What's up, guys? Tigerfan45 here, and I'm back again. As you all know, Beauty and the Beast is my second favorite Disney movie, behind The Lion King. And, one of the main reasons is that the music is absolutely phenomenal! So, today, we'll be ranking the songs. So, be my guest and read about my thoughts on the songs from the tale as old as time.
#7: "Human Again"
Here's the song that Disney tried to do for the IMAX rerelease of Beauty and the Beast, just like when they put "Morning Report" in the IMAX version of The Lion King. And, frankly, I feel the same way about this song as I do about "Morning Report": I think it's just okay. Granted, it does serve a purpose to the plot by expressing the desires of the enchanted objects: to be human again. We also see a few funny jokes here and there, like Sultan chasing that pillow cat. And, we see Belle teaching the beast how to read, which he wasn't able to do ever since he was cursed. My only complaint is that this song is basically reusing the melody of "Les Poisson" from The Little Mermaid. But, then again, I've heard worse Disney songs.
#6: "The Mob Song"
Now, we're getting into the more famous songs from the film. At this point, Gaston has been pushed to the end of his rope in terms of his failed attempts to get Belle to marry him. He attempted to blackmail her into it, but she foiled him by showing the crowd that the beast is indeed real. Gaston, however begins to feel that if he can't have Belle, no one can. He tricks the crowd into thinking that the beast is a man eater (which, of course, we all know he isn't!), and rallies them to storm the castle and make sure that the beast is sleeping with the fishies. The melody perfectly captures what one would first think of when they hear the phrase "Angry Mob". We even see the enchanted objects rallying themselves to fight off the mob. To quote my friend, Ratigan6688, if you ever see the beast at any of the Disney parks, please do me a favor and, don't kill him.
Now, it's time for the more cheerful song that Gaston sings. At this point, he had failed to woo Belle, (and, he can't even understand why!) and he just sits in his chair moping. That's when LeFou and his buddies decide to try to cheer him up by singing about how great he is. They sing about how awesome he is at things like chess, wrestling, and so forth. Gaston himself even brags about how he can eat sixty eight eggs raw! How he doesn't get sick from that, I'm not completely sure! I also love the version heard on the CD, where LeFou can't spell Gaston's name right. That's hilarious! This has to be up there with "Be Prepared" as one of my favorite Disney villain songs.
Here's the song that gives us the perfect intro for our main character in this movie! At this point, we've already introduced our first protagonist, Beast, in the mysterious prologue, and, now we get a nice and cheery intro to our other protagonist. And, boy, does this song start the movie perfectly! It sums up what Belle's character will be like, as well as Gaston and the townspeople. Everyone in town thinks that Belle is weird since she likes to read, but of course, we don't! I kind of question why there's a bookstore in a town where people who pass their time by reading books are viewed as odd, but, I digress. We are also introduced to Gaston, LeFou, and the Bimbettes. Gaston, as we know, wants to try to get Belle to marry him, LeFou is revealed as Gaston's little stooge, and we see the Bimbettes' crush on Gaston (it's kinda weird that Gaston wouldn't want them, since they perfectly match the qualities Gaston would want in a wife!). We even see LeFou get squirted in the face by the Bimbettes! That was priceless! So, overall, this is a very great Disney opening song.
#3: "Something There"
This one right here is definitely a turning point in the relationship between Belle and the beast. Because, at first, they didn't like each other. Belle thought that the beast was a cruel jerk, and beast thought of Belle as a stubborn nuisance. But, after Belle tends to the beast's wounds after the fight with the wolves, the beast decides to return the favor (and make up for his bad behavior earlier) by giving her the library, and Belle teaches him better table etiquette and how to feed birds. Both of them start to see in each other stuff that they never thought of. And, they finally begin to become friends, culminating in a snowball fight. I really like the lyrics in this song, since it expresses the moods of all the characters. So, this does indeed prove that there was something there that wasn't there before.
#2: "Beauty and the Beast" (aka Tale as old as time)
And, now, we see the pinnacle of Belle and the beast's relationship ship. They both have a lovely evening with each other, and Mrs. Potts is serenading them. And, we also see more emotion from the beast, because he was at first nervous when Belle invited him to dance, but, toward the end of the song, he is overjoyed, along with the servants turned household objects. Plus, this scene has great imagery, particularly the chandileer, which is actually made out of CGI. This is also the first Disney love songs that comes to my mind, along with "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". So, overall, this song is one of Disney's best love songs.
And #1 is...
#1: "Be Our Guest"
Now, we're talking! This song is the first one that comes to my mind whenever I think about Beauty and the Beast. Lumiere has decided to give Belle the perfect dinner at the castle, and, boy he sure does! Not only does all the food that he lists off sound delicious, and makes me hungry, but, the cabaret show he puts on with the other servants is a real feast for the eyes! And, all the servants, especially Lumière and Mrs. Potts are excited about serving Dinner for Belle, because she's the first guest they got to serve in years! This also reveals another desire of the enchanted objects: they want to feel appreciated, they want to feel like they're doing a good job, they want to matter. And, what better way to express that desire than with this song! This is another one of those songs that puts you in a very happy mood! What more can I say other than that this song is my favorite song from Beauty and the Beast
Well, guys, that's all I have to say about these songs. Next time, I will rank the songs from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. See you soon!