It wouldn’t be a Disney music question if I didn’t answer it with something related to The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And this one’s no exception. While every song in this score glorious, it is the opening number that completely blows me away with its lyrical storytelling and perfect rhyme schemes.
“The Bells of Notre Dame” is what every exposition-fueled showtune aspires to be. You barely even have to watch the movie to know of Quasimodo’s origins; through music alone, we learn the whole story. The piece also establishes the characters of Clopin (pictured), Judge Frollo, the Archdeacon, and the importance of the cathedral’s bells themselves. Although this is totally unrelated to the lyrics- have you ever noticed that final note at the end, too? A dude hits that legitimately, with no falsetto. Chills.