10:00 am EDT, March 25, 2020

The best Disney songs for coping with a global crisis

Need Disney songs to fight anxiety in the face of a global pandemic? Here are some of the best Disney songs to accompany you in isolation.

If you’re doing the right thing in this pandemic, you’re staying inside as much as you can and limiting contact with other people. But isolation can be tough on your spirits and on your overall mental health.

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If you’ve been running out of music to keep your spirits up, and are looking for songs that fit your current situation, here are the best Disney songs you can sing along to for coping.

Some of them are encouraging, some of them are about feeling isolated, and some of them are tongue-in-cheek to make you laugh a little.

“When I Am Older” from ‘Frozen 2’

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Olaf sings this Disney song from Frozen 2 when he finds himself alone in the creepy enchanted forest, and tries to make sense of what’s happening to him. The song is absolutely hilarious as an adult because you know just how wrong he is. And it’s particularly amusing to listen to now, as we face a series of confusing circumstances. (In my house, we’ve started to sing it whenever frightening news comes up to try and cope.)

This will all make sense when I am older
Someday I will see that this makes sense
One day, when I’m old and wise
I’ll think back and realize
That these were all completely normal events

It’s a fun tongue-in-cheek song about how mind-boggling and sometimes scary life can be… but it’s a really cheerful Disney song and will definitely lift your spirits, even if the subject matter is a little dark.

“When Will My Life Begin” from ‘Tangled’

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Rapunzel’s plight, locked up in a tower with only her surroundings to keep her entertained, is hilariously reminiscent of social isolation. This is a great Disney song to listen to when you’re trying to find ways to stay entertained all on your own.

And so I’ll read a book
Or maybe two or three
I’ll add a few new paintings to my gallery
I’ll play guitar and knit
And cook and basically
Just wonder when will my life begin?

And hey, why not rewatch Tangled while you’re at it and live vicariously through Rapunzel’s escape from her tower?

“The Next Right Thing” from ‘Frozen 2’

This Disney song is so wonderful that we’ve written about how amazing it is before, but it’s important to keep it in mind whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed by what’s happening and aren’t entirely sure of what the future holds.

When Anna loses Elsa and Olaf at once while she’s lost in the dark, she has to find a way to still save Arendelle while dealing with her own grief and fear.

So I’ll walk through this night
Stumbling blindly toward the light
And do the next right thing
And, with it done, what comes then?
When it’s clear that everything will never be the same again
Then I’ll make the choice to hear that voice
And do the next right thing

This song may be sad, but it also offers a very clear path forward. Focus on doing the next right thing — the rest will fall into place.

“Be Our Guest” from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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If you’re spending a lot of your (now abundant) time cooking complex recipes for yourself or for your family, this Beauty and the Beast song is perfect to lift up your spirits. Like Lumiere and Cogsworth, you too are exercising skills after a long period of not having a chance to use them!

Life is so unnerving
For a servant who’s not serving
He’s not whole without a soul to wait upon
Ah, those good old days when we were useful
Suddenly those good old days are gone
Too long we’ve been rusting
Needing so much more than dusting
Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills!
Most days we just lay around the castle
Flabby, fat and lazy
You walked in and oops-a-daisy!

Whether you’re actually feeding family members or just imagining that you have guests over, this is a cheerful Disney song to accompany you while you’re cooking and serving a quarantine feast! (But don’t actually have guests over, please! No Belles allowed.)

 “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from ‘Toy Story’

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In times of social isolation, friendships become extremely important — even if you can’t talk to people in person. This iconic friendship song from Toy Story is an assured source of warmth and comfort in difficult times.

You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
If you’ve got troubles, I’ve got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me

Share this Disney song with a friend and sing it together to remind yourselves that even if you’re separated by distance, you’ll always be there for each other!

“The Bare Necessities” from ‘The Jungle Book’

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Even in tough times, it’s important to appreciate what little we have. If you’re lucky enough to have a roof over your head and enough food to eat, The Bare Necessities is a great tune to remind yourself to appreciate even the little things.

Join Baloo and Mowgli as they celebrate the simple things in life!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That’s why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

We’re all going through a tough time right now, so staying in good spirits and enjoying beautiful things like Disney songs is particularly important!

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