A Very Disney Workout Mix!

I know some have enjoyed my previous efforts to create an amazing Musical Theatre playlist for working out.  And just for variety I made myself a DISNEY playlist.  Why?  Because I am a big old Disney nerd.

I did include a few songs that were not strictly Disney, and I will explain their inclusion below as they come up.  If you are a purist, you will have to find substitutes for your own list.

I have linked to YouTube videos of each piece.  Feel free to check out any you don’t know.

A little about structure.  This mirrors my workout routine.  I usually do around 30 minutes on the treadmill, so this takes us from the beginning of the list through “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”  Then the next 20 or so minutes (5 songs) I do some weight machines.  Around halfway through “Hellfire,” I transition to the elliptical:  My personal nemesis.  I do my final 10 minutes pushing myself on the elliptical in tempo with those pretty intense final 3 songs.

Deliver Us” from The Prince of Egypt
This is the first not-Disney song on the list.  But it is epic, and the music is done by Stephen Schwartz who seriously does enough Disney music (And a wicked awesome little musical called Wickedthat it sounds Disney enough.  Anyway, I don’t care that this is a Dreamworks-owned song.  It gets me in the mood to be awesome, so there is no better opener.

Steady as the Beating Drum” from Pocahontas 
As the title suggests, it’s a nice, steady walking piece.  Nice and calming.

He Mele No Lilo” from Lilo and Stitch 
I just discovered this song, as I have yet to see Lilo and Stitch but this song makes me happy.  They could be singing about praising Satan for all I know, but it has a pretty, flowing islander melody.  I love the drumming motifs and use of a children’s chorus.  It’s very chill.

Under the Sea” (REMIX) originally from The Little Mermaid, Remix  by A*Teens
This is a sugar-sweet pop remix of the Disney classic.  I really suggest listening to it.  It’s a really sweet cover, although the orginial is an amazing song to begin with.  You can sub in the original here if you really want, but I feel like it matches the tone of the song before and after and serves as a nice transition.  Also has a distinctly more modern feel to it.  Can I tell my blog followers a secret?  I really want to learn to play steel drum.  Like really bad.

When Will My Life Begin?” from Tangled 
Can I just say, on record, that I love the movie Tangled?  There isn’t a bad song in the whole movie.  And it reminds me eerily a lot of my childhood.  I too had a mother that wouldn’t let me cut my hair, and who developed an obsession with not aging.  Hmm.  Sidenote, this movie has made me want a paper lantern ceremony at my wedding.  Actually, my dream wedding takes place inside the library from Beauty and Beast and then everyone walks outside to a beautiful lake where we go out on boats and have the lantern ceremony from Tangled.  Am I reaching for the stars here?  By the by, bonus points for any blog reader that can point me in the direction of a giant library with spiral staircases that is at a lakeside.

The Oogie Boogie Song” from Nightmare Before Christmas 
Who doesn’t like some scary N’awlins style jazz?  Not my absolute favorite song from this movie, but a great song nonetheless.

Call Me, Beep Me” from Kim Possible 
Not a Disney Movie, but a favorite from the Disney Channel.  Who doesn’t want to have the Kim Possible ringtone?  This song is upbeat and awesome.  Also, KP is a super badass.  What I’m saying is that I want to be Kim Possible when I grow up.

Zero To Hero” from Hercules
A little upbeat gospel for the treadmill?  Yes indeed.  It has the requisite amount of sass and talks about someone else who went through a transformation, ergo inspirational.

I’ll Make a Man out of You” from Mulan 
Come on.  You knew this was going to be on here.  It is the ultimate song to encourage you to man the fuck up and keep walking on that treadmill.  So get down to business to defeat those buns.  See what I did there?

I Got No Strings” (Dubstep Remix) originally from Pinocchio, Remix by ChooKy 
I never liked dubstep until I discovered Disney dubstep.  It gives the original song an awesome disembodied quality.  I think some nerdy music major somewhere should do a legitimate analysis of some dubstep.  I am interested.  This is a great songs to begin my weightlifting portion of my workout.

Mickey Mouse Club March” from The Mickey Mouse Club 
Honestly, I put this here because it was a sweet transition between the two dubstep pieces.  It has the same old-time recording quality as the source material for the song before and after.  So… M-I-C, K-E-Y  M-O-U-S-E!

Pink Elephants on Parade” (Dubstep Remix) originally from Dumbo, Remix by CottonMouth
This scene in Dumbo is trippy as hell, and that disembodied quality we talked about before makes this rendition of it hella creepy.  Watch the video for this.  It’s like taking LSD without the nasty side effects.  I actually don’t know that, since I’ve never done drugs, but I assume that if I took LSD, “Pink Elephants on Parade” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” would happen, possibly together.  Who knows.  But weightlifting to dubstep… awesome.

Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid 
Favorite Disney villain ever!  As a vocalist, the idea of stealing someone’s voice is terrifying, but if Callas was there and needed a favor… I’m not above it.  Or maybe I should just stick with my own voice and steal Anna Netrebko’s body.  Then I wouldn’t even need a Disney workout mix.  (Sidenote, my father looks suspiciously like King Triton, and I have never seen the two in the same room together.  Make of that what you will.)

Hellfire” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame This is absolutely my favorite Disney song ever and I couldn’t leave it off the list.  So here we are.  The mix of chant and a song about repressed lust….  ridonkulous.  Kyrie eleison for me liking this song so much.  Mea maxima culpa.

One Jump Ahead” from Aladdin  
Quick!  One jump onto the elliptical!  And at a sprinting tempo, you have to go go go go go until you get too tired to move.  But alas!  Two more songs!

Savages” from Pocahontas  
This song is INTENSE.  Both sides want to kill the other simply because they are different.  Plus it has some sweet three part badassery in the last section between the English settlers, the Natives, and Pocahontas.  I don’t have anything super witty to say about this song.  Pocahontas is not one of my favorites, but this is a nice intense song to round out the mix.  Sidenote: as I discovered in a youtube comment for this song, it becomes unintentionally hilarious when you replace the word “Savages” with “Cabbages.”  As one of my friends pointed out… “Cabbages! Cabbages!  Sprinkle them with cumin!”

The Mob Song” from Beauty and the Beast  
Kill this beast of an elliptical!  KILL THE BEAST!  Also, I’m going to use this platform to show some love for Gaston.  Gaston has such a hot voice. I’m willing to forgive a lot of his flaws. In any other Disney movie, he would have been the hero. The girl you love gets kidnapped by a hideous beast who lives in a cursed castle? He just went to go save her. With her father’s blessing, he was rescuing her! Yeah, he’s a biiiiiit of a horrible misogynist… but really the Beast only gave Belle his library because he was illiterate, so what was he going to do with it? He just wanted to keep her out of the west wing.

Let’s be honest: He was a successful, handsome, well-liked dude who liked to keep his women under his thumb a little bit. So why is it that women get all dewy eyed over Christian Grey, an equally handsome, successful, well-liked, and controlling person who is arbitrarily cast in the role of hero, but Gaston, being cast in the role of villain, is somehow worthy of a death as a happy ending? Anyone who sings like that can’t REALLY be evil.

TL;DR: Gaston was a few human resources sensitivity trainings away from being a really passable husband.

So there you have it!  Another awesome mix to jam to!  Comment if you have other suggestions for others compiling a similar mix.

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