Disney has produced many of the most popular and magical movies of all time. Along with the movies themselves, the songs and soundtracks used by Disney are also upbeat, powerful, and easily recognized by most people. They also happen to be a ton of fun to play on the guitar, and there are many Disney guitar songs that are easy to learn.
Below, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite songs, along with some tips on tricks on how to play them.
1. Let it Go From Frozen
|Release Date||November 19, 2013|
|Chords||Eb, Abmaj7, Cm, Bb6, Cm/Bb, Cm/A, and Fm9|
|Tabs||Let It Go Tabs|
“Let It Go” is a beloved song Disney’s 2013 computer-animated feature film Frozen. The music and lyrics were written by husband-and-wife songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Released with Demi Lovato on vocals, the song was a huge success, becoming the first Disney song to reach the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 since Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind.”
For “Let It Go,” we have given you a “choose your own adventure.” Watch the video lesson if you’d like to learn an easy version of the melody. If you’d like to try how it sounds on the recording, try the Tabs link. This latter version is more complicated and will require fingerpicking.
2. Circle of Life From The Lion King
|Release Date||August 9, 1994|
|Chords||G, Am, D, Em, F, C, G/B, E7, Eb, and Fm|
|Tabs||Circle of Life Tabs|
The “Circle of Life” opens one of Disney’s beloved animated films, The Lion King. The music was composed by English musician Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice. Carmen Twillie performed the deep female vocals, and Lebo M sang the Zulu introduction. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Song of the Year.
Get all the animals dancing when you learn this easy guitar song. It uses all the basic guitar chords, such as G, D, C, Am, and Em. There are also a couple of barre chords. Chords F and Fm will be tricky because you need to press more than one string down with one finger. The E7 and G/B should be familiar chord shapes with a slight adjustment, and the Eb will be new. Take your time. You have your whole life to learn this song.
3. You’ve Got a Friend in Me From Toy Story
|Release Date||April 12, 1996|
|Chords||C, E7, Am, G#7, G, Gaug, C9, C7, F, F#dim7, D7, A7, B, B7, Em, and Dm|
|Tabs||You’ve Got a Friend in Me Tabs|
Singer/Songwriter Randy Newman has a distinct voice. When you hear “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” you’ll know you are listening to Newman and this classic from Disney’s Toy Story. The song captures the bond between the boy Andy and his toy cowboy Woody. It has since been featured in the following four film sequels.
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” includes a lot of dominant seventh chords. Adding a minor seventh interval on top of a major triad creates these chords. The 3rd and 7th pitches in the chord create a dissonant interval called a tritone. These chords create satisfying tension-resolution relationships between the chords in the progression.
4. How Far I’ll Go From Moana
|Release Date||November 18, 2016|
|Chords||C, F, Dm7, Am, G, Fm, Cmaj7, Db, Ab, Bbm, Gb, Gbm, and Dbmaj7|
|Tabs||How Far I’ll Go Tabs|
Disney’s Moana tells the story of a strong-willed girl who, when blight strikes her coastal village, sets sail to find Maui, a legendary demigod, who will help her reunite a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti and save her people. “How Far I’ll Go” was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Auli’i Cravalho sang the film version, while Alessia Cara sang the version for the movie soundtrack.
This hit Disney song is a fun one to play on guitar. The strumming pattern is intricate, mimicking the island sounds of a ukulele. At the third chorus, there is a key change to Db, a half-step above the original key of C. If playing the chords in the new key is too challenging because of the barre chords, don’t modulate keys at the end. Stay in C.
5. The Bare Necessities From The Jungle Book
|Release Date||October 18, 1967|
|Chords||C, C7, F, F7, A7, D7, G7, Fm, Am7, Dm7, Am, and Dm|
|Tabs||The Bare Necessities Tabs|
Out of all the song on our list, “The Bare Necessities” is the only jazz song. In The Jungle Book, sung by Baloo and Mowgli, the song was written by Terry Gilkyson and later recorded by famous trumpeter Louis Armstrong. A little fact about the movie is that The Jungle Book was the last film Walt Disney produced before he passed away.
Learn this feel-good, upbeat number on guitar. Some extended chords may be required, but the strumming pattern is simple. Perform it as a swing feel. The rhythm will feel like it is bouncing. Think long-short-long-short. Practice it without the chords. Then try doing it with the chord progression.
6. Be Our Guest From Beauty and the Beast
|Release Date||October 29, 1991|
|Chords||C, Dm, G, Em, F, Am, and Bb|
|Tabs||Be Our Guest Tabs|
Disney’s animated feature film Beauty and the Beast follows the tried and true frog-to-prince archetype. Belle, the daughter of an inventor, is welcomed to the Beast’s castle. The enchanted objects welcome her with the beloved musical number “Be Our Guest.” To think that composer Alan Menken viewed the piece as temporary and intended for Belle’s father, Maurice, is shocking. Thankfully it came out the way it did.
Celebrate this Disney classic by learning to play one of the studio’s most celebrated numbers. You can learn to play the melody, chords, or both in the tablature provided. Follow the numbers left to right, and put your finger on the right frets.
7. Hakuna Matata From The Lion King
|Release Date||June 15, 1994|
|Chords||F, Bb/F, C, C/E, D/F#, G7, E/G#, Am, C/G, G, Dm, Bb, Eb, F/A, G7sus, F/C, Eb/Bb, and G/B|
|Tabs||Hakuna Matata Tabs|
“Hakuna Matata” is a Swahili phrase that means “no worries.” The upbeat, optimistic song was composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. Timon and Pumbaa, two main comedy characters from the animated film, sing the song to Simba to encourage him to move forward from troubled pasts and worries. It’s one of those Disney songs that you can’t help but join in and sing along.
Forget your worries by learning one of Disney’s most celebrated songs. It features familiar open chords and some slash chords. Study the chord diagrams and work them out on the fretboard. Once you feel comfortable, practice switching chords. Add a simple strumming pattern and put everything together.
8. Part of Your World by The Little Mermaid
|Release Date||October 13, 1989|
|Chords||Gsus4, F, G, Em, Am, D7sus4, D7, D, C, C7, Fm, E, Bb, Fsus4, and Csus4|
|Tabs||Part of Your World Tabs|
“Part of Your World” is considered the “I Want” song in The Little Mermaid. An “I Want” song is a number performed by the main character who expresses what they hope for with their life. In Ariel’s case, that is to be human. Jodi Benson, the titular character, sang the ballad while Alan Menken composed the music and Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics.
Take a look at two versions of the melody we’ve provided here. If you learn better from watching a video, look at the play-along. If you’d rather read it straight from the page, click Part of Your World Tabs above. Either one you choose will be fun to learn. Follow the numbers; they will tell you which fret and string to play. If you’re a Little Mermaid fan, this is an easy Disney guitar song that I definitely recommend you learn.
9. I’ll Make a Man Out of You From Mulan
|Release Date||June 2, 1998|
|Chords||Em, D, G, Am, C, and Bm|
|Tabs||I’ll Make a Man Out of You Tabs|
Based on a Chinese legend, the story of Mulan follows a daughter who attempts to impersonate a man in a counter-attack against a Hun invasion. The original composer for the film, Stephen Schwartz, first wrote “We’ll Make a Man of You” but was replaced by Mathew Wilder when Schwartz left to work on the DreamWorks film The Prince of Eygpt. American singer Donny Osmond sang the new version.
Whether you believe in specified gender roles, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” is an entertaining song to learn on guitar. You’ll need to know your basic open chords and Bm, which can be a bit tricky. Use your pointer finger to press down more than one string at the second fret, and you are that much closer to mastering the song.
10. We Don’t Talk About Bruno From Encanto
|Release Date||November 19, 2021|
|Chords||G, F#, Bm, Em, D, A, and Gm|
|Tabs||We Don’t Talk About Bruno Tabs|
If you have an elementary school-aged kid, you’ve probably heard “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Disney’s 2021 animated film Encanto. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the song, and it became a viral sensation, described as one of the studio’s best songs and most significant crossover success. The song is applauded for its Latin and Broadway influences.
Play this song for your kids, and they will probably sing along. You must know your basic open chords to learn this modern Disney song. On top of that, a few barre chords, Gm, Bm, and F#. If playing the full chords is impossible, play only the top four strings of the chord. It won’t sound as full, but you can play through the entire song. When students ask me for easy acoustic guitar songs to learn, this is one that I frequently recommend.
11. You’ll Be in My Heart From Tarzan
|Release Date||June 15, 1999|
|Chords||F, C, Bb, Gm, A, D, G, F#m, Bm, Gadd11, Gadd9, Em, E, B, G#m, and C#m|
|Tabs||You’ll Be In My Heart Tabs|
“You’ll Be In My Heart” is a song from the animated Disney film Tarzan. The song was written by Genesis drummer and singer Phil Collins and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. He originally wrote the song for his daughter and called it “Lullaby.” It is sung while Tarzan’s adoptive gorilla mother, Kala, comforts her baby to stop crying.
This song is sure to tug at your heartstrings. Let’s strum different strings and learn this pretty and soothing song. Most of the open chords will be familiar to us. Some barre chords might be new, but the shapes should be familiar. Look at the “add” chords. This just means that you are adding that numbered pitch from the scale.
12. Under the Sea From The Little Mermaid
|Release Date||December 13, 1989|
|Chords||C, G7, F, G, C7, Am, D7, D, A7, A, Bm, and E|
|Tabs||Under the Sea Tabs|
“Under the Sea” is a fun calypso and reggae-inspired song from Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. The song was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman. Samuel E. Wright performed the song. It was successful and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Celebrate island life by learning this catchy Disney number. We have provided two different versions for your enjoyment. As you can see in the video lesson thumbnail, you will need a capo at the first fret. If you don’t have one, don’t fret! You can play it without a capo or learn it from the Under the Sea Tabs. If you have a capo, check out our full list of guitar songs that use a capo.
13. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious From Mary Poppins
|Release Date||August 27, 1964|
|Chords||F, C, G, G7, C7, D, and D7|
If there is any song grown-ups remember from the 1967 film Mary Poppins, it’s “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” It’s the longest word we know. First said in Richard Liederer’s book Crazy English, the term was popularized in this fantasy film about a nanny who sets out to teach a dysfunctional family her unique lifestyle.
The word should be used when you don’t know what to say. It contains 34 letters and 14 syllables. Luckily, the song doesn’t take too long to learn. We’ve provided two options for beginner guitarists. If you want to play the melody, learn it from the video lesson. Learn the tablature through the link if you’d rather play the chords. Either one will make you sound sophisticated.
14. A Spoonful of Sugar From Mary Poppins
|Release Date||August 27, 1964|
|Chords||G, D, C, Eb, A, and D7|
|Tabs||Spoonful of Sugar Tabs|
Everyone’s favorite nanny Mary Poppins had some excellent advice. In the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews, Poppins persuades the children to clean their room. She suggests that with a good attitude, it can be fun. “A Spoonful of Sugar,” tells us that we can change our outlook on any daunting task.
We know how hard it is for kids to do something they don’t want. Enlighten them with this piece of wisdom by learning to play this song on guitar. It requires your basic open chords and a simple strumming pattern. I can’t guarantee that playing the song will help with parenting, but I can guarantee that it will be entertaining.
15. Can You Feel the Love Tonight From The Lion King
|Release Date||May 2, 1994|
|Chords||G, D/F#, C/E, G/D, C, G/B, Am7, D, Em, F, A/C#, Am, C/D, and C/G|
|Tabs||Can You Feel the Love Tonight Tabs|
The Lion King has several hit songs including “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Composed and performed by Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice, the song achieved success, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
If you have ever worked through the Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Guitar, you’ve come across this song. However, the version we’ve focuses on the accompaniment. Learn the chords and strumming with full-sounding chords. You’ll feel the love when you can play the song without losing the beat.
16. A Whole New World From Aladdin
|Release Date||October 31, 1992|
|Chords||D, D/G, Bm, A/C#, Em, F#7, Bm/A, G, A, D/F#, Bm7, E7, A7, Bbdim7, D7, C, Dsus4, F, F/Bb, Dm, C/E, Gm, D/C, Bb, F/A, Dm7, G7, C7, Dbdim7, F7, Eb, F/C, Bbmaj7, Gm7, and Csus4|
|Tabs||A Whole New World Tabs|
Who can’t remember “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin? The steamy love song between Jasmine and Aladdin introduced many kids to the thrill of romance. Aladdin takes the princess on a magic carpet ride and opens her eyes. “A Whole New World” won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and two Grammys, one of which was for song of the year.
If you look at the chords for this song, don’t be scared. There are a lot of chords, and that might be intimidating. The slash chords (like D/G, F/Bb, and F/A) are chord inversions. You can get away with playing right-side letters as a root chord. Even though it may be challenging if you master these chords, you’ll be adding nice movement in the top voice.
17. Into the Unknown From Frozen II
|Release Date||November 4, 2019|
|Chords||Dm, G, F/C, C, A7, Bm, D, Em, A, Bsus4, E, C#m, Cm, and B|
|Tabs||Into the Unknown Tabs|
The husband-wife songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez returned to compose music for the sequel to Frozen. One of the favorite songs from Frozen II is “Into the Unknown,” performed by Idina Menzel and Aurora. The song received award nominations but lost.
If you were a fan of “Let It Go,” you’ll do right by learning this song. The video lesson we present is Panic at the Disco’s version. Both versions are similar. The Dm chord can be played by fretting the D shape. Move the voice on the first string down to the first fret, and there you have an important open minor chord.
18. The Bells of Notre Dame From The Hunchback of Notre Dame
|Release Date||May 28, 1996|
|Tuning||E A D G B E|
|Tabs||The Bells of Notre Dame|
“The Bells of Notre Dame” is the flagship song from Disney’s 1996 animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It tells the story of Quasimodo, a deformed man living in the cathedral’s bell tower. The song was composed by Alex Menken, who based it on Romantic Era composer Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp minor. The lyrics, written by Stephen Schwartz, share similarities to Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Bells.
Of the songs on our list, “The Bells of Notre Dame” might be the most difficult. Listen to the audio in the video to absorb the music. Next, take a look at the tablature in our link. You’ll need to play high up on the frets. You’ll also need to observe the time signature change.
19. Once Upon A Dream From Sleeping Beauty
|Release Date||January 29, 1959|
|Chords||D, Dmaj7, A7, B7, A, Amaj7, G, Em, E7, B, C#, and F#dim7|
|Tabs||Once Upon a Dream Tabs|
Disney animated musical film Sleeping Beauty has been enjoyed by many since its release in 1959. The story tells of a princess drugged by a witch, and the only way she will wake up is with a kiss from an enchanted prince. “Once Upon a Dream” was the feature song in the film, whose lyrics were written by Jack Lawrence and Sammy Fain. Composer George Bruns adapted the melody from Russian Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet of the tale.
Celebrate this classic Disney film by learning this piece. The video we’ve displayed shows the tablature. Take it at your own speed and slow it down if you have to. If tackling the melody and playing fingerstyle is above your skill level, try playing the chords in our tab link.
20. Reflection From Mulan
|Release Date||June 25, 1996|
|Chords||E, C#m, F#m, A, B, D, G, Em, Am, Cm, C, D/F#, F, and C#m7b5|
When Mulan fails to impress her matchmaker, she sings “Reflection” and expresses how she wants to show her true self. The song was written and produced by Mathew Wilder and David Zippel and was performed by Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga. A young Christina Aguilera would later record and release the song as her first single.
Learn the melody to “Reflection” on guitar. The song will require some string crossing, so practice slowly. When it starts to feel comfortable and easy, try playing along with the video. Check out the tab link if you’d like to learn the chords. Either option will be fun to tackle.
21. When You Wish Upon a Star From Pinocchio
|Release Date||February 9, 1940|
|Chords||G, E, Am, D, Bm|
|Tabs||When You Wish Upon a Star Tabs|
“When You Wish Upon a Star” from Disney’s Pinocchio is one of the most beloved songs the studio has produced. It’s become an icon for the company, played at the beginning of many of their films since the 80s. So significant is the song that the Library of Congress inducted it into the National Recording Registry. The American Film Institute ranked it number seven out of the 100 Greatest Songs in Film History.
If you call yourself a Disney fan, you must learn this song. In the above video lesson are the chords and lyrics. Take note of the introduction. The part is played on open strings. Use your thumb and fingers in a type of playing called fingerstyle. You can switch back to the pick and strum when you get to the chords.
22. Remember Me From Coco
|Release Date||November 10, 2017|
|Chords||C, Fm6, Bb6, E7, Am, Bb, C7, F, G7, Fm, Em, Ab, and G|
|Tabs||Remember Me Tabs|
“Remember Me” is one of Disney’s most renowned songs. Disney acquired Pixar in 2006 and released the computer-animated film Coco in 2017. Throughout the movie, the song, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, is performed by various characters in the film. It appears in different styles, such as a ballad and a mariachi tune.
Reminisce about fond relationships by learning to play this guitar-focused song. The video gives you the basic melody to work out in tablature form. Check out the tabs in the link for the ballad version and, subsequently, the more challenging version. This guitar style is more closely related to classical as you must pluck the strings with your fingers.
23. Spirit From The Lion King
|Release Date||July 10, 2019|
|Chords||F, C, Dm, Bb, A7, Eb, Gm, F#, B, D#m, E, C#, and G#m|
For the 2019 photorealistic remake of The Lion King, Disney commissioned none other than Queen Bey. Written and produced by Ilya Salmanzadeh and Labrinth, the song “Spirit” was performed by Beyonce as a gospel ballad. Music critics praised the pop singer’s vocal range, but the song only ranked 98 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Notwithstanding, “Spirit” is a fun guitar song to learn due to its diverse African influences. In the key of F, the song also uses some chords outside the key. Some chord shapes, especially the barre chords, will be tricky. Give your attention to the new chords and work to get comfortable with them. If they don’t sound the best, you can simplify them by only playing the top four strings. This is one of my personal favorite easy Disney songs to play on guitar because I’ve always been a big Lion King fan.
24. Beauty and the Beast (aka Tale as Old as Time) From Beauty and the Beast
|Release Date||October 29, 1991|
|Chords||C, Dm, G, Em, F, Am, and Bb|
|Tabs||Beauty and the Beast Tabs|
From Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast, this song describes the relationship between its two main characters Belle and the Beast. It shares how the couple has learned to accept their differences and change each other for the better. It also describes the feeling of love being as ageless and times as a “tale as old as time.”
Embrace the feeling by learning this Broadway-inspired ballad. You should be familiar with the chords. The Bb chord, however, might be challenging and new. Take your time with it and accept that you may not succeed with barre chords immediately. Spend time practicing and take breaks if your hand begins to cramp.
25. I Wan’na Be Like You From The Jungle Book
|Release Date||October 18, 1967|
|Chords||Am, E7, G7, C, A7, and D7|
|Tabs||I Wan’na Be Like You Tabs|
Walt Disney set out to make Rudyard Kipling’s story The Jungle Book more upbeat by making the music more fun. This song on our list, also known as “The Monkey Song,” was composed by brothers Robert and Richard Sherman. The two aimed for a jazz sound with a Dixieland-like melody. The result is another entertaining song from Disney.
Like “Bare Necessities,” our song is performed with a swing feel. It’s crucial to feel underlying triplets with the straight 4/4 time. This means counting to four but subdividing the beat into three. It may take some time to get used to, but once you’ve mastered it, the bouncy rhythm gives the song its mojo.
26. I See the Light From Tangled
|Release Date||November 16, 2010|
|Chords||C, G, F, C/E, D7, Em, Am, Eb, Bb, Ab, Eb/G, F7, Gm, Cm, G7, Eb/D, and F9|
|Tabs||I See the Light Tabs|
Disney created their own version of the German fairytale Rapunzel. Titled Tangled, the computer-animated story stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. “I See the Light” was the main song feature for the film and was composed by longtime collaborator Alan Menken with lyrics by Glenn Slater. Although the song wasn’t lauded by critics, seeing that it was folk-inspired is enough to want to learn it on guitar.
We’ve provided you with two options. Choose the video above if you’d like to know the easy melody. If you’d like to learn the chords, click the link. Either piece will work best with an acoustic guitar. If you only have an electric guitar, just turn down the volume.
27. Do You Want to Build a Snowman From Frozen
|Release Date||November 25, 2013|
|Chords||C, G, F, Am, and Em|
|Tabs||Do You Want to Build a Snowman Tabs|
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman” is a song from Disney’s 2013 3D computer-animated musical feature film Frozen. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez created the music and lyrics, and it has become one of the best-selling Christmas singles ever. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track has had more than 1.6 million downloads, making it second to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Get into the holiday spirit by learning this popular Disney song. Check out the video above if you’d like to learn the open-chord version. If you want to play the song as a basic fingerstyle piece, click the link. Expand your holiday repertoire and get ready to entertain at your next Christmas party.
28. Go the Distance From Hercules
|Release Date||May 27, 1997|
|Chords||D, E, A, F#, C#, F#m, Bm, Bm7, A/G#, Dmaj7, C, G, Am, F, Dm, Am7, and Gsus|
|Tabs||Go the Distance Tabs|
Hercules might not be Disney’s most successful animated films but one of the songs is redeeming. “Go the Distance” was written by composer Alen Menken and lyrist David Zippel. It was initially recorded by Roger Bart, who played the voice of Hercules. Other song versions were created, including one by Michael Bolten and Ricky Martin.
Build up your resilience by learning this optimistic Disney song. If you are working straight down our list, the chords in the video should be easy. It requires your basic open chords and some simple strumming. Once you are comfortable with the chord progression, try playing along with the video. Slow it down if you have to.
29. Colors of the Wind From Pocahontas
|Release Date||May 30, 1995|
|Chords||C, Am, Em, F, Dm, and G|
|Tabs||Colors of the Wind Tabs|
Many critics consider “Colors of the Wind” from Walt Disney’s Pocahontas to be one of the best song the studio has produced. The theme song is a pop ballad recorded by Judy Kuhn about respecting nature and mother earth’s gifts. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Learn this decorated favorite on guitar using your basic open chords. Since you probably know the song, we suggest you try singing and playing simultaneously. It might be challenging initially, but once your hands move automatically, you can complete the song and perform two things simultaneously.
30. You Can’t Stop the Girl From Maleficent 2
|Release Date||September 20, 2019|
|Chords||D, Am, C, and G|
|Tabs||You Can’t Stop the Girl Tabs|
“You Can’t Stop the Girl” is from Disney’s fantasy film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, released in 2019. The song was recorded and released as a single by American singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha. Critics lauded the song as an instant anthem for female empowerment. Rexha’s impressive vocal range and themes of power and resilience make the song popular amongst Disney fans.
This is the one if you can learn any song from our list. The song only requires four chords. And they should be chords you are familiar with by now. Match the chord progression with a simple strumming pattern, and you are on your way to becoming a better guitarist.
31. Baby Mine From Dumbo
|Release Date||October 23, 1941|
|Chords||G, Am, C, D7, Em, B7, Bm, and Am/D|
|Tabs||Baby Mine Tabs|
Few people working through our list was probably alive when 1941’s Dumbo was released. The early Disney film was about an elephant whose big ears made them a subject of ridicule. “Baby Mine” is a lullaby from the film sung by Mrs. Jumbo, Dumbo’s mom, while she cradles her baby. The American Film Institute listed the song as one of America’s most significant film songs.
You may be bored with open chords and simple strumming patterns by now. One way to add exciting variation is to pluck the strings with your fingers. The left hand will hold down the chord shapes, and your right-hand fingers will alternate, playing the strings in a pattern. Become proficient at this type of guitar playing called fingerstyle, and you’ll impress your friends.
32. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King From The Lion King
|Release Date||June 15, 1994|
|Chords||D, Dsus4, G7, G, Em, Em7, A7, and A|
|Tabs||I Just Can’t Wait to Be King Tabs|
Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King has a lot of songs on our list. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” written by Elton John, is another great one. Performed by Jason Weaver, the song expresses youthful impatience. A young Simba is excited about becoming king of the animals. The song can be seen as an ode to naivety.
Express your own impatience by learning this eager song. The chords are relatively straightforward. Most are open chords. The Dsus4, however, may be new. Think of the chord shape as being a regular D chord. Instead of placing the top voice on the second fret, move it up to the third fret. It shouldn’t be too difficult and sounds fantastic.
33. Whistle While You Work From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
|Release Date||December 21, 1937|
|Chords||C, Dm7, G, F, and Fm7|
|Tabs||Whistle While You Work Tabs|
“Whistle While You Work” from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is another classic tune produced by the studio. Release in 1937, the song was performed by voice actress Adriana Caselotti with music written by Frank Churchill and lyrics by Larry Morey. Covers of the song have been recorded by many jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt.
What better way to pass the time at work than to sing this Disney classic. Though the song requires a few chords, there are two challenging barre chords. The F and Fm7 will put a strain on your hand. Don’t try to hold down all the strings when you press your pointer finger down. Only press down on the strings that you need for the chord.
34. This is Halloween From The Nightmare Before Christmas
|Release Date||October 12, 1993|
|Chords||Cm, Fm6, Em/G, Fm6/Ab, G7, Fm6/C, Bb, G, Gm, Bbm, C, Fm, Abm, Em, C#m, Ebm, Dm, E7, F#m, D#m, Fb, Eb, Db, Bb7, Bm, D7, D#7/C#, B, G#7, G#m, E, C#7, Am, F/A, Cm6, Bm/D, and Cm6/Eb|
|Tabs||This Is Halloween Tabs|
The Nightmare Before Christmas is on the scarier side of Disney. Set in a fictional “Halloween Town,” the film features the song “This Is Halloween” by Danny Elfman. The residents of the town join in singing to introduce their Halloween-centered lifestyle. Regardless of the movie’s sinister theme, many, including adults and children, enjoy it.
Get into the Christmas-Halloween spirit with “This Is Halloween.” In the video, you can learn the melody using single strings. Click on the link, and you can play the chords. Note that these Disney songs are often translated from piano to guitar. You can simplify the chord progression to make it more suited for guitar.
35. Un Poco Loco From Coco
|Release Date||November 19, 2017|
|Chords||G, D, C, Am7, and D7|
|Tabs||Un Poco Loco Tabs|
Every guitar player should watch Coco. The Disney animated film, released in 2017, centers around a boy who dreams of becoming a famous guitarist. The soundtrack features Latin-influenced guitar music, and “Un Poco Loco” is a great example. Don’t get the song mixed up with jazz pianist Bud Powell’s version, though it is also an excellent tune.
Of the Disney movies we’ve looked at, the songs off Coco are the most well-suited for guitar. The songs were either written for or recorded on guitar. This makes playing these songs a lot easier. Learn this upbeat song to see for yourself.
36. Cruella De Vil From 101 Dalmatians
|Release Date||January 25, 1961|
|Chords||C7, F7, C, Ab7, Bb7, A9, D7, G7, Bb9, D9, E7, Am, Dm/G, G, A, and A7|
|Tabs||Cruella De Vil Tabs|
Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians is one most memorable Disney villains. The fictional character’s name combines “cruel” and “devil.” In fact, “de Vil” comes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in which Count Dracula uses “Count De Ville” as an alias. Join the dark side by learning a song about the Disney-verse’s meanest antagonist.
The video lesson we present contains both melody and chords. We like this version because it uses both tablature and standard notation. Learning how to read music in standard notation may seem scary, but many resources online help make it easier. Improve your musicianship by learning this song and reading music in standard notation.
37. Everybody Wants to Be a Cat From The Aristocats
|Release Date||December 11, 1970|
|Chords||Em, Em/D#, Em/D, Em/C#, Cmaj7, B7, E/C#, Am6/C, C7, Bm7, Am, Am/G#, Am/G, Am/F#, G, and C|
|Tabs||Everyone Wants to Be a Cat Tabs|
According to The Aristocats, everybody wants to be a cat. The animated Disney film follows an alley cat penetrating high cat society by helping them escape a kidnapper. The song “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” is one of the movie’s most celebrated songs. And although not everyone may agree with the sentiment, it’s an entertaining song to play.
Take a peek at the cover video we have provided, and get in touch with your feline side. The version will require some fingerpicking. If you’d like to play only chords, see the link. Either version is pretty persuasive. If you’re okay with trying a fingerpicking song, then this is one I recommend.
38. Someday My Prince Will Come from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
|Release Date||December 21, 1937|
|Chords||Dmaj7, F#7+5, Gmaj7, B7b9, Em7, A7, F#m7, Fdim, A9, Am7j, D7, Gmaj7, G#dim7, Dmaj7/A, B7, D, F#7, G, Em, and F#m|
|Tabs||Someday My Prince Will Come Tabs|
“Someday My Prince Will Come” is another beloved composition to be produced by Walt Disney’s studio. Featured in the 1937 animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the song was performed by Adriana Caselotti, who played the voice of Snow White. Since its release, the song has become a jazz standard, covered by jazz artists such as Miles Davis and Bill Evans.
The tunes get increasingly more demanding as we go higher on our list. Challenge yourself by learning the jazz chord version of this classic tune. The arrangement in the video is perfect for solo guitar. In a chord melody style, you’ll play the chords and the melody simultaneously, effectively becoming a full orchestra.
39. Once Upon a December From Anastasia
|Release Date||October 28, 1997|
|Chords||Am, E, A7, D, Dm, and B7|
|Tabs||Once Upon a December Tabs|
“Once Upon a December” from Anastasia is the animated film’s flagship song. Throughout the film, the melody is played twice as a lullaby and once as the complete song. It’s composed at a waltz, meaning three beats per measure. It’s also in a minor key, contributing to its haunting sound.
“Once Upon a December” has a lovely melody that sounds great on guitar. Look at the easy tab version in the video. Take your time finding the frets on the fretboard and slow it down if you need to. If you’d like to only play chords, check out the version in the link.
40. Married Life From Up
|Release Date||May 13, 2009|
|Chords||C, G/B, Am7, Baug, Cmaj7, Am, G, Asus/F#, E7sus4/F#, G/F, G7/E, G6, C7, A(b9), D/F#, F (b5)/B, D5, and E7/G|
|Tabs||Married Life Tabs|
Disney Pixar’s Up was scored by composer Micahel Giacchino who also worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille. The song “Married Life” appears in the computer-animated film about an old man who attaches balloons to his house to fulfill a promise to his late wife. Giacchino’s song is played during the opening sequence of the movie.
Learn this lesser-known Disney song. The melody is provided in the tablature in the video. If you’re looking to play just the chords, click the link. If you aren’t familiar with the tune, listen a few times to get it in your ear. Then start to work it out slowly on the guitar. Try performing it for your friends or family when you’ve got it.
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