Movie Soundtrack

Disney Box Office Hits

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Walt Disney Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Over the past few years Walt Disney Records has enjoyed much success.  Happily, has been along for the ride, receiving and reviewing some of the most enjoyable soundtracks Walt Disney has had to offer.  Just recently, we received Disney Box Office Hits, a compilation of what Walt Disney Records classifies as fifteen of their “best musical moments in film”.  I couldn’t wait to pop this CD into the player!

            Appearing on Disney Box Office Hits are songs from some of Walt Disney’s top grossing films like Enchanted, WALL-E, The Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars, Bolt, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and more.  Featured are a variety of artists including Carrie Underwood, Peter Gabriel, Rob Thomas, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor, Five For Fighting, Miley Cyrus and more. 

            The Disney Box Office Hits album is more than just a collection of songs from various Disney movies – it’s a collection of songs we’ve grown to love over the past couple of years.  These are songs that our grandchildren will still be singing along with, just as our children sing along to older Disney hits like Under the Sea, Beauty and the Beast, Whistle While You Work, and Circle of Life.  Disney has an uncanny way of selecting just the right artist to perform songs for their films.  The songs contain special meaning for the film as well as for those who listen to them without ever having seen the film.  That is why they seem to stand the test of time.

            This album, in particular, contains some of my favorites – Ever Ever After, Little Wonders, Breakaway, All I Know, The Call.  Each song is laid out perfectly on the album.  Sweet love songs set up fun rock songs that slow down into soft rock, etc.  The choice to place to dance mix songs at the end of the album was excellent.  It keeps the listener pumped to the very end, rather than fizzling out and leaving the listener bored with the last song.

            I only had a couple of faults with the Disney Box Office Hits album.  Not ever having seen Ratatouille and not knowing much French, I was indifferent to Le Festin, track 13 of the album. Also, although I enjoy the jazzy feel to the song, I wondered at the thought process that included Where Is Your Heart At? on the album.  The song from Meet the Robinsons didn’t really grab me the way Barking at the Moon from Bolt did.  Now there was a song that I feel deserved to be included in the collection, but sadly was not.

            In my opinion, Dinsey Box Office Hits is well worth the $14.99 US price tag.  This is an album that can be enjoyed by adults and children for years to come.  Buy it for your kids, for your grandkids, for your friends’ kids…or simply buy it for yourself to enjoy.  You will definitely not be disappointed in your purchase.


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