the story. Read More

48
Posted on Monday April 27, 2009, 19:44 by Spengler
Yeah seriously. 'Hakuna Matata,' or 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King?' Much better songs. Oh, and Hazel is Fiver's BROTHER. It's the attention to detail that impresses me most about Empire. Read More

49
Posted on Monday April 27, 2009, 18:39 by bleugh07
WTF WHERE IS LION KING?! FUCK OFF DWARFS, NO ONE LIKES YOU. I hate that people go on about how snow white is awesome just because it's old. age doth not the cartoon make. We want lion king. prince of egypt deserves a mention too. Read More

50
Posted on Monday April 27, 2009, 17:25 by anni0932
Where is" He's a Tramp" from Lady and the Tramp? I know it's another Disney one but it's a classic. Read More

51 Bright Eyes
Posted on Monday April 27, 2009, 14:57 by Karl Crutchley
Still remember Matthew Butler performing Bright Eyes week in week out on Tiswas, dressed as a rabbit, holding a felt carrot. I saw it again recently and I was laughing so much tears ran down my face. Just brilliant. Read More

Andrew Osmond
explains his choices...

Cartoon characters have been singing their pencilled hearts out for nearly 80 years. Disney had an early mega-hit in 1933 with Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?, from its Silly Symphony short, The Three Little Pigs. A year earlier, the Fleischer Studios had turned jazz legend Cab Calloway into a phantom walrus singing Minnie The Moocher.

Disney is the king of cartoon musicals, but for this list we've cast our net wide to take in a mix of styles and tastes, ranging from the sublime to... well, South Park. As a result, we've left out many classics, including what many see as the Disney theme-tune, Pinocchio's When You Wish Upon A Star. Great as the song is, it lacks the beat of Baloo or the heft of Heigh-Ho.

Bambi's Little April Shower is another heinous Disney omission, while we've also passed over the end-title theme of Miyazaki's My Neighbour Totoro, as well as David Bowie's doom-laden warble, When The Wind Blows (from the cheery film about Blighty getting nuked).

Have cartoon songs a future? Many recent CG animations have shunned them as pass, though it's heartening that Pixar's WALL-E had humans being saved by a sentimental showtune. Disney's Enchanted extended the tradition, with its maddeningly catchy That's How You Know, but everything may hinge on its next hand-drawn musical, The Princess And The Frog, due in 2010...

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This top ten first appeared in Empire Magazine Issue 239.


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